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December 2005 News

  1. Troops home after a year in Iraq see changes there, here By Jerome L. Sherman Pittsburgh Post-Gazette December 31, 2005 - More than 850 American soldiers were killed in Iraq over the last year, and more than 5,200 were wounded, according to globalsecurity.org.
  2. Avec Google Earth, la terre visible sauf la maison de Dick Cheney Par Laurent MAURIAC Libération December 30, 2005 -- «C'est prendre les terroristes pour des imbéciles, estime John Pike, spécialiste des questions de défense et directeur du site GlobalSecurity.org, qui publie lui-même des photos satellite.
  3. Buckley 'Golf Balls' May Be Used For Spying Rick Sallinger CBS Television Stations Dec 30, 2005 6:33 am US/Mountain - "They do a lot of the processing at Buckley," John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org told CBS4. "Basically having automated speech recognition computers that would be going through all of the conversations that have been collected by those satellites."
  4. Deadly attacks prompt safer combat vehicles By W. Thomas Smith Jr. Washington Times December 29, 2005 - "For the first 10 months of 2005, IED attacks accounted for 43 percent of U.S. fatalities in Iraq," says John Pike, director of Alexandria-based GlobalSecurity.org, a defense and intelligence think tank.
  5. Anti-terror flaws seen nationwide By Kevin Rothstein Boston Herald December 27, 2005 -- “That’s not rocket science, that’s checklist, and you do have to wonder why it is that four years after 9/11 it took them that long to realize that their checklist was defective,” said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org.
  6. Spy chief planning to curb spending By Siobhan Gorman The Baltimore Sun December 26, 2005 -- The current intelligence budget is $44 billion, according to one of Negroponte's senior aides, Mary Margaret Graham, who let the classified number slip at a conference in October. That is an increase of nearly 50 percent over the estimated $30 billion spent on intelligence five years ago, said John Pike, who tracks the intelligence budget at Globalsecurity.org.
  7. Tiffin Franciscan spends 10 days as a peacemaker By MaryAnn Kromer The Advertiser-Tribune December 24, 2005 -- In April 2004, Vanunu was released from prison but soon was placed under house arrest for violating the terms of his release (www.globalsecurity.org) by talking to journalists.
  8. Buckley 'golf balls' may be ears for Bush spying By Lou Kilzer Rocky Mountain News December 23, 2005 -- >The Aurora facility, with its white "golf ball" domes, gathers communications intercepted by satellites, including calls on cell phones, said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.Org, a Virginia-based intelligence research firm.
  9. A New Super Stallion By John M. Moran Hartford Courant December 23, 2005 -- "They've certainly been riding them pretty hard in the last several years," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense-oriented website. "Iraq is one of the things that has really changed the picture."
  10. Armor plant wins contract from Army By Mike Keller The Sun Herald December 22, 2005 -- John Pike, the director of globalsecurity.org and an expert on defense policy, said that reactive armor tiles work by sensing when an explosive munition detonates against them and exploding in response, negating the destructive power of the round.
  11. Emblem of Apartheid Resurfaces in Iraq By John Lasker Inter Press Service News Agency December 22, 2005 -- "You have to keep in mind there are 10,000 vehicles in Iraq that are subject to ambush," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, which focuses on worldwide military news.
  12. Google Earth maps annoy some countries UPI December 20, 2005 -- "Google Earth is not acquiring new imagery," said John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org, which has an online repository of satellite imagery.
  13. Governments Tremble at Google's Bird's-Eye View By Katie Hafner and Saritha Rai The New York Times December 20, 2005 -- "Google Earth is not acquiring new imagery," said John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org, which has an online repository of satellite imagery. "They are simply repurposing imagery that somebody else had already acquired. So if there was any harm that was going to be done by the imagery, it would already be done."
  14. Frequent-Flier Miles for Families of Soldiers By Joe Sharkey The New York Times December 20, 2005 -- Official figures about the mounting toll of Americans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan are hard to come by, but Globalsecurity.org, an intelligence research company, puts the number at 16,000.
  15. Iraqi elections show progress, local troops say By Jake Palmateer The Daily Star December 19, 2005 -- There were 483 tips on insurgents in March, but by August that number had grown to 3,341, according to a report to Congress authored by Globalsecurity.org, a defense policy think tank.
  16. Bush descarta la opción militar pese a las provocaciones de Irán By Laszlo Trankovits La Capital December 16, 2005 -- "La ventana para desarmar a Irán por la vía militar se cierra en 2005", opinaron ya hace más de un año expertos militares del centro de análisis GlobalSecurity.org.
  17. Air Force's F-22A Raptor Ready for Combat By Sonja Barisic The Associated Press December 16, 2005 -- "You've got an airplane that the enemy cannot see that ... can maneuver around the sky very quickly," said Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a research center on security issues. "You just would not want to go up against it because you would know that you would lose."
  18. Guantanamo is focus of tough PR fight BY MATT STEARNS Knight Ridder Newspapers December 15, 2005 -- "There's clearly been some misbehavior down there," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense policy think tank. "They themselves have acknowledged it. Given the propensity of large institutions to lie to protect themselves, I suspect it's worse than has been let on."
  19. U.S. to give contracts on border technology By Mike Madden Arizona Republic December 15, 2005 -- "Think about how many (Predator drones) you're going to need," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a think tank that tracks military technology. "You could spend $10 million on one without breathing too hard, depending on what type of vehicle you're talking about. You have one of these things every how many miles - well, that's going to be a bunch of them. For every one that you've got up, you're going to have another one in the hangar, and then you have to have a bunch of people sitting there watching the TVs 24 hours a day, three shifts. That starts to add up."
  20. Backstory: 1,000 days in Iraq Compiled by Daniel Enemark The Christian Science Monitor December 13, 2005 -- Sources: The Brookings Institution, GlobalSecurity.org, The Wall Street Journal, Iraq Minister of Interior
  21. State to get less for security By Mike Linn and Julie Arrington Montgomery Advertiser December 12, 2005 -- "Not every person is at equal risk of being attacked by evildoers," said John Pike, president of GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington area security think tank.
  22. PCMS expansion under review By Mike Harris La Junta Tribune-Democrat December 12, 2005 -- According to GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington D.C. think tank that deals with military and intelligence issues, “PCMS hosts two major military exercises a year. In each exercise, roughly 5,000 troops, 300 heavy tracked vehicles and 400 wheeled vehicles take to the expansive wilderness in month-long, intensive war maneuver exercises.”
  23. Bush says 30,000 Iraqis killed in war Agence France Presse December 12, 2005 -- John Pike, who runs GlobalSecurity.Org, said Bush's estimate was the highest he had heard from a US official, and the first time the president has gone public with an estimate.
  24. How the CIA Blew Its Prisons Cover By Josh Gerstein The New York Sun December 8, 2005 -- "It's bad tradecraft. It's very bad tradecraft," John Pike, the executive director of a group that studies secret government operations, GlobalSecurity.org, said. "You just have to wonder what it is they thought they were doing."
  25. The daunting logistics of withdrawal By David IsenbergAsia Times Online December 8, 2005 -- According to John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org in Alexandria, Virginia, "All equipment has to be washed off first. Then it would have to go through Kuwait, which has only a finite amount of wash rack capacity."
  26. ERIC MINK: U.S. credibility goes up in smoke By Eric Mink St. Louis Post-Dispatch December 7, 2005 -- Indeed. White phosphorus, as described in the incendiary weapons section of the authoritative globalsecurity.org Web site, ignites spontaneously on contact with air.
  27. The Final Frontier At Costco Prices By Stan Crock BusinessWeek Online December 7, 2005 -- "Reductions in launch costs have proven remarkably elusive over the last half-century," notes John E. Pike, director of globalsecurity.org, an Alexandria (Va.) think tank.
  28. The Air Force Fails Rocket Science By Stan Crock BusinessWeek Online December 7, 2005 -- But I have to side with the skeptics. John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org, an Alexandria [Va.] national security Web site, argues that the current proposal stands on its head the argument for the previous two approaches.
  29. Menino details emergency evacuation plan By Andrea Estes Boston Globe December 7, 2005 -- John Pike -- director of GlobalSecurity.org, an Alexandria, Va., think tank -- said the brochure being distributed to residents doesn't give clear instructions on what to do if disaster strikes. ''This is no plan," said Pike. ''I'm turning to the government to tell me what to do, and all they're doing is confusing me."
  30. Local BRAC victory played role in layoffs By Katherine Hutt Scott Norwich Bulletin December 7, 2005 -- “Katrina is a big piece of money, even by Defense Department standards,” said John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington-area defense analysis firm.
  31. U.S. Missile, al-Qaida Death May Be Linked By Bashirullah Khan The Associated Press December 5, 2005 -- John Pike, director of the defense Web site GlobalSecurity.org, said the Hellfire is used almost exclusively by the U.S. military. Al-Qaida operatives would be unlikely to have Hellfire missiles, Pike said, although he said the possibility could not be completely discounted.
  32. Ghost flights over Canada By Tim Harper Toronto Star December 4, 2005 -- "It's careless tradecraft," says John Pike, an expert on U.S. intelligence matters at GlobalSecurity.org. "They (the CIA) have allowed the tail-spotters into the game and they have not come to grips with the advent of the Internet, and not come to grips with the massive parallel processing which is underway with all those tail-spotters."
  33. Adani Group, Bay Bridge Enterprise, and ship-breaking By Joel Gallob Newport News-Times December 2, 2005 -- The Bay Bridge facility in Virginia is made up of one main 1,200-foot long boat slip, and a drag-up slip with a backup area. It can demolish three to five vessels at the same time, depending on their size, according to a web article on "Bay Bridge, LLC" at global security.org.
  34. Defense Cos. Battle Over Satellite Program By Katherine Shrader Associated Press December 1, 2005 -- "It is a signature initiative for him," said John Pike, a satellite expert and director of GlobalSecurity.org. "And he cannot afford to lose on it. ... All these people who said Mr. Negroponte is going to be in charge are going to look not so good if Boeing manages to overturn him."
  35. LOU DOBBS TONIGHT CNN: LOU DOBBS TONIGHT 18:00 ET December 1, 2005 -- JOHN PIKE, GLOBALSECURITY.ORG: As economic ties with China have expanded, the number of opportunities for Chinese espionage has also expanded. I think the other concern that we have is that as America's defense budget has gone up from $300 billion a year to $500 billion a year, you have a lot more people with security clearances.
  36. Bush accused of 'recycling tired rhetoric' By Rupert Cornwell The Independent December 1, 2005 -- John Pike, a military analyst, said it was impossible to assess the ability of Iraqi forces. "If they're saying there has been a change around and American forces are not taking the lead, but that Iraqi units are taking the lead, then it's difficult to understand why they are still shipping home so many body-bags."
  37. With the 5th Fleet: Bomb crew disposes of all kinds of hazards By Louis Hansen The Virginian-Pilot December 1, 2005 -- Attacks on U.S. troops by homemade bombs and suicide attackers have risen to 1,000 in September, from 750 a year earlier, according to the military think tank Globalsecurity.org.