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February 2005 News

  1. Killerrobot heeft geen medelijden; VS stuurt gevechtsmachines naar Irak door Karen Torben Nielsen Het Nieuwsblad February 28, 2005 -- "Soms komt het neer op een buikgevoel", zegt John Pike, directeur van het Amerikaanse onderzoeksinstituut Global Security. "Ik zie niet hoe ze dat gevoel aan een machine willen leren."
  2. Since You Asked The Mail Tribune February 27, 2005 -- Globalsecurity.org notes Diego Garcia was not affected by the Andaman Tsunami of Dec. 26, even though it has a maximum elevation of 22 feet and an average elevation of 4 feet.
  3. Iraq: Saddam's half-brother held CNN.com February 27, 2005 -- Mosul is the most populous city in northern Iraq, with about 1.74 million residents, according to globalsecurity.org.
  4. NASA Cuts Aviation Research For Space By Michael Cabbage Orlando Sentinel (Florida) February 27, 2005 -- "Is there some reason that those facilities couldn't be parked under some other agency or department? No," said John Pike, director of the policy analysis group GlobalSecurity.org. "I could easily imagine that they might get a better hearing if they were somewhere else."
  5. Suspicion defines Syria's international relationships By Susan Taylor MartinSt. Petersburg Times (Florida) February 26, 2005 -- Sources: CIA World Factbook, State Department Background Notes, Energy Information Administration, GlobalSecurity.org.
  6. U.S., Iraqis continue major insurgent roundup CNN.com February 26, 2005 -- Mosul is the most populous city in northern Iraq, with about 1.74 million residents, according to globalsecurity.org.
  7. Hawai'i bases said to be safe By Karen Blakeman The Honolulu Advertiser February 25, 2005 -- "If this round is as big as they are saying, it would blow the others out of the water," said defense expert John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense and security Web site.
  8. Lockheed hire to be reviewed Bloomberg News February 25, 2005 -- "If one contemplates the Darleen Druyun matter, and all of the ethics and integrity problems Boeing has had, this could be a problem for Lockheed," said John Pike, an analyst at Globalsecurity.org, an Alexandria, Va.-based defense research group. "There would have to be some concern they might be going down the same trail."
  9. Rumsfeld's vision guides base closures By John Yaukey FLORIDA TODAY February 25, 2005 -- "If this round (of base closures) is as big as they are saying, it would blow the others out of the water," said defense expert John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense and security Web site.
  10. Defense spending increases to states uneven By Thomas Hargrove Scripps Howard News Service February 24, 2005 -- "We are spending as much on defense as the rest of the world combined," said John Pike, a Virginia defense analyst and president of GlobalSecurity.org. "In the pre-Sept. 11 environment, defense numbers like these would have been eye popping. But today, since there's no organized anti-militarism lobby and no effective peace movement, nobody's amazed by spending like this."
  11. Iraqi police defy danger By Sharon Behn The Washington Times February 23, 2005 -- "Part of the problem was, we were in a big hurry to put people on the street, so they were being given relatively abbreviated training," said John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, a company that analyzes international security issues.
  12. European companies, some who trade with the US, showing civilian and military air technology in Iran SHOW: NBC Nightly News 6:30 AM EST NBC February 23, 2005 -- Mr. JOHN PIKE (Globalsecurity.org Director): I think that the Europeans would sell their grandmothers to the Iranians if they thought they could make a buck.
  13. European firms display wares in Iran By Lisa Myers & the NBC investigative unit MSNBC.com February 23, 2005 -- NBC News showed our video from the air show to arms expert John Pike, director of the organization GlobalSecurity.org. "I think that the Europeans would sell their grandmothers to the Iranians if they thought they could make a buck," says Pike.
  14. Hunt for Bin Laden Still On By Liza Porteus FOXNews.com February 23, 2005 -- I think that they're continuing to bang away on it . I think that they're still gathering string on it but I don't have the sense that they're going anywhere on it," said John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org.
  15. Natanz plant in Iran is focus of nuclear concerns By Barbara Slavin USA TODAY February 22, 2005 -- PHOTO, B/W, DigitalGlobe via GlobalSecurity.org
  16. Israel pushes U.S. on Iran nuke solution By Rowan Scarborough The Washington Times February 21, 2005 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, said that any mission likely would include F-117 strike fighters, as well as B-2s, prepositioned at airfields in the region.
  17. Israel presses U.S. to stop Iran's nuclear program Aljazeera.com February 21, 2005 -- Also John Pike, chief of the GlobalSecurity.org, said that any mission to attack Iran would likely include the F-117 strike fighters, as well as B-2s. "As some of the facilities are still under construction and not yet active, the United States may have a window of opportunity that would allow it to destroy those locations without causing the environmental problems associated with the destruction of an active nuclear reactor." Pike said.
  18. Military dismantling Cold War radar systems in Maine, Oregon By Ryan Lenz Associated Press February 20, 2005 -- John Pike, a military expert with globalsecurity.org, said he is puzzled by the decision to dismantle the Backscatter radar during an age when nuclear proliferation remains a concern and countries like Iran and North Korea are developing long-range nuclear warheads.
  19. $3.2B USS Jimmy Carter Enters Fleet Today By Matt Apuzzo Associated Press February 18, 2005 -- John Pike, a military analyst with globalsecurity.org, said the ceremony closes the book on the big-submarine era. "It was part of our strategy on how we were going to win World War III. It was a significant component in our response to the evil empire," he said.
  20. Last and largest of the Seawolves, USS Jimmy Carter commissioned By Cara Rubinsky Associated Press February 18, 2005 -- John Pike, a military analyst with globalsecurity.org, said the ceremony closes the book on the big-submarine era. "It was part of our strategy on how we were going to win World War III. It was a significant component in our response to the evil empire," he said.
  21. "Smart Bombs" Change Face of Modern War By Brian Handwerk National Geographic Channel February 18, 2005 -- "During WWII civilian casualties were not 'collateral,'" said John Pike, founder and director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense policy Web site in Alexandria, Virginia. "Some people were squeamish about it, but killing large numbers of civilians was [often] the [military] plan."
  22. USS Carter Will Be Able to Eavesdrop By John J. Lumpkin Associated Press February 18, 2005 -- "It does continue to be something of a puzzle as to how they get this stuff back to home base," said John Pike, a military expert at GlobalSecurity.org.
  23. Iran: Tehran Accuses U.S. Of Spying On Nuclear Sites Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 17, 2005 -- John Pike is the director of GlobalSecurity.org, a U.S.-based independent research organization that focuses on new security challenges. "Drones could circle their facilities to try to understand which ones are active, they would be able to monitor the facility for an extended period of time, see which buildings people are going in and out of; they'd be also able to fly close to facilities to sniff for a trace of gases that might be given off by uranium processing operations; so I think it's quite credible that the U.S. would use drones to look for weapons of mass destruction in Iran," Pike said.
  24. Pax Seabee helps rebuild Iraqi navy By Jim Jenkins Tester February 17, 2005 -- According to Globalsecurity.org, work started in early 2004 on a $10.3 million project to renovate the Umm'Qasr Naval Base for the Iraqi Armed Forces.
  25. Debating N. Korea nukes By Knut Royce Newsday (New York) February 16, 2005 -- One analyst who believes the DIA is closer to the mark than the CIA is John Pike, a defense expert for globalsecurity.org. "Two to three [bombs] imputes considerable stupidity to the North Koreans," he said.
  26. Missing: One Russian spy satellite By James Oberg MSNBC February 15, 2005 -- The satellite loss "will certainly leave them wondering about open issues," said Charles Vick, a Washington-based analyst for GlobalSecurity.org and an expert on the Russian space program.
  27. USA spionieren Irans Luftabwehr aus Von Hubert Wetzel Financial Times Deutschland February 15, 2005 -- Im schlimmsten Fall sei "denkbar, dass wir bombardieren und die Iraner am nächsten Tag eine Atombombe testen", sagt der US-Militärexperte John Pike.
  28. Maui center gets new supercomputer Pacific Business News February 15, 2005 -- For more information about it, visit www.globalsecurity.org/space/systems/msss.htm.
  29. Rumsfeld to face a wary Congress as he tries to sell $500 billion in military spending By Liz Sidoti The Associated Press February 15, 2005 -- "His stock has gone up and down over time," said John Pike, a military expert with globalsecurity.org. "It's about at even keel. On one hand, he's got a bunch of explaining to do. On the other hand, it's clear he's going to be around for some time and they're going to have to deal with him."
  30. Interceptor Missile Test Fails By John Hendren Los Angeles Times February 15, 2005 -- "It's certainly embarrassing at a time when the administration has basically decided that its North Korea policy is missile defense. You don't get second chances in nuclear combat," said John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org, a defense analysis group. "I don't think these problems go to the core questions of do they have the right technology.... But it does go to the central question of whether the political system is going to trust this thing or is it going to become an object of mirth and merriment."
  31. Bush Sending $82 Bln War Spending Plan to Congress By Adam Entous Reuters February 14, 2005 -- Asked whether the $82 billion would be enough, John Pike, a defense analyst with GlobalSecurity.org, said: "It really depends on ... whether the insurgency grows or whether we've managed to contain it."
  32. 391st Heads To Afghanistan By Leslie Boyd The Asheville Citizen-Times February 13, 2005 -- For a brief history of the 391st Engineer Battalion, visit www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/army/391eng.htm
  33. Pentagon covers up failure to train and recruit local security forces By Andrew Buncombe in Washington, Kim Sengupta in Basra, and Raymond Whitaker in London The Independent on Sunday (London) February 13, 2005 -- The gap between troops "on hand" and the overall target for fully trained and equipped security forces has actually widened in recent months, according to John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington- based think-tank.
  34. Robot contra rebellenleger De Standaard February 11, 2005 -- Wat betekenen zij voor de oorlogsvoering? Volgens de veiligheidsdeskundige John Pike staan we aan de vooravond van een fundamentele ommekeer'. "Eerst had je mensen die vochten zonder machines. Toen had je de mensen met machines. En uiteindelijk heb je machines zonder mensen."
  35. Defiant N. Korea brags it has nukes By Bob Deans The Atlanta Journal-Constitution February 11, 2005 -- Sources: Associated Press, Jane's Information Group, GlobalSecurity.org
  36. Satellites shake up military thinking, prompt need for speedier decisions By Tom Roeder The Gazette February 11, 2005 -- "It increases the probability that you will be leading from the front rather than leading from the rear," said John Pike, executive director of the think tank GlobalSecurity.org.
  37. Disarming option in Iran By Timothy M. Phelps Newsday (New York) February 11, 2005 -- Other experts, such as John Pike, director of the Web site GlobalSecurity.org, say the administration has no choice but to bomb Iran before the end of next year. If they don't, he says, Israel will, and that would further inflame the Middle East conflict.
  38. Opinion: Nuclear bunker busters need no extra funding By Nick Rotchadl The Daily Cardinal February 11, 2005 -- According to Globalsecurity.org, to prevent fallout, a nuclear weapon with approximately the same yield as the one dropped on Hiroshima must be buried 850 feet in the ground. Currently, the best weapons casing available can barely penetrate 100 feet.
  39. Injured guardsman says fear constant companion in Iraq By Kevin Graman Spokesman Review (Spokane, WA) February 10, 2005 -- According to GlobalSecurity.org, an organization that studies national security issues, 1,465 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003. Nine soldiers of the 81st Brigade have lost their lives there.
  40. Airmen stay grounded By David McLemore The Dallas Morning News February 10, 2005 -- The call to the Air Force to provide something other than combat air support makes perfect sense, says John Pike, executive director of GlobalSecurity.org, which analyzes the military mission in Iraq. It marks the first time Air National Guard noncombatant personnel have been mobilized in support of Army combat operations. "This is not a war of front lines and traditional combat. This is a war of convoy ambushes and car bombs," Mr. Pike says.
  41. The South Korean bombshell that wasn't By David Isenberg Asia Times February 11, 2005 -- According to the website of GlobalSecurity.org in Alexandria, Virginia: To execute the US "win-win strategy" and support the United Nations Command (UNC) and ROK-US Combined Forces Command (CFC) operation plans, the US augmentation forces deployment plan on the Korean Peninsula is set at all times. This plan mainly includes in-Korea forces, pre-planned, time-phased deployment forces, augmentation forces, and foreign support forces." (...)
  42. 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Feb. 10 MSNBC February 10, 2005 -- OLBERMANN: "Well, what do we do now. I‘m join by John Pike, the director of GlobalSecurity.org, an expert on nuclear weapon proliferation. Mr. Pike, good evening."
  43. Hawai'i convoy goes north soon By William Cole The Honolulu Advertiser February 10, 2005 -- Balad Air Base has two 11,000-foot runways, and as of May the base had 17,000 troops, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  44. Robotic Warfare Drawing Nearer By Fred Reed The Washington Times February 10, 2005 -- John Pike, of GlobalSecurity.org, has said, "It's going to change the fundamental equation of war. First you had human beings without machines.
  45. Lobbying begins to save 2 planes By Stephen J. Hedges Chicago Tribune February 09, 2005 -- Sources: U.S. General Accounting Office, globalsecurity.org, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company; Congressional Research Service; U.S. Air Force
  46. IRAKISK POLITITOP SKAL TRAENES I EU By Thomas Lauritzen Politiken February 08, 2005 -- Kilde: GlobalSecurity.org
  47. Plans impact carrier industry By James W. Crawley And Peter Hardin Media General News Service February 08, 2005 -- "[Hampton Roads] gets it coming and going," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, an independent think tank based in Alexandria.
  48. Bone-Crushing Abuse At Bucca, Letters Say By Brian Kates Daily News (New York) February 08, 2005 -- "There had to have been a progressive breakdown in command and discipline," said John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org, a military think tank. "It makes abuse allegations more plausible to an objective observer and to someone opposed to American presence in Iraq."
  49. Né pour tuer en Irak By Pascal Riche Libération February 01, 2005 -- Selon John Pike, directeur de globalsecurity.org, un centre de recherches sur la sécurité nationale, c'est pour la fin de la prochaine décennie : "Les humains leur donneront une mission, qu'ils exécuteront.
  50. Sur le web, à lire, à voir Libération February 01, 2005 -- www.globalsecurity.org. Un site indépendant américain très complet sur toutes les questions militaires.
  51. IAEA IS LOOKING FOR DIRTY BOMBS By Mekhman Gafarly DEFENSE and SECURITY (Russia) February 07, 2005 -- According to John Pike, Director of GlobalSecurity.org (Virginia, USA), US representatives did not carry out a serious program to prevent minor "radioactive" sabotage in Kazakhstan. "Top priority in the last decade was assigned to security of weapons themselves and their components and materials, not to the mapping of sources of radiation," Pike said.
  52. Monday morning answers: What nations are in Iraq? By Lee Davenport Bristol Herald Courier February 01, 2005 -- But the nonpartisan Washington think tank GlobalSecurity.org has done a good job of maintaining a tally of foreign troops serving alongside U.S. forces.
  53. U.S. Redesigning Atomic Weapons By William J. Broad The New York Times February 07, 2005 -- Source by GlobalSecurity.org
  54. Save the Date By Spencer Ackerman The New Republic February 14, 2005 -- In August 2004, officials quietly conducted a reappraisal of Iraq's security needs, after which, writes Globalsecurity.org analyst John Pike, "the objective end-strength of Iraqi forces appear[ed] to have more than doubled."
  55. Big cuts in US forces in Iraq unlikely until 2006 By Tan Xinmu China View February 04, 2005 -- John Pike, director of the defense research group GlobalSecurity.org, has located 12 so-called "enduring bases" the US military is building in Iraq.
  56. A Closer Look At Some Of Presidents's Assertions By Charlie Savage The Boston Globe February 03, 2005 -- According to GlobalSecurity.org, a national security think tank, 28 non-US military forces have troops on the ground in Iraq. The group also notes that three of them Poland, the Netherlands, and Bulgaria plan to withdraw later this year.
  57. US keeps the powder dry By David Isenberg Asia Times February 03, 2005 -- For example, the group GlobalSecurity.org, in Alexandria, Virginia, has the best open-source analysis of the military feasibility of attacking Iranian nuclear facilities.
  58. Defense cuts could cost work in Troy By Mary Orndorff The Birmingham News February 03, 2005 -- The $1.6 billion contract over four years was for development and two production batches or as many as 2,700 of 55,000 missiles, according to globalsecurity.org, the online site for military and defense analysts.
  59. Pentagon: 'Sex Bomb' Et Al Mostly Folly By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos FoxNews.com February 02, 2005 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a clearinghouse for defense and intelligence information, said he believes programs must be tested to perfect the "riot control" agents that law enforcement and military reserve the right to deploy. He added that a harmless agent that would incapacitate hostage takers - and hostages - in crises are "greatly desired" but so far doesn't exist.
  60. VALG I IRAK: IRAKERE ADVARER MOD AT TRAEKKE TROPPER UD NU By Thomas Lauritzen og Martin Aagaard Politiken February 02, 2005 -- Kilde: GlobalSecurity.org
  61. Troubles in Iraq may be just beginning By Gwynne Dyer Guelph Mercury (Ontario, Canada) February 01, 2005 -- John Pike, head of the independent defence research group GlobalSecurity.org, an , recently told The Independent in London that he counted 12 "enduring bases" under construction by the U.S. in Iraq.
  62. Coalition nations look ahead to exit By Stephen J. Hedges Chicago Tribune February 01, 2005 -- John Pike, a military analyst at Globalsecurity.org, said many of the U.S. partners in Iraq who signed on to help after the Iraq invasion in 2003 did not expect operations to last this long.