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October 2004 News

  1. All change in Washington By Peter Beaumont The Observer October 31, 2004 -- This theme is taken up by John Pike, head of GlobalSecurity think tank. 'What has happened is that the political culture in this town has got to the stage it can no longer differentiate between what is and what should be. In the past four years, the political conversation has deteriorated into a series of 'talking points' - party lines - where most people have no idea what they are saying.'
  2. Jealousy May Have Prompted Mesage By James Gordon Meek Daily News (New York) October 30, 2004 -- "Zarqawi's been sucking up a lot of airtime," said John Pike, a terror expert at GlobalSecurity.org.
  3. Iraq explosives story detonates under Bush campaign By Eric Boehlert Salon.com October 30, 2004 -- But an examination by GlobalSecurity.org uncovered that the images were not what they appeared to be: "A comparison of features in the DoD-released imagery with available commercial satellite imagery, combined with the use of an IAEA map showing the location of bunkers used to store the HMX explosives, reveals that the trucks pictured on the DoD image are not at any of the nine bunkers identified by the IAEA as containing the missing explosive stockpiles."
  4. Pentagon releases satellite photos of trucks in front of Al-Qaqaa bunker SHOW: NBC Nightly News 6:30 AM EST NBC October 29, 2004 -- Mr. JOHN PIKE (Weapons Expert): There is a bunker at the complex with the explosive material. It's just not the bunker that the truck is in front of.
  5. U.S. Major Removed Iraq Explosives, Saw No Seals By Jon Steinman Bloomberg October 29, 2004 -- HMX is used exclusively for military purposes to implode fissionable material in nuclear devices, as a component of plastic- bonded explosives, as a component of rocket propellant, and as a high explosive burster charge, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  6. Full Spectrum by Shane Cory The Washington Dispatch October 29, 2004 -- The Washington Dispatch contacted defense and intelligence expert John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org regarding the KSTP video. Asked whether the footage supports the IAEA and Iraqi Interim Government's claim that the weapons went missing after April 9th, Pike stated that the footage was "strongly suggestive, but not 100%."
  7. About that al Qaqaa satellite imagery By Geraldine Sealey Salon.com October 29, 2004 -- Far be it from us to suggest that the Pentagon would release confusing non-evidence at a time when this story has been a net-negative for President Bush, but GlobalSecurity.org says the "activity" shown in the Pentagon image wasn't even outside the right bunkers.
  8. KSTP tape may show Iraqi bunkers By Bob Von Sternberg and Paul Mcenroe The Star Tribune October 29, 2004 -- John Pike, who maintains an Internet Web site specializing in satellite imagery, GlobalSecurity.org, reviewed the station's video for the Star Tribune.
  9. Behind Fallujah strategy By Scott Peterson The Christian Science Monitor October 29, 2004 -- One thought going around now is: 'Why doesn't Iraq look like [post-World War II] Germany or Japan, which knew they had been defeated?' " says John Pike, a military analyst who heads Globalsecurity.org in Alexandria, Va. "One of the challenges we are facing now is these people don't know they have been defeated," he says. "Fallujah will be an opportunity for them to be crushed decisively and for them to taste defeat."
  10. War costs estimate undercuts White House By Thomas Catan and Demetri Sevastopulo Financial Times (London, England) October 28, 2004 -- The military is "making a transition from a short-war mentality to along-war mentality", said John Pike of Globalsecurity.org. For example, the military is seeking to add armour to its Humvees in Iraq and buy additional body armour for its troops. The marines, Mr Pike said, had expressed discontent with kit.
  11. Why the U.S. must withdraw from Iraq By Peter Dale Scott Salon.com October 28, 2004 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, has since identified no less than 12 "enduring bases" being constructed by the U.S. Army in Iraq (two less than the 14 reported by the Chicago Tribune last March).
  12. White House to seek extra Dollars 70bn for war effort, general predicts By Thomas Catan and Demetri Sevastopulo Financial Times (London, England) October 27, 2004 -- The military is "making a transition from a short-war mentality to a long-war mentality", said John Pike of Globalsecurity.org. For example, the military is seeking to add armour to its Humvees in Iraq and buy additional body armour for its troops. The marines, Mr Pike said, had expressed particular discontent with their kit and might need additional equipment.
  13. Army waits for Bush to deploy missile defense By Shelby G. Spires The Huntsville Times October 27, 2004 -- The indecision has puzzled many defense watchdogs. GlobalSecurity.com's John Pike, who has spent two decades - "about half my life" - looking at missile defense, is bewildered as to why there was a large buildup by the Bush administration toward Oct. 1, but then nothing after Sept. 30. "I'm kind of confused to what is going on," Pike said. "The theory was that there would be a ceremony, a ribbon-cutting and perhaps a building would be named for (late President Ronald) Reagan, but nobody held much stock that the system would actually work.
  14. Missing explosives capture spotlight By David L. Greene, Tom Bowman and Julie Hirschfeld Davis The Baltimore Sun October 26, 2004 -- John Pike, a defense analyst for GlobalSecurity. org, said the explosives, the disappearance of which was first reported in yesterday's New York Times, would prove to be an "unprecedented treasure trove" of bomb-making material. "I think the evil-doers will put it to good use," he said. "You'd have to be concerned. We'll be hearing about it again."
  15. Living with fear in Washington By Elaine Monagha The Times October 25, 2004 -- John Pike, the entirely sane director of a seriously nerdy website admitted to me this week that he was contemplating a move away from his home on Capitol Hill, a stone's throw from Congress. You will remember that the white-domed structure was the target missed when the fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania, and that it is al-Qaeda's habit to go after missed targets. Mr Pike had heard of some "very attractive condos" going up safely on the other side of the Potomac, in Virginia. "I'm going to have to get my bomb effect calculator out and see if we'd be out of the bomb blast zone," he said. He was laughing, but he wasn't joking.
  16. National security appointments would loom large in Kerry administration By Carl M. Cannon The National Journal October 25, 2004 -- Defense Secretary -- For the top Pentagon jobs, as with all of the senior national security positions, Kerry's main problem would seem to be choosing from among a glut of highly qualified people. "He's got far more people than he has positions," says John Pike, of GlobalSecurity.org. "[It will be] a very intense game of musical chairs because there are going to be three or four eminently qualified people for every position."
  17. Falluja's fighters dig in for the final onslaught By Peter Beaumont The Observer October 24, 2004 -- It is a view that is endorsed by John Pike of the Washington think-tank GlobalSecurity.org. 'The Marine units that are being gathered for the battle are short on laser designation [for guiding air attacks from the ground]. They are significantly under-equipped. A special forces group like this would fill that gap.'
  18. Where's Osama? Speculation Among Security Experts Runs Rampant, But I'd Take A Peek At Iran Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania) October 24, 2004 -- Chalous, the town where the al-Qaida hierarchy is said to have taken refuge, is, according to GlobalSecurity.org, "the locale of an underground nuclear weapons facility staffed by experts from Russia, China and North Korea."
  19. Shipping dangers more troublesome than airborne security, military commanders say By Tom Roeder The Gazette October 21, 2004 -- John Pike, executive director of the defense think tank Global Security.org, said it's time the government started worrying about sea-borne threats. "I think they are slowly awakening from their slumber," he said.
  20. Star Power Helps Tout Missile Defense By Michael Cabbage Orlando Sentinel (Florida) October 19, 2004 -- "This is too good to be true for the defense contractors," said John Pike, director of the policy-research group GlobalSecurity.org. "There is a lot of money at stake here."
  21. Limited Defense System Will Target Nebulous Threat Iran And North Korea Don't Yet Pose Much Of A Nuclear Risk To The U.S., Experts Say By Michael Cabbage Orlando Sentinel (Florida) October 18, 2004 -- SOURCES: CIA, Knight Ridder Tribune, GlobalSecurity.org, Federation of American Scientists, The Associated Press KNIGHT RIDDER TRIBUNE/LOS ANGELES TIMES/ORLANDO SENTINEL
  22. Space can wait until after Nov. 2 By Patty Reinert The Houston Chronicle October 18, 2004 -- Space analyst John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org said people in the space industry are interested in the candidates' views on space exploration, but most voters could care less. "It's never been an election issue, and this year is no different," he said.
  23. Geocaching craze: High-tech hide-and-seek gains fans By John Nolan Rochester Times October 16, 2004 -- This tank was an authorized copy from the USSR and ... (much more info located at the tank) and here http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/russia/t-72.htm.
  24. Carson answering call By Tom Roeder The Gazette October 16, 2004 -- John Pike, executive director of the defense think tank GlobalSecurity.org, said the Army needs the Special Forces soldiers, or Green Berets, to deal with the insurgency in Iraq ahead of elections planned for next year.
  25. Getting to the bottom of the bulge By Farhad Manjoo and Gavin McNett Salon.com October 15, 2004 -- In politics these days, given what's happened over the past few years, "there is an anxiety that what we are seeing in public is simply being staged for the purpose of deceiving us, that the whole facade of the political process is simply a paid political message," says John Pike, a security analyst at GlobalSecurity.org who does not believe that Bush was wired, but sees how others might believe it.
  26. Private bidders grab a bigger slice of the Pentagon By Knut Royce Newsday (New York) October 13, 2004 -- SOURCES: U.S. ARMY. WWW.GLOBALSECURITY.ORG
  27. Best of the Web Today By James Taranto OpinionJournal October 12, 2004 -- According to GlobalSecurity.org, Australia actually has only about 250 men in Iraq, and another 600 in the theater.
  28. Northern troops get used to the 'HET' By John Andrew Prime The Times October 7, 2004 -- www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ground/hets.htm
  29. Helicopter squadron returns home to Norfolk By Jack Dorsey The Virginian-Pilot(Norfolk, Va.) October 07, 2004 -- The unit flies the HH-60H Seahawk . The squadron is capable of rapidly deploying two detachments anywhere in the world, according to globalsecurity.org.
  30. Barksdale bomber crews soak up Pacific sun By John Andrew Prime The Times October 06, 2004 -- GlobalSecurity.org on Andersen Air Force Base: www.global security.org/military/facility/andersen.htm
  31. South Korean MP reports US military attack capability BBC Monitoring Asia Pacific - Political October 05, 2004 -- The lawmaker based his claim on an article posted on www.globalsecurity.org, an Internet-based world security institute.
  32. A viable private enterprise? By James Bernstein Newsday October 05, 2004 -- Charles Vick, a senior fellow at GlobalSecurity.org, was not convinced by SpaceShipOne's flight. Vick said private industry has not yet developed the propulsion systems or fabrics needed for spaceflight. "We're not technologically there," Vick said.
  33. U.S. Building New Prisons for Terrorists By Vanessa Blum Legal Times October 04, 2004 -- Francois Boo, an analyst for the Alexandria, Va., think tank GlobalSecurity.org, says the investment in permanent structures at Guantanamo Bay reflects the administration's long-range plans.
  34. After eight years, an escape from slavery By Sudarsan Raghavan Knight Ridder News Service October 04, 2004 -- Sources: CIA World Factbook online, globalsecurity.org, The Associated Press
  35. U.S. opts for risky tactic in Iraq By Richard Whittle The Dallas Morning News October 04, 2004 -- "It's risky because it doesn't look good, because it looks like we're making war on the Iraqi people," said John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, a nonpartisan defense policy Web site.
  36. Clovis police officer pulls double duty By David Irvin Clovis News Journal October 04, 2004 -- After it was captured, America began launching military missions from the base, which features two 11,000-foot runways and 39 aircraft shelters, according to an Alexandria, Va.-based military research group, www.globalsecurity.org.
  37. GAO: DHS infrastructure still lacking By Aliya Sternstein FCW.com October 04, 2004 -- "It's probably the biggest integration job imaginable," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org. "All these agencies have a multitude of systems with no forethought in terms of having them talk to one another. The good news is that, for the most part, these are commercial systems instead of proprietary systems, so they have someplace to start."
  38. Strom oder Bomben? Irans Atomanlagen aus der Luft; Atommacht Iran By Romanus Otte Welt am Sonntag October 03, 2004 -- Zugänglich sind solche Satellitenbilder - nicht nur vom Iran - zum Beispiel über die Internetseite www.globalsecurity.org. Von dieser Seite stammen auch einige der folgenden Aufnahmen. Die genaue Interpretation der Fotos gelingt oft nur Experten. Doch auch für interessierte Beobachter bieten die Bilder einigen Aufschluss - zum Beispiel über den Versuch, die Anlagen dadurch zu tarnen und vor Angriffen zu schützen, indem sie unterirdisch angelegt werden.
  39. New Tape Hints Al Qaeda Bigs' Days Numbered By Maki Becker Daily News (New York) October 01, 2004 -- "The problem is that you're always going to try to understand them [audio and video messages] and try to draw significance," said John Pike, director of the Globalsecurity.org. "But you do so with the knowledge that the evildoers are deceivers."
  40. Northrop to build BMC2 By Frank Tiboni FCW.com October 01, 2004 -- The networks includes the Airborne Warning and Control System and the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  41. Iraq Mobile Network Brings Benefits and Bombs By Luke Baker Reuters October 01, 2004 -- "It's not rocket science," John Pike of Globalsecurity.org, a Washington think-tank, was quoted as saying in a recent report by the U.S.-based Homeland Security Group. "Cellphone detonators are pretty straightforward tradecraft."
  42. Children Killed In An Outrage Eeven By Baghdad Standards By Larry Kaplow Cox News Service October 01, 2004 -- September was an especially deadly month for U.S. troops. According to the Web site GlobalSecurity.org, a military research group, at least 78 soldiers died in Iraq in September, the fourth most fatalities in one month since the U.S.-led invasion.
  43. Bush's Lost Year By James Fallows The Atlantic Monthly October 2004 -- "How will history judge this period, in terms of the opportunity costs of invading Iraq?" said John Pike, the director of GlobalSecurity.org, when we spoke. "I think the opportunity cost is going to be North Korea and Iran. I mean, in 2002 it became obvious that Iran has a full-blown nuclear-weapons program under way, no ifs or buts. For the next eighteen months or so, before it's running, we have the opportunity to blow it up. But this Iraq adventure will give blowing up your enemies a bad name. The concern now has to be that the 'Iraq syndrome' will make us flinch from blowing up people who really need to be blown up."