U.S. Shifts Rhetoric on Syria

By William Tucker The Obama administration notified Congress today that it was extending the declared National Emergency in regards to the Syrian situation. In addition to the notification, President Obama stated Syria poses an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to U.S. national security and diplomatic goals. Complimenting the President’s tone was U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland who stated that a recent roadside blast that hit troops escorting the U.N. monitors.
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CIA Disrupts AQAP Airline Plot

By William Tucker The Associated Press, claiming an exclusive, is reporting that the CIA disrupted another airline bombing plot that was supposed to be an improvement upon the failed attempt over Detroit in 2009. Like the previous attempt, this bomb was constructed to be worn in the carriers underwear, however the design was improved and reportedly did not contain any metal parts.
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F-22 Deployment Augments U.S. Military in Persian Gulf

By William Tucker Over the past few months the U.S. military has placed numerous assets across the Persian Gulf region. Among the deployments are the regular positioning of two aircraft carriers, a doubling of minesweeping vessels, new missile systems, and now the deployment of F-22 and F-15C fighter aircraft to the Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates. The announcement of the F-22 deployment set off a firestorm of speculation.
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The Battle for Mali Continues

By William Tucker Units of the Malian military that supported the coup launched a new assault on loyalist forces today, seizing control of an anti-junta military base in the capital. Many of the loyalist forces have fled Bamako after a new decree was issued calling for the arrest of the remaining forces still loyal to the ousted President. The fighting between pro-junta and loyalist forces has remained confined primarily to Bamako.
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North Korea’s Cyber Warfare Capabilities

By William Tucker “The newest addition to the North Korean asymmetric arsenal is a growing cyber warfare capability. North Korea employs sophisticated computer hackers trained to launch cyberinfiltration and cyber-attacks against the ROK and U.S. Such attacks are ideal for North Korea, providing the regime a means to attack ROK and U.S. interests without attribution, and have been increasingly employed against a variety of targets including military and government.
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DOD Creates New Intelligence Agency

By William Tucker Last year, the Director of National Intelligence conducted a study on the efficiency of the Defense Intelligence Agency and found several areas that were in need of improvement. Unfortunately, the study was classified and the scope of the problems, and the problem areas, are not known in full detail. Press reports have stated that one area for improvement was expanding the scope of the DIA beyond tactical, battlefield intelligence.
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