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August 2006 News

  1. Analysis: Iran's brinkmanship raises calls for action, war concerns By John Yaukey USA TODAY August 31, 2006 -- "If this continues, at some point the Israelis are going to say to us, either you take care of this with some well-placed bombs, or we'll have to," said John Pike, a military analyst with GlobalSecurity.org, which analyzes military arsenals and strategy.
  2. Downward roll: Defense boss has few friends left By Matthew D. LaPlante The Salt Lake Tribune August 29, 2006 -- So rather than leaving a legacy of military reformation, as was Rumsfeld's intention, the oldest-ever defense secretary may be remembered in much the same way as his Vietnam-era counterpart, Robert McNamara, said John Pike, a defense expert and director of GlobalSecurity.org.
  3. Google-Earthing the Hermit Kingdom By Sonni Efron The Los Angeles Times August 29, 2006 -- We don't know who the "analysts" are who are weighing in, unlike the occasional satellite photo posted on expert websites such as globalsecurity.org.
  4. Precision technology helps combat troops pinpoint enemy By Tom Vanden Brook USA Today August 27, 2006 -- "Historically, close air support has been the art of talking the pilot on to the target," said John Pike, a military analyst with GlobalSecurity.org. "That isn't easy."
  5. Inouye doesn't expect carrier in Isles By William Cole The Honolulu Advertiser August 27, 2006 -- But John Pike, director of military think tank GlobalSecurity.org, said the nightmare scenario is a Chinese naval exercise that turns into an invasion of Taiwan with the installation of a new government in a few days.
  6. Syria Threatens to Close Lebanese Border in Opposition to U.N. Forces The Associated Press August 25, 2006 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington think tank, has said that before the war Hezbollah was believed to have a 12,000-13,000 missile stockpile
  7. Bush is going to leave Iraq for the next president to clean up By Warwick McFadyen The Age August 25, 2006 -- A total of 789 American soldiers died in the March to March period, according to GlobalSecurity.org, or two deaths a day.
  8. US marine corps calls up reserves as army feels the pressure of fighting on two fronts By Julian Borger The Guardian August 24, 2006 -- "All that happy talk about getting down to 100,000 by the end of this year, that's not on the cards for this year," said John Pike, the director of GlobalSecurity.org, a military thinktank in Washington.
  9. US Marine call-up signals a long war By Brad Knickerbocker The Christian Science Monitor August 24, 2006 -- Troop strength in Iraq today is back up to 138,000, notes military analyst John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, a research and consulting firm specializing in security issues. "All that happy talk earlier this year about getting below 100,000 by the end of this year now seems premature."
  10. Washington takes aim at Iran as destabilizing force in Mideast By Jerome Bernard Agence France Presse August 24, 2006 -- "One reason they are saying it is that it is true. I think another reason they are saying it is that they are going to bomb Iran next year, and they want to explain to the world why Iran is part of the problem and not part of the solution," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.Org, a Washington-based research group.
  11. In Defense, Small Stocks Rule By Tiernan Ray Barron's August 23, 2006 -- "The battlefield guys, the Marines and the Army, definitely want it," says John Pike, director of military information Website GlobalSecurity.org. "In the old days, you had to send a soldier over the hill to see what was going on. Now you have unmanned reconnaissance do it."
  12. China's Military On the Move By Jeffrey Young Voice of America August 21, 2006 -- John Pike, the Director of the private military information group GlobalSecurity.org, says Beijing is also headed in that direction.
  13. Using ultrasound for war wounds By Luke Timmerman The Seattle Times August 20, 2006 -- There were 2,562 U.S. troops killed in Iraq and 19,157 wounded as of July 31, according to GlobalSecurity.org, a military research firm.
  14. 2 Firms Picked for Private Spaceship Job By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press August 18, 2006 -- "I'm tired of hearing that; it never comes true," said longtime space analyst John Pike of Globalsecurity.org, an independent research group. "There have been no improvements of per-pound launch costs since John Kennedy was president ... I think it's just going to be a good way to burn up a bunch of money."
  15. IEDs: Iraq's deadly roadside bombs BBC News August 18, 2006 -- Research analyst Francois Boo, of GlobalSecurity.org, says insurgents are skilled at developing more sophisticated and more powerful devices as US troops improve their tactics to deal with them.
  16. US General: US May Lend Air, Sea Transport To Lebanon Action By Rebecca Christie Dow Jones Newswires August 17, 2006 -- "Where else are you going to go for airlift? If you can wait a few years, the Europeans may be able to help you. Russia, and that's about it if you're going any appreciable distance," said GlobalSecurity.org director John Pike, who maintains an exhaustive database of weapons information.
  17. Iran Suspected of Attempts to Rearm Hezbollah Since Cease-Fire FoxNews.com August 17, 2006 -- "China understood that Iran was backing Hezbollah, they would have had to understood that in principal that if they transferred something to Iran, there's always a possibility that Iran was going to retransfer that Hezbollah," said John Pike, head of GlobalSecurity.org.
  18. Lockheed Says F-35 Could Fly Pilotless By Renae Merle The Washington Post August 16, 2006 -- "When you think about unmanned combat systems, I think about Boeing," said John E. Pike, executive director of GlobalSecurity.org.
  19. Charting a new course: The Navy is set to christen the first of its next generation of warshipsBy Dave Montgomery McClatchy Newspapers August 14, 2006 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org in Alexandria, Va., says the ship will be "fiendishly fast" and "certainly seems like a good idea right now."
  20. Weapon makers rewarded despite soaring costs Gannett News Service August 14, 2006 -- "There is a fundamental lack of candor in the way people talk about big weapons procurement these days," said John Pike, a weapons expert with GlobalSecurity.org, a widely cited Web site that tracks military and security issues and hardware.
  21. The riddle of China's Area 51 By Stephen Hutcheon The Sydney Morning Herald August 14, 2006 -- Tim Brown, a senior fellow specialising in satellite imagery analysis at GlobalSecurity.org, said it was one of the more intriguing discoveries he had come across.
  22. Israel: Did Blair know all along? The Daily Mail August 14, 2006 -- But John Pike, head of the Washington-based military think tank GlobalSecurity.org, said: 'Has the U.S. given Israel a green light to attack Hezbollah and push its troops into southern Lebanon? Yes, of course it has.'
  23. Atrocities are a fact of all wars, even ours By Anna Badkhen San Francisco Chronicle August 13, 2006 -- "Combat is about stress, and criminal behavior toward civilians is a classic combat stress symptom," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington military think tank.
  24. Analysis: Sunni-Shiite rivalry is constant undercurrent of tension By Matthew B. Stannard San Francisco Chronicle August 13, 2006 -- "Just as it was important to understand the various flavors of communism in the 20th century, it's important to understand the various flavors of Islam we're combatting today. Because (Muslims) do," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a military think tank in Washington.
  25. Terrorists have many uses for cell phones By Randy Ludlow The Columbus Dispatch August 12, 2006 -- Cell phones form part of some roadside bombs targeting U.S. troops in Iraq, said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a research group based in Washington.
  26. Looking for liquids Newsday August 12, 2006 -- SOURCE: GLOBALSECURITY.ORG
  27. Terrorism plot impact felt around the world Australian Broadcasting Corporation August 11, 2006 -- JOHN PIKE, GLOBALSECURITY.ORG: You do kind of have to wonder why Al Qaeda seems to have such a thin playbook. There was this Bojinka plot to blow up aeroplanes over the Pacific a decade ago. Now they've come back and the details are different, it's the Atlantic, but it's basically the same old recycled plan.
  28. attes, iPods among air security fears By Matt Crenson The Associated Press August 11, 2006 -- For safety reasons, said John Pike, director of Washington-based think tank Globalsecurity.org, some commercial products are even designed to be transported as two relatively inert substances and then mixed together on site to produce an explosive.
  29. Bombers likely hoped to maximize terror By Alex Johnson MSNBC.com August 11, 2006 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, said other, more sophisticated explosives were possible, including astrolite, a liquid explosive invented in the 1960s, and dual-component compounds that are commercially available for clearing minefields.
  30. Terror's deadly, elusive liquid alternative By Lou Dolinar Newsday August 11, 2006 -- Since the Bojinka plot, terrorists have focused on hand-placing tiny bombs in critical structural parts of airplane cabins, rather than simply checking bomb-laden luggage into cargo compartments, according to John Pike, head of GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington-based think tank. That's because a bomb big enough to bring down a plane would be picked up rather easily by routine baggage X-rays.
  31. Some see major changes ahead in how we fly By Shawn Pogatchnik and Matt Crenson The Associated Press August 11, 2006 -- For safety reasons, said John Pike, director of the Washington-based think tank Globalsecurity.org, some commercial products are even designed to be transported as two relatively inert substances, then mixed on site to produce an explosive.
  32. An explosive that's easy to build -- and hard to detect By Kevin Coughlin and Ron Marsico The Star-Ledger August 11, 2006 -- "TATP is one of the most sensitive explosives known, being extremely sensitive to impact, temperature change and friction," according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  33. Attack was imminent when bombing plan foiled ABC: The World Today August 11, 2006 -- John Pike, a security expert and director of Global Security.Org, has told The World Today that timing and the complexity of the plot shows it was a very real threat.
  34. Analysis: Playing cat and mouse with airline terrorists Agence France Presse August 11, 2006 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, said one approach may be to limit the size of containers passengers can carry.
  35. 3rd BCT back to Iraq in a year? By Tom Roeder The Gazette August 11, 2006 -- John Pike, executive director of the Virginia-based defense think tank GlobalSecurity.org, said the short turnaround combined with hundreds of soldiers kept in uniform against their wishes could seriously damage morale.
  36. Barriers to Common Sense eastbayexpress.com August 09, 2006 -- The idea of a terrorist targeting a container port with a truck bomb is also far-fetched, notes John Pike, a national security analyst who runs the Web site GlobalSecurity.org.
  37. US troop scandals: Is Iraq different? By Brad Knickerbocker The Christian Science Monitor August 08, 2006 -- "Criminal behavior is a symptom of combat stress," says John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org. "For troops who go outside the wire, as opposed to fobbits [those who remain inside forward operating bases or FOBs], they would be exposed to combat stressors on a daily basis for most of their tour. During previous wars, the probability of dying in combat was higher. But for most soldiers, combat was episodic, rather than continuous."
  38. Israeli Airstrikes Target Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon FoxNews.com August 07, 2006 -- Ababils are Iranian-made aircraft that can be shot from a pneumatic launcher, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  39. 'UN Resolution on Pyongyang's Missile Difficult to Implement' By Park Song-wu The Korea Times August 06, 2006 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, told Radio Free Asia (RFA) that what North Korea is currently trying to sell is not missiles but technologies that can produce weapons of mass destruction.
  40. San Diego companies may answer need for long-range flying robots By Bruce V. Bigelow San Diego Union-Tribune August 06, 2006 -- “I am bewildered by the apparent high operating costs of Global Hawk,” said John Pike, a longtime defense analyst and director of the Web site GlobalSecurity.org.
  41. F-22 makers, pilots say the plane is go for combat By Dave Montgomery Star Telegram August 06, 2006 -- "What they want to do with the plane is to try to encourage the Chinese to continue to think about being an economic partner with America and not just think about being a military competitor," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a military research Web site.
  42. Missiles Neutralizing Israeli Tanks By Benjamin Harvey The Associated Press August 05, 2006 -- Israel's Merkava tanks boast massive amounts of armor and lumber and resemble fortresses on tracks. They are built for crew survival, according to GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington-based military think tank.
  43. Ex-CIA contractor David Passaro to stand trial in Afghan beating By Estes Thompson The Associated Press August 05, 2006 -- But despite the attention focused on Passaro, Abu Ghraib and the latest incidents, misconduct by Americans on the battlefield appears to be relatively rare, said John Pike, a military analyst at GlobalSecurity.org in Washington.
  44. Wie stark ist die Hisbollah? von Gabriele Chwallek dpa August 04, 2006 -- Und auf einen derartig strukturierten Feind etwa müssten sich die USA einstellen, wenn sie sich auf einen Waffengang mit dem Iran einließen, sagt John Pike von globalsecurity.org, einer sicherheitspolitischen Institut.
  45. U.S. intelligence pondering post-Fidel Cuba By David Morgan Reuters August 4, 2006 -- "For a while there, Cuba was sort of the Soviet Hizbollah," said John Pike, intelligence expert at GlobalSecurity.org.
  46. Generals paint bleak picture for Iraq By John Koopman San Francisco Chronicle August 04, 2006 -- "They're always surprised," John Pike, a military analyst who runs the Web site GlobalSecurity.org, said in an interview.
  47. Softer side of war By Kevin Maurer Fayettesville Observer August 03, 2006 -- John Pike, the head of GlobalSecurity.org, an independent military research group, said Iraq is a country of 10,000 neighborhoods, and U.S. forces have not focused on trying to win over each one
  48. Senate panel reports progress in probe of pre-war intelligence By Matt Stearns McClatchy Newspapers August 03, 2006 -- John Pike, director of the think tank GlobalSecurity.org, said he thought the two reports would be instructive on documenting how U.S. intelligence agencies failed in recent years.
  49. Homeland Security Goes Public By William Launder Forbes.com August 03, 2006 -- Noting that a "pretty big chunk" of homeland security spending is "disappearing into the rat hole," John Pike, director of think tank GlobalSecurity.org, says it is hard to say if the money has produced results. "It's being treated as free government money," he says. "It means we are not nearly as safe as we need to be."
  50. 3 weeks in, Hezbollah surprises with its might By The Associated Press and The Washington Post The Seattle Times August 03, 2006 -- Hezbollah is believed to have 500 to 600 highly trained fighters, with about five times that many available in reserve, said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington think tank. Like any guerrilla army, it can also draw fighters from the civilian population.
  51. Military secret spotted with Google Earth UPI August 03, 2006 -- The Sydney Morning Herald said Chinese authorities said the terrain was a tank training facility, but Tim Brown, a specialist in satellite imagery and a senior fellow at GlobalSecurity.org, laughed the explanation off, as he said the scale of the terrain is about 1:500.
  52. Raśl Castro Ruz The Boston Globe August 02, 2006 -- SOURCES: Cuba government, GlobalSecurity.org
  53. Google Geek Unearths Military Secret By Bede Moore ABCNews.com August 02, 2006 -- "It's one of the most interesting things anyone's ever observed anywhere," said Tim Brown, a specialist in satellite imagery and a senior fellow at GlobalSecurity.org.