Journal: Chinese Military Bases in Pakistan, Elsewhere

China to Open Military Bases Worldwide. There’s a New Kid in Town. By: Pluto Saturday January 30, 2010 1:10 am This we know. It has been speculated upon in open-source intelligence circles for years. So, there is little surprise for the rest of the world when it hears of China’s first major foray in its …

Journal: DoD Mind-Set Time Lags Most Fascinating

Pentagon Shifts Its Strategy To Small-Scale Warfare By August Cole and Yochi J. Dreazen Wall Street Journal  January 30, 2010  Pg. 4 The shift in strategy sets up potential conflicts with defense contractors and powerful lawmakers uneasy with the Pentagon’s growing focus on smaller-scale, guerilla warfare. In particular, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has come to …

Journal: MILNET Selected Headlines 28 Jan 10

Capabilities Of U.S. Intelligence Agencies Questioned Congressional critics have singled out the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), established as part of a sweeping intelligence overhaul after the September 11 attacks. “I do not (have), nor do I believe the DNI as currently constructed has, all of …

Journal: Spinney, Haiti, McNulty, Self-Inflicted Wounds

Many problems in alleviating humanitarian crises caused by natural catastrophes, like that in Haiti, have less to do with raising money and aid and more to do with how the flows of money and the aid are processed through the maw of bureaucratic institutions like the military, Red Cross, and the ever growing welter of …

Journal: Europe is Reading…

NeoOpticon: the EU Security-Industrial Complex (Transnational Institute) As the title communicates. Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism Report Card (WMD Commission) Failing grade in isolation from all the more pressing threats (poverty, disease, environment). Al Qaeda Weapons of Mass Destruction Threat: Hype or Reality? (Harvard) More focus on the symptom instead of the problem (US …

Journal: White House Nightmare, Insanity, or Ignorance?

White House nightmare persists At the end of Barack Obama’s worst week since taking power a year ago, the US president’s fortunes look set only to deteriorate over the coming days. Phi Beta Iota: We find it quite remarkable that there is absolutely no “intelligence” in the sense of decision-support anywhere in this story.  The …

Journal: Haiti–How Little We Learn From the Past

2001 Oakley (US) The Use of Military & Civilian Power for Engagement and Intervention 1999 Sovereign (US) Information Superiority for the Lower End of the Spectrum (Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief) 1999 Marks (US) UN/OCHA Joint Proposal for IRIN and ReliefWeb Activities and Funding in 1999 1998 Mti (ZA) Open Source Intelligence, the African Renaissance, …

Journal: Haiti Update 26 January 2010 PM

Crowds seeking aid in Haiti met with pepper spray and rubber bullets Desperate crowds have overwhelmed peacekeepers trying to deliver aid. The World Food Programme says that Port-au-Prince represents the greatest logistical challenge it has ever faced “They’re not violent, just desperate. They just want to eat,” Fernando Soares, a Brazilian army colonel, said. “The …

Journal: In Search for Truth….Maybe Not

Pentagon’s Gitmo Recidivism Claims Don’t Add Up Researchers at Seton Hall and New America Foundation track the Pentagon’s claims that released Guantanamo detainees ‘returned to battle.’ Phi Beta Iota: Government claims 1 in 5 and counts those who speak to the press against USG and Guantanamo.  Researcers find 1 in 25 at best and observe …

Journal: Haiti Update 25 January 2010 PM

Italian official calls Haiti earthquake relief effort ‘pathetic’ (Examiner USA) The head of Italy’s Civil Protection Agency, Guido Bertolaso, criticized the United States’ efforts in helping earthquake stricken Haiti. After witnessing the devastation firsthand, the top disaster official in Italy said efforts were a “vanity parade.” In an interview with Italy’s RAI television, Bertolaso offered …

Reference: Human Terrain Team (HTT) Round Two

23 January 2010 The New Face of the Human Terrain System: Goin’ to Kansas City on 1 April 2010 by John Stanton US Army Human Terrain System (HTS) principals recently produced a number of briefings adding up to a total of 133-pages of MS PowerPoint slides. For convenience sake here, we’ll use the title of …

Journal: Venezuela oil ‘may double Saudis’

A new US assessment of Venezuela’s oil reserves could give the country double the supplies of Saudi Arabia. Scientists working for the US Geological Survey say Venezuela’s Orinoco belt region holds twice as much petroleum as previously thought. The geologists estimate the area could yield more than 500bn barrels of crude oil. Phi Beta Iota: …