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January 2007 News

  1. Staff Editorial: Exploding budget The Phoenix January 31, 2007 -- According to GobalSecurity.org, worldwide military spending each year is about $950 billion. The rest of the world allocates $500 billion for such spending, while the United States alone accounts for the other $450 billion. China comes in at a distant second with $65 billion in spending. The United States spends more than the next 12 countries combined.
  2. Chinese Fireworks Intelligencer Journal January 31, 2007 -- Said John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, "Our space assets ... are absolutely central to why we are a superpower - a signature component to America's style of warfare."
  3. Venezuela to Buy Anti-Aircraft MissilesBy Christopher Toothaker The Associated Press January 30, 2007 -- John Pike, a defense analyst at GlobalSecurity.org, a think tank based in Alexandria, Va., said such systems usually have a limited range and are not meant for offensive purposes.
  4. U.S. blames Iran for new bombs in Iraq By Tom Vanden Brook USA TODAY January 30, 2007 -- "Properly handled, it goes through armor like a hot knife through butter," said John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, a military think tank in Alexandria, Va.
  5. 3 helicopters lost in Iraq since Jan. 20 By Robert H. Reid The Associated Press January 29, 2007 -- "There are bound to be a number of helicopter accidents per year as a matter of course," said John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org. "Even if they were all shot down, our countermeasures would seem to work pretty good" considering the heavy use of helicopters by the military in Iraq.
  6. Iran Shot An Arrow... Investor's Business Daily January 29, 2007 -- Analysts at the think tank GlobalSecurity.Org think the new modification could be a step toward an Iranian version of the North Korean Taepodong 2C/3 intercontinental ballistic missile that failed in a recent test.
  7. Shia Islamic satellite set for liftoff on ICBM cloaked as space booster By Craig Covault Aviation Week & Space Technology January 27, 2007 -- If the launcher is derived from the Shahab-3, analysts at strategic policy think tank GlobalSecurity.org believe the new Iranian conversion could be a stepping-stone to an Iranian clone of the North Korean Taepo-Dong-2C/3 missile that failed in a launch attempt from North Korea last July 4.
  8. Iran's satellite launch sparks new missile fear The West Australian January 27, 2007 -- Analysts with think tank GlobalSecurity.org believe it could be a stepping stone to an Iranian clone of the North Korean Taepodong 2C/3 missile that failed in a launch last July.
  9. India's Major Tech Needs Are Often Met by Israel By Doug Tsuruoka Investor's Business Daily January 26, 2007 -- "The Israelis will sell to anybody," said John Pike, the head of defense researcher GlobalSecurity.org.
  10. U.S. Firms Find India Big Buyer In Defense By Doug Tsuruoka Investor's Business Daily January 26, 2007 -- "India's new strategic and military relationship with the U.S. is the biggest thing since (President) Nixon went to China," said John Pike, head of defense research firm GlobalSecurity.org.
  11. What China's Missile Test Means for TaiwanBy Peter Ritter Time January 26, 2007 -- "The Chinese understand how dependent the Americans are on these spy satellites," says John Pike, a satellite expert with GlobalSecurity.org.
  12. Senate Nix For GI Plan By Anne Flaherty The Associated Press January 25, 2007 -- "It's not going to be helpful. It's got too much déjà vu all over again from Vietnam," said John Pike of the military think tank Globalsecurity.org.
  13. Outgoing Saudi ambassador to give first 2007 Landon Lecture; Saudi students invited as special guests to lecture Kansas State Collegian January 25, 2007 -- In August 2002, Prince Turki and two other Saudi princes were sued for allegedly helping finance the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to www.globalsecurity.org.
  14. Lasers go to war By David Wichner The Arizona Daily Star January 25, 2007 -- LADS could compete with "C-RAM" — Counter Rocket, Artillery Mortar — systems designed to track and destroy incoming projectiles with explosive bullets, said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org.
  15. U.S. military showcases new ray gun United Press International January 25, 2007 -- Traveling at the speed of light, the energy reaches the subject and penetrates less than 1/64 of an inch into the skin, quickly heating up the skin's surface to a sensation of 130 degrees but does not leave a burn, GlobalSecurity.org reported.
  16. Iran Set to Try Space Launch By Craig Covault Aviation Week & Space Technology January 25, 2007 -- Analysts at GlobalSecurity.org believe that if the version used is the Shahab 3, the modification could be a stepping stone to a clone of the North Korean Taepo Dong 2C/3 ballistic missile that failed in a launch attempt from North Korea last July 4.
  17. Iran May Be Ready To Attempt First Satellite Launch Agence France Presse January 25, 2007 -- Analysts with GlobalSecurity.org think tank, said Aviation Week, believe the new modified missile could be a stepping stone to an Iranian clone of the North Korean Taepodong 2C/3 ballistic missile that failed in a launch attempt last July in North Korea.
  18. Texas Guard flier died in Black Hawk crash By Sig Christenson San Antonio Express-News January 24, 2007 -- The most common, the Russian SA-7B "Strela," was introduced in 1966 and flies up to 12,500 feet, said John Pike, director and founder of GlobalSecurity.org, a military information online site.
  19. Kent wants to address mental health problems By Rick Rogers San Diego Union-Tribune January 24, 2007 -- The Marine Corps' expansion and wartime pressures will consume most of Kent's time, said John Pike, director of the military studies group GlobalSecurity.Org.
  20. US 'lacks intelligence' for high-tech warfare By Steve Bloomfield The New Zealand Herald January 23, 2007 -- "It's known as a secret war for a reason," said John Pike, a military analyst with GlobalSecurity.org, based in Washington. Of the base, he said: "It's located in a part of the world where you'd want to know if foreign fighters are suddenly arriving."
  21. China weapons test shakes up world view By Christopher Bodeen The Associated Press January 23, 2007 -- Now the test "will make it very difficult for the U.S. to talk about space cooperation with China any time soon," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense, security and space intelligence consultancy based in Alexandria, Va.
  22. US Forces Adapt to Non-Combat Role in Afghanistan By Malcolm Brown Voice of America January 22, 2007 -- Defense analyst John Pike says that in order to deliver, the American military is having to adapt. "The U.S. Army does know how to do this. It's just that not very many soldiers in the Army are trained in this particular specialty. So, it's been very much a learning experience on the part of infantry, armor, artillery soldiers to learn these civil affairs skills and to apply them in practice."
  23. Signals foil IEDs but also radios By Tom Vanden Brook USA TODAY January 22, 2007 -- "It is a nightmare," said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a military think tank. "Any part of the spectrum we can use to communicate is part of spectrum that the enemy can use to detonate an IED."
  24. Look Up! Is It a Threat? Or a Plea for a Ban? By William J. Broad The New York Times January 21, 2007 -- John E. Pike, who is the director of GlobalSecurity.org, a group in Washington that conducts research on military and space topics, said that treaties and defensive measures were the smart, cheap way to counter antisatellite threats, and that the star warriors in the wake of the Chinese tests were playing a false card.
  25. Retired Gen. Swannack has the model for Iraq By Kevin Maurer The Fayetteville (NC) Observer January 21, 2007 -- John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org, a Washington defense policy think tank, said the new surge units must focus on many of the same things as the paratroopers did in Anbar. Pike suggested that job creation — cleaning up Baghdad, for example — is a way to combat the insurgency.
  26. Troop increase will affect Pennsylvania By Brian Bowling Pittsburgh Tribune-Review January 19, 2007 -- John Pike, a national defense analyst who operates GlobalSecurity.org, said it's almost a given that the Pentagon will call up more National Guard and Reserve units.
  27. Think We're Losing Iraq? Take a Look at the Dinar By Youssef Ibrahim The New York Sun January 19, 2007 -- "Issuing dinar check payments improves the economic and financial stability of Iraq by promoting the Iraqi banks while using their local currency. It also decreases the cash requirements our finance offices need in order to meet mission requirements," Major Santiago told the defense-oriented Web site GlobalSecurity.org a few days ago.
  28. U.S. official: Chinese test shot satellite Kazinform January 19, 2007 -- "If we, for instance, got into a conflict over Taiwan, one of the first things they'd probably do would be to shoot down all of our lower Earth-orbit spy satellites, putting out our eyes," said John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, a Web site that compiles information on worldwide security issues.
  29. U.S. Criticizes China Over Missile Test By Katherine Shrader The Associated Press January 19, 2007 -- Precisely what drove China to act now remains a mystery. But the United States has to figure out how to respond, said John Pike, a satellite expert at GlobalSecurity.org.
  30. Beijing Mum as World Expresses Concern Over Anti-Satellite Weapon Test By Daniel Schearf Voice of America January 19, 2007 -- Charles Vick, a senior fellow on space and missile analysis at the security research company GlobalSecurity.org, says the launch shows the U.S. needs to pay closer attention to the military use of space.
  31. Air Force ready to deploy 30,000-pound 'super bomb' on stealthy B-2 jet bomber By John Keller Military & Aerospace Electronics Magazine January 18, 2007 -- American defense contractors Northrop Grumman and Boeing Co. are developing this conventional bunker buster under contract to Air Force Research Laboratory's Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and Defense Threat Reduction Agency, according to GlobalSecurity.org in Alexandria, Va.
  32. U.S. official: Chinese test missile obliterates satellite CNN.com January 18, 2007 -- "If we, for instance, got into a conflict over Taiwan, one of the first things they'd probably do would be to shoot down all of our lower Earth-orbit spy satellites, putting out our eyes," said John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, a Web site that compiles information on worldwide security issues.
  33. Stennis sails for Mideast to beef up carrier force By Jim Krane The Associated Press January 16, 2007 -- The United States maintains nearly 40,000 troops in Gulf countries other than Iraq, including about 25,000 in Kuwait, 6,500 in Qatar, 3,000 in Bahrain, 1,300 in the United Arab Emirates and a few hundred in Oman and Saudi Arabia, according to figures from the Dubai-based Gulf Research Center. There are also 1,300 U.S. troops based in Djibouti, in East Africa, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  34. In Iraq, long hours are routine By Chuck Crombo The State January 16, 2007 -- Camp Bucca, near Umm Qasr in southern Iraq, is home to the largest prison for enemy prisoners of war, according to GlobalSecurity.org, a military Web site. Some 8,500 insurgents are being held there, according to the Web site.
  35. No slowdown for S.C. Guard By Chuck Crombo The State January 16, 2007 -- Adjutants general don’t have to meet the military service or education requirements of active-duty general officers, according to GlobalSecurity.org, a military think tank.
  36. Navy hits pause button on ship project By Richard Burnett Orlando Sentinel January 16, 2007 -- It is not clear, however, whether the Navy will continue to retain both Lockheed and General Dynamics for the duration of the program, said John Pike, founder of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense research group based in Washington, D.C.
  37. Jet With Anti-Missile System Leaves LAX By John Antczak The Associated Press January 16, 2007 -- John Pike, a defense analyst at GlobalSecurity.org, an Alexandria, Va., think tank, suggested that development of the system was the lesser of issues for the airline industry.
  38. Troop surge, new policy prove divisive By Matt Stone ASU Web Devil January 16, 2007 -- President Bush announced on Jan. 10 that an additional 21,500 U.S. soldiers would be sent to Iraq to join the approximately 152,000 troops already there, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  39. Suddenly, the war widens By Lynda Hurst Toronto Star January 13, 2007 -- "I don't think we've seen the end of it in Somalia," says John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org.
  40. New Warhead Could Siphon Funds From Sub Builders By Seth Owen The Day, CT January 13, 2007 -- Production of the newer W88 warhead that was originally going to replace the W76 was stopped for safety and technical reasons after about 400 were made, according to estimates by GlobalSecurity.org, leaving about 3,000 W76 warheads to arm the rest of the missiles.
  41. Video: Recent US actions could signal Iran conflict, despite White House denials; GOPer's bill requires Congress OK on Iran By David Edwards and Mike Sheehan The Raw Story January 12, 2007 -- Several analysts consider parts of President Bush's latest speech as an obvious threat to Iran. One, John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, notes that U.S. actions could signal a conflict in the near future.
  42. For US troops, new duties, more danger By Brad Knickerbocker The Christian Science Monitor January 12, 2007 -- "The US can sustain this escalation indefinitely, provided that there is an increase in end strength, longer and more frequent deployments, greater reliance on the guard and reserve, more money for recruitment and retention, and further lowering of standards for recruits," says John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org. "All of this will cost time and money."
  43. How the Army decides who deploys By Nancy Montgomery Stars and Stripes January 12, 2007 -- “Deployment of Army forces is on a schedule that deploys units for 12 months, with 12 months at home,” according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  44. 82nd advance team arrives in Baghdad By Kevin Maurer The Fayetteville Observer January 12, 2007 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington defense policy think tank, said the new units must focus on “public order,” not combat.
  45. Some say 'surge' is too little, too late By Steve Liewer and Rick Rogers San Diego Union-Tribune January 11, 2007 -- “They had 152,000 American troops (in Iraq) back in November and it was not enough,” said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org.
  46. Navy says speed of tanker sucked submarine up to surface By Jack Dorsey The Virginian-Pilot January 11, 2007 -- The Strait of Hormuz separates the Arabian Gulf from the Gulf of Oman and the North Arabian Sea. It is about 40 miles wide - 34 miles wide at its narrowest point, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  47. Some doubt increase will stem violence By Bryan Bender Boston Globe January 11, 2007 -- Even with the new troops, the overall US force will still not reach its zenith, which was about 160,000 in early 2006. "It wasn't adequate then," said John Pike , director of GlobalSecurity.org, an Alexandria, Va., think tank. "Why is it adequate now?
  48. Bush's general hypocrisy By Mark Benjamin Salon.com January 11, 2007 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, the national security Web site, said a 20,000-troop infusion won't make much difference.
  49. Editorial: Old way backward Daytona Beach News-Journal January 10, 2007 -- More than 32,000 combat patrols were conducted, door-to-door patrols included, netting some 400 insurgents and 43 weapons and ammunition caches, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  50. Navy: Speed of tanker sucked sub up to surface By Jack Dorsey The Virginian-Pilot January 10, 2007 -- The Strait of Hormuz separates the Arabian Gulf from the Gulf of Oman and the North Arabian Sea. It is about 40 miles wide - 34 miles wide at its narrowest point, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  51. FACTBOX-Key facts on al Qaeda hunted in Somalia Reuters January 10, 2007 -- Sources: International Crisis Group, Globalsecurity.org, the FBI and Interpol websites, and Reuters reporting
  52. Strikes part of U.S. anti-terror effort in Africa By Matt Kelley and Richard Willing USA TODAY January 10, 2007 -- The Islamic Courts' rapid retreat made al-Qaeda figures in Somalia easier to track, says intelligence expert John Pike, head of the website GlobalSecurity.org.
  53. Soldiers stand firm in desire to serve By Tom Roeder The Gazette January 10, 2007 -- “That’s a reasonable expectation,” said John Pike, executive director of the Alexandria, Va.-based think tank GlobalSecurity.org.
  54. >Robot wars By Pete Warren Mail & Guardian January 10, 2007 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org (...) says: "On the battlefield, half of the soldiers don't aim their weapons at people because they don't want to hurt them or give them cause to hurt them. The robots that are under development fire dispassionately, and are being pointed by people who don't have to worry about being shot at."
  55. ANALYSIS-Bush Iraq plan has many risks, no guarantees By Andrew Gray Reuters January 10, 2007 -- "It's a different war in that respect," said John Pike, director of military information Web site GlobalSecurity.org.
  56. Iraq death toll weighs on service members By Kevin Maurer The Fayetteville Observer January 10, 2007 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington defense policy think tank, said the surge is an experiment.
  57. Isle troops likely would 'pay price' under surge By Mike Gordon The Honolulu Advertiser January 10, 2007 -- John Pike, director of military think tank www.GlobalSecurity.org, said it may be too soon to know the exact impact of a troop increase.
  58. Staffing troop surge may be difficult, analysts say By Dick Foster Rocky Mountain News January 09, 2007 -- "What's been proposed is that (Army) brigades that were getting ready to go over there in the spring, from March to June, should go over there now, and that everybody else would get moved up a little bit," said John Pike, director of the research group GlobalSecurity.org.
  59. Military backing of Bush war policies takes a hit By David McLemore The Dallas Morning News January 09, 2007 -- John Pike, executive director of the defense startegy think tank GlobalSecurity.org, does not find the results so surprising.
  60. 'Smart' airdrops may save lives of U.S. troops By Tom Vanden Brook USA TODAY January 07, 2007 -- John Pike, a military analyst at GlobalSecurity.org, a military think tank, says precision airdrop capability will be a boon to the military but has been slow in arriving.
  61. President Bush faces more problems as he unveils new Iraq strategy By Julie Donnelly Channel NewsAsia January 06, 2007 -- John Pike, Globalsecurity.org, said: "The challenge that he's going to face is that the United States doesn't have any good options in Iraq. They can attempt to repackage the war. But the reality is that what happens in Iraq is not completely in the hands of the United States. Much of it is up to the Iraqi leadership and at least some of it is in the hands of the enemy."
  62. Ethiopian operation dovetails with U.S. aims By Paul Koring The Globe and Mail January 06, 2007 -- "Overt, no; covert, surely," says John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington-based defence and security group. "It would be scandalous if it wasn't," he added, referring to the Bush administration's self-defined strategic imperative of toppling Islamic extremist regimes.
  63. China unveils indigenous fighter jet By Benjamin Kang Lim Reuters January 06, 2007 -- "It has increasingly become apparent the J-10 has the potential of becoming one of the most significant fighters in the next few decades," www.globalsecurity.org said on its Web site.
  64. Rockefeller 'Troubled' by Intelligence Void Reuters January 05, 2007 -- John Pike, director of the online think tank GlobalSecurity.org, said Negroponte showed early fortitude in dealings with contractors involved in a top secret satellite project in 2005.
  65. Armor tile contract expanded By Mike Keller The Sun Herald January 05, 2007 -- Reactive armor tiles work by sensing when an explosive munition detonates against them and exploding outward in response, negating the destructive power of the round. That keeps the vehicle and the people inside safe, said John Pike, the director of GlobalSecurity.org and an expert on defense policy who spoke to the Sun Herald in 2006.
  66. Negroponte's departure raises qualms on security issues By David Morgan Reuters January 04, 2007 -- John Pike, director of the online think tank GlobalSecurity.org, said Negroponte showed early fortitude in dealings with contractors involved in a top secret satellite project in 2005.
  67. Guard grounds copters after crash By Allison Hoffman The Assocaited Press January 04, 2007 -- Hueys first flew in 1959 and were last produced in 1976, according to GlobalSecurity.org, a Web site that provides information on defense issues.
  68. 9 injured in crash of Guard helicopter By Steve Liewer San Diego Union-Tribune January 03, 2007 -- Hueys first flew in 1959 and were the mainstay of the U.S. Army transport fleet during the Vietnam War. About 9,000 were built, the last in 1976, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  69. U.S. meets foe it can't defeat By Brad Knickerbocker Christian Science Monitor January 01, 2007 -- ''Perversely, the IED problem is a result of the difficulty the enemy has in attacking American troops by other means,'' says John Pike, head of a military news and policy Web site, GlobalSecurity.org.