Journal: Army Industrial-Era Network Security + Cyber-Security RECAP (Links to Past Posts)

Army Times article, second below, reports what the beginning of what I expect will be a major decline in functionality of Army computer systems.  While some sort of institutional response to the alleged Wikileaks traitor, Specialist Bradley Manning, is appropriate, I don’t think this is it.  This is a simplistic approach, the sort of thing …

Journal: CIA Veteran Rings Bell on Iraq–Way Too Late…

Iraq: Time to Ring the Bell by Howard P. Hart 27 August 2010 Many years ago I attended a series of Headquarters briefings for out-going CIA Chiefs of Station. Our main speaker was Richard Helms, then the Agency’s Director and one of the lions of American foreign policy in the 1960’s and 70’s. A man …

Journal: From Waste to Want to Weak

Two articles, one each from Wash Post and NYT follow.  Both focus on finance as it relates to national security.  IMHO, both are probably more true than not.  Also IMHO, the two parties principally responsible are Donald Rumsfeld and L. Paul Bremer.  Had those two, particularly Rumsfeld, not filled the Coalition Provisional Authority with ideologues, …

Journal: CIA Loves Blackwater; Arizona Ungovernable in South; Coast Guard Learns and Morphs from Katrina; Israeli Black Propaganda?

Blackwater Won Contracts Through A Web Of Companies. CIA mafia, illegal arms, 31 companies to deceive US Government, owner moves family to Abu Dhabi. Signs in Arizona warn of smuggler dangers. Feds post 15, south Arizona now “ungovernable zone.” For Coast Guard, Katrina’s lessons are carried on. Overview in human interest context of how Katrina …

Journal: CIA Out, JSOC In for Covert Operations–Meanwhile, CIA PAO Touts CIA as a 9-to-5 Job

Shhhhhh! JSOC is Hiring Interrogators and Covert Operatives for ‘Special Access Programs’ Jeremy Scahill | August 25, 2010 What has become abundantly clear is that the Obama administration has taken the Bush-era doctrine of the world as a battlefield and run with it. US special forces are now operating in seventy-five countries across the globe—up …

Journal: Cognitive Dissonance in Afghanistan

The author was “ordered home” within 24 hours (took three days to get him out).  Multiple commentaries suggest that he is actually “understated” in his remarks.  Below the line is balance of article, Small Wars Journal intelligence commentary, and link to illustrated blog with added value.  EDIT of 7 Sep 2010 to add comment from …

Journal: Pentagon Flails in Defending Cyberspace

Beyond belief, but here it is: the “official” explanation of why we are going to waste 12 billion dollars a year on contractors without a clue (vapor-ware).   There is zero return on investment here for the taxpayer, only for the contractors and Congress, neither of which will be held accountable for fraud, waste, and …

Reference: 2010 U.S. Army Operating Concept

Marcus Aurelius Comments: The Army Operating Concept, describes how future Army forces conduct operations as part of the joint force to deter conflict, prevail in war, and succeed in a wide range of contingencies in the future operational environment. It describes the employment of Army forces in the 2016-2028 timeframe with emphasis on the operational …

Journal: General McCrystal Wins, US Troops Lose

New York Daily News August 17, 2010 Pg. 18 Fired McChrystal Gets Yale Grad School Gig WASHINGTON — Retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the too-outspoken Afghan commander sacked by President Obama, picked up a consolation prize yesterday from the Ivy League. Yale announced McChrystal would teach a “ leadership seminar” for grad students. McChrystal said …