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    My War-ish Reading List

    Inspired by others, here is my War-ish reading list:

    Two Classics:

    The Art of War by Sun-Tzu

    The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

    General Purpose-ish

    The American Threat: National Security and Foreign Policy By James L Payne

    The New Face of War: How War Will Be Fought in the 21st Century by Bruce D. Berkowitz

    How Wars Are Won: The 13 Rules of War – from Ancient Greece to the War on Terror by Bevin Alexander

    Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization by John Robb

    The Pentagon’s New Map Thomas P.M. Barnett

    Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century by P. W. Singer

    Maneuver Warfare / 3GW

    Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (A short intro to Maneuver Warfare – aka 3GW – thinking embedded in a fun to read Science Fiction novel)

    4GW

    War Nerd by Gary Brecher (This is a  book mostly about 4GW by an insightful asshole)

    The Principles of War for the Information Age by Robert Leonhard

    Utility of Force by Rupert Smith

    The Sling and the Stone by  Thomas X. Hammes

    Moving toward some 5GW thinking

    Unrestricted Warfare by Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui ( Forget the dumb criticism that this is anti-US book. This book broadens ones mind as to what conflict can be, is leads in to a key idea of 4GW and 5GW, that is the  Weaponization of things not thought to be Weapons)

    An Army of Davids by Glenn Reynolds (The emergence of Strategic Citizens)

    The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Brafman and Beckstrom

    Strategic Denial and Deception: The Twenty-First Century Challenge edited by Roy Godson and James Wirtz

    World Was Going Our Way: The KGB and the Battle for the Third World by Christopher Andrew

    The Grand Jihad by Andrew McCarthy

    Other/Related

    The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington

    Dirty Tricks or Trump Cards: U.S. Covert Action and Counterintelligence by Roy Godson

    The Other Path: The Economic Answer to Terrorism by Hernando De Soto

    The Candy Bombers by Andrei Cherny

    RIH BIn Laden!

    His future awaits…

    …so who is up next on the list?

    Why did this CAIR guy start following me on Twitter?

    So why did Ahmed Rehab start following me on twitter? It beats me.

    Maybe I should follow him back to track the current thinking of America’s enemies?

    His twitter profile says he is a leader in US-based anti-US/anti-West Muslim Brotherhood front CAIR.

    The profile also says he is an “Egyptian American democracy activist”.

    Ha! The Muslim Brotherhood (which is also a 5GWer) and Democracy do not go together.

    What are his recent tweets? Two of them are about Al-Qada not existing (they are a fiction of the FBI/CIA):

    Here’s the link or here.

    LINK: My previous fun with CAIR.

    Interesting new-ish Lawfare/Security Blog: http://www.lawfareblog.com

    Thanks to Eddie for the the link to http://www.lawfareblog.com.

    9/11/2001

    For now, I will just note my prior posts on  9/10/2001 and 9/11/2001. More to come later.

    Cyber Security – APT – Advanced Persistant Threats – Capture Phrase…

    …from here [The bolding is mine]:

    Unlike traditional malicious attacks that occur over a number of minutes (days to weeks at most) and result in a demonstrable system payload, APTs are far more subtle. There is no single event to indicate compromise; the threat is made up of a number of small activities occurring over a long period of time, often up to 18 months.

    The challenge facing security experts is that many of these small activities will not raise any alerts. APTs often include a degree of social engineering, with malicious individuals getting information from phone calls or looking up web addresses as a starting point for finding creative ways to gain access to systems, or they use people within the organisation to plant malware components within the system.

    These small actions will not stand out from the millions of events occurring on an IT infrastructure every day– they get lost in the crowd. Even if they are noticed, they may be viewed as low risk when compared with traditional security threats, but in the era of APT these low-key events need to be considered differently.

    Is there a trend in activity? Could this action actually provide a route into other company assets, such as financial information or intellectual property? Is this small event part of a larger scheme?

    What does that sound like sort of? Hmm…

    Capturing My Thoughts: Influence Warfare and Afganistan – Have we lost?

    Here was my comment at Zenpundit (spelling corrected):

    This is a mess thought. I suspect the USGOV is now looking at how to declare a “mission complete” and just get out. I don’t think the political leadership class of the US has the will to see this through or to have done what need to be done to win this. They want no errors, no causalities no upset press folks. I suspect deep down, most of Obama’s National Security team does really want the US to have a victory (the US is the bad guy and needs to lose).

    Re-reading the RS article…have the Taliban really convinced the Afghanis that the 9/11 attacks were really an attempt to counter an upcoming US invasion? If so…then the Afghanis will see the US as the invader and the Taliban/al-Qaeda types as the scrappy underdogs fighting back against the superpower like the ant-Soviet forces. That means the Afghani people want the US to lose (along of course with the anti-west leftist elements in the West). The US has lost the influence war once again. I don’t see how that loss can reversed. We had the moral high ground. We blew it. They beat us at it.

    If the influence war has been lost, then the 4GW/COIN has been lost (there is no chance that US will bring over whelming firepower/3gw/hama-style-4GW to bear to achieve victory for the US political class doesn’t have the will for that for the most part

    It is the Taliban/Al-Qada who are now just waiting for the US to realize it and leave. Victory is in their  grasp. They just need to strategically wait us out and keep up some pressure while avoiding any major destruction events.

    This sucks for the US. This is a good day for the bad guys.

    “What is Lawfare?”

    Here is a site on a topic that is of much interest to me – The Lawfare Project:

    What is Lawfare?

    Lawfare: The Use of the Law as a Weapon of War

    Lawfare denotes the use of the law as a weapon of war, or more specifically, the abuse of the law and legal systems for strategic political or military ends.

    The Lawfare Project’s concentration is on the negative manipulation of laws to achieve a purpose other than, or contrary to that for which those laws were originally enacted.

    The scope of the Lawfare Project’s focus is on lawfare as it is used (via the Western legal system, nationally and internationally) to:

       1. Thwart free speech about issues of national security and public concern,
       2. De-legitimize the sovereignty of democratic states, and
       3. Frustrate the ability of democracies to defend themselves against terrorism.

    The primary goals of the Lawfare Project are: (i) To raise awareness about the phenomenon (and specific instances) of lawfare assuring the subject matter receive the credibility and immediacy that it warrants, (ii) facilitate (legal and non-legal) responses to the perversion and misapplication of international & national human rights law, (iii) identify and mobilize human and institutional resources, and (iv) bring diverse and interested parties together in a common forum to discuss the threat.

    Lawfare’s central issues:

        * What legal limits should be placed on those who fight the war against terrorism and what rights should be granted to the terrorists we are fighting?
        *What role, if any, does international law play in the determination of a sovereign state’s ability to act within and without its territory?
        *Where does the power of a state end and the power of an international court or tribunal begin?
        *What consists of incitement to immediate violence and what is legitimate criticism of religion? Should hate speech be outlawed?
        *When an international tribunal displays political or other bias in its deliberations, is the state’s sovereign control abrogated?
        *Does the Universal Jurisdiction trend go against our national security interests? If Universal Jurisdiction is a concept that should be retained, what limits should be applied?
        *From where do courts in Spain and the Netherlands derive the authority to unilaterally grant themselves universal jurisdiction and the power to adjudicate over other nation-states?
        *To what extent must classified material be released to protect the rights of terrorists that allege torture? Where should terrorists and unlawful combatants be tried and imprisoned and under what law? Must the “underwear bomber” be read his Miranda rights?
        *Should a United Nations voting bloc comprised largely of undemocratic member states dictate international human rights norms?
        *What is the source of the bias evident in many human rights reports and in certain tribunals?

    Case examples of Lawfare:

        *Al Qaeda manuals that instruct captured militants to file claims of torture in order to reposition themselves as victims in the eyes of the law and media.
        *Attempts by terrorist entities such as Hamas to impede the free movement of democratic state officials and achieve legitimacy by hiring lawyers and instituting “human rights” litigation abroad.
        *Efforts at the United Nations to exclude attacks on civilians from any international definition of the crime of terrorism, so long as the civilians are citizens of what is termed an “occupying power.”
        *Predatory defamation and “hate speech” lawsuits filed against anyone who speaks publicly about radical Islam, terrorism and its sources of financing.
        *Unilateral determinations of local/national courts to exert universal jurisdiction over heads of states, charging war crimes, including efforts to charge Israeli and US government officials with war crimes in the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Spain.
        *The International Court of Justice’s ruling on the legality of Israel’s security barrier, which pointedly ignored the fact that the barrier contributed to a sharp decline in terrorism attacks, and when it was unclear whether the court had jurisdiction to consider the issue in the first place.
        *The lack of legal accountability demanded of theocratic states that recruit their own children as suicide bombers and child soldiers.
        * The resurgence of international and national blasphemy laws (at the United Nations and in Europe.)

    Check it out.

    About the DOJ hiring former terrorist lawyers to be DOJ Lawyers

    I have read with disgust the last few days about President Obama’s Justice Department  having hired quite a few attorneys that had represented Gitmo detainees directly or had submitted friend-of-the-court briefs supporting the detainees.

    The justification of this seems to be well that is what defense attorneys do, they defend bad guys, so this is no big deal….move along…nothing to see here.

    That’s crap though.

    How many former attorney who had clients involved with organized crime have been hired by the DOJ or appointed as US Attorneys over the years? I would assume 0.

    This is because once an attorney becomes an attorney for Organized Crime practitioners they become fundamentally corrupted and can no longer be trusted to represent the interest of the US public. These OC Lawyers can still practice law, they just can not be prosecutors EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE COMMITTED NO CRIMES THEMSELVES.

    It is the same thing with lawyers for terrorists.

    By having volunteered to become advocates for the interest of terrorists – the interests of enemies of the American Nation – those attorneys can no longer be trusted to represent the interest of the US public.

    It is pretty simple. Those lawyers are tainted. I am not saying their law licenses should be pulled, but they should not be DOJ lawyers.

    My short plan for the War in Afghanistan:

    Here’s my short plan (started here) for the War in Afghanistan (as opposed to Obama’s Surge and run plan):

    0) Bring up the combat force Level
    1) Employ 3-D Maneuver to kick the Ass of enemy formations and strongholds that dare to exist
    2) Deep Predator strikes based on Sigint and Humint
    3) Full Spectrum Influence Warfare to make Taliban/Al-Qada appear as: silly, weak, ridiculous, evil, non-Islamic, tools of the Iranians, boy-lovers, goat-lovers, tools of the Chinese, of high mortality, hypocritical
    4) SysAdmin work to clean up the place and train the Afgani Army and Police
    5) Influence Warfare to keep the USA/West domestic opposition at bay: Perhaps lots of photos, videos, and audio of Taliban/Al-Qada attrocities and positive first person Afghan accounts
    6) Repeat steps 1 through 5 until victory

    (old found draft post)CyberWar – Ref Links

    Apr 26, 2009 @ 12:05

    I will return to the topic of CyberWar sometime in the near future.

    Continue reading

    (old found draft post) Ralph Peters: “the complexity of counterterror operations comes down to three essential requirements”

    Dec 4, 2008 @ 10:17

    I am not sure why I didn’t post it. I guess I didn’t feel like going to how to do a counter-terror/counter-4GW 5GW. I should come back to this idea.

    In the NY Post:

    All the complexity of counterterror operations comes down to three essential requirements: Superb intelligence, ruthless determination and tremendous patience.

    Intelligence helps you find the enemies you need to kill; determination means you kill them – and patience means accepting that even a successful fight will take decades, if not generations.

    Sounds right to me.

    So, do we have “Superb intelligence”. I have no idea. It is at least “good” I would venture (and expect given the budget size).

    Do we have “ruthless determination”? I don’t think – at least much of the political class doesn’t (or most the US  population).

    Lastly, Does the US have “tremendous patience”. I would say no, for sure no way. The US did not have the patience in the Cold War. It took a 5GW to set much of the US cold war response on automatic.

    I guess we need a Long War 5GW.

    “Forensic Theology” & “Mahdism In The News”

    Guest poster Charles Cameron writes at Zenpundit:

    Why is eschatological or apocalyptic rhetoric significant?

    It is an accelerant. Simply put, it is a force-multiplier, acting on morale via the sphere of religion, by providing divine sanction for violence — zeal with a deadline.

    Oh boy. Fun fun fun! Read it all. Sigh.

    Congrats My Fellow Americans! Rejoice! The War on Terror is over!

    How about that!

    The Long War /GWOT must have been one because it it no longer exists. The terrorist threat (really the threat to American way from the Global Islamofascist Movement with assistance from the hardcore Leftists enablers and useless idiots such as Transnational Progressives).

    While it is true, that the US may face a few man-made disasters and need to undertake some overseas contingency operations, with the War on Terror over , President Obama and Veep Biden have ended the terrorist threats facing the United States.

    With our Brave New President, we can own up to our past sins, and make things right.

    I confident that the efforts of the Obama Administration will continue to lead to doubleplusgood outcomes for my country!

    Update: Maybe I should have waited one more day for this post.

    (Russian) Cyber Militia example

    At Danger Room:

    A pro-Kremlin youth group has taken responsibility for the network attacks. And that group has a track record of conducting operations on Moscow’s behalf.

    Nashi (“Ours”) is the “largest of a handful of youth movements created by Mr. Putin’s Kremlin to fight for the hearts and minds of Russia’s young people in schools, on the airwaves and, if necessary, on the streets,” according to the New York Times.

    Yesterday, one of the group’s “commissars,” Konstantin Goloskokov (pictured), told the Financial Times that he and some associates had launched the strikes.

    Here is  the thing: if I joined a similar pro-US or pro-Western Cyber Militia and participated in an action, I would expect to be litigated to the poorhouse. Lawfare (at least the threat of it) kills a US Based Cyber Militia.

    The US case for radical energy use efficiency and for switching to alternative energy sources

    I have been looking to blog on this for sometime, but it came out in a comment at TDAXP:

    The best case for the US to move to radical energy use efficiency and to switch a lot more to alternative energy (while sharing or selling the techniques and technology to the rest of the world to use as well) is that it will reduce the economic power and freedom of action of lots of bad actors in the world who tend to work against the interest of the US and other democratically inclined actors.

    To be clear: I am not a green, I am not a watermelon. I have not been sucked into the faux-science quasi-religion of Global Warming. I don’t secretly want to de-industrialize the west. I do not advocate lower growth or less industry.

    I want to drive an affordable electric or gas/electric or some sort of flex-fuel vehicle as a mobility device. I want to take a train once a month to Madison or the Fox River Valley. I want to see a new nationwide network of smart electrical grids powered by small scale nuclear plants, municipal plasma furnaces, wind and solar (where the make sense) or whatever else entrepreneurs can dream up and successively execute. I long for the day of orbital solar power.

    I love the idea of (and the change it will make) of Russia and Saudi Arabia and the others of their ilk being deprived of their ability to make mischief  and misery for the rest of the world. I welcome their fall. This will be a good thing for the world.

    I want the science fiction future promised to me as a kid, and I want it shared with the world.


    One day…

    NORAD is Tracking Santa (Link)

    Here is the link.

    I remember this as kid (in its pre-web version).

    Here is a photo of Santa from the NORAD:



    I think he is going over the flight plan or perhaps a security brief.

    Merry Christmas Phoenix PD from David Spade (Yes, David Spade)

    Phoenix is at the edge of where the Mexican Narco-4GW is spilling over into the US.

    Phoenix police having been trying to raise money to buy better weapons for themselves.

    David Spade has taken care of that with $100,000 check for 50 AR-15s. Well done, Mr. Spade.

    I would have thought the city would have ponied up for the amount.


    The Gift of Firepower

    Robot News – 12/11/2008

    Danger Room reports that iRobot is “laying off ten percent of its flesh-and-blood workforce”.I am too cheap to buy a Roomba unless they can cut another $100 off the price.

    The Robot Wife story has appeared at Slash Dot and Hot Air. More appropriate would perhaps be to call this a Fembot or a (shudder) ComfortBot.

    Here is what SlashDot wrote:

    Le’s wife, Aiko, starts the day by reading him the newspaper headlines and they go for a drives in the countryside. Le says his relationship with Aiko hasn’t strayed into the bedroom, but a few tweaks could turn her into a sexual partner, even redesigning her to have a simulated orgasm.

    It is a bit creepy. There are of course, plenty of human subject matter experts who can help with the orgasm expert system (though I am not sure why he would bother). It might be more interesting though is had some iRobot functionality such as cleaning and lawn cutting.Throw in a remote control with a mute button and there is an entrepreneurship opportunity!

    There is mention of an anti-ICBM KillBot at Fox News and HotAir. Normally , I think the idea of using anti-personnel KillBots is a stupid/bad idea that the US should avoid. It should be okay for going after non-manned things like Missiles though.

    The “I am too Lazy/Busy to post” Open Thread & Linkspasm

    I have been both too busy at work to post or read much and also too tired/lazy in the evenings to post, so here are a bunch of issues that might interesting. I will make updates in the comments.

    I will engage in comments here and elsewhere, but I most likely won’t post much if anything the rest of the week.

    Anyways, here we go:

    National Security / Global Security

    Positive side-effect from the US involvement in Iraq: “A top Iraqi official is calling for the formation of a regional economic security union to share water, energy and other resources, and mediate disputes among its members.”

    Newspeak example: Ayers and the Weathermen were not doing terrorism, they were doing “extreme vandalism”.

    The Greek Youth Riots: Leftists, not Muslims.

    Military Theory vs. Philosophy: “My point is that real benefit comes from focusing on real and testable change, not extravagant theories on the nature of warfare. An example of a testable hypothesis would be that direct and accurate portable HE projection could replace MG in the primary infantry support role. Best platform would be the XM-109 payload rifle with air-fuzed and HEAP rounds. This could be tested through computer simulation, modeling, field testing and historical review etc etc. While all those methods have there weaknesses and biases, they provide more feedback then is achievable is from the “nature of warfare” theories, so why are focusing on these non-productive concepts of 4GW and EBO etc. to define how we fight COIN?”

    Michael Yon on Afghanistan: “But Afghanistan is a different story. I write these words from Kandahar, in the south. This war here is just getting started. Likely we will see severe fighting kicking off by about April of 2009. Iraq is on the mend, but victory in Afghanistan is very much in question.”. His blog should be in your RSS feed.

    Cyberwar? “The report calls for the creation of a Center for Cybersecurity Operations that would act as a new regulator of computer security in both the public and private sector. Active policing of government and corporate networks would include new rules and a “red team” to test computers for vulnerabilities now being exploited with increasing sophistication and frequency by identity and credit card thieves, bank fraudsters, crime rings, and electronic spies. “We’re playing a giant game of chess now and we’re losing badly,” says commission member Tom Kellermann, a former World Bank security official who now is vice-president of Security Awareness at Core Security.”. This should be a big money hole. I think the threat is overblown (and I am a IT Security guy). The real problem is that the approaches to information security at the Macro level seem pretty immature and need to be rethought. That is where the money should be spent.

    – …and yet: “They propose that botnets should be designated as ‘eWMDs’ — electronic weapons of mass destruction.”

    – Podcast to Listen to: Covert Radio


    Economics & “On The Bailout”

    – [Forbes] Makes the case to cut taxes across the board instead of increasing Government  spending. Here was my “stimulus” idea. So does Human Events.

    – The interference into Bank business by politicians has begun.

    Heh: “Practically speaking, however, public works involve long start-up lags. Large-scale construction projects of any type require years of planning and preparation. Even those that are “on the shelf” generally cannot be undertaken quickly enough to provide timely stimulus to the economy” and “Some of the candidates for public works, such as grant-funded initiatives to develop alternative energy sources, are totally impractical for countercyclical policy, regardless of whatever other merits they may have. In general, many if not most of these projects could end up making the economic situation worse because they would stimulate the economy at the time that expansion was already well under way.” Check out who said that.

    Oops: “These finding are not consistent with standard Keynesian theory”

    Amity Shales: “The idea is to revive the economy and create jobs for America’s unemployed. But huge public works projects often fail to revive national economies. Consider the example of Japan in the 1990s.”

    – BTW, Real Clear Markets is a nice roundup web page.

    Dissing (rightfully) Macroeconomics

    – “One new reality is the imperative that our government modernize America’s aging energy, water and transportation infrastructure.

    Also: “It’s important that the elected officials view public works investment not as a short-term stimulus for stimulus’ stake, or a vehicle for politically driven job creation. The goal should be to create the best and broadest necessary and permanent infrastructure for the most responsible minimal price needed to build it. Being careful here is necessary because this is borrowed, finite money; it could become prohibitively expensive for the feds to borrow as debt levels skyrocket. Spending is not investing.” and “Similarly, funding regular maintenance work that states and cities should pay for isn’t a wise investment. Federal money should pay for replacing obsolete assets and making well-thought-out improvements.”

    Blamestorming the Crisis: “Free markets did not bring the world’s financial system to the edge of collapse. Rather, the epicenter of the crisis was a massive dose of state capitalism. By state capitalism, I mean that the state, in this case the federal government, used its vast powers to intervene in, and distort capital markets in a manner that led directly to the creation of trillions of dollars in bad loans. Moreover, in the pursuit of a social policy to increase affordable housing and home ownership, the federal government engaged in policies that disrupted the financial market’s ability to be self-regulating; that is to attenuate if not avoid the crisis we are in.”

    – “Buffet U

    – I am not surprised: “Recent data suggests that many borrowers who received help with mortgage modifications earlier this year tended to re-default on their payments, a top U.S. banking regulator said Monday.” […] Dugan said recent data showed that after three months, nearly 36% of borrowers who received restructured mortgages in the first quarter re-defaulted.

    – Podcast to listen to: Econtalk and Planet Money

    Detroit and the Auto Industry

    Truth to power:  “GM, Chrysler, and Ford are failing in part because of their foolish attempts to manipulate the government into protecting them from the market”

     – The (first) Detroit handout bailout will be $15billion. Morning Joe (a pretty good morning news show) was saying that the House Speaker didn’t want anybody with business experience to be the Car Czar. Also, no chapter 11 for GM.

    – FYI…that $70/hr figure for UAW workers is just current workers. Retirees cost are above that.

    Chrysler should open its books: “Chrysler LLC says it’s almost broke and needs federal aid to survive. Perhaps that’s true. Yet taxpayers should be asking: How do we know? Sure, we can surmise from all the awful vehicles Chrysler makes that it’s losing mountains of dough. Really, though, we have no idea. We don’t even know who sits on the company’s board of directors. That’s because Chrysler and its owner, Cerberus Capital Management LP, won’t disclose the information”. I suggested this sometime back.

    Milwaukee and “Fixing Milwaukee”

    – The City can’t even do the basics right: “Up to $780 million more needed to fix worst residential roads“:

    The audit from Comptroller W. Martin “Wally” Morics’ office found that 214 miles of residential streets, or nearly 21% of the total, were in the worst shape, as measured by a city Department of Public Works scale.

    Auditors also found that the department is taking an average of 106 years to repave or replace local streets as of this year. That’s down from the 2005 peak of 163 years, but it’s still more than twice the streets’ expected lifespan.

    To deal with the problem, auditors recommended shifting from a policy of working on the worst streets first to a strategy of keeping the best streets in good shape while catching up on the backlog of poor streets.

    Retro Milwaukee

    – The County Board chair wants to forgive the debt a do-gooder organization and let them be a county contractor again.

    Entrepaunership Stuff

    – “Bathroom for Rent

    – Podcast to checkout: Struggling Entrepreneur

    Science, Technology and Gadgets

    Bad news for future Potential Space Elevator: “n a report on NewScientist.com, researchers working on development of a space elevator (an idea we have discussed numerous times) have determined that the concept is not stable.”

    – “The 10 big energy Myths

    “Ten ways the world could end”

    Tech Dirt has Doug Engelbart’s 1968 demo. “That demo was the first time the world saw an awful lot of things that are common today: from the mouse (and, yes, he talks about naming the mouse), to a graphical user interface, to hyperlinks, among many other things (including a few computer bugs).”

    – Podcast to check out: Talk of the Nation’s Science Friday.

    Pop Culture

    – Podcast to check out: All Songs Considered

    Other / General

    The Chicago Way! How disgusting.

    Hmmm: “Joe Wurzelbacher says he felt “dirty” after “seeing some of the things that take place” on the campaign trail.” It is not fun to see how sausgage is made.

    More evidence the Football Playing skill and Gun Safety are negatively correlated (sample size=2): “Mississippi Football Star Shoots Self During Traffic Stop”

    Please add your thoughts and links in the comments.

    Terrorist Attack on India – Notes

    I don’t want anybody to think I am not interest becuase  I didn’t blog on. I just didn’t have anything to add. I watched coverage on Fox, streaming coverage from an Indian New Network (via Fox) and blog coverage (especially Shlok and also Zen’s roundup).

    Some notes/thoughts

    1) How good does a policy of treating terrorism mostly as a local criminal matter look now? Not too good, I think.

    2) The war against Islamofascism is going

    3) How does a city of millions not have a Police SWAT Team?

    4) India needs a better domestic security system.

    5) The bad guys adapt, learn and innovate. No doubts they are studying the good/bad/ugly of this operation…

    6) …so the US will need a better domestic security system

    7) This is an opportunity for the US and India to grow closer. The US should work with India and building/training-up their anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism forces and systems. We needs a strong/close/friendly/secure India

    8 )  Can the US Navy and NATO finally start killing Pirates now? I know the US Navy longs to defeat the Jap Navy again on the high seas or perhaps’s Ming‘s Sea Squadrons, but the littorals are in play right now.

    9)  Oh, and anybody who think the Islamic terrorist threat has passed because Obama has been elected, is an idiot.

    Robot News: “Ethical Killing Machines”

    From Slash Dot:

    “The New York Times reports on research to develop autonomous battlefield robots that would ‘behave more ethically in the battlefield than humans.’ The researchers claim that these real-life terminators ‘can be designed without an instinct for self-preservation and, as a result, no tendency to lash out in fear.

    BTW: I think American Killbots would be a 4GW disaster:

    Unless killbots give the US such an advantage that victory at the
    tactical and physical levels occurs rapidly or allows the US to partake
    in conflict at a dramatically reduced cost (resources and/or manpower),
    the enemy will be able to make many gains on the moral. Undecided fence
    sitters will drift away from the US. Supporters will support us less.
    The enemy will gather strength and rally itself as the scappy underdog
    standing up to the souless/satanic killbots.

    Which is more important for victory, the moral or the
    tactical/physical? WWBS (aka What Would Boyd Say – and yes I just made
    that up – bumper stickers and cofee mugs will be available for sale
    soon on http://makemoneyeasyandfast.purpleslog.wordpress.com )? I think we know the answer to that.

    The US can already win the tactical and physical levels. Killbots weaken us on the moral level though.

    Now I am picturing Daleks with US flags on them. How about – Uncle
    Sambots? USAbots? I can just visualize the anti-US propaganda videos

    Enough with the KillBots, already. We don’t need them. Unless they are AntiHippyBots.


    Is he thinking:
    “Where are the hippies? I have an ethical obligation to terminate them.”

    More Robot News: “Bug-Sized Spies: U.S. Develops Tiny Flying Robots”

    At FoxNews:

    “The way we envision it is, there would be a bunch of these sent out in a swarm,” said Greg Parker, who helps lead the research project at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. “If we know there’s a possibility of bad guys in a certain building, how do we find out? We think this would fill that void.”

    In essence, the research seeks to miniaturize the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle drones used in Iraq and Afghanistan for surveillance and reconnaissance.

    The next generation of drones, called Micro Aerial Vehicles, or MAVs, could be as tiny as bumblebees and capable of flying undetected into buildings, where they could photograph, record, and even attack insurgents and terrorists.

    By identifying and assaulting adversaries more precisely, the robots would also help reduce or avoid civilian casualties, the military says.

    Parker and his colleagues plan to start by developing a bird-sized robot as soon as 2015, followed by the insect-sized models by 2030.

    The vehicles could be useful on battlefields where the biggest challenge is collecting reliable intelligence about enemies.

    “If we could get inside the buildings and inside the rooms where their activities are unfolding, we would be able to get the kind of intelligence we need to shut them down,” said Loren Thompson, a defense analyst with the Lexington Institute in Arlington, Va.

    Rock On Indian Navy, Rock On!

    Hell yeah!

    The Indian navy has been given formal approval by the United Nations to go after pirate ships in Somali waters, the BBC has learnt.

    Though, I am not sure why UN Approval is needed.

    “We can now enter the Somali territorial waters under certain circumstances. It would be only to check piracy,” he said.

    India has called for greater co-operation between foreign navies to tackle the piracy threat.

    Death to Pirates!

    Top USA Security Challenges

    Here are my top 5 (in no particular order):

    1) Develop a pretty darn good Influence Warfare capability.

    2) Finish the win in Iraq. Win in Afghanistan. Prevent a civil war in Pakistan if possible. Take down the Mullahs of Iran – one way or another. Carry on (with the goal of winning) the Long War against Islamofascism.

    3) Partner with Mexico to help MexGov avoid|win the Narco/4GW civil War. Closen US-Mexico relations.

    4) Manage the China Relationship. Help grow (nudge) China into being a security and stabilization partner. Nudge China away from the path of being a USA adversary.

    5) Manage the intra-Western Hemisphere relationship into being USA friendly, democratic capitalism friendly, cooperative on security issues, anti-narco, pro economic devlopmentandfree trade. Welcome back Cuba into the fold.

    Discuss.