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January 2002 News
- Tactics may shift vs. other foes By Bryan Bender Boston Globe January 31, 2002 -- ''What they are looking at in Iran is for the CIA to go after Iranian suppliers to Middle East terrorist groups,'' said John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org in Washington.
- Defense hike would boost Colo. firms By Anne C. Mulkern The Denver Post January 30, 2002 - 'I assume it's just going to sail right through,' said John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org, a nonprofit defense policy think tank. 'As long as Bush is the commander in chief fighting a war, the Democrats are not going to fight a defense budget increase.'
- Stress of war pushes aircraft, crews to limit By James W. Crawley
Copley News Service January 29, 2002 -- Dusty conditions mean "it's obviously a high-maintenance environment," said John Pike, president of GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington think tank.
- Super Bowl security no leisurely stroll for NFL By Mary Foster The Associated Press January 28, 2002 - "The point of terrorism is to get on television, to have the event seen by as many as possible," defense analyst John Pike said. "If you think how much people play for Super Bowl commercials, you know it's certainly the most watched event there is. If someone is going to pull something, what better place?"
- Genanalyse; Jagd auf bin Ladens Erbgut Focus Magazin January 28, 2002 -- Die einwandfreie Identifizierung des Terroristen ist aus einem weiteren Grund unerlaesslich: schlichter Betrug. "Bei einem Kopfgeld von 25 Millionen Dollar sind nicht nur die US-Armee und ihre Verbuendeten auf der Suche nach dem Terroristen", meint der Militaerexperte John Pike von der Sicherheitsagentur Global Security.
- Dual Use Technology Exports to China Continue Unabated, Experts Say By Lawrence Morahan CNSNews.com January 28, 2002 - "The main reason you haven't heard anything about this as a public policy controversy for at least a year is because most of the controversy prior to that was just partisan politicking," Pike said.
- Defense plan throws money at many yet may be lacking By DALE EISMAN
The Virginian-Pilot January 28, 2002 - The main effect of the increase will be to ``reduce the pressure in making choices and prioritizing'' programs, said John Pike, founder of Globalsecurity.org, an Internet site on defense issues. ``There's not $40 billion of unmet needs in the war on terrorism,'' Pike asserted.
- Charges of censorship leveled against Pentagon for its purchase of satellite imagery over Afghanistan National Public Radio (NPR) Morning Edition (10:00 AM ET) January 25, 2002 - Mr. JOHN PIKE (GlobalSecurity.org): The imagery has brought an entirely new dimension to public understanding of what's going on around the world. Previously, all these places were just dots on a map. Now you're able to see where the buildings are, where the streets are.
- Satellite images of Afghanistan go public By Ann Schrader
The Denver Post January 23, 2002 - The military flies its own satellites, which have much keener vision, but wanted to supplement its secret information, said John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense, space and intelligence research organization based in Virginia.
- SUPERCARRIER AUGMENTS U.S. ROLE OF SUPERPOWER By David Fisher
THE SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER January 22, 2002 -- "It is definitely one of the reasons the United States is the sole remaining superpower," Pike said. "The U.S. and the U.S. alone has the capacity on a couple of weeks' notice to have a couple of aircraft carriers show up in your neighborhood ... and immediately have the largest and most capable air force in that part of the world, regardless of what anyone else thinks. There is no other country in the world that can do that."
- Lab-coat regiments muster in war against terrorism By Richard Ingham Agence France Presse January 22, 2002 - John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.Org, a military thinktank based in Alexandria, Virginia, says that since September 11, the hot areas are biometrics -- the science of identifying an individual through his face, voice and other signatures -- bioweapons and "any technology that is describable as contributing to defence against terrorism."
- Bomb technology goes underground By Tony Batt Las Vegas Review-Journal January 21, 2002 -- The test site was chosen for the experiment because it is a facility 'specifically designed to deal with tunnels storing chemical or biological weapons,' said John Pike, director of globalsecurity.org, a defense policy Web site.
- Afghanistan Yields Lessons for Pentagon's Next Targets By JOHN HENDREN Los Angeles Times January 21, 2002 - "If you were worried about, say, half a million North Korean soldiers lunging across the DMZ [demilitarized zone] or if you were worried about Iraq trying to grab Kuwait while nobody was looking, then this certainly would be a weapon of choice," said John Pike, a munitions expert at Globalsecurity.org. "But not if you're talking about terrorist training camps."
- Winter Games security - swifter, higher, stronger By Chuck Squatriglia The San Francisco Chronicle January 20, 2002 -- "Your primary objective is to discourage anyone from even trying anything," said John Pike, founder of the national security think tank GlobalSecurity.org. "The way they are describing the security plan is part of that effort."
- Pentagon Flies High on Drones By Peter Pae Los Angeles Times January 19, 2002 - John Pike, military analyst with GlobalSecurity.org, an aerospace and defense policy research firm in Alexandria, Va., said development of unmanned aircraft has been fraught with failures, mainly because the idea was pushing ahead of available technology.
- U.S. Ends Afghan Image Contract By Joanna Glasner
wired.com January 18, 2002 - Tim Brown, an analyst at the military think tank GlobalSecurity.org, said another likely reason for canceling the contract was that the government did not see a great security risk in having images available to third parties.
- A reluctant empire stretches more By Peter Grier The Christian Science Monitor January 17, 2002 -- "It makes me nervous that, like the British, we've acquired an empire in a fit of absent-mindedness," says John Pike, a national security expert at GlobalSecurity.org.
- Relationship between the military and the media during the conflict in Afghanistan NPR Talk of the Nation January 16, 2002 -- We had John Pike on the program, far more expert in these matters than I certainly, but his take on the lease of the satellite that you were talking about before was that there are legitimate military purposes for that information, that they were not using this lease simply to block other people from access to the information.
- Levin says U.S. should assess troop pullout BY CRAIG LINDER Detroit Free Press January 16, 2002 - Any effort to withdraw troops from the country would encounter two issues: the military value of Prince Sultan Air Base and its value as a symbol of the U.S.-Saudi relationship, said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense watchdog group based in Alexandria, Va.
- U.S. Senator Suggests Leaving Saudi Base, Citing Unfriendliness
by Paul Basken and Tony Capaccio Bloomberg News January 15, 2002 - Other countries that might welcome an expanded U.S. presence include Qatar, which already is host to a large U.S. base, said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington-based defense analysis group. ``There's certainly nothing irreplaceable about Prince Sultan,'' Pike said.
- Levin 'uneasy' about Saudi Arabian base By Carl Weiser Gannett News Service January 15, 2002 - "The problem the Saudis have is, they can't live with us and they can't live without us," said John Pike, executive director of Globalsecurity.org, an Alexandria, Va., defense research group.
- Singapore Terrorist Threats BY DAN ROBINSON Voice of America January 15, 2002 - John Pike is director of GlobalSecurity.org, a security firm based in Virginia. He says the world now knows that the al-Qaida terrorist network had global reach, so events in Singapore should not have come as a surprise
- U.S. Expands Military Ties Worldwide By Sally Buzbee Associated Press January 15, 2002 -- "Overall, the American military global presence is more pervasive today than at any point in American history," said John Pike, a military analyst in Washington.
- Pentagon plumbs lessons from war By John Diamond Chicago Tribune January 14, 2002 - Several key weapons and strategies enhanced the precision and efficiency of attacks on Al Qaeda and Taliban forces during the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan. Sources: Federation of American Scientists, Globalsecurity.org; Chicago Tribune/Max Rust, Chris Soprych;
- Oman open to closer U.S. military ties WorldNetDaily.com January 14, 2002 - The U.S. military currently uses at least three air bases in Oman as part of operations in Afghanistan, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
- Intelligence report sees no major changes in missile threat By Rich Tuttle Aerospace Daily January 11, 2002 - John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, told The DAILY that the events of Sept. 11 seem to have prompted the new report to focus on "what's probably going to happen rather than on what" is physically possible, as did the 1998 report of a commission headed by Donald H. Rumsfeld, who has since become the secretary of defense.
- No distress calls heard from plane By Jeanette Steele The San Diego Union-Tribune January 11, 2002 - "Is it known to be a problem aircraft? No," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense watchdog group based in Virginia. "The Marines have been flying KC-130s for decades."
- China, Russia Voice Concern Over U.S. Bases in Central Asia
By Paul Basken Bloomberg News January 11, 2002 - Until Sept. 11, the U.S. had not stationed any forces in the former Soviet Union and hadn't approached the Chinese border since working out of Pakistan in the 1960s, said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington-based defense analysis group.
- NASA bides time on space debate By Tamara Lytle Orlando Sentinel January 10, 2002 - "The good news is Sean knows all the people [in the budget office]," Pike said. "The bad news is, his president doesn't care about NASA."
- PLANE CRASH KILLS 7 MARINES By RICHARD SISK Daily News (New York) January 10, 2002 - Lockheed KC-130 tanker/transport planes like the one that went down yesterday in southwestern Pakistan have been workhorses for the U.S. military since they were put into service in 1962. Source: GlobalSecurity.org
- Arms Buildup Enriches Firm Staffed by Big Guns By MARK FINEMAN
Los Angeles Times January 10, 2002 - Some independent analysts are impressed. John Pike, who runs the defense watchdog group GlobalSecurity.org, said he believes the Army will need an advanced artillery system, which he called "the king of battle, the thing that kills half the enemy."
- U.S. Eases Export Law For Supercomputers
Moscow Times January 9, 2002 "Moore's Law has not been repealed," said John Pike, director of the Alexandria, Virginia, consulting firm Globalsecurity.org.
- U.S. Testing: Changes to Nuclear Testing Policy? By David Ruppe Global Security Newswire January 8, 2002 - In the shorter term, suggests John Pike, executive director of GlobalSecurity.org, a country's nuclear strategy can be a factor in determining the precision of testing needed. "To blow up the other guy's entire stockpile, [you would need] very high requirements for very high stockpile confidence," he said. "If you need nuclear weapons for credible deterrence, the stockpile confidence required for that is much lower."
- Global Hawk crash unlikely to hurt program By Jefferson Morris Aerospace Daily January 8, 2002 - John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, said he believes the crash, while embarrassing, will "probably not" result in any programmatic changes.
- FIGHTER JETS CALLED TOO LATE By Bre Jones The Bradenton Herald January 8, 2002 - Those defenses are probably sufficient to shoot down a small plane, said John Pike, a military expert with GlobalSecurity.org in Alexandria, Va. But they would have little effect on a hijacked airliner plummeting from the sky.
- Road reopening under tight guard By IRENE BROWN United Press International January 8, 2002 - "AFTAC is peculiar, in terms of being an intelligence agency that you could drive right up to its front door," said John Pike, of the Arlington, Va.-based Global Security research organization.
- Fla. Military Base Knew About Plane By JOHN J. LUMPKIN Associated Press January 7, 2002 - Those are probably sufficient to shoot down a small plane, said John Pike, a military expert with GlobalSecurity.org in Alexandria, Va. But they would have little effect on a hijacked airliner plummeting from the sky.
- Phantom fighters By GARY ROBBINS The Orange County Register January 4, 2002 - If these features translate into an effective combat drone, "it could alter the face of air power," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a nonprofit defense analysis group in Alexandria, Va. But Pike warns that Phantom Works' design goals "won't be achieved quickly or cheaply. And the last couple of decades are littered with the carcasses of failed unmanned aerial vehicle programs."
- THE USA purchases in talibov their " Stingers " NTVRU January 4, 2002 - " I think that the price here plays no role, since " the Stinger ", even if its initial price was 100 000 dollars, can bring down the helicopter with the cost/value of 10 million dollars with tens of our fellows aboard or passenger aircraft ", notes the head Of globalSechurity.org John Payk.
- Bush Eases Limits on Supercomputer Exports BY JUBE SHIVER Jr.
Los Angeles Times January 3, 2002 - "Moore's Law has not been repealed," said John Pike, director of the Alexandria, Va., consulting firm Globalsecurity.org, referring to the industry maxim that computer power inexorably doubles every 18 months.
- US is said to buy Stinger missiles back from Afghans By John Donnelly Boston Globle January 3, 2002 - ''I think the price is immaterial, because a Stinger, even if it originally cost $100,000, can take out a $10 million helicopter with a dozen guys in it or a passenger plane,'' said John Pike, head of a Washington think tank, GlobalSecurity.org.
- U.S., Afghan allies have differing goals By SALLY BUZBEE Associated Press January 2, 2002 - "The United States certainly has enough guys with guns that we could have grabbed Omar a month ago," Pike said. "But we would probably have killed enough people in the process that it would have sparked off civil unrest."
- Global Hawk Crashes in Afghanistan in a Setback for High-Tech Drones By PAUL RICHTER Los Angeles Times January 1, 2002 - John Pike, a defense and intelligence specialist at the research group GlobalSecurity.org, said the Global Hawk, while not known to have any particular performance problems, also has a relatively short test flight history.