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March 2002 News
- The Pilot, Gone. The Market, Huge By RUSS MITCHELL
The New York Times March 31, 2002 - Success over Afghanistan has spread enthusiasm in the military for robotic aircraft. That does not surprise John E. Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org and a longtime critic of profligate military spending. Although he warned that much can go wrong in future development, U.A.V.'s are proving themselves so far. "They're cheap, and they work," he said.
- RECTIFICATIFS: DOCTRINE NUCLÉAIRE AMÉRICAINE Le Monde 29 March 2002 -- Le contenu de la Nuclear Posture Review, citée dans « La nouvelle doctrine nucléaire américaine et l'Europe » ( Le Monde du 26 mars), est bien connu par les extraits qu'en publie le site Internet de Global Security (www.globalsecurity.org), une association non gouvernementale de Washington.
- Tighter Nuclear Security Sought By Miguel Navrot Albuquerque Journal March 29, 2002 - According to the defense analysis group Globalsecurity.org, the depot "stores, maintains, modifies and ships weapons and components to combat or storage organizations" within the military and the Energy Department.
- SAUDIS BUILD MISSILE CITY Middle East Newsline March 28, 2002 -- The Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot published photographs from the Ikonos satellite of what was identified as two missile bases.
- Saudi Arabia secretly built large missiles base in desert: Israeli report Agence France Presse March 27, 2002 -- Saudi Arabia has secretly built a huge missile base in the heart of its desert, the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot reported on Wednesday, with photos of what it said was the massive installation. It said the pictures were taken "two weeks ago" for the paper by the satellite Ikonos.
- EL-SULAYIL MISSILE BASE - SAUDI DESERT by Ronen Bergman "Yediot Ahronot" 27 March 2002 - The computer at the command center of the CIA at Langley, Virginia, USA, chooses random code-names for subjects and operations it is following. "Deep Blue" is the codename for a cluster of worrisome pieces of information that have been received at the Agency since the beginning of 1988.
- US paves way for war on Iraq Julian Borger The Guardian March 27, 2002 - "They've been running the full spectrum of support and combat aircraft out of al-Udeid, so you would expect them to move resources out of Prince Sultan to where they need them," said John Pike, a military analyst at GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington thinktank. "But if they are taking bids for a full-scale move, this would be the first concrete sign of relocation."
- Action stations...but at what cost? by Tony Allen-Mills The Times (London) March 24, 2002 -- "It's a big country, there are a lot of bad guys and the war is just getting started," warned John Pike, a Washington defence analyst.
- America: overstretched, overloaded, over there Sundary Herald March 24, 2002 - 'Overall, the American military global presence is more pervasive than at any point in American history,' claims John Pike, a Washington-based military analyst.
Some of those deployments are better known than others.
- U.S. facing tough question of what to do about Taliban, al-Qaida fighters who have escaped into Pakistan By PAULINE JELINEK The Associated Press March 23, 2002 -- "It would be extremely difficult for the United States to start shooting people in Pakistan," said John Pike, a defense analyst with Globalsecurity.org. A better way, he said, is having the U.S. military or CIA representatives working with Pakistani border patrols.
- Success in Afghan war hard to gauge By Edward Epstein The San Francisco Chronicle March 23, 2002 -- Pike said it's disingenuous for the administration to say it doesn't conduct body counts when it knows the only way to measure its effectiveness is by tallying the dead, wounded and captured. "They've got a dilemma. Since Vietnam, such counts have gotten a bad name, but there's no other way to keep score," he said.
- U.S. Nuclear Arms Stance Modified by Policy Study By Walter Pincus
Washington Post March 23, 2002 - John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense think tank, noted that one classified paragraph in the nuclear review says that despite the changed relationship with Moscow, "Russia's nuclear forces and programs . . . remain a concern. . . . U.S. planning must take this into account."
- PRESIDENT BUSH'S NUCLEAR STRATEGY Kremlin International News Broadcast March 21, 2002 - I have printed out for you excerpts from the document posted on globalsecurity.org. John Pike web site. Those of you who are interested in the problems of strategic stability will know that John Pike has worked with the American scientists federation for a number of years where he was studying nuclear missile problems. He now has his own project going.
- Inventors showcase homeland defense tech By Jim Kling United Press International March 18, 2002 - It is more important to help security managers at places like shopping malls and corporate buildings make the right decisions about what security steps to take, Pike added. The federal government has to "help them figure out; 'what do I need to buy?' Right now, there's just too much stuff in the toy catalog," Pike said.
- Anaconda 'success' is difficult to define By John Diamond
Chicago Tribune March 18, 2002 - John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense think tank, said the U.S. military appeared to have no clear idea of how many "bad guys" it was facing.
- US defense review issues Strait alert By Charles Snyder The Taipei Times March 17, 2002 - The assessment is contained in the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) which the George W. Bush administration sent to Congress in January and its general points have only recently been leaked in press accounts. Extensive excerpts of the review were released by GlobalSecurity.org, a policy-research organization focusing on security issues.
- US sees wider scope for nuclear arms By Fred Kaplan The Boston Globe March 17, 2002 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, the think tank whose Web site first published large excerpts of the Rumsfeld report, said: ''One reason people are jacked up over this is that Bush keeps telling us we're going to be at war with Iraq in a matter of months..."
- Online SonntagsZeitung March 17, 2002 -- Geheimer US-Report im Internet Washington u Auszuege aus dem geheimen US-Bericht zum moeglichen Einsatz von Nuklearwaffen in Konflikten sind jetzt im Internet einsehbar: www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/policy/dod/npr.htm
- Saddam sonrasi Irak belirsiz olur Milli Gazete Online March 16, 2002 - Guardian, askeri ve istihbarat konulu "Küresel Güvenlik" adli bir internet sitesi yöneticisi olan John Pike'in degerlendirmesine de yer veriyor. Pike, en büyük tehlikenin, Israil'e yönelik bir Irak saldirisi olabilecegine dikkat çekiyor ve böylesi bir durumun, krizi derhal tüm Arap dünyasi ile Israil'i karsi karsiya getirecegine dikkat çekiyor.
- Ushering In the Warfare Information Age By Peter Pae Los Angeles Times March 16, 2002 - "It represents a fundamental reversal of the way wars have been fought for the past 2½ centuries," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Web-based think tank in Virginia. "Ten years ago, Norman Schwarzkopf had to pack up a small town and move it to Saudi Arabia to fight the Gulf War. You won't have to do that anymore. It'll be a lot like telecommuting."
- Planos de bomba subterrânea Noolhar.com [16 Março 14h59min] As Forças Armadas dos EUA pretendem conceber bombas nucleares capazes de destruir alvos subterrâneos fortemente protegidos, de acordo com trechos da ''Revisão da Postura Nuclear'', um relatório confidencial do Pentágono, em Washington. Segundo o site GlobalSecurity.org, o relatório do Pentágono diz que há mais de 10 mil instalações militares subterrâneas espalhadas por mais de 70 países.
- US may abandon nuke test moratorium Associated Press of Pakistan March 16, 2002 -- "While the United States is making every effort to maintain the stockpile without additional nuclear testing, this may not be possible for the indefinite future," said the document obtained by GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington think tank, and posted on its Web site.
- Experts fear US nuclear attack By Roy Eccleston The Australian March 16, 2002 -- The cloud of claim and counter-claim began to mushroom last weekend after a leak, first in The Los Angeles Times, of the classified version of the Pentagon's Nuclear Posture Review, a document setting out the direction for the nuclear arsenal over the next decade. Excerpts of the classified review were yesterday posted on globalsecurity.org.
- Auszuege eines Pentagon-Berichts lanciert; USA erwaegen offenbar Atomtests; Ausstieg aus Moratorium soll modernere Waffen ermoeglichen Sueddeutsche Zeitung March 16, 2002 -- "Obwohl die USA keine Bemuehungen scheuen, ihr Waffenarsenal ohne weitere Nukleartests zu entwickeln, koennte dies in unbestimmter Zukunft nicht mehr moeglich sein", steht in dem Dokument, das die Washingtoner Expertengruppe "GlobalSecurity.org" auf ihrer Internetseite veroeffentlichte.
- USA wollen laut Pentagon neue Atomwaffen entwickeln General-Anzeiger March 16, 2002 -- Die USA wollen neue Atomwaffen zur Zerstoerung unterirdischer Ziele entwickeln. Entsprechende Plaene zitierte die auf militaerische und geheimdienstliche Themen spezialisierte Internetseite GlobalSecurity.org gestern aus einem geheimen Bericht des Pentagons.
- USA erwägen Atomtests taz, die tageszeitung March 16, 2002 -- "Obwohl die USA keine Bemühungen scheuen, ihr Waffenarsenal ohne weitere Nukleartests zu entwickeln, könnte dies in unbestimmter Zukunft nicht mehr möglich sein", hieß es in dem Dokument, das die Washingtoner Expertengruppe "GlobalSecurity.org" auf ihrer Internetseite veröffentlichte.
- USA entwickeln neue Atombombe Spiegel Online March 15, 2002 -- Auszuege aus dem geheimen Pentagon-Bericht veroeffentlichte am Donnerstag die auf militaerische und geheimdienstliche Themen spezialisierte Internetseite GlobalSecurity.org.
- Usa: nucleare, Pentagono vuole atomica antibunker sotterranei By HM SDA - Servizio di base in Italiano March 15, 2002 -- Un sito internet specializzato in questioni di Difesa, globalsecurity.org, pubblica estratti del rapporto intitolato 'Revisione dell'atteggiamento in campo nucleare'.
- Iraq: the myth and the reality The Guardian (London) March 15, 2002 -- John Pike, who runs GlobalSecurity.org - a military and intelligence online newsletter - said the greatest danger could be an Iraqi attack on Israel, instantly transforming the conflict into one that pits all Arabs against the Jewish state and its supporters.
- Homeland post possible for Springs By Jennifer Beauprez
Denver Post March 15, 2002 -- John Pike, an analyst with GlobalSecurity.org in Washington, said he thinks Colorado Springs will be the least likely candidate for the command unit. "You'd like to have it close to Washington because the command will work much more closely with other federal agencies," Pike said.
- Le Pentagone n'exclut pas de reprendre ses essais nucléaires
Jacques Isnard Le Monde March 15, 2002 - C'est le centre de recherche et d'analyse Global Security, basé à Washington, qui a mis jeudi sur son site les nouveaux extraits du document du Pentagone relatif aux conséquences de l'apparition d'armes nucléaires modernes, au sein de l'actuelle panoplie américaine, sur une éventuelle reprise de leurs essais, interrompus depuis 1992, par les Etats-Unis.
- US-Papiere zu Atomwaffeneinsatz im Internet veröffentlicht Verlag Heinz Heise March 15, 2002 - John Pike, einiger Zeit die Website Global Security aufbaut, ist in den Besitz des Berichts gelangt und hat umfangreiche Auszüge ins Netz gestellt.
- Bush policy on nuclear weapons traced to Cheney after Gulf War
By Daniel Sneider San Jose Mercury News March 15, 2002 -- The Bush administration's nuclear strategy marks only the next step in the evolution of a policy that originated more than decade ago, during the previous Bush administration, and continued during the Clinton administration. Excerpts of the Nuclear Posture Review are available at http://www.globalsecurity.org.
- US may have to abandon nuclear test moratorium: review By Maxim Kniazkov Agence France Presse March 15, 2002 -- The review has been widely publicized by the media and commented on by administration officials over the past week. But its publication on the Internet by GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington think tank, marks the first time the document has been presented to the public in its raw, albeit abridged, form.
- U.S. sees N. Korea, Iraq as biggest threats to security Kyodo News Service March 15, 2002 -- The report, obtained by John Pike, director of Washington-based think tank GlobalSecurity.org and posted on its Web site, said China is a country that could be involved in an immediate or potential contingency due to its ongoing modernization of its nuclear and conventional forces.
- USA setzen auf Atombomben Focus March 15, 2002 - Eine neue Geheimstudie gibt Aufschluss über Bushs Atompläne: Er will offenbar Nuklearwaffen, die unterirdische Ziele zerstören. Die Internetseite von GlobalSecurity.org zitierte am Donnerstag (Ortszeit) aus einer entsprechenden Studie des Pentagons. Die Site ist auf militärische und geheimdienstliche Themen spezialisiert.
- EEUU estudia abandonar la moratoria internacional sobre ensayos nucleares El Periódico March 15, 2002 - "Mientras Estados Unidos se esfuerce en desarrollar su arsenal sin ninguna nueva prueba nuclear, no podrá mantener esta posición indefinidamente", afirma un documento del centro de investigación y análisis GlobalSecurity, con sede en Washington y que ha sido publicado en su página web.
- Essais nucléaires: les USA pourraient abandonner le moratoire
Le Monde March 15, 2002 -- Mais sa présence sur le site GlobalSecurity.org, un centre de recherche et d'analyse basé à Washington, représente sa première publication, bien que partielle, à destination du public.
- Bericht: USA wollen neue Atomwaffen entwickeln Rheinische Post March 15, 2002 -- Der Direktor von GlobalSecurity.org, John Pike, erklärte am Donnerstag, er glaube nicht, dass die Veröffentlichung der Informationen der nationalen Sicherheit der USA schade. Wie er an die Auszüge gelangte, wollte er nicht sagen. "Lasst die Wähler und Steuerzahler den Text selbst lesen", sagte Pike.
- USA erwägen offenbar Kündigung von Atom-Test-Moratorium APA,ag March 15, 2002 -- "Obwohl die USA keine Bemühungen scheuen, ihr Waffenarsenal ohne weitere Nukleartests zu entwickeln, könnte dies in unbegrenzter Zukunft nicht möglich sein", hieß es in dem Dokument, dass die Washingtoner Expertengruppe "GlobalSecurity.org" auf ihrer Internetseite veröffentlichte.
- Pentagon report says military seeks new nuclear bombs capable of penetrating deeply buried targets By Robert Burns The Associated Press March 14, 2002
-- The extensive excerpts posted Thursday by GlobalSecurity.org, an Internet site that specializes in military and intelligence topics, include portions that were reported last weekend by the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.
- U.S. Seeks Range of New Nuclear Capabilities, Leaked Document Indicates By David Ruppe Global Security Newswire March 14, 2002 -- "What I see in it, which is the reason I think that seeing the entire report is important, is the fundamental disconnect between the unclassified introduction and the classified report," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org.
"In the sense that the unclassified public introduction talks about the need to move beyond Cold War approaches and the need to reduce reliance on nuclear weapons. And yet the report indicates a policy . is basically trying to make nuclear weapons more usable under more circumstances," Pike said.
- Local officials still in dark about mock military exercise
Associated Press March 14, 2002 -- It's not surprising local officials were left in the dark, said Tim Brown of GlobalSecurity.org, an online military watchdog group. "Normally these things are so highly classified they don't tell anybody for fear someone will leak it," he said, adding it's hard to have a realistic mock attack on a nuclear plant.
- NKOREA: Scepticism over claims of missile capability ABC NewsRadio, Asia Pacific March 14, 2002 -- Speakers: Tim Brown, Associate Director of Global Security.Org, CIA's Robert Walpole, Rodger Baker is Senior analyst for stratfor.com.
- Possible Use of Nuclear Weapons Hardball with Chris Matthews - CNBC (9:00 PM ET) March 12, 2002 -- Mr. JOHN PIKE (Director, Globalsecurity.org): I think it's very difficult to see a situation in which the United States is going to launch a nuclear sneak attack, and that's really what we're talking about with developing some of these weapons in this particular posture review, is that the United States would be the first to launch the attack, sort of the way the Japanese did at Pearl Harbor.
- Assault On Shah-i-Kot by Kathleen Adams Time March 18, 2002 - A mission to rout pockets of al-Qaeda from the mountains of Shah-i-Kot turned into the bloodiest battle of the war. SOURCES: GLOBALSECURITY.ORG; EAST VIEW CARTOGRAPHIC
- Missouri product puts U.S. on target BY: SCOTT CANON The Kansas City Star March 12, 2002 - "It's a revolution," said John Pike of Globalsecurity.org. "It
changes the whole calculus." The Joint Direct Attack Munition, or JDAM, went from being a new-marvel novelty of the 1999 Kosovo war to a centerpiece of precision attacks in Afghanistan.
- United States expanded influence likely to remain in Central Asia By SALLY BUZBEE The Associated Press March 12, 2002 -- "Look at the way they're building up troops in the region, building up facilities," said John Pike, a defense analyst at Globalsecurity.org in Washington. "There's no indication they're getting ready to pack up and go home."
- ONLINE SITES By Lane Lambert The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA) March 11, 2002 - John Pike has one of the best sites for information and analysis of the Afghanistan war and global terrorism.
- Shocked Into A Different World By Gay Alcorn The Age (Melbourne) March 11, 2002 -- Long-time Pentagon watcher John Pike agrees that, with America now an empire with unrivalled and unprecedented power, the temptation is to enforce its will through military strength alone.
- Poll: Space program generates low enthusiasm in public By Gwyneth K. Shaw Orlando Sentinel March 10, 2002 -- "The Air and Space Museum is the most visited place in Washington," Pike said. "But people don't go there to see Tang and Velcro. They go there to boldly go where nobody has gone before. To the extent that people pay attention to the space program, it's because it's part of the American myth and the American dream. It's not because of Corningware."
- On land, in the air this war is different BY JOHN E. MULLIGAN
Providence Journal March 10, 2002 -- "It's not in the cards that Green Berets on horseback leading proxy forces, with B-52 providing close air support, will cause Saddam Hussein's regime to collapse," said Pike, citing Iraqi air defenses, armor and infantry forces that are superior to anything encountered in Afghanistan.
- U.S. in Longest War Since Vietnam By MATT KELLEY The Associated Press March 9, 2002 -- "We are going to be engaged in this for many months to come," said analyst John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org.
- Wie die USA Saddams Sturz planen Von Severin Weiland Spiegel March 8, 2002 -- "Wir haben sie im Stich gelassen", sagt Tim Brown, ein Militärexperte der unabhängigen US-Organisation Globalsecurity. Die Menschen würden sich möglicherweise auch heute wieder fragen, "ob sie sich auf uns verlassen können".
- Despite military edge, US finds tough fight By Bryan Bender
The Boston Globe March 8, 2002 -- ''A fundamental problem you have is that technical systems are a heck of a lot better at keeping track of trucks and tanks than of people,'' said John Pike, a military analyst at GlobalSecurity.org, a think tank in Alexandria, Va.
- Guarding President Evolves With Threats BY KEITH EPSTEIN
Tampa Tribune March 8, 2002 - John Pike, director of globalsecurity.org, a technology policy group in Washington, said Wednesday that he believes Stafford's testimony indicates the Secret Service is using automatic face recognition now ``to see if the same guy keeps showing up in crowds. They basically photograph the entire crowd and then see if they get matches from other venues.''
- Experts Warn US Cities Not Prepared For Disruption Of Radiological Weapons The Bulletin's Frontrunner March 7, 2002 - Security analyst John Pike was shown saying, "When a terrorist is looking for a weapon that's relatively easy to obtain that could have a big bang for the buck, a radiological weapon is going to be at the top of the list."
- War on terrorism gives birth to innovative new weapons By Robert S. Boyd Knight Ridder News Service March 7, 2002 - John Pike, a military analyst and director of GlobalSecurity.org, a high-tech research center in Alexandria, Va., said the combination of advanced technology and military muscle gives the United States a towering advantage on the battlefield. "No other country has a fraction of either the brains or the brawn that the United States has," Pike said. "It's without precedent in human history that a single political entity has such a disparity in power."
- `Fog' Obscuring U.S. Military Vision By KEITH EPSTEIN Tampa Tribune March 7, 2002 - ``Technology has lifted some of the fog but can never eliminate it,'' said John Pike, director of globalsecurity.org, a defense-policy organization that tracks development of weapons and intelligence-gathering technology.
- Una guerra larga y dificil By Sally Buzbee El Nuevo Herald March 6, 2002 -- John Pike, analista de defensa de Globalsecurity.org en Washington, considera que las tropas estadounidenses seguiran a la expectativa indefinidamente esperando indicios de Al Qaida en varias partes del pais.
- Operation Anaconda Tightens Grip CNN International Q&A With Jim Clancy (03:30 PM ET) March 6, 2002 -- JOHN PIKE, GLOBALSECURITY.ORG: I think that the declarations of victory in this war have been premature in the past. Any declaration of victory that you hear right now is almost certainly going to be premature.
- Senate holds hearing about dirty bombs ABC News World News Tonight (6:30 PM ET) March 6, 2002 - Mr. JOHN PIKE (Director, GlobalSecurity.org): When a terrorist is looking for a weapon that's relatively easy to obtain, that can have a big bang for the buck, a radiological weapon is going to be close to the top of the list.
- No, the war is not over, and additional battles with elusive enemy lie ahead By SALLY BUZBEE The Associated Press March 5, 2002 - The offensive may have taken some Americans back home by surprise because, since Tora Bora, only a few U.S. strikes at al-Qaida have been publicly acknowledged, said John Pike, a defense analyst at Globalsecurity.org in Washington.
- Bomb can kill in two stages By Mike Toner Atlanta Journal and Constitution March 5, 2002 -- "These bombs have not been extensively tested, so it isn't clear how effective they are," said John Pike, a military analyst with GlobalSecurity.org. "But they appear to do much greater damage, pound for pound, than conventional explosives."
- Kirtland Developing a Gunship By Miguel Navrot Albuquerque Journal March 5, 2002 -- Pike said, the laser would likely be more useful on enemy troops than vehicles. Many vehicles, Pike said, would be impervious to a laser blast. "A hole punched into the hood of a Jeep basically means that I now have a Jeep with a hole in the hood," Pike said. "That's all."
- U.S. Unleashes Firestorm By RICHARD SISK
Daily News (New York) March 4, 2002 -- The U.S. has used two cave-busting thermobaric bombs in an intensified effort to rout out Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters, who have dug in in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, about 25 miles south of Gardez. Source: GlobalSecurity.org
- U.S. pounds Taliban's hideouts By Bob Kemper Chicago Tribune March 4, 2002 -- U.S. uses thermobaric bomb in latest attacks; Known as the BLU-118, the new warhead is fitted onto the BLU-109, a 2,000-pound air-launched bomb.; Sources: GlobalSecurity.org
- How America's new super bomb works Lisa Hoffman Scripps Howard Mar 4, 2002 - ``The United States and its allies face a growing threat related to critical military targets hidden within and shielded by hardened, deeply buried tunnel complexes,'' John Pike, director of globalsecurity.org, a defense research Web organization, recently wrote.
- Data mining aims at national security BY Dan Caterinicchia
Federal Computer Week March 4, 2002 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a nonprofit organization, said the Information Awareness Office seems like a good idea, but it's too soon to say how useful it will actually be.
- Kampfziel: Stürzt diesen Mann! von ERIC CHAUVISTRÉ Tageszeitung 02-03-2002 -- "Natürlich hätten die USA für einen Irakkrieg gern Stützpunkte in der Türkei oder in den Golfstaaten", meint der Washingtoner Rüstungsforscher John Pike, "aber sie können es auch ohne Stützpunkte in der Region."
- Shuttle Columbia Departs for Hubble Repair Mission Bloomberg April 18, 2002 - ``They have been training for it so much that by the time they actually do it, it will be anti-climactic,'' said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington-based space analysis group. ``Barring some unforeseeable development, I think it will go pretty smoothly.''