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January 2006 News

  1. Pentagon plans to retire planes, cut guard combat troops By Ana Radelat The Shreveport Times January 31, 2006 -- Think tank GlobalSecurity.org founder John Pike said advances in technology make the notion of retiring a large part of the manned bomber fleet less incredible than the suggestion would have been even a decade ago.
  2. New Patriot Act Provision Creates Tighter Barrier to Officials at Public Events By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos FoxNews.com January 30, 2006 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, an Alexandria, Va.-based clearinghouse for domestic and international security information, said he "could certainly understand why the Secret Service would want that legal authority," given the enormous burden of making venues safe for VIPs today.
  3. Ballot-box win boosts Iraqi radical By Charles Levinson The Christian Science Monitor January 30, 2006 -- Source: Globalsecurity.org
  4. Nevada officials oppose Air Force request for more airspace Associated Press January 28, 2006 -- "It's a lot compared to other states," said John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org, a defense research group.
  5. 4th-quarter spending dips By Randi F. Marshall Newsday January 28, 2006 -- John Pike, the director of Globalsecurity.org, a Virgina-based online defense research firm, suggested that the 13 percent decline translated into about $15 billion of defense spending. "That's real money even by Defense Department standards," Pike said.
  6. Peace still possible after Hamas victory, locals say By Jake Palmateer The Oneonta Daily Star January 27, 2006 -- Since the beginning of the second Intifada in 2000, Hamas, whose name is an Arabic acronym for Islamic Resistance Movement, has conducted 52 suicide attacks that killed 288 Israelis and injured 1,649 others, according to Globalsecurity.org, a defense policy think tank.
  7. New communications gear replaces wall maps, grease pencils By Estes Thompson Associated Press January 27, 2006 -- "As recently as Desert Storm, they thought advanced communications was a fax machine," said military analyst John Pike of globalsecurity.org.
  8. NASA trying to look beyond shuttle program By Lee Bowman Scripps Howard News Service January 26, 2006 -- "It seems to me that after this last flight, NASA's painted themselves into a corner on the shuttle," said John Pike, an analyst with Globalsecurity.org. "They don't want to fly it if it's manifestly unsafe, but they also don't want to spend a lot of money trying to fix something that they're only going to use a few more times."
  9. Light punishment in fog of war By Tom Roeder The Gazette January 25, 2006 -- John Pike, who runs the Virginia-based defense think tank GlobalSecurity.org, said Iraqis will likely take little notice of Welshofer’s sentence.
  10. Experts doubt expediency of attacking Iran By Anna Badkhen San Francisco Chronicle January 25, 2006 -- Iranian forces also could launch strikes against U.S. diplomatic missions in the Gulf region or even carry out terrorist attacks within the United States, said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a military think-tank in Washington.
  11. US has military options against Iran - but also risks backlash By Jerome Bernard Agence France Presse January 25, 2006 -- The GlobalSecurity.org consultancy said there are about two dozen suspected nuclear facilities in Iran and that the Bushehr 1,000 megawatt nuclear plant would be a prime target.
  12. Peril seen in officer's sentence By Dick Foster The Rocky Mountain News January 25, 2006 -- "The problem with the current conflict is that when our people get captured, they get their heads chopped off," said John Pike, head of the defense think tank GlobalSecurity.org.
  13. US says Syrian intelligence aids insurgents By Carmen Gentile ISN Security Watch January 24, 2006 -- Others like military expert and Globalsecurity director John E. Pike see the accusations linking Syria to the insurgents and the SA-7 missiles as another possible way of expanding the 'War on Terror'.
  14. Delegates work to secure missile arsenal By Diana Marrero The Great Falls Tribune January 24, 2006 -- Such missiles may not be as crucial as they were during the Cold War, said John Pike of Globalsecurity.org. But persistent pressure from lawmakers could help ensure they remain in states like Montana, he said.
  15. Conferences to focus on Ukrainian military, intel By Charlie Coon Stars and Stripes January 23, 2006 -- The nation inherited a 500,000-member military and large amount of military assets after the 1991 breakup of the former Soviet Union, according to the GlobalSecurity Web site (globalsecurity.org). After Russia, Ukraine is the largest and most populous of the former Soviet states.
  16. Local unit to undergo transformation By John Andrew Prime Gannett News Service January 23, 2006 -- "This is the way all the brigades are moving," said John Pike, military analyst and founder of Washington-based think tank GlobalSecurity.Org.
  17. Iran extends nuclear plant in secret By Philip Sherwell The Telegaph January 22, 2006 -- John Pike, the director of GlobalSecurity.org, an independent Washington defence research consultancy that specialises in analysing satellite images, told this newspaper: "These pictures indicate that Iran is replicating every major step that Pakistan took in its atomic bomb programme."
  18. RNC Members Didn't Challenge Guest Worker Amnesty Initiative CNN: LOU DOBBS TONIGHT January 20, 2006 -- JOHN PIKE, GLOBALSECURITY.ORG: It really looks like either a corrupt Mexican soldiers or people who are able to run around dressed like Mexican soldiers with nobody stopping them. They're invading the United States, and it looks like they're providing guard duty for people smuggling in undocumented workers or smuggling in drugs.
  19. Unmanned copter looks shipshape By Bruce V. Bigelow San Diego Union-Tribune January 19, 2006 -- The Navy has recovered remote-controlled airplanes aboard its ships in the past, said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Web-based institute focused on defense, aerospace and national security issues.
  20. Niger Hostage Crisis CNN: INSIGHT January 18, 2006 -- Joining us now is John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org to talk about whether it's just a delta problem.
  21. US hunt for Al-Qaeda leaders may be gaining: US analysts Agence France Presse January 18, 2006 -- "For destructive power it's about as precise as you can get with anything much bigger than a sniper rifle," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.Org, a group that gathers and analyzes information about the military.
  22. US targeted-killings of al Qaeda suspects rising By David Morgan Reuters January 18, 2006 -- "Three in just slightly more than six months, versus two in the previous four years, has the makings of a trend," said John Pike, an intelligence specialist with GlobalSecurity.org.
  23. Iran: Analysts Debate Feasibility Of Military Options By Ron Synovitz Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty January 18, 2006 -- "It's very simple. Iran wants to get atomic bombs. Israel and the United States won't let that happen," says John Pike, director of a Washington-based website called GlobalSecurity.org that publishes analyses on international security issues.
  24. Military probing death of Arundel Marine in Iraq By Annie Linskey and Bradley Olson Baltimore Sun January 18, 2006 -- John Pike, director of globalsecurity.org, said the military's preliminary description of Watts' death indicates he died in one of three ways: murder, suicide or friendly fire.
  25. Pioneer in Solid-Fuel Rock Technology Dies By Robert Burns The Associated Press January 17, 2006 -- "It's on a short list of military marvels of the 20th century ... right up there with the Manhattan Project," John Pike, director of the military information Web site, globalsecurity.org, said of the accomplishments of Hall and those he worked with.
  26. American who advised Pentagon says he wrote for magazine that found forged Niger documents By Larisa Alexandrovna The Raw Story January 17, 2006 -- John Pike, director of the military watchdog GlobalSecurity.org, recently told RAW STORY the path of the documents from Italy to the White House is troubling.
  27. Apache Chopper Down CNN: THE SITUATION ROOM January 16, 2006 -- JOHN PIKE, GLOBALSECURITY.ORG: If you think about the bad weather that they're flying in, if you think about how many shoulder- fired missiles that may be over there, you'd say overall over the last several years the record's been really quite good.
  28. Helicopter Crash Kills 2 American Soldiers in Iraq CNN: LOU DOBBS TONIGHT January 16, 2006 -- JOHN PIKE, GLOBALSECURITY.ORG: If you think about the bad weather that they're flying in, if you think about how many shoulder- fired missiles that may be over there, you'd say overall over the last several years the record's been really quite good.
  29. Investing in Space Tourism Red Herring January 16, 2006 -- Doubter though he may be, Mr. Pike, who is the director of Alexandria, Virginia-based consultancy Globalsecurity.org, laments the apparent dearth of VC interest in the field.
  30. Air power losing ground in terror age By James Rosen McClatchy Newspapers January 16, 2006 -- "The paradox of war is that it has always been both glorious and terrible," said John Pike, founder of globalsecurity.org, which tracks military and security issues. "What we had with air power in the first Gulf War and in Kosovo was the glory without seeing the horror. What we have now with the insurgency is the horror without the glory."
  31. Military Copter Crashes Common in Winter By Robert Burns The Associated Press January 14, 2006 -- "It sounds like it's, unfortunately, about what you'd expect, because the things do crash," said John Pike, an analyst at globalsecurity.org, which tracks the military's performance in Iraq and elsewhere.
  32. Army cancels Lockheed contract By Roger Fillion Rocky Mountain News January 13, 2006 -- "You were trying to satisfy both Army and Navy requirements," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org.
  33. Probe sought on NGA firing By Siobhan Gorman The Baltimore Sun January 13, 2006 -- His agency, in Bethesda, has been estimated to have more than 8,000 employees and a budget of $2 billion by intelligence specialist John Pike of Globalsecurity.org.
  34. Pentagon Sets Plan For New Bomber, Terminates J-UCAS Program By Jason Sherman Inside The Air Force January 13, 2006 -- “An unmanned bomber is not an option they’ve look at very much in the past, but it is very easy to understand that they would put it in the mix now,” said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, who has long tracked Air Force thinking about a future bomber force.
  35. Ex-Stark man killed in Navy crash By Carl Chancellor Akron Beacon Journal January 13, 2006 -- Beacon Journal staff writer Delano Massey and Globalsecurity.org contributed to this report.
  36. Navy jet crash kills W-B native By Mark Guydish Wilkes Barre Times-Leader January 13, 2006 -- According to information at www.globalsecurity.org, the squadron “has logged more than 332,000 mishap-free flight hours and has the distinction of maintaining the longest documented accident-free period of any active flying squadron in aviation history.”
  37. Oquawka man returns from Iraq By Hayley Kessler Daily Review Atlas Leader January 12, 2006 -- According to globalsecurity.org, an IED can be almost anything with any type of material and initiator.
  38. A monumental military week By Michael Newsom Biloxi Sun Herald January 11, 2006 -- The Seabee base in Gulfport was established as an Advanced Base Depot in June 1942, according to globalsecurity.org, and became the Naval Construction Battalion Center in 1966.
  39. China's Vast Military Cuts Fat, Adds Muscle By Mark Magnier Los Angeles Times January 10, 2006 -- Source: GlobalSecurity.org
  40. Preempting Preemption By Alan Dowd The American Enterprise January 09, 2006 -- GlobalSecurity.org notes that the planes, once mated with special under-wing fuel tanks, will be capable of reaching nuclear sites in Bushehr and Esfahan.
  41. Imagery intelligence agency chief being forced from post By Siobhan Gorman The Baltimore Sun January 06, 2006 -- Based in Bethesda, the agency has an annual budget estimated at $2 billion and more than 8,000 employees, according to intelligence specialist John Pike of Globalsecurity.org.
  42. Editorial: Iran's Ban of Western Music: Just a Taste of What's To Come By Anthony Kraljic St. John's University The Torch January 05, 2006 -- Iran’s Supreme Cultural Revolutionary Council explains on their Web site, www.globalsecurity.org,  that the “supervision of content from films, TV series and their voice-overs is emphasized in order to support spiritual cinema and to eliminate trite and violence.”
  43. Pratt May Corner Market On F-35 Engines By Paul Marks Hartford Courant January 05, 2006 -- John E. Pike, director of an Alexandria, Va., defense consulting firm called GlobalSecurity.org, said the Department of Defense rarely awards two contracts for engine development for the same fighter plane.
  44. Google Earth a encore des problèmes de mise au point Par Philippe Crouzillacq 01net. January 04, 2006 -- C'est ce qu'explique John Pike, un spécialiste des questions de défense et directeur du site Globalsecurity.org, dans les colonnes deLibération.
  45. Ashcroft helps Israelis on Korean weapons deal By Jonathan E. Kaplan The Hill January 04, 2006 -- The U.S. ally has developed its own fighter plane and battle tank and launched an aircraft carrier, destroyers and submarines, said John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, an intelligence research company.
  46. Gulf grief - America's Iraqi quagmire By James Debono Malta Today January 01, 2006 -- Globalsecurity.org, a defence website, says: “Phosphorus burns on the skin are deep and painful... These weapons are particularly nasty because white phosphorus continues to burn until it disappears... it could burn right down to the bone.”
  47. The Army, Faced With Its Limits By FRED KAPLAN - New York Times - January 1, 2006 -- As a way to do more with less, the Army has begun to reorganize its forces, so that each brigade has more combat troops and fewer support personnel. John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, an independent clearinghouse for military information, estimates that this shift, if it's fully carried out, will let the military "sustain its current level of effort in Iraq indefinitely."
  48. Donating Hero Miles to help wounded troops By Joe Sharkey - New York Times - January 1, 2006 -- 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. It isn't known how many of them have suffered injuries serious enough, like severe burns and amputations, to require lengthy hospitalization. But about 4,000 American troops had been medically evacuated from Iraq as combat casualties by the end of September, John E. Pike, Globalsecurity.org's director, estimated.
  49. Doing a heckuva job with nicknames By Mark Jacob, Chicago Tribune, January 1, 2006 -- The war in Iraq was also disappointing as a generator of nicknames, producing no overarching phrase, such as "The Mother of All Battles." Instead, we've been numbed by soulless acronyms such as WMD (weapons of mass destruction) and IED (improvised explosive device). The old-time "chow hall" is now known as a DFAC (dining facility), according to GlobalSecurity.org.