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June 2005 News

  1. Who's in the Army Now? By Fred Kaplan Slate June 30, 2005 -- First, let's look at those million soldiers. Who are they? The Web site GlobalSecurity.org has a pie chart breaking them down into categories.
  2. Secret air campaign against Iraq? By Tom Regan The Christian Science Monitor June 30, 2005 -- In an interview with RawStory.com (an alternative news source that covers stories under-reported by the mainstream media), John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, a military defense analysis group, said his organization had raised questions about the increase in bombing in August of 2002.
  3. Raytheon's high-tech ammo By David Wichner Arizona Daily Star June 29, 2005 -- "It's an outstanding bullet," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Virginia-based think tank.
  4. White House, NASA seek change in law By Tamara Lytle The Orlando Sentinel June 29, 2005 -- Analyst John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org said the world had changed since the original bill passed. At that time, Russia was thought to be the main source of leaking nuclear technology to Iran. Since then, substantial Pakistani involvement has been uncovered. "If all we had to worry about is what the Russians are doing it would be peachy keen."
  5. Paper Describes Potential Poisoning of Milk By Scott Shane The New York Times June 29, 2005 -- In addition, Milton Leitenberg of the University of Maryland, and George Smith, of GlobalSecurity.org, have posted a critique of the milk paper on the Web, calling the paper "inflammatory" and asserting that a botulinum toxin attack would be difficult to mount.
  6. Chinese air force to purchase new homemade jet trainer? The Associated Press June 29, 2005 -- The plane uses Chinese-designed engines, avionics and electronics, and is powered by a turbojet engine with a maximum thrust of 6,450 kilograms (14,220 pounds), according to the military Web site globalsecurity.org.
  7. VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY: Veep Throat By Eric Mink St. Louis Post-Dispatch June 29, 2005 -- It's an unseemly comparison at best. According to figures from GlobalSecurity.org, the Battle of the Bulge involved some 900,000 men; 76,000 American service members either were killed, wounded or captured. Another 12,000 U.S. Marines, soldiers and sailors died at Okinawa, with 38,000 wounded.
  8. California lawmaker probes National Guard spy claim By Jim Christie Reuters June 28, 2005 -- "I think they're mainly focused on going to Iraq," said John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense policy group in Alexandria, Virginia.
  9. Experts say security threats not clear in CNOOC bid for Unocal By Brad Foss The Associated Press June 28, 2005 -- John Pike, a defense analyst with GlobalSecurity.org, said the threats themselves sounded dubious and that fears of the Chinese "pulling a fast one" were not based in reality.
  10. Possible Cuts to Laser Budget Worry Experts By Ralph Vartabedian Los Angeles Times June 28, 2005 -- If there were such a loss of confidence, it would no doubt lead to pressure for new underground testing, said John Pike, a defense expert at GlobalSecurity.org., a think tank in Alexandria, Va. Brooks said the Bush administration fully supported the current moratorium on underground testing and had no intention of seeking a resumption of testing
  11. American Angst Over Bush Plan in Iraq Recalls Vietnam By Janine Zacharia Bloomberg June 28, 2005 -- ``There are some people who think we can walk away from it and everything will be okay,'' says John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org, an Alexandria, Virginia-based defense- research group. ``If we were going to walk away from it, it would be Bosnia with oil.''
  12. China a security threat to US? By Matthew Clark Christian Science Monitor.com June 28, 2005 -- But Globalsecurity.org points out that in March 2005 China announced that its military budget will rise 12.6 percent, to 247.7 billion yuan ($29.9 billion). But, according to Globalsecurity.org, "most analysts estimate China's real spending on defense is at least three times as great as the publicly disclosed figure."
  13. The unofficial war: U.S., Britain led massive secret bombing campaign before Iraq war was declared By Larisa Alexandrovna and John Byrne The Raw Story June 27, 2005 -- GlobalSecurity.org, a military defense group, raised concerns about the air strikes when they mushroomed in early 2002, though their worries produced few press reports. The group saw the strikes as a means by which the U.S. could degrade Iraqi defensive capabilities, and as a precursor to a declared war. "It was no big secret at the time," GlobalSecurity.org director John Pike told RAW STORY. "It was apparent to us at the time that they were doing it and why they were doing it, and that was part of the reason why we were convinced that a decision to go to war had already been made, because the war had already started."
  14. Unraveling the price of freedom By Brad Olson Caller-Times June 26, 2005 -- John Pike, director of globalsecurity.org, a Washington, D.C.-based defense think tank, said the changes could spell trouble for the future of the Navy in communities such as the Coastal Bend. Naval Station Ingleside resulted from a Navy strategy that has changed, he said.
  15. 'Mega base' in Little Rock is key to Falls station's fate By Jerry Zremski The Buffalo News June 26, 2005 -- It's a reshaping that makes sense now, but that never could have been considered back when the Soviet Union had countless missiles it could point at U.S. bases, said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense think tank.
  16. US 'in talks with Iraq with Iraq rebels' By Hala Jaber The London Sunday Times June 26, 2005 -- “Any arrangement that would enable them to claim they had chased the Americans out of the country would not get much of a hearing in Washington,” said John Pike of Globalsecurity.org. “And neither side can be too sure of who exactly they are dealing with. It’s too early to say if this is going anywhere.”
  17. As contractor's business grew, so did secrecy By Bruce V. Bigelow San Diego Union-Tribune June 24, 2005 -- Recruiting top military and government officials into the senior ranks of defense contractors is a common practice, said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Web-based institute focused on defense, aerospace and national security issues.
  18. Del. has several targets of terrorism By Mike Chalmers The News Journal June 23, 2005 -- The federal response plan outlines 15 broad scenarios, designed to give officials a framework for plotting out a response, said John Pike, an intelligence analyst and director of GlobalSecurity.org, a private research group. One scenario involves a cyber attack on credit-card processing facilities. "The big challenge post-Sept. 11 is figuring out what to plan for," Pike said. "It was a way to bound the universe of things you could worry about."
  19. Product becomes security liability By John Miller The Associated Press June 23, 2005 -- "The problem is, if somebody wanted to make big truck bombs, they wouldn't have to knock over the explosive shed at the local construction site, they'd just have to get it at a farm store," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Virginia-based think tank.
  20. U.S Spy Plane Pilot Dies in Asia Crash By Daryl Strickland Los Angeles Times June 23, 2005 -- The U-2s provide frequent intelligence reports for the U.S. military on Afghanistan. But the U.S. Air Force has reported at least 22 major mishaps from 1963 through 1996, according to a report by www.globalsecurity.org.
  21. US spy plane crashes in UAEMiddle East Online June 23, 2005 -- There were 22 major mishaps involving U-2s between 1963-1996, a third of them in the 1990s, according to GlobalSecurity.Org, a Washington-based research group.
  22. Cold War echo in fatal crash of U-2 spy plane By Bryan Bender Boston Globe June 23, 2005 -- ''It provides persistent surveillance capability," said John Pike, a military specialist at GlobalSecurity.org in Alexandria, Va. ''Satellites give you snapshots every now and again. You can keep the entire battlefield under surveillance with a U-2," which can fly missions of up to 12 hours.
  23. United States of Armeria Diario.it June 23, 2005 -- A rendere noto lo studio è il sito http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/spending.htmche ha utilizzato diverse fonti per stilare i dati.
  24. House Votes to Get Back to Spying Basics By Katherine Shrader The Associated Press June 22, 2005 -- John Pike, a defense analyst with GlobalSecurity.org, said human intelligence programs are spent in million-dollar increments, whereas technical intelligence systems cost billions. He said the hundreds of technical intelligence programs are forever getting slowed down or cut as needs change.
  25. 911th shows its worth By Brian Bowling Pittsburgh Tribune-Review June 22, 2005 -- John Pike, a national defense analyst who operates GlobalSecurity.org, said the governor has good reason for optimism that the 911th would be saved, as it was during the last round of closures in 1995.
  26. Government Request Stops Publication Of Article About Terror Threat To Milk By Rebecca Carr Cox News Service June 21, 2005 -- Leitenberg and George Smith, a senior fellow at Globalsecurity.org, wrote a rebuttal to Wein's opinion piece.
  27. Surging to GFAFB Grand Forks Herald June 20, 2005 -- John Pike, a defense analyst with GlobalSecurity.org in Washington, said he couldn't figure out what the BRAC list was looking to do in Grand Forks. "You go into BRAC with the theory that it's to reduce excess capacity at bases and, in fact, what they have done in Grand Forks is create excess capacity," Pike told the Herald. "They have a fully equipped air base that has everything except airplanes."
  28. Some Bases Benefit From Closing Notice FoxNews.com June 20, 2005 -- John Pike, chief of Globalsecurity.org, said "lower land costs, lower costs of living, all of those factors combined" provide easy insight into the military's decision-making process.
  29. Land is strong argument for base By Brian Bowling Pittsburgh Tribune Review June 19, 2005 -- Commissioners don't even plan to visit many smaller bases, a clear signal that efforts to save those installations are doomed, said national defense analyst John Pike, operator of GlobalSecurity.org.
  30. When soldiers, airmen leave, communities are left behind By Patrick O'Shea Beaver County Times Allegheny Times June 19, 2005 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.Org, a defense analysis firm based in Virginia, said there have been places where air bases in the middle of nowhere closed, and the community dried up and blew away. But there also have been success stories, such as the former Cameron Air Station in northern Virginia, which closed 15 years ago and was turned by the community into expensive town houses. "Some (bases) have closed because the real estate was too valuable to waste on the military," Pike said.
  31. Pentagon would cut 92 jobs at guard base By Katherine Hutt Scott Gannett News Service June 19, 2005 -- John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense analysis firm, said Friday that in general the Pentagon wants to consolidate its operations on a smaller number of larger bases so it can reduce operating costs. But, it wants to be able to expand those remaining bases in the future to respond to new security threats.
  32. Military recruitment could suffer collateral damage, experts warn By Patrick O'Shea Beaver County Times Allegheny Times June 19, 2005 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense analysis firm in Alexandria, Va., said it is hard to say what might happen to recruitment if the military continues to eliminate bases in the Northeast.
  33. Military's new mission works against S.D. By John Yaukey Argus Leader June 19, 2005 -- "The rational is straightforward. It doesn't leave you scratching your head," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a security information Web site. The Ellsworth task force members "are going to have a real hard time getting Ellsworth overtur
  34. Shift in Spying Money to Agents From Satellites Is Sought By Scott Shane The New York Times June 15, 2005 -- John Pike, an intelligence analyst and the director of GlobalSecurity.org, a private research group, said the reference to "industrial base" was a reminder of the huge stakes in the budget debate for the companies that build satellites and their payloads. "It means they're trying to save some contractor's program from getting cut," Mr. Pike said.
  35. ImpunitÓ duratura By Enrico Piovesana Peace Reporter June 15, 2005 -- Nel febbraio 2004 Rumsfeld andò in visita a Tashkent e fece un accordo con Karimov, così riassunto da GlobalSecurity.org, think-tank militare dei neoconservatori americani diretto da John Pike: “gli Stati Uniti avrebbero ignorato le gravi violazioni dei diritti umani compiute dal regime uzbeco in cambio del suo permesso di utilizzare la base di Karshi-Khanabad come base permanente”.
  36. Disaster teams still addressing lessons learned in 2003 dirty-bomb drill By Joe Cantlupe San Diego Union-Tribune June 13, 2005 -- "It's just enormously hard to achieve massive destruction with the things. They can be massively disruptive," said John Pike of globalsecurity.org. "Very small amounts of radiation are sufficient to cause considerable amount of panic on the part of the public."
  37. Utah base watching closely what happens with Cannon By Marlena Hartz Clovis News Journal June 13, 2005 -- The Ogden Air Logistics Center on base repairs of intercontinental ballistic missiles, aircraft, munitions, aircraft software and information processing, according to globalsecurity.org.
  38. Defense system spurs debate By John Welbes St Paul Pioneer Press June 12, 2005 -- "They initially have something of a giggle factor to them," said John Pike, director of a Virginia-based military studies group called Globalsecurity.org. "When people think of flares they think they'll light up the skies like the Fourth of July, and worry they could start fires when they hit the ground."
  39. 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for June 10 MSNBC June 10, 2005 -- "For a reality check on how much intelligence-gathering has really improved since the 9/11 attacks, a guest with first-hand experience preventing acts of terrorism on American soil, having successfully infiltrated white supremacist groups in L.A. that were engaging in a bombing campaign against racial minorities in the early ‘90s, and also gone undercover against right-wing militia groups after the Oklahoma City bombing, former FBI special agent Mike German, now a senior fellow with GlobalSecurity.org"
  40. Israel may use sound weapon on settlers The Associated Press June 10, 2005 -- John Pike, director of the GlobalSecurity.org think tank in Alexandria, Va., said he believed last Friday's demonstration was the first case of such technology making it out of the laboratory and into the field. He said the U.S. and possibly China and Russia are developing acoustic weapons. "I'm not aware of any other agency that is actively using it at this point," Pike said.
  41. Sub-hunter squadron arrives in Japan for six-month deployment By Jennifer H. Svan Stars and Stripes June 10, 2005 -- “These men and women are tasked with keeping a close watch on the Sea of Japan, the Tsugaru Strait and other waters surrounding Japan” and with patrolling Western Pacific waters, according to information at GlobalSecurity.org.
  42. Iran's missiles on a solid footing By David Isenberg Asia Times June 9, 2005 -- According to US-based Globalsecurity.org in Alexandria, Virginia, the Shahab-3 (there are also 3A and 3B models), alternatively designated Zelzal (Earthquake), is said to be a derivative of the 1,000-1,300 km range North Korean Nodong-1.
  43. Mystery OPLAN Baffles Lawmakers The Chosun Ilbo June 8, 2005 -- The plan, which has occasionally been reported on abroad, can be found on the military information website GlobalSecurity.org (www.globalsecurity.org).
  44. The Rods from God By Michael Goldfarb The Weekly Standard June 8, 2005 -- John Pike, of globalsecurity.org, speculates that the likelihood of the rods, or any other system, being deployed in space over the next decade were "next to nil."
  45. Pentagon: 179th too crowded By Greg Wright Gannett News Service June 7, 2005 -- "It's too small to worry about," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense analysis firm.
  46. NATO's peacekeeping role should be expanded By Hayden Migl The Battalion (Texas A&M) June 7, 2005 -- The alliance has taken command of provincial reconstruction teams in the western Afghan cities of Herat and Farah, according to an article on globalsecurity.org.
  47. Short sentences, dismissals show wartime murder prosecutions hard By Tim Whitmire The Associated Press June 5, 2005 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a private defense policy group, was among several observers who expressed surprise that Pantano was not punished at all. "We don't send people out there to mutilate enemy corpses," he said. "I don't think that it's going to play very well in Iraq."
  48. Groton base lacks room to grow By Katherine Hutt Scott Norwich Bulletin June 5, 2005 -- John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense analysis firm, said Saturday in general the Pentagon wants to consolidate its operations on a smaller number of larger bases so it can reduce its operating costs. But it wants to be able to expand those remaining bases in the future to respond to new security threats.
  49. US lowers standards in army numbers crisis By Jamie Wilson The Guardian June 4, 2005 -- Asked what the new policy meant, John Pike from the thinktank Globalsecurity.org said: "It means there is a war on. They need all the soldiers they can get. But it is a dilemma. You need good soldiers more in wartime than peacetime."
  50. Chinese Arms Threaten Asia, Rumsfeld Says By Mark Mazzetti Los Angeles Times June 4, 2005 -- Sources: CIA Factbook, GlobalSecurity.org, International Institute for Strategic Studies
  51. China, Russia Agree on Border After 40 Years of Talks By Allen T. Cheng Bloomberg June 3, 2005 -- China and Russia have been in disagreement on their border since at least the 19th century when the Russians started encroaching on areas claimed by the Chinese along the eastern section, according to the GlobalSecurity.org Web site
  52. Cox leaves big shoes to fill, experts say By Michael Arnone FCW.com June 2, 2005 -- Cox's mix of political clout and familiarity with complex technical issues will make him hard to replace, said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a nonpartisan security think tank.