Meet the Hackers Targeting Netflix
In late April 2017, a hacker or group of hackers dumped apparent full episodes of the T.V. show Orange Is the New Black after Netflix allegedly declined to pay a ransom, and has threatened to release a number of other shows too, including Celebrity Apprentice, New Girl and The... Read more
Watchdog Tells Congress to Slow Down New ‘Frigate’ Program
A recently released Government Accountability Office report urges Congress to slow down acquisition of a new frigate based on the troubled Littoral Combat Ship design since Congress would otherwise have to “make significant program decisions and commitments in 2017 without key cost, design and capability knowledge.” Approval of a... Read more
Countering Russian Mendacity on Syria
The views presented below are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Defense or its components. Discussing Russian mendacity is like arguing that water is wet. Regardless, an understanding of the Kremlin’s claims regarding the war in Syria is necessary... Read more
Here’s the Evidence Linking Russia to the French Election Hack
As France braces for the second round of its national election, security researchers try to figure out if Russia was really behind the alleged hacking attempts against frontrunner Emmanuel Macron. After months of speculation on whether dreaded Russian hackers would try to meddle with the French elections the same... Read more
As U.S. Defense Secretary, James Mattis Plots His Own Course
In his first three months as U.S. defense secretary, James Mattis has embraced elements of Pres. Donald Trump’s aggressive war policy while also breaking from the Trump administration on several high-profile issues. Mattis is, in other words, still very much his own man. And the Pentagon under Mattis has,... Read more
The 21st Century’s Refugee Crisis Is Just Getting Started
Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. On March 10th, Stephen O’Brien, under secretary-general of the United Nations for humanitarian affairs, informed the Security Council that 20 million people in three African countries—Nigeria, Somalia, and... Read more
On the Frontlines During the Last Days of Standing Rock
After a year of protests, Standing Rock began to clear out in February 2017. But to one observer, the standoff stood out for how much it resembled a war zone. Marty Skovlund, Jr. is a U.S. Army veteran who served in the 1st Ranger Battalion. He fought in both Iraq... Read more
Is North Korea Downplaying a Potential Nuclear Test?
North Korea is unpredictable enough that it could conduct its sixth nuclear test any second. But trying to predict the DPRK’s moves isn’t easy. The best we have to go on are satellite images—we highly recommend the analysts at 38 North—of North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear site, showing work consistent with an... Read more
What Does an ‘America-First’ Foreign Policy Actually Mean?
What does an “America-first” foreign policy look like under President Donald Trump? As a start, forget the ancient label of “isolationism.” With the end of Trump’s first 100 days approaching, it looks more like a military-first policy aimed at achieving global hegemony, which means it’s a potential doomsday machine.... Read more
Sleepwalking Toward Nuclear War
On April 6, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I, American warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at regime targets in Syria. The base that absorbed the attack, Al Shayrat air base in Homs province, houses both Russian and Syrian troops, who are allies... Read more
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