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September 2004 News

  1. Iraq: Dropping Science (But Not Like Galileo Dropped The; Orange) The Hotline September 30, 2004 -- Christian Science Monitor's Francis asks, "If a new Iraq government should agree to let American forces stay on, how many bases will the U.S. request? ... The Pentagon isn't saying." The U.S. Army maintains 1 in Honduras, 6 in the Netherlands. 12 is the "number of so-called 'enduring bases' located" by GlobalSecurity.org dir. John Pike.
  2. US bases in Iraq: sticky politics, hard math By David R. Francis The Christian Science Monitor (Boston, MA) September 30, 2004 -- But a dozen is the number of so-called "enduring bases" located by John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org. His military affairs website gives their names. They include, for example, Camp Victory at the Baghdad airfield and Camp Renegade in Kirkuk. The Chicago Tribune last March said US engineers are constructing 14 "enduring bases," but Mr. Pike hasn't located two of them.
  3. 13 Royal Maces to fly Super Hornets to Atsugi By Nancy Montgomery Stars and Stripes September 30, 2004 -- The Super Hornet's two engines deliver a top speed of more than Mach 1.8, according to GlobalSecurity.org, but the plane's increased fuel consumption when flying full throttle makes it unlikely it will travel at top speed.
  4. Terrorists could bring down U.S. jets with hidden bombs By Alan Levin USA TODAY September 29, 2004 -- Sources: Jane's Information Group, www.GlobalSecurity.org, wire reports, www.HowStuffWorks.com.
  5. Asia, Europe Brace for U.S. Troop Realignment By Jane Roh FOXNews.com September 28, 2004 -- John Pike, founder of GlobalSecurity.org, said the pending moves make South Koreans nervous because "it looks like we're getting out of the way of the North Korean army. ... [Kim Jong-Il] is sleeping better at night because of the atomic bombs under his bed."
  6. Band shelter serves as memorial to 1st Logistics Command By F.M. Wiggins The Progress-Index September 28, 2004 -- The Web site, www.globalsecurity.org, states that during 1966, 1st Logistics Command became the largest single major command in Vietnam as its military personnel strength increased to more than 50,000. Its combat service support activities were reaching - directly or indirectly - nearly every service member in Vietnam.
  7. Dispensing carnage without the rubble By David Wilson South China Morning Post September 28, 2004 -- The explosion produced a "significant growth in overpressure and temperature in the tunnel", according to globalsecurity.org.
  8. U.S. Planes Pummel Iraqi Slum By Edmund Sanders Los Angeles Times September 27, 2004 -- The two deaths brought the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq this month to 77, according to a compilation of Pentagon news releases by globalsecurity.org, making September the fourth-deadliest month for American forces since the invasion was launched.
  9. Pentagon Plan to Pull Troops Laced With Uncertainty By Jane Roh FOXNews.com September 27, 2004 -- Still, some analysts wonder if Washington shouldn't focus on the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan before they schedule any base realignments. John Pike, a defense analyst for GlobalSecurity.org, said that adding troops in Iraq and Afghanistan was probably more important than reconfiguring the military's global defense posture. "The argument against increasing troop strength used to be that the war would be over before it took effect, but that is no longer the case," Pike said, predicting that America's engagement in Iraq would "probably last 40 months."
  10. Inept spy networks thrive in the face of constant bungling The New Zealand Herald September 26, 2004 -- John Pike, who heads GlobalSecurity.org, a private intelligence company near Washington, speaks scathingly about the overwhelming US dependence on technology rather than human resources, on the ground and in analysis.
  11. Target Earth New Scientist September 25, 2004 -- When the idea of a space bomber was raised three years ago it was greeted with disbelief . But John Pike, an analyst with globalsecurity.org, says the Pentagon is determined to build it. "They have a real fascination with this suborbital glide bomber. They've really latched onto it."
  12. Lockheed Martin Wins $3.3 Billion Navy Contract to Develop Satellite Network By Renae Merle The Washington Post September 25, 2004 -- While the general trend is toward high-frequency satellites, this program addresses the needs of tactical fighters, said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org. "These channels don't have much more capacity than a dial-up modem," Pike said. But "if I am a little special ops team and I am out in the middle of nowhere and would like to download the latest situation report, I just flip this baby out of the backpack and I am in business. . . . This is like satellite communications to the fox hole."
  13. Guardsman hurt in attack By Lisa Coon Peoria Journal Star, IL September 25, 2004 -- The area houses the civilian ruling authority run by the Americans and British and the offices of major U.S. consulting companies, according to www.globalsecurity.org.
  14. Rumsfeld Says Troop Level Adequate for Current, Future Missions By Tony Capaccio Bloomberg September 24, 2004 -- The military's moves to reorder itself to create more deployable units are part of an effort to free up more resources while avoiding the politically unpalatable options, said John Pike, a defense analyst at Globalsecurity.org. ``They'll do whatever it takes to avoid a draft,'' Pike said. ``That's why this is an important question.''
  15. Transfers show Fort Carson is safe from budget ax, officials say The Associated Press September 24, 2004 -- Hefley and John Pike, executive director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Virginia-based think tank, said it's a clear sign Fort Carson won't be shut down. "This means that it's a foregone conclusion that Fort Carson will stay open," Pike said. "They won't bring a unit to a base, then immediately shut it down."
  16. Fort Carson gaining troops As the U.S. consolidates worldwide forces, 3,700 based in South Korea will join the Mountain Post. By Bruce Finley The Denver Post September 24, 2004 -- Before deploying from South Korea to Iraq, the 2nd Infantry soldiers "had been told that the road home was through Baghdad," said military analyst John Pike, director of the Washington think tank GlobalSecurity.org. "This is the first of a number of re-stationings that will be taking place over the next decade," Pike said.
  17. Pakistan military gets new home-grown tanks Agence France Presse September 24, 2004 -- Ukraine pledged in 2002 to provide Pakistan with 315 engines for Al-Khalid tanks over three years in a deal worth up to 150 million dollars, according to the Washington-based globalsecurity.org website.
  18. The Kiowa helicopter By Paul L. Kerstein Sharon Advocate September 24, 2004 -- Information provided from the Web sites: www.fas.org and www.globalsecurity.org.
  19. 3,700 troops moving to Carson By Tom Roeder The Gazette September 24, 2004 -- "This means that it's a foregone conclusion that Fort Carson will stay open," said John Pike, executive director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Viginiabased defense think tank. "They won't bring a unit to a base, then immediately shut it down."
  20. Calling the shots By Helen Knight The Engineer September 24, 2004 -- John Pike, director of defence research organisation GlobalSecurity.org, said the Department of Homeland Security is dragging its feet on the issue. Rather than spending the next few years evaluating the technology before making a decision, it should already be overseeing its manufacture, he said. 'It's a few billion dollars. The problem is that the homeland security field still thinks $1bn (£560m) is a big number, so you can say, "Oh it will cost billions of dollars," and that will stop the discussion. But $10bn is one year's budget for [national] missile defence in this country,' he said.
  21. Bush and Kerry on Iraq SHOW: Morning Edition 11:00 AM EST NPR September 23, 2004 -- Mr. JOHN PIKE (GlobalSecurity.org): When you look at how little they have done in getting the Iraqis trained up to do their own security, it's difficult to imagine how they could have done worse.
  22. Bombings, Other Violence Claim at Least 30 Lives By Thomas S. Mulligan Los Angeles Times September 23, 2004 -- As many as 65 U.S. military personnel have been killed in Iraq this month, according to GlobalSecurity.org, which compiled the toll from U.S. Defense Department news releases.
  23. 'Packing heat' could take on new meaning in Iraq By Lisa Hoffman Scripps Howard News Service September 22, 2004 -- It is possible to foil the weapon, according to the GlobalSecurity.org research outfit. Covering the body with thick clothes or carrying a metallic sheet - or even a trash-can lid - could deflect the beam, the group says in an analysis. The beam also loses its punch if it hits a body part covered by calluses.
  24. White House taps into a $25 billion emergency fund to help pay for the war in Iraq SHOW: Marketplace 6:30 AM EST SYND September 21, 2004 -- Mr. JOHN PIKE (GlobalSecurity.org): With all the ammo they've been expending, with all the gas they've been consuming, with the bombs that they've been dropping, I think it's easy to understand why they would have run out of money at the end of the year and have to dip into next year's account.
  25. Iran beginning key stage in nuclear cycle draws US ire By Michael Adler Agence France Presse September 21, 2004 -- "Well, I think that the clock is ticking. I think the Iranians have determined their course of action and are going with it," John Pike of the Washington-based Global Security think tank told AFP.
  26. Bush, in shift, taps into emergency Iraq funds By Adam Entous Reuters September 21, 2004 -- With the rate of spending in Iraq already at more than $1 billion a week, the Pentagon may not have enough money to "get past Christmas," let alone wait until February, said John Pike, a defense analyst with GlobalSecurity.org. He said the White House could need closer to $75 billion next year.
  27. Bush, in shift, taps into emergency Iraq funds By Adam Entous Reuters September 21, 2004 -- But congressional aides and analysts say the size of that package would grow substantially if fighting intensifies, as expected, before Iraqi elections scheduled for January. "I think it's apparent we're going to need the upper end of the estimates rather than the lower end," said John Pike, a defense analyst with GlobalSecurity.org.
  28. McMullen says he can do more on security than Leahy By Wilson Ring The Associated Press September 21, 2004 -- An unofficial count by the group GlobalSecurity.org says more than 7,700 U.S. service members have been wounded in action.
  29. Un gendarme mundial para el siglo XXI By Martin Ortega Carcelen El Pais September 21, 2004 -- Tras la crisis de Irak, en septiembre de 2003, el secretario general de Naciones Unidas inicio un proceso para adaptar la ONU a las nuevas circunstancias y hacerla mas efectiva contra las verdaderas amenazas. Kofi Annan creo un panel de 16 personalidades (vease www.un-globalsecurity.org), que hara publico su informe el proximo 1 de diciembre.
  30. U.S., Syrian Troops May Unite On Border Beat By James Gordon Meek Daily News (New York) September 20, 2004 -- "It's difficult to envision in the real world that U.S. and Syrian troops would jointly patrol," said John Pike, a defense analyst at GlobalSecurity.org. Instead, the diplomatic moves are most likely an effort to engage Syria and "try to avoid a situation in which we wind up shooting a bunch of Syrian soldiers while we're in hot pursuit of evildoers," Pike said.
  31. Classic guerrilla war forming in Iraq By Brad Knickerbocker The Christian Science Monitor September 20, 2004 -- First, says John Pike of the group GlobalSecurity.org, enemy combatants must be killed, captured, or demoralized faster than new ones can be recruited, and the majority of the population must come to see the insurgency as illegitimate and its defeat as inevitable.
  32. Las Claves / Los Grupos Paramilitares Por Monica G. Prieto El Mundo September 20, 2004 -- Ejercito de Mahoma, Banderas Blancas y Jovenes Musulmanes. Promueve la resistencia contra la ocupacion. Se cree compuesto por extranjeros filtrados desde Arabia Saudi y otros paises arabes. Segun globalsecurity.org, se habria aliado con la antigua Inteligencia de Sadam a principios de 2004. Reivindica coches bomba y promueve los secuestros.
  33. Courage amid chaos By Hal Bernton The Seattle Times September 18, 2004 -- Interviews with Breshears' father, Larry, and John Pike, a military analyst with GlobalSecurity.org, offered additional background information.
  34. Army recruiters attend video game tourney The Associated Press September 18, 2004 -- John Pike, executive director of the Virginia-based GlobalSecurity.org think tank said it is aimed at teens who are more interested in combat than in money. "If it works, more power to 'em, because they need all the soldiers they can get," Pike said.
  35. Pentagon Plans U.S. Reserve, Guard Troop Call-up, Kerry Says By Tony Capaccio Bloomberg September 17, 2004 -- The third major troop rotation planned for U.S. forces in Iraq reflects an administration shift over how many troops are needed, said John Pike, an analyst at defense research group GlobalSecurity.org. ``It's one additional indicator of growing realism by the administration on how the war's going,'' Pike said.
  36. GIs claim threat by Army By Dick Foster Rocky Mountain News September 16, 2004 -- The Army envisions building each unit into a cohesive whole and staffing them with soldiers who will stay with the unit for longer periods of time, said John Pike, head of the defense analysis think tank GlobalSecurity.org.
  37. Photos of suspected secret Iranian nuclear site released Agence France Presse September 16, 2004 -- "It would be the logical place for Iran to conduct weaponization work on an atomic bomb and the logical place for us to look for such work," John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a local military affair think tank, told ABC News.
  38. IRAKSTYRKEN: KOALITIONEN KNAGER Politiken September 16, 2004 -- Kilder: Pentagon, Dancon, GlobalSecurity.org, BBC, Reuters
  39. US debates military strikes on 'nuclear Iran' By Guy Dinmore FT.com September 15, 2004 -- The military option is laid out in detail by Globalsecurity.org, a defence think-tank.
  40. Armed and Dangerous? By Jacqueline Shire and Jonathan Karl ABCNews.com September 16, 2004 -- "Parchin is the center of Iran's munitions industry and home to Iran's oldest ammunitions factory, founded before World War II," said John Pike, directory of GlobalSecurity.org, an organization that seeks to reduce reliance on nuclear weapons. "It would be the logical place for Iran to conduct weaponization work on an atomic bomb and the logical place for us to look for such work," he said.
  41. General Dynamics y Lockheed disenaran red comunicacion Ejercito EEUU Deutsche Presse-Agentur September 15, 2004 -- "Este es un programa muy critico porque es la columna vertebral para el resto de la modernizacion del Ejercito", dijo John Pike, un analista del grupo de investigacion de defensa Globalsecurity.org.
  42. General Dynamics, Lockheed to Split $12 Bln Network By Edmond Lococo and Tony Capaccio Bloomberg September 13, 2004 -- ``This is an enormously critical program because it's the backbone for the rest of the Army's modernization,'' said John Pike, an analyst at defense research group Globalsecurity.org. ``Until you get going on WIN-T, it's pretty hard to get down the road with the rest of it.''
  43. Today's Editorial: U.S. should keep distance from Putin The Indianapolis Star September 14, 2004 -- None of those brutal killings can be justified, not even by Russia's bare-knuckled attempts to stifle Chechnya's independence movement. Russian air strikes and "indiscriminate and disproportionate force" led to at least 25,000 deaths and destruction of much of Chechnya by 1995, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  44. Pentagon Revives Memory Project By Noah Shachtman Wired News September 13, 2004 -- The proposed project is similar to digital memory efforts going on at Microsoft and elsewhere. It would also be a big improvement over how so-called "after action reports" are currently handled, GlobalSecurity.org director John Pike noted. This could make ASSIST "very useful."
  45. Gunmaker sets sights on end of ban By David Heinzmann Chicago Tribune September 13, 2004 -- Sources: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; GlobalSecurity.org; U.S. Department of State, Associated Press/Chicago Tribune
  46. 10-Year Assault Weapons Ban Ends By Karen MacPherson Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania) September 13, 2004 -- NFORMATIONAL GRAPHIC: Dan DeLorenzo/AP; Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms; GlobalSecurity; U.S. Department of State: (Gun expires,legalizes sale of military-style features)
  47. Gunmakers prepped for demand By Shannon McCaffrey The Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) September 13, 2004 -- GRAPHIC: B.W. graphic is drawing of a semiautomatic assault weapon with some other military-style features (SOURCE: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; GlobalSecurity.org; U.S. Department of State)(Dan DeLorenzo)(AP)
  48. Billions spent, but targets remain vulnerable By Pam Zubeck The Gazette September 13, 2004 -- "Lawrence of Arabia said you cannot be strong everywhere," said John Pike, who runs defense think tank GlobalSecurity.org. "There's a pretty good chunk of irrationality in the whole thing (homeland security)."
  49. Mission Still Not Accomplished By Johanna McGeary, Reported by Christopher Allbritton and Scott MacLeod/Baghdad and Massimo Calabresi and Mark Thompson/Washington Time Magazine September 20, 2004 -- COLOR CHART: SOURCE: GLOBALSECURITY.ORG; OIF/OEF CASUALTY UPDATE
  50. U.S. must learn from Russia By Jon Sawyer St. Louis Post-Dispatch September 11, 2004 -- John Pike, a nuclear weapons specialist at globalsecurity.org, a Washington-based think tank, said Beslan was a reminder that an attack on a similar "soft target" here - a school in a smaller town - "would not be that hard to do."
  51. Irak. A savoir Libération September 9, 2004 -- www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/iraq_casualties.htm
  52. NASA space probe crashes in desert By Robert Cooke and Earl Lane Newsday September 9, 2004 -- "The theory of the Discovery program was that you were going to have a diversity of missions and that you would expect that not all of them would succeed," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a nonprofit research organization.
  53. Space capsule crashes in desert By John Shovelan ABC Radio (Australia) September 9, 2004 -- JOHN PIKE: The notion that you would be recovering a capsule drifting down on a parachute by an airplane, the way we did it back in the old days, or these helicopters, I think was an eminently sensible approach.
  54. Hiding the bodies By Jeff Horwitz Salon.com September 8, 2004 -- That cost has been steadily rising for months, says John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a think tank in Washington specializing in military and international security issues. "The amount of combat that U.S. soldiers are seeing is going up, but the amount of combat the American public is seeing is going down," he says. "Iraq has almost turned into the forgotten war -- it's just faded into the background."
  55. Bush to Give Intelligence Chief More Budget Power By Adam Entous Reuters September 8, 2004 -- John Pike, a defense analyst with GlobalSecurity.org, called it "murky at this point," adding, "I think we're going to have to read the fine print here."
  56. Atomic energy inspectors in SA By Jenni Evans iafrica.com September 7, 2004 -- According to a report on www.globalsecurity.org, he has subsequently admitted to selling nuclear technology to other governments.
  57. Navy Plans to Buy Fewer Ships By Renae Merle The Washington Post September 7, 2004 -- The change increased the cost of developing and building 30 of the subs by $3 billion, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  58. International Experts In S Africa Over Nuclear Trafficking Probe Global News Wire - Asia Africa Intelligence Wire / BBC Monitoring International Reports September 6, 2004 -- According to a report on www.globalsecurity.org, he has subsequently admitted to selling nuclear technology to other governments.
  59. August takes a heavy toll: 1,100 wounded in Iraq By Karl Vick, THE WASHINGTON POST NewsDay September 6, 2004 -- Last month's toll of 1,112 compared with 533 troops injured in July, 589 in June and 818 in May, according to Globalsecurity.org, based in Alexandria, Va.
  60. Citizen-soldiers not always fit to serve By Sig Christenson San Antonio Express-News September 5, 2004 -- One in every three soldiers in Iraq is a member of the Guard or Reserve, up from 25 percent in the first year of the war, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  61. US tackles missile terror risk New Scientist September 5, 2004 -- The cost of fitting the 5000-strong US airliner fleet with laser systems is likely to run to as much as $10 billion. "It's either increased fares or higher taxes," says John Pike, a security analyst at the GlobalSecurity.org think tank in Alexandria, Virginia. "One way or another, the American public will have to foot the bill."
  62. False alarm empties terminal By Richard Brooks and John F. Berry The Press-Enterprise September 4, 2004 -- Occasional evacuations are likely to remain a nuisance for the foreseeable future, said John Pike, director of the defense think tank GlobalSecurity.Org. "You're going to have to go through metal detectors 'til the end of time. And they're going to screen for explosives 'til the end of time," he said by phone from Alexandria, Va.
  63. Kosmisches Wasserballett FACTS September 2, 2004 -- Nur zwei ueberqualifizierte Hausmeister halten derzeit das - so Sicherheitsexperte John Pike - "groesste Bauvorhaben seit den Pyramiden" zusammen, so gut sie koennen.
  64. EU's quantum leap; Net effect: web sites that shape the world; Brief Article By Ho, Soyoung Reuters September 1, 2004 -- Although claims of industrial espionage remain unproven, GlobalSecurity.org Director John Pike says that the United States might use such surveillance to determine if European firms used bribes to win contracts.
  65. Republican platform reflects changing times By Jonathan M. Katz The Associated Press September 1, 2004 -- Those changes have more to do with America's shifting alliances than they do with changes in Russia or China, said John Pike, director of defense think-tank Globalsecurity.org.
  66. Militants Appear to Kill 12 Iraq Hostages By Ken Ellingwood Los Angeles Times September 1, 2004 -- Sources: Associated Press, GlobalSecurity.org