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2017 News

  1. Was Trump’s NSC aide sidelined for being too hardline? By Doug Tsuruoka Asia Times May 18, 2017 -- “It would be easy to be guilty by association with Flynn… Some might regard anybody that was too close to Flynn as being radioactive,” said John Pike, a nonpartisan intelligence expert who heads the military think tank globalsecurity.org in Washington, DC.
  2. Does the president have 'the ability to declassify anything at any time'? By Louis Jacobson Politifact May 15, 2017 -- "The important caveat is that ‘legal’ and ‘sensible’ may be different things," said John Pike, the director of globalsecurity.org. "It may be legal, but it may fail to avoid the appearance of impropriety."
  3. North Korea Missile Test Appears to Tiptoe Over a U.S. Tripwire By William J. Broad and David E. Sanger The New York Times May 15, 2017 -- Charles P. Vick, an expert on the North’s missiles at GlobalSecurity.org, a private research group in Alexandria, Va., said the United States had a history of using high missile trajectories as a way to intensify the returning warhead’s trial by fire.
  4. Iran just tested an advanced torpedo in the Strait of Hormuz By Harold C. Hutchiso We Are The Mighty May 10, 2017 -- According to GlobalSecurity.org, Russia designed the Shkval as a “revenge weapon” for use by submarines to take out a ship or submarine that fired on them. The original Shkval was tipped with a nuclear warhead.
  5. It is Not Just North Korea But Asia That is in US Crosshairs By Mathew Maavak Sputnik April 25, 2017 -- As Globalsecurity.org succinctly puts it: "The role of Combined Forces Command (CFC) during the armistice is to deter war.
  6. US Hits Hundreds of Syrian Tech Workers with New Sanctions By Lou Lorscheider VOA News April 24, 2017 -- The website GlobalSecurity.org alleges that the development of chemical weaponry at the center is secretly aided by Russian chemical experts.
  7. US vice president Mike Pence travels to Seoul to discuss military response to North Korean aggression /a> By Rob Crillyr The Telegraph April 16, 2017 -- According to globalsecurity.org, an invading North Korean army would be met by 140 M1A1 tanks, 170 Bradley armoured vehicles and 100 aircraft, including 70 F-16 fighter planes.
  8. GBU-43 Afghanistan: MOAB strike kills 90 By Sean Lennox AFP April 16, 2017 -- This 9.8 tonne machine is the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the US arsenal, described by the website specialized in the defense GlobalSecurity.org bomb “huge, powerful, and dropped with precision.”
  9. ISIS fighters killed by ‘MOAB’ By Madeline Patrick Normangee Star April 16, 2017 -- The 9.8-tonne guided bomb, the largest non-nuclear weapon in America’s arsenal, is described by the US-based GlobalSecurity.org watchdog as “large, powerful and accurately delivered”.
  10. Guide to the 'Mother of All Bombs' By Shannon Collins Scout.com April 15, 2017 -- According to global security.org, it’s the largest-ever satellite-guided, air-delivered weapon in history, made to replace the unguided 15,000-pound BLU-82 Daisy Cutter that was used in Vietnam and early on in Afghanistan.
  11. Meet the Americans on the Front Line If North Korea Goes to War By Corky Siemaszko NBC News April 15, 2017 -- Should Kim Jong Un send his soldiers over the DMZ, they would be met by an American military machine with a lethal arsenal of conventional weapons, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  12. How Powerful is the 'Mother of All Bombs'? Here's a Look AFP April 14, 2017 -- The 9.8-tonne guided bomb, the largest non-nuclear weapon in America's arsenal, is described by the US-based GlobalSecurity.org watchdog as "large, powerful and accurately delivered".
  13. "You use a bomb like this to send a message" Newcastle Herald April 14, 2017 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a military policy research website, said the bomb is a "gee-whiz weapon," not a tactical one.
  14. Air Force drops ‘mother of all bombs’ in Afghanistan By W.J. Hennigan The Courier-Tribune April 13, 2017 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a military policy research website, said the bomb is a “gee-whiz weapon,” not a tactical one.
  15. Countries Hit By U.S. Tomahawk Cruise Missiles Since Desert Storm [Infographic] By Niall McCarthy Forbes.com April 7, 2017 -- According to website GlobalSecurity.org, the U.S. fired over 1,100 Tomahawks between the Gulf War in 1991 and the intervention in Afghanistan in 2001.
  16. Trump Pressures China: Restrain N. Korea or U.S. Will Take Unilateral Action By Warren Mass The New American April 03, 2017 -- A report produced by GlobalSecurity.org notes: “FOAL EAGLE is a purely defensive exercise which tests the ability of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to defend itself, assisted by U.S. armed forces.”
  17. Battle brews over bases By Brian Francisco The Journal Gazette April 02, 2017 -- John Pike, a military analyst who runs the website GlobalSecurity.org, said in an email to The Journal Gazette that “another BRAC is probably in the cards” because “it has been more than a decade since the last BRAC, and that is a long time to go without a de-frag.”
  18. Russian surveillance flight passes close to Rock By Brian Reyes Gibraltar Chronicle March 25, 2017 -- According to the military information website GlobalSecurity.org, the aircraft in question has additional duties including environmental monitoring, mapping and geological survey.
  19. China pursues air-launched rockets By George Leopold Defense Systems March 24, 2017 -- The state-run enterprise has also developed most of China's frontline ballistic, anti-ship and cruise missiles as well as "tactical microsatellites," according to the web site GlobalSecurity.org.
  20. Columbia-based Department 13 develops software to thwart drone threats By Sarah Gantz The Baltimore Sun March 23, 2017 -- John E. Pike, director of the military information website GlobalSecurity.org, said he thinks the threat of enemy drones is overblown.
  21. What chemical weapons N. Korea possesses By Sarah Gantz The Associated Press February 25, 2017 -- The military information website GlobalSecurity.org said that North Korea has at least eight industrial facilities that can produce chemical agents.
  22. OPLAN 5015: The Secret Plan for Destroying North Korea (and Start World War III?) By Michael Peck The National Interest March 11, 2017 -- “The new plan was said to adapt to changes in the security environment by focusing on making a swifter and more energetic military response than the previous OPLAN 5027, incorporating the concept of a preemptive strike,” according to Globalsecurity.org.
  23. Inside the Green Berets’ Hunt for Wanted Warlord Joseph Kony By Mac William Bishop NBCnews.com March 6, 2017 -- "I imagine Observant Compass would be quietly wound down and renamed," said Joseph Trevithick, a fellow at GlobalSecurity.org and a freelance journalist who has written extensively about AFRICOM.
  24. Stopping North Korea in its tracks Associated Press March 5, 2017 -- The military information website GlobalSecurity.org claims that North Korea has at least eight industrial facilities that can produce chemical agents.
  25. Four questions about when senators meet with ambassadors By Louis Jacobson Politifact March 2, 2017 -- And in the case of Russia, some lawmakers would have good reason to have a meeting with a Russian diplomat, but most would have "have little business with the Kremlin," said John Pike, director of globalsecurity.org.
  26. Tại sao Trung Quốc khiếp hãi tàu sân bay Mỹ VietTimes February 27, 2017 - Theo trang Globalsecurity.org, vi?c tái tri?n khai l?c lu?ng tęn l?a t?m xa cňn ti?p di?n trong nam 1996 vŕ quân d?i Trung Qu?c dă chu?n b? s?n sŕng d? hŕnh d?ng quân s?.
  27. Who Is Canada's Biggest Defense Contractor? The Motley Fool February 20, 2017 -- GlobalSecurity.org puts it even more bluntly. These days, "the Canadian defense industry is recognized as part of a single North American defense industrial base."
  28. Why China Fears (And Plans to Sink) America's Aircraft Carriers By Kyle Mizokami The National Interest February 19, 2017 -- According to Globalsecurity.org, redeployments of Chinese long-range missile forces continued into 1996, and the Chinese military actually prepared for military action.
  29. Did Donald Trump inherit 'a mess' from Barack Obama? By Louis Jacobson Politifact February 06, 2017 -- It was a "mistake" by Obama to goad Russian President Vladimir Putin by calling Russia a "regional power," Rubin said, and Obama’s relative inaction against the annexation of the Crimean region of Ukraine "was a tragic mistake on his part," said John Pike, director of globalsecurity.org.
  30. F-35 sale to Taiwan? A test of Taiwan and Trump By John Pike The Washington Times February 14, 2017 -- "The United States might sell the F-35 stealth fighter to Taiwan. Although no formal request has been made, the logic of the idea is impeccable."
  31. Still not Banned: Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Islamification of the West By Shayne Heffernan Live Trading News February 12, 2017 -- According to John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org their final goal is to establish a global caliphate under Shariah law and impose the Islamic way of life worldwide
  32. Donald Trump wrong that media is not reporting on terrorism any more By Louis Jacobson Politifact February 06, 2017 -- John Pike, director of globalsecurity.org, agreed. "There are some incidents of such trivial nature that local authorities are hard put to decide whether it is terrorism or hooliganism," Pike said. "But if an American or European civilian or officer is seriously injured or killed, it gets reported."
  33. 24 ‘Islami Samaj members’ sent to jail By FM Mizanur Rahaman, Chittagong Dhaka Tribune February 06, 2017 -- According to GlobalSecurity.org, a military issues think tank, Islami Samaj is a break away faction of Jamaat-e-Islami and was established on May 17, 1997 by the party founder ameer Mufti Abdul Zabbar who in 1983 formed a dissident group of Jamaat following his disagreement with Jamaat leader Golam Azam.
  34. 24 ‘Islami Samaj’ men held while ‘plotting sabotage’ By FM Mizanur Rahaman, Chittagong Dhaka Tribune February 05, 2017 -- According to GlobalSecurity.org, a military issues think tank, Islami Samaj is a break away faction of Jamaat-e-Islami and was established on May 17, 1997 by the party founder ameer Mufti Abdul Zabbar who in 1983 formed a dissident group of Jamaat following his disagreement with Jamaat leader Golam Azam.
  35. Could Russian Tank be Better Than US Abrams? We Are the Mighty January 24, 2017 -- According to Globalsecurity.org, the T-90 is an evolutionary development of the T-72. It has the same gun as the tank that flopped during Desert Storm, but it did feature some new survivability enhancements, like the TShU-1-7 Shtora-1 optronic countermeasures system.
  36. How Thai Air Force acquire Gripen fleets The Nation January 14, 2017 -- The Royal Thai Air Force ordered a complete aircraft and command and control system from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration in a government-to-government deal, according to GlobalSecurity.org website.