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August 2013 News

  1. Analysts: Limited Syria strike not a permanent fix By Ben Knight Deutsche Welle 31 August 2013 -- "Bill Clinton wouldn't have thought twice about it," said John Pike, director of Washington-based think tank GlobalSecurity.org.
  2. Analysts doubt Fort Bragg troops bound for Syria By Steve DeVane The Fayetteville Observer 30 August 2013 -- "That probably would be one of the quickest ways to get a brigade into Syria," [Pike] said. "A brigade would be the smallest unit to make a difference."
  3. Exotic weapons aim to destroy chemical weapons By Tom Vanden Brook USA Today 29 August 2013 -- "The risk is that you would create a more serious mass-casualty event than what you were responding to," said John Pike, executive director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense policy organization.
  4. War-weary Americans wary of US attacking Syria By Brad Knickerbocker The Christian Science Monitor 29 August 2013 -- John Pike: “Obama on the 'NewsHour' last night seemed not to appreciate that what he might do to persuade Assad from using gas again might make it more likely that Al Qaeda would obtain access to poison gas.”
  5. What might Syria strike look like? Libya operation could hold clues By Brad Knickerbocker The Christian Science Monitor 28 August 2013 -- “Targets would be headquarters, command posts, air defense, air fields, and some fielded forces, while avoiding places that Bashar himself is likely to lurk,” predicts John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org.
  6. U.S. bombing in Syria would benefit jihadists By Rowan Scarborough The Washington Times 28 August 2013 -- “Obama is caught between a basic desire to do as little as decently possible, while having to do enough to restore intrawar deterrence, which requires placing at risk things the regime holds dear, which might require a much more extensive campaign,” [Pike] said.
  7. Factbox: What is the chemical weapon sarin? By Julie Steenhuysen and Michelle Nichols Reuters 27 August 2013 -- According to Global Security, which collects published intelligence reports and other data, there are four suspected chemical weapons sites in Syria.
  8. US Military Has Myriad Ways to Strike Syria in Potential Operation By Michael Lipin VOA 26 August 2013 -- John Pike: "Inevitably people will say why did you blow that up? You could blow up Assad's palaces, and people will say that looks too much like assassination. You could hit his security buildings and air force, but people would ask what they have to do with chemical weapons."
  9. Laser spying: is it really practical? By Charles Arthur The Guardian 22 August 2013 -- John Pike: "If you shine a laser beam on those windows [of the buildings], you can detect those vibrations, and using voice identification, you can figure out how many different voices are speaking in each of the rooms of the compound."
  10. Jet that crashed off Chincoteague recovered by Navy By Kevin Rector The Baltimore Sun 21 August 2013 -- The Air Force took delivery of more than 2,000 of the jets before 2001 at a cost in excess of $50 million each in today's dollars, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  11. A return to the Air Force for the sleek Blackbird? By Steve Liewer The Omaha World Herald 13 August 2013 -- “[Spy satellites] almost never where you want them to be,” Pike said.
  12. Climate Change And Weather Modification: Could We Control The Future? By Steve Liewer The Huffington Post 12 August 2013 -- "Because global warming may impact the security of other countries and create problems for the U.S. government," Pike said.
  13. Effects of murder verdict of Fort Bragg officer on combat decisions to be seen By Catherine Pritchard The Fayetteville Observer 11 August 2013 -- "No Afghan goes into his field to tend his crops without a weapon," Pike said. "They are all heavily armed. It is exactly the society that the NRA proposes that we should live in, where every man is on his own and you have to defend yourself at all times because everybody is out to get you."
  14. Cape Canaveral plays strategic role on modern battlefield By R. Norman Moody Florida Today 11 August 2013 -- “It’s much bigger than Space Command,” Pike said. “Really, the Army has more people using it. The Navy, they use it big time. You have a whole lot of people using it.”
  15. Snowden's 'secrets' should not surprise By Lou Kilzer The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 07 August 2013 -- "One thing that is 'new' is that there is controversy, where previously there was pretty much none," John Pike, who directs the national security website GlobalSecurity.org, said.
  16. Did Scots word inspire name of Pacific Rim monster? By Steven McKenzie BBC News 05 August 2013 -- According to US defence group, GlobalSecurity.org, Nato's nickname was inspired by a word in the "Scottish and northern dialect".
  17. Soldier's war zone murder conviction could ripple through ranks By Paul Woolvertonand Michael Futch The Fayetteville Observer 03 August 2013 -- "The whole premise of training troops to kill is that they will kill who they ought to kill and they won't kill who they shouldn't kill," said John Pike, director of the Global Security research organization.