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2017 News

  1. North Korea's Latest Missile Gets Its Title From Mars, the Planet Named for a War God By Julia Glum Newsweek.com August 1, 2017 -- "North Korean missiles have too many designations chasing not enough hardware," GlobalSecurity.org writes, explaining that missiles first had Soviet names but were then later identified by the village where they first appeared. Nowadays, "most North Korean missiles have been given an alphanumeric designator in the Hwasong sequence, the word Hwasong being a Korean word meaning powerful, innovative or sacrifice."
  2. Can the US really stop China’s access to American AI tech? By Doug Tsuruoka Asia Times July 29, 2017 -- “Anyone concerned about US national security would have to be concerned about the Chinese making off with crown jewels such as AI,” John Pike, an intelligence expert who heads the military think tank GlobalSecurity.org told Asia Times.
  3. North Korea has tested another intercontinental ballistic missile — here's what that is, how it works, and why it's scary By Dave Mosher Business Insider July 28, 2017 -- "ICBMs create a problem because they enable a country to break out of a regional context and move toward potential global impact," Pike, who now directs GlobalSecurity.org, wrote in 1998.
  4. Vintage World War II photos show Texas military base preparing for war By Craig Hlavaty Chron.com / Houston Chronicle July 26, 2017 -- According to GlobalSecurity.org, NAS Corpus Christi's tenants include the Corpus Christi Army Depot, Chief of Naval Air Training, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Drug Enforcement Agency, a Medical Naval Hospital, Mine Warfare Command, and a Defense Distribution Depot.
  5. Rash of Diarrhea Deaths Hits Indonesia’s Papua Province By Victor Mambor BenarNews July 26, 2017 -- Papua’s adult literacy rate is the lowest among all of Indonesia’s provinces, standing at 74 percent, according to the website GlobalSecurity.org.
  6. Campaign stresses Offutt’s importance, while congressman says installation is safe from next round of base closures By Scott Stewart, Eugene Curtin & Joseph Morton The Daily Nonpareil July 18, 2017 -- John Pike, a military analyst and director of GlobalSecurity.org, he said it’s hard to see how Offutt would end up on the chopping block now.
  7. ¿Qué países tienen los misiles más peligrosos? el observador July 15, 2017 -- Desde los años 70, China ha probado unas siete versiones del misil sobre el que el gobierno chino es hermético, según un informe de globalsecurity.org.
  8. China to Open Its First Overseas Military Base in Djibouti Normangee Star July 13, 2017 -- One of the world’s most important sea lanes, millions of barrels of oil and petroleum products pass through the strait daily, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  9. China sends troops to Djibouti, establishes first overseas military base CNN Wires July 12, 2017 -- One of the world’s most important sea lanes, millions of barrels of oil and petroleum products pass through the strait daily, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  10. Marine Corps plane crash kills 16, highlights training hazards By Tom Vanden Brook USA TODAY July 11, 2017 -- Military training requires risks to prepare troops for combat, said John Pike, executive director of GlobalSecurity.org. Military training flights can be particularly dangerous because they often require low-altitude flying, sharpening pilots’ skills to avoid detection by the enemy.
  11. Op-ed | China’s well-crafted counterspace strategy By Brian G. Chow SpaceNews July 10, 2017 -- GlobalSecurity.org stated that “the technique demonstrated by Aolong 1 requires the spacecraft to have the capability to identify, rendezvous, and perform proximity operations with a non-cooperative target.”
  12. Iran gets North Korean expertise in building up, testing and hiding its ballistic missiles By Rowan Scarborough The Washington Times June 20, 2017 -- Iran owns one of the world’s largest inventories of ballistic missiles. GlobalSecurity.org lists more than a dozen different short- and medium-range Iranian missiles, some of which closely resemble North Korea’s Nodong arsenal.
  13. Super PAC ad campaign touts Bacon’s effort to keep Offutt open – but it’s not in danger of closing By Joseph Morton Omaha World-Herald June 12, 2017 -- John Pike, a military analyst and director of GlobalSecurity.org, noted that there are indications a new attempt at base closings is coming. Still, he said it’s hard to see how Offutt would end up on the chopping block at this point, citing that expensive new StratCom headquarters.
  14. Lorenzana: US forces in Marawi coordinated communications link By Froilan Gallardo MindaNews June 11, 2017 -- According to globalsecurity.org, the P-3s were active in Afghanistan in late 2001, “where the aircraft used Ku-band packet mux data links to provide video and other sensor data to surface forces.
  15. Wreckage of Missing Myanmar Military Plane Is Found By Jane Perlez and Wai Moe The New York Times June 7, 2017 -- A website specializing in assessments of air safety standards said the Y-8 aircraft was configured to carry a maximum of 96 soldiers or 82 paratroopers. The website, GlobalSecurity.org, also said the plane could take 60 wounded soldiers and their stretchers.
  16. Iran Drops Plan to Send Human Into Space, Citing Cost By Rick Gladstone The New York Times May 31, 2017 -- Charles P. Vick, an independent analyst formerly with GlobalSecurity.org, a defense intelligence research group, said Iran’s scientists had also encountered “a lot of technical problems” in developing launch vehicles for human spaceflight.
  17. Upgrading U.S. nuclear missiles, as Russia and China modernize, would cost $85 billion. Is it time to quit the ICBM race? By W.J. Hennigan and Ralph Vartabedian Los Angeles Times May 30, 2017 -- The reevaluation of the role of ICBMs in America’s defense comes in an era when nuclear weapons are proliferating, not fading away. GlobalSecurity.org director John Pike, who has analyzed U.S. military systems and strategies for more than three decades, says critics “are gaining no traction” in calling for the elimination of the ballistic missile fleet.
  18. Was Trump’s NSC aide sidelined for being too hardline? By Doug Tsuruoka Asia Times May 18, 2017 -- “It would be easy to be guilty by association with Flynn… Some might regard anybody that was too close to Flynn as being radioactive,” said John Pike, a nonpartisan intelligence expert who heads the military think tank globalsecurity.org in Washington, DC.
  19. Does the president have 'the ability to declassify anything at any time'? By Louis Jacobson Politifact May 15, 2017 -- "The important caveat is that ‘legal’ and ‘sensible’ may be different things," said John Pike, the director of globalsecurity.org. "It may be legal, but it may fail to avoid the appearance of impropriety."
  20. North Korea Missile Test Appears to Tiptoe Over a U.S. Tripwire By William J. Broad and David E. Sanger The New York Times May 15, 2017 -- Charles P. Vick, an expert on the North’s missiles at GlobalSecurity.org, a private research group in Alexandria, Va., said the United States had a history of using high missile trajectories as a way to intensify the returning warhead’s trial by fire.
  21. Iran just tested an advanced torpedo in the Strait of Hormuz By Harold C. Hutchiso We Are The Mighty May 10, 2017 -- According to GlobalSecurity.org, Russia designed the Shkval as a “revenge weapon” for use by submarines to take out a ship or submarine that fired on them. The original Shkval was tipped with a nuclear warhead.
  22. It is Not Just North Korea But Asia That is in US Crosshairs By Mathew Maavak Sputnik April 25, 2017 -- As Globalsecurity.org succinctly puts it: "The role of Combined Forces Command (CFC) during the armistice is to deter war.
  23. US Hits Hundreds of Syrian Tech Workers with New Sanctions By Lou Lorscheider VOA News April 24, 2017 -- The website GlobalSecurity.org alleges that the development of chemical weaponry at the center is secretly aided by Russian chemical experts.
  24. US vice president Mike Pence travels to Seoul to discuss military response to North Korean aggression By Rob Crillyr The Telegraph April 16, 2017 -- According to globalsecurity.org, an invading North Korean army would be met by 140 M1A1 tanks, 170 Bradley armoured vehicles and 100 aircraft, including 70 F-16 fighter planes.
  25. GBU-43 Afghanistan: MOAB strike kills 90 By Sean Lennox AFP April 16, 2017 -- This 9.8 tonne machine is the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the US arsenal, described by the website specialized in the defense GlobalSecurity.org bomb “huge, powerful, and dropped with precision.”
  26. ISIS fighters killed by ‘MOAB’ By Madeline Patrick Normangee Star April 16, 2017 -- The 9.8-tonne guided bomb, the largest non-nuclear weapon in America’s arsenal, is described by the US-based GlobalSecurity.org watchdog as “large, powerful and accurately delivered”.
  27. Guide to the 'Mother of All Bombs' By Shannon Collins Scout.com April 15, 2017 -- According to global security.org, it’s the largest-ever satellite-guided, air-delivered weapon in history, made to replace the unguided 15,000-pound BLU-82 Daisy Cutter that was used in Vietnam and early on in Afghanistan.
  28. Meet the Americans on the Front Line If North Korea Goes to War By Corky Siemaszko NBC News April 15, 2017 -- Should Kim Jong Un send his soldiers over the DMZ, they would be met by an American military machine with a lethal arsenal of conventional weapons, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
  29. How Powerful is the 'Mother of All Bombs'? Here's a Look AFP April 14, 2017 -- The 9.8-tonne guided bomb, the largest non-nuclear weapon in America's arsenal, is described by the US-based GlobalSecurity.org watchdog as "large, powerful and accurately delivered".
  30. "You use a bomb like this to send a message" Newcastle Herald April 14, 2017 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a military policy research website, said the bomb is a "gee-whiz weapon," not a tactical one.
  31. Air Force drops ‘mother of all bombs’ in Afghanistan By W.J. Hennigan The Courier-Tribune April 13, 2017 -- John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a military policy research website, said the bomb is a “gee-whiz weapon,” not a tactical one.
  32. Countries Hit By U.S. Tomahawk Cruise Missiles Since Desert Storm [Infographic] By Niall McCarthy Forbes.com April 7, 2017 -- According to website GlobalSecurity.org, the U.S. fired over 1,100 Tomahawks between the Gulf War in 1991 and the intervention in Afghanistan in 2001.
  33. Trump Pressures China: Restrain N. Korea or U.S. Will Take Unilateral Action By Warren Mass The New American April 03, 2017 -- A report produced by GlobalSecurity.org notes: “FOAL EAGLE is a purely defensive exercise which tests the ability of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to defend itself, assisted by U.S. armed forces.”
  34. Battle brews over bases By Brian Francisco The Journal Gazette April 02, 2017 -- John Pike, a military analyst who runs the website GlobalSecurity.org, said in an email to The Journal Gazette that “another BRAC is probably in the cards” because “it has been more than a decade since the last BRAC, and that is a long time to go without a de-frag.”
  35. Russian surveillance flight passes close to Rock By Brian Reyes Gibraltar Chronicle March 25, 2017 -- According to the military information website GlobalSecurity.org, the aircraft in question has additional duties including environmental monitoring, mapping and geological survey.
  36. China pursues air-launched rockets By George Leopold Defense Systems March 24, 2017 -- The state-run enterprise has also developed most of China's frontline ballistic, anti-ship and cruise missiles as well as "tactical microsatellites," according to the web site GlobalSecurity.org.
  37. Columbia-based Department 13 develops software to thwart drone threats By Sarah Gantz The Baltimore Sun March 23, 2017 -- John E. Pike, director of the military information website GlobalSecurity.org, said he thinks the threat of enemy drones is overblown.
  38. What chemical weapons N. Korea possesses By Sarah Gantz The Associated Press February 25, 2017 -- The military information website GlobalSecurity.org said that North Korea has at least eight industrial facilities that can produce chemical agents.
  39. OPLAN 5015: The Secret Plan for Destroying North Korea (and Start World War III?) By Michael Peck The National Interest March 11, 2017 -- “The new plan was said to adapt to changes in the security environment by focusing on making a swifter and more energetic military response than the previous OPLAN 5027, incorporating the concept of a preemptive strike,” according to Globalsecurity.org.
  40. Inside the Green Berets’ Hunt for Wanted Warlord Joseph Kony By Mac William Bishop NBCnews.com March 6, 2017 -- "I imagine Observant Compass would be quietly wound down and renamed," said Joseph Trevithick, a fellow at GlobalSecurity.org and a freelance journalist who has written extensively about AFRICOM.
  41. Stopping North Korea in its tracks Associated Press March 5, 2017 -- The military information website GlobalSecurity.org claims that North Korea has at least eight industrial facilities that can produce chemical agents.
  42. Four questions about when senators meet with ambassadors By Louis Jacobson Politifact March 2, 2017 -- And in the case of Russia, some lawmakers would have good reason to have a meeting with a Russian diplomat, but most would have "have little business with the Kremlin," said John Pike, director of globalsecurity.org.
  43. Tại sao Trung Quốc khiếp hãi tàu sân bay Mỹ VietTimes February 27, 2017 - Theo trang Globalsecurity.org, vi?c tái tri?n khai l?c lu?ng tên l?a t?m xa còn ti?p di?n trong nam 1996 và quân d?i Trung Qu?c dã chu?n b? s?n sàng d? hành d?ng quân s?.
  44. Who Is Canada's Biggest Defense Contractor? The Motley Fool February 20, 2017 -- GlobalSecurity.org puts it even more bluntly. These days, "the Canadian defense industry is recognized as part of a single North American defense industrial base."
  45. Why China Fears (And Plans to Sink) America's Aircraft Carriers By Kyle Mizokami The National Interest February 19, 2017 -- According to Globalsecurity.org, redeployments of Chinese long-range missile forces continued into 1996, and the Chinese military actually prepared for military action.
  46. Did Donald Trump inherit 'a mess' from Barack Obama? By Louis Jacobson Politifact February 06, 2017 -- It was a "mistake" by Obama to goad Russian President Vladimir Putin by calling Russia a "regional power," Rubin said, and Obama’s relative inaction against the annexation of the Crimean region of Ukraine "was a tragic mistake on his part," said John Pike, director of globalsecurity.org.
  47. F-35 sale to Taiwan? A test of Taiwan and Trump By John Pike The Washington Times February 14, 2017 -- "The United States might sell the F-35 stealth fighter to Taiwan. Although no formal request has been made, the logic of the idea is impeccable."
  48. Still not Banned: Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Islamification of the West By Shayne Heffernan Live Trading News February 12, 2017 -- According to John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org their final goal is to establish a global caliphate under Shariah law and impose the Islamic way of life worldwide
  49. Donald Trump wrong that media is not reporting on terrorism any more By Louis Jacobson Politifact February 06, 2017 -- John Pike, director of globalsecurity.org, agreed. "There are some incidents of such trivial nature that local authorities are hard put to decide whether it is terrorism or hooliganism," Pike said. "But if an American or European civilian or officer is seriously injured or killed, it gets reported."
  50. 24 ‘Islami Samaj members’ sent to jail By FM Mizanur Rahaman, Chittagong Dhaka Tribune February 06, 2017 -- According to GlobalSecurity.org, a military issues think tank, Islami Samaj is a break away faction of Jamaat-e-Islami and was established on May 17, 1997 by the party founder ameer Mufti Abdul Zabbar who in 1983 formed a dissident group of Jamaat following his disagreement with Jamaat leader Golam Azam.
  51. 24 ‘Islami Samaj’ men held while ‘plotting sabotage’ By FM Mizanur Rahaman, Chittagong Dhaka Tribune February 05, 2017 -- According to GlobalSecurity.org, a military issues think tank, Islami Samaj is a break away faction of Jamaat-e-Islami and was established on May 17, 1997 by the party founder ameer Mufti Abdul Zabbar who in 1983 formed a dissident group of Jamaat following his disagreement with Jamaat leader Golam Azam.
  52. Could Russian Tank be Better Than US Abrams? We Are the Mighty January 24, 2017 -- According to Globalsecurity.org, the T-90 is an evolutionary development of the T-72. It has the same gun as the tank that flopped during Desert Storm, but it did feature some new survivability enhancements, like the TShU-1-7 Shtora-1 optronic countermeasures system.
  53. How Thai Air Force acquire Gripen fleets The Nation January 14, 2017 -- The Royal Thai Air Force ordered a complete aircraft and command and control system from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration in a government-to-government deal, according to GlobalSecurity.org website.