News Monitors Analysis of the Biden Administration and the Risk of Chinese Espionage In recent years, the handling of classified information has become a hot topic in American politics. In 2022, headlines condemned former President Donald Trump for mishandling classified information, a term used to describe secrets that have genuine national security value. However, in… Read More The Race for Classified Document Security: The Biden-Trump Contrast
The United States has recently sent a shipment of weapons to Ukraine, including Patriot air defense systems and JDAM smart bomb kits to convert unguided bombs into GPS-guided bombs. The shipment also includes more GMLRS guided rockets and Excalibur GPS guided 155mm artillery shells. There are also more HARM anti-radar missiles, HIMARS launcher vehicles, Cougar… Read More Arms Delivery to Ukraine: An Analysis of the Latest Weapons Systems. Including Patriot Air Defense Systems, JDAM Smart Bombs, and More
SpaceX has announced the creation of a new subsidiary, Starshield, which will utilize enhanced versions of Starlink technology and larger earth-imaging satellites equipped with sensors to provide a range of data collection services for national security agencies such as the NSA and CIA. This includes the ability to capture photos, real-time video, and various forms… Read More Starshield: The Next Revolution in Military Intelligence Gathering
News Monitors Analysis: The Syrian conflict continues to be a complex and multifaceted war, with various countries and non-state actors vying for influence and control. Israel, Turkey, and Russia have all been actively involved in the conflict, with Israel conducting airstrikes against Syrian targets, Turkey supporting Syrian rebel groups and carrying out its own airstrikes,… Read More Conflict in Syria: Recent Incidents and Interventions by Israel, Turkey, and Russia
“Russian Sleeper Agents: A Comprehensive Guide” Russian sleeper agents, also known as “illegals”, have been a problem for years, with more being activated in recent years for various tasks including espionage. Since the invasion of Ukraine, sleepers have been activated to gather information on NATO’s efforts to support the Ukrainian war effort. European counterintelligence agencies… Read More Espionage in Europe: “The Threat of Russian Sleeper Agents”
The U.S. is once again aggressively banning Chinese-manufactured digital communications equipment. Let us all be thankful. On Dec. 2 the Federal Communications Commission expanded and toughened its ban on the “sale and import” of Chinese technology manufactured by firms the FCC determined present an “unacceptable risk” to U.S. national security. The firms include Huawei Technologies… Read More Chinese Dual Use Technology. From 5G to IOT Devices, System “backdoors” Used As Offensive Weapons.
Turkish arms developers and manufacturers have introduced a new loitering munition called Alpagut. This is a 45 kg (99 pound) UAV with an endurance of 60-90 minutes and a range of about 60 kilometers from the aircraft or UAV that launched it. There is a 11 kg (33 pound) warhead that can be used against… Read More Turkish UAV’s: A New Loitering Munition Called Alpagut.
November 10, 2022: Ukrainian app developers recently created an app (ePPO) to enable civilians to quickly report incoming Russian cruise missiles, especially the new Iranian Shahed 136 Russia obtained which is low (down to 100 meters) slow (180 kilometers an hour) and noisy. These are often sent in small swarms (4 to 12 missiles) and… Read More A look in Ukrainian app (ePPO) which enables civilians to quickly report incoming Russian cruise missiles
A lot of these negative attitudes come from fictional representations of future space travel, which feature a lot of combat. That may be the case during the development of space travel but currently it is more efficient to put satellites into orbit and defend them with robotic systems. It is currently too expensive and dangerous… Read More Analysis: The US Space Force and Rise of Satellite Hacking Systems
In Austria the negotiations with Iran to revive the 2015 treaty that ended sanctions (if Iran halted work on nukes) are not going well. There have been eight rounds of talks since the new, hardline Iranian government took power in August 2021. This was the result of the 2020 national elections which were rigged, as… Read More Analysis: The Iranian Nuclear Deal