“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.
A month ago Russia revealed that commercial space satellite-based services might be considered a legitimate target because Starlink provides Ukrainian forces with superior communications than what Russian troops have, while Maxar commercial photo satellites have documented Russian failures in Ukraine in embarrassing detail. What the Russians don’t discuss openly is the fact that Russian EW… Read More Report: Russian EW (Electronic Warfare) equipment and ASAT (anti-satellite) systems have both proved incapable of shutting down Starlink and Maxar
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
The navies of the United States and China are in a naval arms race as each turns out more unmanned surface and subsurface ships. So far in 2022 China has produced the Zhu Hai Yun, a 2,000-ton ship that carries up to fifty unmanned submarine, surface and airborne vehicles. Zhu Hai Yun is operated remotely… Read More Submarines: The Robotic Naval Arms Race
Russia and China have been very public about their envy, anger and hostility towards the new Starlink space-based communication system. Russia was the first to feel the pain caused by Starlink and declared Starlink founder and leader Elon Musk an enemy who should be executed. China was less emotional and more practical by making public… Read More News Monitors Analysis: The Starlink Space-Based Communication System Threat to Russia and China
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 early 2022 Israel announced that it was going to deploy a “laser wall” air defense system and do it in less than two years. This seemed unrealistic to most air defense experts, but Israel has been developing more capable laser anti-aircraft weapons for over a decade, along with radar systems that can detect the… Read More Laser Weapons: A Deep Look on Israel’s “laser wall” Air Defense System
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