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August 2008 News

  1. Iran's Recent Military Advancements Not Just Show, Experts Say By Jana Winter Fox News August 28, 2008 -- "The leadership is a bit on the grandiose side," said Charles P. Vick, an Iranian missiles expert with research group GlobalSecurity.org. "[Ahmadinejad] keeps on advertising, 'Look at what we have today, Na Na Na Na,' but big deal!
  2. Assessing the hazards of space hydrazine, and the media reportage of it By James Oberg The Space Review August 25, 2008 -- The consensus of the roster of experts quoted in the national news media is clearly that the announced justification was bogus. For example, John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, told reporters that “the claim there was a danger from the fuel is not the most preposterous thing the Pentagon has ever said—but it seemed to be a bit of a stretch.”
  3. Iraqis show video of teen girl in suicide vest By Karin Laub The Associated Press August 25, 2008 -- In publicizing the details of the case, police may also be trying to demonstrate they're effective in fighting the insurgents and to turn more Iraqis against the militants, said John Pike, a defense analyst and director of GlobalSecurity.org.
  4. Army buys more accurate artillery shells By Tom Vanden Brook USA TODAY August 24, 2008 -- Excalibur's accuracy means the Army can keep smaller supplies of shells on hand, which puts fewer troops at risk on supply roads, said John Pike, a military analyst and director of Globalsecurity.org.
  5. Under Moscow's wing By James Denselow The Guardian August 22, 2008 -- Assad also signalled his willingness to have Russian Iskander missiles (which according to GlobalSecurity.org are capable of overcoming the enemy's anti-missile defences and hitting targets at a distance of 280 kilometers) situated on Syrian territory, although he refused to commit to any timeline for such a deployment.
  6. Turkey frets over Cold War-type confrontation Today's Zaman August 21, 2008 -- "Control of the straits between the Black and the Mediterranean Seas has long been a matter of keen interest to Russia, as well as other nations bordering the Black Sea. Historically, Russia has viewed such control as the sine qua non of its own sovereignty," reports GlobalSecurity.org.
  7. Iran plans manned space mission By Randall Mikkelsen Reuters August 21, 2008 -- But Charles Vick, a senior analyst for GlobalSecurity.org research group, said Iran appeared to have succeeded in igniting the second stage of its booster rocket and gained data that will help it perfect its launch system.
  8. Iran satellite launch a failure, U.S. officials say By Randall Mikkelsen Reuters August 19, 2008 -- But Charles Vick, a senior analyst for GlobalSecurity.org research group, said Iran appeared to have succeeded in igniting the second stage of its booster rocket and gained data that will help it perfect its launch system.
  9. Tehran offers to help Muslim nations launch satellites By Nazila Fathi International Herald Tribune August 18, 2008 -- Charles Vick, an Iranian rocket expert at GlobalSecurity.org, a research group in Alexandria, Virginia, called the weekend test flight "a precursor to the satellite launch.”
  10. After Georgia, what future for NATO? By Gordon Lubold The Christian Science Monitor August 18, 2008 -- Under President Vladimir Putin, ground force training doubled from 2002 to 2003, for example, according to GlobalSecurity.org, citing open sources.
  11. Iran Reports Test of Craft Able to Carry a Satellite By William J. Broad The New York Times August 18, 2008 -- Charles P. Vick, an expert on Iranian rockets at GlobalSecurity.org, a research group in Alexandria, Va., called the weekend test flight “a precursor to the satellite launch.”
  12. Iran Tests Safir Space Booster By Craig Covault Aviation Week August 18, 2008 -- GlobalSecurity.org, a security think tank, has reported that the Safir launcher resembles an upgraded version of the North Korean Taepo-Dong launcher, which failed during a satellite launch attempt several years ago, sending its upper stage over Japan.
  13. For US, a terror threat lurks in drug smuggling subs By Bryan Bender The Boston Globe August 17, 2008 -- "This is a more sophisticated way of getting the dope into the country," said John Pike, a weapons and technology specialist at GlobalSecurity.org, an Alexandria, Va., think tank.
  14. Arab League backs UAE in Abu Musa standoff By Mahmoud Habboush The Associated Press August 17, 2008 -- The website GlobalSecurity.org reported that Iran began deploying its Revolutionary Guards on the island in 1994, a number that reached more than 1,000 by March 1995.
  15. Guess what? Military funds mind-reading science By Alicia Chang The Associated Press August 15, 2008 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Virginia-based defense research firm, said the technology is still too nascent to be of practical use for the military.
  16. Global Hawk sales allowed By Erik Slavin and Hwang Hae-rym Stars and Stripes August 15, 2008 -- The Shadow 200 UAVs more commonly used by the U.S. Army in South Korea cost about $275,000, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  17. US Air Force Grounds Cyber Defense Unit By Walaika Haskins TechNewsWorld August 14, 2008 -- The actual goals of the Cyber Command Project have never been particularly clear, according to John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org.
  18. GEORGIA/ La situazione in Caucaso potrebbe segnare l'inizio di una lunga serie di tensioni By Alberto Leoni Il Sussidiario.net August 13, 2008 -- Questo tenendo presente che il sito GlobalSecurity.org riportava, nei giorni scorsi, la notizia di esercitazioni militari iniziate il 14 luglio scorso, alle quali hanno partecipato 1200 militari americani e 800 georgiani nella base militare di Vaziani, vicino a Tbilisi
  19. Air Force Halts Cyber Command Program By Kim Zetter Wired.com August 13, 2008 -- "They've got the whole thing tarted up, and it's hard to tell what they're actually doing," John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org told Graham
  20. U.S. Air Force designs laser weapon that leaves target clueless of what hit it ANI August 13, 2008 -- “The target would never know what hit them. Further, there would be no munition fragments that could be used to identify the source of the strike,” New Scientist magazine quoted John Pike, an analyst with the Virginia-based defence think-tank GlobalSecurity.org, as saying.
  21. Russian military stronger, but still far from Cold War peak By Dave Montgomery McClatchy Newspapers August 12, 2008 -- After the Soviet Union broke apart in 1991, Russia's military expenditures dropped to one-tenth of the Soviet Union's military budgets during the preceding decade, according to GlobalSecurity.org, an online military research site.
  22. US boasts of laser weapon's 'plausible deniability' By David Hambling NewScientist.com news service August 12, 2008 -- But John Pike, analyst with defence think-tank GlobalSecurity.org, based in Virginia, says the implications are clear. "The target would never know what hit them," says Pike. "Further, there would be no munition fragments that could be used to identify the source of the strike."
  23. Despliegue en Irak y Afganistán limita capacidad respuesta de EU By Alberto Leoni EFE August 12, 2008 -- Según GlobalSecurity.org, un sitio de Internet que se especializa en información militar, las Fuerzas Armadas de Rusia cuentan, listas para operaciones, con unas 41 brigadas de tropas del Ejército, paracaidistas e infantes de marina.
  24. Analysis: Georgia takes gamble with move on rebels By William Schomberg Reuters August 08, 2008 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a US military information website, said Saakashvili could probably expect words of Western backing but perhaps nothing more than that.
  25. Now 0-for-3, SpaceX's Elon Musk Vows to Make Orbit By Carl Hoffman Wired.com August 05, 2008 -- Wired.com: Your whole mantra is "cheaper and more reliable." But so far you're zero for three, which is anything but cheap and reliable, and guys like GlobalSecurity.org's John Pike say the reason it has taken billions of dollars and tens of thousands of people to successfully launch rockets is physics, not some new design or economic model.
  26. Research and Markets: ZigBee and UWB Can Play Important Role in UGS Development By Jayashree Adkoli TMCnet August 01, 2008 -- Defense and space news provider, GlobalSecurity.org, says “UGS consist of a variety of sensor technologies that are packaged for deployment and perform the mission of remote target detection, location and/or recognition.
  27. MILITARY: General says victory 'all but won' in Anbar By Mark Walker North County Times August 01, 2008 -- John Pike, founder and director of the defense monitoring group Globalsecurity.org in Washington, said he believes Kelly's Anbar outlook is correct.