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March 2004 News

  1. Unknowns can be hardest part for families of 221st By Mary Lou Brinkand Megan Hubartt News-Sentinel March 31, 2004 -- SOURCE: Fort McCoy home page at www.mccoy.army.mil and the Global Security Web site at www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/fort-mccoy.htm
  2. Uncounted Dead By Nonna Gorilovskaya MotherJones.com March 30, 2004 -- As John Pike, founder of the Virginia-based military think-tank GlobalSecurity.org argues, this a lesson the Pentagon learned from Vietnam: "& the military used the body count in Vietnam and have been allergic to it every since."
  3. 9/11 inquiry finding array of deficiencies By Stephen J. Hedges Chicago Tribune March 28, 2004 -- "The Republican national security team has a fundamentally different view of the world than the Clinton people did," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense analysis group. "The Clinton people basically took a traditional containment view of the world."
  4. Fast Times at 12 O'Clock High: 5,000 MPH By Peter Pae Los Angeles Times March 28, 2004 -- "It's a big step forward for aerospace technology," said Charles Vick, a senior fellow at GlobalSecurity.org, an aerospace research firm.
  5. OP-ED: Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally Satish Kumar Daily Times (Pakistan) March 28, 2004 -- The US is already being accused of an imperial overstretch. Approximately 360,000 US troops were stationed around the world as of February 2004, according to GlobalSecurity.org. About 2,15,000 were deployed in combat, peacekeeping and counter-terrorism operations, and an additional 1,45,000 in Germany, Japan, Italy and England are performing routine duties.
  6. Rice faces down terror charges By Bob Kemper Chicago Tribune March 27, 2004 -- "I would have to say that I don't necessarily know that Condi Rice is going to look very good in the history books in terms of her stewardship of the NSC," said John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org, a private defense and military think tank.
  7. Failure to retaliate against bombing the Cole emboldened terrorists By James Gordon Meek Daily News (NY)/Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service March 24, 2004 -- "The Taliban and (Osama) Bin Laden thought they could blow us up, and we wouldn't blow them up," said defense analyst John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org. "If we'd hit back then, we might've put the fear of the Lord into them."
  8. Virus Era Hits 5-Year Milestone By Michelle Delio Wired March 26, 2004 -- "Melissa was Paleolithic times by today's standards," said George Smith, a senior fellow with GlobalSecurity.org. "You'd think five years is enough time to get something done about viruses?
  9. Vital defence information still on the net By Dennis Marcus Mathew The Hindu March 24, 2004 -- For those who want to have a look at the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), BharatDynamics Ltd (BDL), Mishra Dhatu Nigam Ltd, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), the Advanced Numerical Research and Analysis Group and others from different angles, globalsecurity.org offers amazing options.
  10. Boom Time for Bomb Jammers By William Matthews DefenseNews March 22, 2004 -- Use of bomb jammers by U.S. troops in Iraq has proven fairly effective for protecting the convoys that have them, said François Boo, an associate at GlobalSecurity.org, a defense policy organization in Alexandria, Va.
  11. Antiterror Gear: Slow selling with feds By James Bernstein Newsday (New York) March 22, 2004 -- "They've got a blank check here," said John Pike, an analyst with GlobalSecurity.org, which studies defense budgets and programs. "The American people will support this."
  12. Antiterrorism Products: Sales to feds are slow going By James Bernstein Newsday (New York) March 22, 2004 -- "They've got a blank check here," said John Pike, an analyst with GlobalSecurity.org, which studies defense budgets and programs. "The American people will support this."
  13. US steps up rail security but trains remain vulnerable Agence France Presse March 23, 2004 -- US anti-terrorism expert Francois Boo said the US rail system is the weak point of the country's transport system. "Americans use more airplanes than they are used to in Europe. The focus of the security is still more on the airports, so far when you board a train you are not asked to take your shoes off. I don't know how feasible that would be to take the same measures for the trains," said Boo, an analyst for the GlobalSecurity.org.
  14. 14 `enduring bases' set in Iraq By Christine Spolar Chicago Tribune March 23, 2004 -- Sources: GlobalSecurity.org, Tribune reporting
  15. In Country: One Iraq Year Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO) March 22, 2004 -- Sources: Associated Press; Coalition Provisional Authority; Pentagon; White House; U. S. State Department; U.S.A.I.D.; Office of Management and Budget; Globalsecurity. org; Cbc. ca; Guardian. co. uk; United Nations
  16. Numbers Time Magazine March 29, 2004 -- Sources: New York Times (2); Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Associated Press; globalsecurity.org; Utne; Associated Press (2)
  17. Intel experts: N. Korea a hard target By Jeremy Kirk Stars and Stripes March 21, 2004 -- The U.S. military publishes rafts of information on its tactics and doctrine, all of which can be tapped by the other side, Garrett said. The U.S. military is not very good about hiding its capabilities, Garrett said.
  18. Joint Venture makes berth in Iwakuni By Pfc. Lydia Davey Marine Corps News March 21, 2004 -- According to www.globalsecurity. org, the Joint Venture underwent six weeks of technical and structural modifications for U.S. Army service in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Included in the modifications were a two-part, hydraulically operated vehicle ramp, and the installation of a helicopter pad.
  19. After 9/11, U.S. policy built on world bases By James Sterngold The San Francisco Chronicle March 21, 2004 -- According to the Pentagon and GlobalSecurity.org, a think tank that tracks military data, the United States has constructed a big new base, Camp Stronghold Freedom, in Uzbekistan to serve as a logistical hub that could supply military missions anywhere in oil-rich Central Asia or the Middle East.
  20. Uncertain era for military recruitment, retention By Michael Taylor The San Francisco Chronicle March 21, 2004 -- "The Army's suffering quite a bit," said Patrick Garrett, an analyst at globalsecurity.org, a nonprofit think tank in Alexandria, Va. "They have a significant presence in Iraq, as well as Bosnia, Kosovo and other places around the world."
  21. De l'inquiétante vulnérabilité du réseau ferroviaire américainPar Patrick Anidjar Agence France Presse March19, 2004 -- Un spécialiste de la lutte antiterroriste, François Boo, estime même que le rail constitue aujourd'hui le talon d'Achille de l'Amérique. "L'accent est encore davantage mis sur la sécurité dans les avions que dans les trains", explique a l'AFP ce spécialiste rattache au groupe de réflexion "GlobalSecurity.org", en Virginie.
  22. According to the Web site www.globalsecurity.org, Sen. Kerry, a former member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, strongly has supported increased intelligence financing, including $200 billion in the past seven years - a 50 percent increase since 1996.
  23. America In Iraq; One Year Later; Questions, doubts swirl in war's wake By Michael Hedges The Houston Chronicle March 19, 2004 -- Sources: Associated Press; Coalition Provisional Authority; Pentagon; White House; U.S. State Department; GlobalSecurity.org; Knight Ridder
  24. Iraq: A Year of War; Gaugin The Overall Impact Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) March 19, 2004 -- Sources: Associated Press; Center for Strategic and International Studies; CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll; Coalition Provisional Authority; Department of Defense; KRT; Office of Management and Budget; Pentagon; Stars and Stripes ; U.S. Air Force; United Nations; U.S. Armed Forces News Service; U.S. Army Department of Public Affairs; U.S. Postal Service; U.S. State Department; U.S. Agency for International Development; White House; www.encyclopedia.com; www.lunaville.org; www.infoplease.com; www.pollingreport.com; www.iraqbodycount.net; www.periscope.ucg.com; www.globalsecurity.org
  25. One Year Later By William E. Gibson Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) March 19, 2004 -- SOURCES: Coalition Provisional Authority; Pentagon; White House; U.S. State Department; GlobalSecurity.org.
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  27. Taiwan poll won't alter China's missile deployment By David Isenberg Asia Times March 19, 2004 -- According to John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a military analysis firm, outside Washington DC, "It's unclear what the Chinese will do aboutTaiwan. The state of relations is very much in flux. The [US President George W] Bush administration has over-promised both China and Taiwan that when push comes to shove they'll get Taiwan out of a jam." But Pike says that in the short term China is likely to remain relatively quiet. "China won't say anything to adversely influence the US election."
  28. Toxics: Enviro Concerns Delay Disposal Of Hundreds Of U.S. Ships By Hye Jeong Greenwire March 18, 2004 -- "These ships have been slated to be scrapped for a long time," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a nonpartisan policy research group in Alexandria, Va. "Eventually, a hurricane is going to come along and wash them out to sea. Eventually, they are going to pose a hazard."
  29. Higher-Tech Missiles Feared In Iraqi Hands By Bryan Bender The Boston Globe March 18, 2004 -- "The idea that somehow through a wink and a nod this is showing up in Iraq is not surprising," said Tim Brown, a senior fellow at GlobalSecurity.org, an Alexandria, Va., think tank. "It could be an SA-18 or an SA-16 that [the Russians] sold to someone else and was transhipped to Iraq. It could be a new version smuggled in through the black market."
  30. Cashing In on Virus Infections By Michelle Delio Wired March 18, 2004 -- "What you have now is antivirus technology that has been fossilizing for years," said George Smith, a senior fellow with GlobalSecurity.org. "All technologies outside of signature-based scanning were effectively driven from the market in the last decade, as far as the average person or company is concerned. This was a conscious war prosecuted by the market leaders, who have enforced a stagnant technology base. Antivirus technology development is now a radioactive no-man's land."
  31. The Rebuilding Of Iraq Hartford Courant (Connecticut) March 16, 2004 -- SOURCES: Coalition Provisional Authority; USAID; Bechtel; New York Times; Associated Press; Reuters; Asia Times; Oil & Gas Journal Exchange; Institute for the Analysis of Global Security; U.S. Energy Information Administration; World Bank; United Nations; CIA; Reliefweb; GlobalSecurity.org, U.S. State Department, U.S. Mission to the United Nations; Department of Energy; ABC News; BBC; World Health Organization; WWW.OANDA.COM/CONVERT/CLASSIC
  32. USA wollen Spanien in Irak halten Financial Times Deutschland March 16, 2004 -- Illustration: FTD/am; globalsecurity.org
  33. Spanish leader calls Iraq `disaster' By Tom Hundley Chicago Tribune March 16, 2004 -- Sources: GlobalSecurity.org, International Foundation for Election Systems, news reports
  34. Cell phones jury-rigged to detonate bombs By Lou Dolinar Newsday March 15, 2004 -- "It's not rocket science," says John Pike of Globalsecurity.org, a Washington think tank. "Cell-phone detonators are pretty straightforward tradecraft."
  35. Iraq: One Year Later By Wayne Snow The Atlanta Journal-Constitution March 14, 2004 -- Sources: U.S. Agency for International Development, GlobalSecurity.org, Associated Press, KRT, New York Times, Coalition Provisional Authority, U.S. Department of Commerce, Stars and Stripes, Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, Iraq Body Count, Project on Defense Alternatives
  36. War's murky legacy splits U.S.: Critics worry Iraq operation hurts U.S. economy, credibility; backers say it pays dividends By Ron French The Detroit News March 14, 2004 -- In the aftermath of September 11 and the war in Afghanistan, "the country was emotionally on a war-time footing," says John Pike, director of Global Security, a Washington, D.C., think tank focusing on military issues. "But the national mood now is different. The sense of clear and present danger that we experienced in the year or two post-September 11 is gone."
  37. Expertos de EEUU apuntan a Al Qaeda By Pablo Pardo El Mundo March 12, 2004 -- John Pike, director del centro de estudios Global Security y asesor del Pentagono, es de la misma opinion. "Yo empezaria a buscar por Al Qaeda. Este atentado es estilo checheno".
  38. Darpa Takes Battle to the Streets By Noah Shachtman Wired March 11, 2004 -- The fact that Darpa is asking these questions at all comes as a refreshing change to John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org. Darpa is "more focused on current operations than at any time since the Vietnam War, which is not surprising," he wrote in an e-mail. "This is the first time since Vietnam that we have been involved in a protracted conflict.
  39. Pentagon's Robot Race Stalls in Gate By Peter Pae Los Angeles Times March 11, 2004 -- "They're already investing hundreds of millions of dollars on unmanned ground vehicles, and they may or may not have to pay out the million dollars here," said John Pike, a defense analyst for the think tank GlobalSecurity.org. "I can understand how they might be able to convince themselves to do to this."
  40. Kansas firm offers details on sale of seized plane By Scott Canon Kansas City Star March 11, 2004 -- One man's mercenary is another man's security guard, said John Pike, a defense expert at GlobalSecurity.org. That's an awful lot of security guards. The problem that you've got in Africa & is that anybody who can shoot their way into the national palace is president.
  41. After Saddam, US remains at risk of attack: experts By Patrick Anidjar Agence France-Presse March 10, 2004 -- According to Patrick Garrett at GlobalSecurity.org, a think tank specializing on defense issues, "it's going to be a while before we can really say that Iraq is going to be an influential and stable facet of the Middle East that will be able to add to the security of the region and of the world."
  42. For Empire or Vocation, Ever Forward! By Karen Kwiatkowski Los Angeles Times March 10, 2004 -- http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/army/3-116in.htm
  43. State getting rapid-response military team By Wayne Woodley The Star-Ledger March 10, 2004 -- "I think the DOD has come to realize you want to be as close as possible to the location of the incident or attack," said Francois Boo, an analyst who has followed the issue for GlobalSecurity.org, a Virginia defense think tank. "Having them trek across borders is not the way to go."
  44. U.S. may up high-tech ante in bin Laden hunt By Barbara Starr CNN.com March 10, 2004 -- The U.S. military also is examining using the E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, a long-range, air-to-ground surveillance system designed to locate, classify and track in any type of weather, according to GlobalSecurity.org, a nonpartisan international policy-research group.
  45. Pakistan test fires new long-range missile By Seth Stern Christian Science Monitor March 9, 2004 -- According to Globalsecurity.org, the Shaheen series of solid-propellant rockets is one of three components of Pakistan's missile effort. They appear to be modeled on Chinese-built missiles obtained since the early 1990s. Dr. Khan's laboratory, which is responsible for Pakistan's uranium bomb program, has imported and tested North Korean Nodong missiles under the name Ghauri and may also be considering longer-range Taepodong missiles, Globalsecurity.org says.
  46. Libya may be allowed to keep some Scud missiles By Carol Giacomo Reuters March 9, 2004 -- He did not have a precise figure on the number of Libyan Scud Bs but globalsecurity.org, an authoritative source for weapons data, said Libya's inventory consisted of 80 Scud B launchers and possibly three times as many missiles.
  47. Embassy bomb buffers: 'Where is this going to end? CBC March 9, 2004 -- "The main threat to embassies today is basically the truck bomb, or the car bomb," said Brown, an expert on diplomatic security with GlobalSecurity.org in Washington.
  48. Northrop's Heavy Artillery By Christopher Palmeri and Stan Crock Business Week March 8, 2004 -- ''It really comes down to individual contracts, as to whether they bid them correctly and follow through on execution,'' says John E. Pike, director of think tank GlobalSecurity.org. ''Boeing bid wrong. Lockheed had bad execution. We haven't seen any one of those problems yet from Northrop.''
  49. DARPA's Wild Kingdom By Nick Turse MotherJones March/April 2004 Issue--There may be no country left to take the lead from us, the nearest military competitor being China which reportedly had $65 billion in military expenditures in 2002 (compared to our $466 billion according to GlobalSecurity.org) and which, only in 2003, put its first "Taikonaut" into outer space.
  50. Algeria: Us Pressure Over Country's Nuclear Capabilities BBC Monitoring Middle East - Political March 7, 2004 -- Starting in 1991, "the United States was worried by the fact that Algeria could develop nuclear weapons with the help of the Chinese government," the GlobalSecurity.org internet site stated, which is close to the Pentagon and reputedly serious.
  51. Bush spares no expense against terror By Ralph Vartabedian The Los Angeles Times March 7, 2004 -- "It is obvious we don't have a government administrative system for spending our research money wisely," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a think tank in Alexandria, Va. "The monster under the bed is a view that we can't talk about threats because that would tell terrorists how to attack us. The research is important and the threat is real, but we need a full and frank exchange of views on this point."
  52. Nuclear Equipment Remnants Of Libya's Weapons Program Ships Out WORLD NEWS TONIGHT SATURDAY (06:30 PM ET) - ABC March 6, 2004 -- JOHN PIKE, GLOBALSECURITY.ORG: This does demonstrate that when a country has made a decision to give up its nuclear weapons, it's something that can happen on a time scale of months, not years.
  53. Case of the mysterious mass lockout By Roger Franklin The New Zealand Herald March 06, 2004 -- "The idea that a military test of some sort was responsible isn't that far-fetched," Pike said, noting that hush-hush electronic weapons and counter-measures are among special projects funded by the Pentagon's "black budget", details of which are withheld even from the congressional Armed Services Committee.
  54. «La circulation de l'information facilite l'arrestation»Par Pascal Riche Libération March 5, 2004 -- Patrick Garrett, de GlobalSecurity.org, critique la stratégie du silence de la police française
  55. Congressman: European changes could bring troops to Colorado The Associated Press State & Local Wire March 5, 2004 -- John Pike, director of the Virginia-based defense policy think tank GlobalSecurity.org, said it would be reasonable to believe Fort Carson would gain a brigade of 4,000 soldiers or more.
  56. Governor names new Guard chief By Thomas Peele Contra Costa Times (California) March 4, 2004 -- It may not prove important that Eres lacks experience as a troop commander, said John Pike, an analyst with the Washington, D.C.-based group Global Security.org, who has studied the National Guard. "It is unusual for someone in the Army to (achieve general) and not have experience in one of the combat fields," Pike said. "If you look at the bits and pieces he's responsible for, they are commanded by people with command experience."
  57. Part of I Corps HQ may leave Ft. Lewis for Zama By Juliana Gittler Stars and Stripes March 4, 2004 -- GlobalSecurity.org describes I Corps as an early deploying corps for military contingencies in the Pacific & able to deploy on short notice. & War plans for I Corps include the defense of Korea or the defense of Japan. & I Corps base units include approximately 20,000 active-duty soldiers at Fort Lewis, Washington, and an equal number of U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers based in many of the fifty states.
  58. Confusion and Paranoia By Richard Chirgwin CommsWorld March 4, 2004 -- Well: I once went into pulse weapons in great detail with local researcher and defense commentator Carlo Kopp. His paper on pulse bombs was a huge hit; it was criticised in the US Congress for violating military secrets (because physics is a military secret); and both he and I had years of e-mails from out-of-the-way places asking us for more detailed designs. The articles can be found in the December 1996 and January 1997 issues of Open Systems Review ; and have been updated for publication at www.globalsecurity.org.
  59. Support troops hone combat skills: New manuals include how to react to ambush By Noelle Phillips Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) March 2, 2004 -- "I think the artificial distinction between the front and the rear has been erased," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Web site that tracks defense issues.
  60. Kerry toughens line on pre-emptive military actionByPETER MACKLER Agence France Presse March 02, 2004 -- John Pike, director of the GlobalSecurity.org think tank, said it would be natural for Kerry to shift emphasis as he moved from the Democratic race to a battle with Bush that could hinge on undecided voters. But he still saw a qualitative differeence between the two on the question of pre-emptive strikes. "Bush has changed what has been a tactical option into a strategic preference," Pike said.
  61. Technobabble By David Rowan The Times (London) March 02, 2004 - George Smith, a national-security specialist with the GlobalSecurity.Org website, decided to investigate. The original "How to Make Ricin" page appears on an anarchic website called The Temple of the Screaming Electron
  62. Tennessee's largest Guard combat force put on alert By Duncan Mansfield The Associated Press State & Local Wire March 1, 2004 -- http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/army/278acr.htm
  63. Army marching to high-tech future By Frank Oliveri The Honolulu Advertiser March 01, 2004 -- Patrick Garret, an associate analyst with Globalsecurity.org, said tank battles are a thing of the past. "Enemy tanks will get (destroyed) by air power," he said.