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  • 2/2/23 National Security and Korean News and Commentary

    • Authors: Dave Maxwell
      Abstract: 2/2/23 National Security and Korean News and Commentary Access National Security News HERE.Access Korean News HERE.National Security News Content:1. Biden Administration Foreign Policy Tracker: February
      2. RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, FEBRUARY 1, 2023
      3. Philippines grants U.S. greater access to bases amid China concerns
      4. The Overlooked Irregular Warfare Expert the Pentagon Should Study Today
      5. Let's Bring Greater Transparency to Foreign Influence on Policy Making
      6. Austin Visit to Philippine Base Highlights Benefits of U.S-Philippine Alliance
      7. Hard Drinking and Murky Finances: How an American Veterans Group Imploded in Ukraine
      8. Influencers, Returnships, and Reimagined Career Progression: Creative Solutions for the Army’s Recruitment Crisis
      9. Gen-Z Will Fight: But First, They Need to Know Why
      10. An “Unprecedented” Recruitment Crisis
      11. Pray the President resists the US push for bases
      12. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning’s Regular Press Conference on February 2, 2023 (US base access in the Philippines)
      13. Viewpoint: Emerging ‘Offset-X’ Strategy Addresses Chinese Threat
      14. Navy Ends 'Gruesome' Testing on Sheep After PETA Protests
      15. REED, WICKER ANNOUNCE SASC MEMBERSHIP FOR 118TH CONGRESS
      16. Opinion We Already Have 18 Intelligence Agencies. We Still Need 1 More.
      17. #Reviewing Military Alliances in the Twenty-First Century
      18. The Case for Caution on Crimea
      19. This is why the SCAR Mk16 rifle never became a special operations weapon
      20. We asked the new AI to do some simple rocket science. It crashed and burned
      21.  Defeat in Afghanistan: An Autopsy by Joseph J. Collins
      22. DARPA Awards Contracts for Long-Range ‘Liberty Lifter’ Flying Boat Design
      23. US opens embassy in Solomon Islands after 30-year absence to counter China
      24. 431. Your Adversary is Rational, Just Not the Way You Want Them to Be (Army Mad Scientist Blog)
      25. Is Russia’s Wagner Group recruiting US veterans to fight in Ukraine'
       Korean News Content:1. Biden Administration Foreign Policy Tracker: February- Korea
      2.  Press Statement of Spokesperson for DPRK Foreign Ministry Issued ("U.S. is now working hard to "demonize" the DPRK")
      3. N. Korea warns of 'toughest reaction' to U.S. military drills with S. Korea
      4. Families of S. Koreans detained in N. Korea urge U.N. efforts for repatriation
      5. North Korea says U.S. drills threaten to turn region into 'critical war zone'
      6. S. Korea's top diplomat, U.N. chief discuss concerns over N. Korea's possible nuke test
      7. Asked about sending weapons to Ukraine, South Korea doesn’t say no
      8. US Nomination of North Korea Rights Envoy Revives Hope for Divided Families
      9. Crypto hacks stole record $3.8 billion in 2022, led by North Korea groups - report
      10. Why South Korea is debating a nuclear weapons program
      11.  DP vows to look into allegations of fortune teller's involvement in presidential office relocation
      12. Foreign Minister could meet with Japanese counterpart in Munich
      13. U.S. extends olive branch after North's 'nuke-for-nuke' comment
      14. [EXCLUSIVE] South may place sanctions on North hacking groups
      15. 4 South Korean activists arrested for alleged anti-gov't activities upon North Korean orders
      16. [INTERVIEW] 'Extended deterrence is best option to ensure peace on Korean Peninsula'
        Dave MaxwellThu, 02/02/2023 - 9:40amRead more about 2/2/23 National Security and Korean News and CommentaryLog in or register to post comments

      PubDate: Thu, 02 Feb 2023 14:40:31 +000
       
  • Biden Administration Foreign Policy Tracker: February

    • Authors: Dave Maxwell
      Abstract: Biden Administration Foreign Policy Tracker: February Access the foreign policy tracker HERE. February 1, 2023 FDD Tracker: January 1-31, 2023Biden Administration Foreign Policy Tracker: February David AdesnikSenior Fellow and Director of ResearchJohn HardieRussia Program Deputy Director Trend OverviewBy David Adesnik and John HardieWelcome back to the Biden Administration Foreign Policy Tracker. Once a month, we ask FDD’s experts and scholars to assess the administration’s foreign policy. They provide trendlines of very positive, positive, neutral, negative, or very negative for the areas they watch. This is our first monthly tracker since the special year-end edition we published before the holidays.The big story in January was Berlin’s refusal to send Ukraine Leopard tanks or even to let other NATO members give their German-made Leopards to Kyiv. As the war reaches a pivotal phase, the impasse threatened to undermine what has thus far been impressive transatlantic unity. But the Biden administration persuaded Berlin to cooperate by pledging to provide Ukraine with Abrams tanks. Washington is also sending Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and Stryker armored personnel carriers for the first time. This is all good news, yet the White House still refuses to send Kyiv ATACMS missiles, which would maximize Ukraine’s chances of victory and help hasten the war’s conclusion.Another difficult question for the administration is why its envoy for nuclear negotiations with Iran held unpublicized talks with Tehran, which a foreign media outlet later revealed. The White House says it will not push for a nuclear deal while Tehran is crushing protests at home, yet it seems unwilling to give its full support to demonstrators marching under the banner of “Woman, Life, Freedom.”Check back with us next month to see if NATO remains united behind Ukraine and if the White House clarifies its priorities for U.S policy toward Iran.   Dave MaxwellWed, 02/01/2023 - 8:02pmRead more about Biden Administration Foreign Policy Tracker: February15 commentsLog in or register to post comments

      PubDate: Thu, 02 Feb 2023 01:02:26 +000
       
  • Intelligence Ignored

    • Authors: Dave Maxwell
      Abstract: Intelligence IgnoredDave MaxwellWed, 02/01/2023 - 7:53pm As the Easter Offensive of 1972 was the precursor to the signing of the Paris Peace Accords of 1973, there were two occasions where the United States could and should have moved against North Vietnam earlier but didn’t. Read more about Intelligence IgnoredLog in or register to post comments

      PubDate: Thu, 02 Feb 2023 00:53:12 +000
       
  • Russia’s Losing a Constant as Its Ukraine War Settles into
           Predictable Alternating Phases

    • Authors: Dave Maxwell
      Abstract: Russia’s Losing a Constant as Its Ukraine War Settles into Predictable Alternating PhasesDave MaxwellWed, 02/01/2023 - 7:42pm It has been some time since I have put out a major overall analysis here on the Ukraine-Russia war because there is not a whole lot of new stuff to chew on: yes, Winter Is Here (and I did put together shorter analysis noting winter will hurt the Russian military far more than the Ukrainian military, giving Ukraine another distinct advantage in the winter months), but overall, we are seeing two main phases being repeated, exhibiting dynamics that I have discussed in great detail before and that are overlapping at times to various degrees. Read more about Russia’s Losing a Constant as Its Ukraine War Settles into Predictable Alternating PhasesLog in or register to post comments

      PubDate: Thu, 02 Feb 2023 00:42:37 +000
       
  • 2/1/23 National Security and Korean News and Commentary

    • Authors: Dave Maxwell
      Abstract: 2/1/23 National Security and Korean News and Commentary Access National Security News HERE.Access Korean News HERE.National Security News Content:1. To Solve a Problem, You Need to Define It…Accurately
      2. Preparing for strategic competition: The need for irregular warfare professional military education
      3. Record Defense Budget Flunks the China Test
      4. RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, JANUARY 31, 2023
      5. DOJ Reveals New Iran-backed Assassination Attempt on Iranian American Journalist
      6. Pentagon launches management reform institute to address challenges
      7. Is the Ukraine War moving toward a ‘Korea solution’'
      8. I used to work in a secure facility and here's the ugly truth about how Congress handles classified documents
      9. Over-Classification Undermines Democracy, US Intelligence Director Says
      10. Why Military Leaders Need to Rethink Battlefield Intelligence in a Smartphone Era
      11. U.S. funds not misused in Ukraine, U.S. Treasury says amid corruption crackdown
      12. How will the Russia-Ukraine war end'
      13. How America Would Be Screwed if China Invades Taiwan
      14. Getting Serious About Responsible Defense Spending
      15. The Cod Wars and Lessons for Maritime Counterinsurgency
      16. America should reach out to children of Russia’s elites
      17. Taiwan scrambles fighter jets amid Chinese air and navy manoeuvres
      18. Is Washington’s arms control theology finally on the verge of collapse'
      19. Former Wagner commander describes brutality and incompetence on the frontline
      20. Psychology wins wars
       Korean News Content:1. U.S. ambassador tries to allay S. Koreans' anxiety about 'extended deterrence' commitment
      2. US to increase weapons deployment to counter North Korea
      3. #ROK: #NATO: Stoltenberg in Seoul and South Korea's Yoon welcoming common purpose. David Maxwell, FDD
      4. U.S., S. Korea agree to expand joint military drills, take strong steps against N. Korean provocations
      5. Pentagon chief stresses 'unwavering' security commitment to S. Korea, reassures full 'extended deterrence'
      6. S. Korea may test-fire new 'high-power' Hyunmoo ballistic missile in near future: source
      7. Atlantic Council launches new Indo-Pacific Security Initiative, names Markus Garlauskas as director
      8. U.S., South Korea to Step Up Nuclear Deterrence Efforts Against North Korea
      9. Chinese agent exposed by FT investigation into North Korea oil trade arrested
      10. US bill introduced to honor Korean War hero
      11. U.S., South Korea Want Peace in Indo-Pacific
      12. [Column] Don’t abandon North Korea
      13. Japan sticks to its story over use of Korean forced labor
      14. Seoul, Washington team up to stop NK's cryptocurrency theft Dave MaxwellWed, 02/01/2023 - 8:51amRead more about 2/1/23 National Security and Korean News and CommentaryLog in or register to post comments

      PubDate: Wed, 01 Feb 2023 13:51:57 +000
       
  • Recovering from Urban Disasters, Post Two (Post 10 of 14)

    • Authors: ZFTWARNING
      Abstract: Recovering from Urban Disasters, Post Two (Post 10 of 14) Recovering from Urban Disasters, Post Two (Post 10 of 14)Russell W. GlennThe tenth of a series of blog posts on Urban Disasters: Readiness, Response, and Recovery by Russ Glenn.NZDFNew Zealand and Japanese Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Teams 2011 Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Efforts, 2 March 2011. Source: New Zealand Defence Force (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 NZ)No change to our list of key points here as the first recovery post focused on background for the five to follow. Our key points to date:Key Point #1: Preparation for any urban disaster helps to prepare an urban area for catastrophes regardless of cause or type.Key Point #2:  Urban disasters are more alike than different.Key Point #3: Rehearsing/exercising plans—even in so simple a form as talking through challenges—is essential.
      PubDate: Wed, 01 Feb 2023 08:18:19 +000
       
  • To Solve a Problem, You Need to Define It…Accurately

    • Authors: Dave Maxwell
      Abstract: To Solve a Problem, You Need to Define It…AccuratelyDave MaxwellTue, 01/31/2023 - 8:02pm This initiates a series addressing Unrestricted Warfare, or in the parlance of Harry Potter, that which cannot be named.  How far we will take this series is yet to be determined.  However, it will likely form the basis of a 4Sight seminar or roundtable.  Read more about To Solve a Problem, You Need to Define It…AccuratelyLog in or register to post comments

      PubDate: Wed, 01 Feb 2023 01:02:34 +000
       
  • Preparing for strategic competition: The need for irregular warfare
           professional military education

    • Authors: Dave Maxwell
      Abstract: Preparing for strategic competition: The need for irregular warfare professional military education Access the Article at The Hill HERE.Preparing for strategic competition: The need for irregular warfare professional military educationBY CHARLES T. CLEVELAND, DANIEL EGEL, DAVID MAXWELL AND HY ROTHSTEIN, OPINION CONTRIBUTORS - 01/31/23 12:00 PM ETThe Department of Defense (DOD) does not provide the irregular warfare (IW) professional military education necessary for success in competition and conflict in the 21st century. This is a not a new problem, but it is one that may deserve new attention from the Congress and the Pentagon.More than 30 years ago, the late Ambassador Michael Sheehan, who also served as the assistant secretary of defense responsible for irregular warfare, observed that IW had “lost its significance as a separate type of conflict that requires different doctrine and training.” Sheehan concluded that a consequence was that the United States lacked the “operational level and campaign planning” necessary for irregular warfare above the tactical level.Congress — reflecting on the findings from the Skelton Panel in the 21st century — has affirmed that “the primary purpose of [professional military education] is to develop military officers, throughout their careers, for the rigorous intellectual demands of complex contingencies and major conflicts.” It is perhaps unsurprising that the United States was unable to assemble high-level irregular-warfare-proficient campaign headquarters in either Afghanistan or Iraq — which may provide a critical vulnerability as U.S. adversaries are increasingly turning to irregular approaches to undermine U.S. conventional supremacy.Access the remainder of the article at The Hill HERE. Dave MaxwellTue, 01/31/2023 - 7:54pmRead more about Preparing for strategic competition: The need for irregular warfare professional military educationLog in or register to post comments

      PubDate: Wed, 01 Feb 2023 00:54:03 +000
       
  • 1/31/23 National Security and Korean News and Commentary

    • Authors: Dave Maxwell
      Abstract: 1/31/23 National Security and Korean News and Commentary Access National Security News HERE.Access Korean News HERE.National Security News Content:1. RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, JANUARY 30, 20232. Ukraine Conflict Update - January 2023 SOF News3. Ukraine's battlefield success surprised Russia, but US troops who trained Ukrainians saw it coming, National Guard chief says4. U.S. military poised to secure new access to key Philippine bases5. What to make of Air Force general’s ‘gut’ feeling war with China is coming in two years6. What the chances of a war between the US and China actually look like, according to experts7. ‘It was all for nothing’: Chinese count cost of Xi’s snap decision to let Covid rip8. Recalibrating Special Operations Risk Tolerance for the Future Fight9. If China Cracked U.S. Encryption, Why Would It Tell Us'10. In diplomatic coup, Taiwan president speaks to Czech president-elect11. China contacts Prague over Czech president-elect speaking to Taiwan president12. Covid cases explode in Beijing leaving city streets empty and daily life disrupted13. Denial May Bring War - Punishment May Keep it at Bay14. A letter to the next US president: Here’s how you can fix our military15. China’s Indo-Pacific Folly16. Russia Freed Prisoners to Fight Its War. Here’s How Some Fared.17. How US Navy SEALs train new special-operations units to make the seas into 'our playground'18. If ‘Independent’ were a party, it could dominate American politics19. Opinion Donald Trump Isn’t the Only One to Blame for the Capitol Riot. I’d Know.Korean News Content:1.  Pentagon chief stresses 'unwavering' security commitment to S. Korea, reassures full 'extended deterrence'
      2. As NATO reaches out to Asia, China and North Korea warn it's going too far
      3. Austin reaffirms U.S. commitment, suggests more F-35 visits
      4. North Korea may have tested a solid-fuel rocket engine
      5. N. Korea seems to be wary of possible resurgence of COVID-19: Seoul ministry
      6. South Korea, US to expand size and content of joint military drills
      7. Nuclear envoys of S. Korea, Japan hold consultations on N.K. provocations
      8. Arrest looms for accused operators of North Korean spy ring
      9. Calls for nuclear buildup a chance to widen debate, experts say
      10. NK slams NATO chief's Seoul visit as 'prelude to war'
      11. Promise and Perils for the Japan-South Korea-US Trilateral in 2023
      12. US House resolution seeks to denounce socialism, N. Korean leaders
      13. U.S., South Korea to Step Up Nuclear Deterrence Efforts Against North Korea Dave MaxwellTue, 01/31/2023 - 9:32amRead more about 1/31/23 National Security and Korean News and CommentaryLog in or register to post comments

      PubDate: Tue, 31 Jan 2023 14:32:12 +000
       
  • Recovering from Urban Disasters, Post One (Post 9 of 14)

    • Authors: ZFTWARNING
      Abstract: Recovering from Urban Disasters, Post One (Post 9 of 14) Recovering from Urban Disasters, Post One (Post 9 of 14)Russell W. GlennThe ninth of a series of blog posts on Urban Disasters: Readiness, Response, and Recovery by Russ Glenn.Recovery 1Marines and Sailors Receive a Briefing on Disaster Recovery During Navy Week, New Orleans, 2015. Defense Visual Information Service. Public Domain. With our readying for and responding too urban disasters posts complete, we turn to a half dozen offerings on recovering from these catastrophes. Though a far cry short of the extent of material covered in Come Hell or High Fever: Readying the World’s Megacities for Disaster (January 2023), the fourteen posts (eight done, this being the first of the remaining six) should provide a concise reference for those who might benefit (or help others benefit) in the weeks between now and the book’s release…and, perhaps, thereafter as well.As has become habit, we start with a listing of the key points presented thus far:Key Point #1: Preparation for any urban disaster helps to prepare an urban area for catastrophes regardless of cause or type.Key Point #2:  Urban disasters are more alike than different.Key Point #3: Rehearsing/exercis...
      PubDate: Mon, 30 Jan 2023 18:39:39 +000
       
  • 1/30/23 National Security and Korean News and Commentary

    • Authors: Dave Maxwell
      Abstract: 1/30/23 National Security and Korean News and Commentary Access National Security News HERE.Access Korean News HERE.National Security News Content:1. Avoiding a Long War in Ukraine: U.S. Policy and the Trajectory of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict
      2. New RAND Study Breaks From US Hawks, Warns Against "Protracted Conflict" In Ukraine
      3. Is Anybody Telling The American People About The War'
      4. Top Armed Services Democrat: US military readiness a ‘huge problem’  
      5. Is helping Ukraine reducing US preparedness, security'
      6. Zelensky urges allies to send long-range missiles
      7. 66,000 war crimes have been reported in Ukraine. It vows to prosecute them all.
      8. Pentagon Distances Itself from Minihan Memo Suggesting Possible War with China in 2025
      9. House Republican warns of pending conflict with China
      10. RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, JANUARY 29, 2023
      11. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issues frightening warning: CCP has invaded ‘every major’ US university
      12. A decade of quiet preparations helped Ukraine turn the tables on Russia's bigger, better-armed military, experts say
      13. In first update in a decade, the Pentagon plans for AI’s increased role in warfare
      14. Special Operations News Update - Jan 30, 2023 SOF News
      15. Does the West's decision to arm Ukraine with tanks bring it closer to war with Russia'
      16. Telling the Truth About Possible War Over Taiwan
      17. TikTok’s Chief to Testify Before Congress in March
      18. Integrated Deterrence Requires a Unique Intelligence Mindset
      19.  Underfunding the US Army undermines deterrence in Taiwan
      20. How two former Army Rangers built an engagement ring business
      21. Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates says Putin believes it's his 'destiny' to 'recreate the Russian Empire'
      22. How to Get a Breakthrough in Ukraine
      23. The Trust Gap: How to Fight Pandemics in a Divided Country
       Korean News Content:1. Remembering Otto Warmbier
      2. Yoon meets with NATO chief, promises to help Ukrainian people
      3.  New evidence declares soldier POW before death in Korean War
      4, 7 of 10 S. Koreans support independent development of nuclear weapons: poll
      5. Discussing ROK nuclear armament is ‘inappropriate,’ unification minister says
      6. ‘S. Korea, US both have roles to play on nuclear deterrence’
      7. Accused spies for North Korea likely face imminent arrest
      8. [Column] Lessons from North Korea’s commando attack
      9. S. Korea, Japan hold working-level consultations on wartime forced labor
      10. North Korean UAVs: small intruders, big ambitions'
      11. US Defense Officials Not Losing Sight of China, North Korea
      12. North Korea slams NATO chief's visit to South Korea as 'prelude' to confrontation, war
      13. [Newsmaker] Why is Samsung starting a legal fight against smartphone repair shops in US'14. 
         Dave MaxwellMon, 01/30/2023 - 9:00amRead more about 1/30/23 National Security and Korean News and CommentaryLog in or register to post comments

      PubDate: Mon, 30 Jan 2023 14:00:46 +000
       
  • Validating the Microcosm in Experimental Wargaming: Suggestions for
           Classroom Applications

    • Authors: Dave Maxwell
      Abstract: Validating the Microcosm in Experimental Wargaming: Suggestions for Classroom ApplicationsDave MaxwellSun, 01/29/2023 - 7:14pm Wargaming requires constructing a microcosm of a battle.  Making a microcosm, which we can call modeling, simplifies reality to bring into play the essential factors affecting the outcome.  Simplification in this fashion is based on assumptions regarding which aspects of the battle are essential and which can be eliminated.  Faulty assumptions will result in misleading results.  Therefore, validating those assumptions would be helpful.  This essay addresses how the microcosm might be validated in classroom exercises. Read more about Validating the Microcosm in Experimental Wargaming: Suggestions for Classroom ApplicationsLog in or register to post comments

      PubDate: Mon, 30 Jan 2023 00:14:18 +000
       
  • An Ethical Dilemma: Weaponization of Artificial Intelligence

    • Authors: Dave Maxwell
      Abstract: An Ethical Dilemma: Weaponization of Artificial IntelligenceDave MaxwellSun, 01/29/2023 - 5:51pm Over the past decade, technological transformations have changed the world we live in, from advances in voice assistant technologies, facial recognition software, cryptocurrency markets, fully autonomous self-driving vehicles, and neural network sensing technologies. Today, voice assistance devices using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies, such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, are a part of more than half of all United States (US) adults' daily lives. The advancement of AI is leading a global revolution that is changing how we interact. Equally, the US Department of Defense (DoD) has already invested in transformative technology advancement and AI/ML adoption. Read more about An Ethical Dilemma: Weaponization of Artificial Intelligence1 commentLog in or register to post comments

      PubDate: Sun, 29 Jan 2023 22:51:59 +000
       
  • 1/29/23 National Security and Korean News and Commentary

    • Authors: Dave Maxwell
      Abstract: 1/29/23 National Security and Korean News and Commentary Access National Security News HERE.Access Korean News HERE.National Security News Content:1. RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, JANUARY 28, 2023
      2. Open-source intelligence is piercing the fog of war in Ukraine
      3. U.S. general predicts war with China in 2025, tells officers to get ready
      4. A Chinese naval blockade could isolate Taiwan and shock the world
      5. Putin Has a Problem: His So-Called Allies Won't Help Fight in Ukraine
      6. Women Lead: Ukrainian Women’s Fight for the Future of Ukraine
      7. Ukraine says Russia's putting inflatable tanks on the battlefield — but the decoys deflated
      8. World War III and IV' Why a U.S.-China War Might Have a Sequel
      9. Burning of Qur’an in Stockholm funded by journalist with Kremlin ties
      10. Some Western Backers of Ukraine Worry That Time Might Be on Russia’s Side
      11. What If The US Army Never Built The M1 Abrams Tank Or M2 Bradley'
      12.  Russian TV discusses if economy now "equal" to Iran, North Korea or Cuba
      13. Germany was a soft target for Russian spies. That's changing fast.
      14. Overmatch secrecy needed as China, Russia surveil US Navy, experts say
      15. The World Is Tired Of United States’ Wars – OpEd
      16. Women at war: Ukraine's female soldiers dream of freedom, fight for survival
      17. West to deliver 321 tanks to Ukraine, says diplomat, as North Korea accuses US of 'crossing the red line'
      18. China’s Top Nuclear-Weapons Lab Used American Computer Chips Decades After Ban
       Korean News Content:1. US intel: Deterrence against North Korea is working
      2. North Korea denies arms dealing with Russia
      3. Recently obtained “confidential document” signed off by Kim Jong-un reports on a gruesome incident involving a shock brigade
      4. North Koreans forced to clear snow from roads to capital on Lunar New Year
      5. ‘Beyond Utopia’ Review: A Badass Pastor Smuggles North Koreans to Freedom in Secret Sundance Doc
      6. Japan eyes easing S.Korea export controls as Seoul seeks to improve ties -media
      7. Opinion Women in South Korea Are on Strike Against Being ‘Baby-Making Machines’
      8. S. Korea mistakenly fires machine gun near border with N. Korea
      9. NATO chief calls for stronger security ties with S. Korea to address China, other global challenges
      10. NATO chief stresses 'interconnected' security amid N. Korean support of Russian war efforts
      11.  Trilateral maritime exercise (UK, ROK, US)
      12. FM Park, NATO chief discuss North Korea, expanding ties
      13. What’s behind N.Korean criticism of US’ Ukraine support'
      14. NATO to address North Korea-Russia arms trade
      15. North denies sending arms to Russia, slams U.S. for 'groundless rumors' Dave MaxwellSun, 01/29/2023 - 10:17amRead more about 1/29/23 National Security and Korean News and CommentaryLog in or register to post comments

      PubDate: Sun, 29 Jan 2023 15:17:11 +000
       
  • The Global Fragility Act and the Irregular Warfare Center: A Path for
           Diplomacy, Defense, and Development

    • Authors: Dave Maxwell
      Abstract: The Global Fragility Act and the Irregular Warfare Center: A Path for Diplomacy, Defense, and Development Access the article at the Irregular Warfare Center HERE. January 27, 2023The Global Fragility Act and the Irregular Warfare Center: A Path for Diplomacy, Defense, and DevelopmentKevin D. Stringer, PH.D. – Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired
      Madison Urban – IWC AnalystIntroductionWicked problems litter the security environment. They are opaque challenges, caused by multiple factors, and constantly evolving. These problems can be conceptualized through a myriad of lenses, each of which produces different possible solutions, and any intervention to address the range of solutions becomes part of the ecosystem itself and any negative impact cannot be undone, only mitigated. Such problems can take years to understand and take decades of effort to bring about progress. In an effort to undermine the United States and the current international order, strategic competitors are leveraging statecraft and irregular conflict methods to capitalize on the wicked problems of state fragility and increase their influence, resource access, and bargaining power.Seeing the enormity of the diverse challenges posed by state fragility and the structural barriers that exist within the U.S. government that can inhibit progress, Congress passed the Global Fragility Act (GFA). The stated strategic priorities of the GFA and the intent to increase coordination with interagency, international, and non-governmental partners intersect directly with the Irregular Warfare Center’s (IWC) mandate to build the Department of Defense’s (DoD) capacity to counter irregular threats in collaboration with key allies and partners. With the recent announcement of Haiti, Libya, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, and Coastal West Africa (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Togo) as the pilot countries/region, the opportunity to begin developing creative solutions to wicked problems has arrived. Continued at the IWC website. Dave MaxwellSat, 01/28/2023 - 10:27amRead more about The Global Fragility Act and the Irregular Warfare Center: A Path for Diplomacy, Defense, and DevelopmentLog in or register to post comments

      PubDate: Sat, 28 Jan 2023 15:27:35 +000
       
  • 11/28/23 National Security and Korean News and Commentary

    • Authors: Dave Maxwell
      Abstract: 11/28/23 National Security and Korean News and Commentary Access National Security News HERE.Access Korean News HERE.National Security News Content:1. Perspective Despite full integration order, women in special ops face many barriers
      2. Military Must Recruit More Women, Immigrants for the Future Force, Experts Say
      3. The Women of the OSS: On The Pioneering American Spies of WWII
      4. The story of General Gerasimov
      5. Opinion Blinken ponders the post-Ukraine-war order
      6. Countering China’s Magic Weapon Of Grand Narratives – Analysis
      7. RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, JANUARY 27, 2023
      8. As fentanyl boomed, DEA removed Mexico director amid misconduct probe
      9. China Doesn’t Want a U.S. Debt Default
      10.  Does the All-Volunteer Force Have an Expiration Date'
      11. Pence: ‘I take full responsibility’ for classified documents ending up at Indiana home
      12. A New Chapter for India-US Defense Ties
      13. In Beijing's backyard, U.S. demonstrates its military might
      14. If the U.S. can't borrow more money, why not just mint a coin to fund the government'
      15. What, where, how: After the Abrams-for-Ukraine announcement, a host of questions
      16. Japan gunning for strategic independence from US
      17. US to buy new Abrams tanks for Ukraine because military has no spares, Pentagon says
      18. Liberal hawks over realist doves in heated Ukraine debate
      19. The Global Fragility Act and the Irregular Warfare Center: A Path for Diplomacy, Defense, and Development – Irregular Warfare Center
      20. Russia’s Return to Gulag Economics
      21. U.S. general warns troops that war with China is possible in two yearsKorean News Content:1. U.S. North Korea Strategy Has Failed: New Approach Needed
      2. Yoon calls for raising awareness of N.K. human rights situation
      3. U.N. rapporteur for N. Korea human rights to visit S. Korea next week
      4. White House highlights cryptocurrency risks, citing N. Korean cyber theft
      5. N. Korean leader's sister condemns U.S. provision of tanks to Ukraine
      6. S. Korea to seek normalization of relations with N. Korea this year: unification ministry
      7. Where Is India in South Korea’s New Indo-Pacific Strategy'
      8. Secretary Austin to highlight U.S. commitment to S. Korea during upcoming trip to Seoul: Pentagon
      9. The Korean Wave’s Rocky Road in China
      10. Two Chinese warplanes entered KADIZ earlier this week: S. Korean military
      11. The UN COI at 10 Years: Strategic Priorities & Considerations
      12. What does persecution look like in North Korea'
      13. North Koreans, already struggling, now contend with cold snap, covid
        Dave MaxwellSat, 01/28/2023 - 10:23amRead more about 11/28/23 National Security and Korean News and CommentaryLog in or register to post comments

      PubDate: Sat, 28 Jan 2023 15:23:32 +000
       
  • Responding to Urban Disasters, Post Four (Post 8 of 14)

    • Authors: ZFTWARNING
      Abstract: Responding to Urban Disasters, Post Four (Post 8 of 14) Responding to Urban Disasters, Post Four (Post 8 of 14)Russell W. GlennThe eighth of a series of blog posts on Urban Disasters: Readiness, Response, and Recovery by Russ Glenn.UndergroundEXEU Civil Protection Exercise: Unified Response, Waterloo Station, London Underground; 2 March 2016 Photo: EU/ECHO/Jack Taylor (CC BY-ND 2.0)This concise fourth post pertaining to urban disaster response (and eighth overall out of our eventual fourteen) is the last before we transition to recovery considerations. Key Points covering readying for such calamities and those in the first three response posts are as follows:Key Point #1: Preparation for any urban disaster helps to prepare an urban area for catastrophes regardless of cause or type.Key Point #2:  Urban disasters are more alike than different.Key Point #3: Rehearsing/exercising plans—even in so simple a form as talking through challenges—is essential.
      PubDate: Sat, 28 Jan 2023 08:57:03 +000
       
  • SWJ Book Review − Power to the People: How Open Technological Innovation
           is Arming Tomorrow’s Terrorists

    • Authors: ZFTWARNING
      Abstract: SWJ Book Review − Power to the People: How Open Technological Innovation is Arming Tomorrow’s TerroristsZFTWARNINGFri, 01/27/2023 - 9:02pm Review of "Power to the People: How Open Technological Innovation is Arming Tomorrow’s Terrorists" by Audrey Kurth Cronin Read more about SWJ Book Review − Power to the People: How Open Technological Innovation is Arming Tomorrow’s TerroristsLog in or register to post comments

      PubDate: Sat, 28 Jan 2023 02:02:27 +000
       
  • Come Hell or High Fever: Readying the World's Megacities for Disaster

    • Authors: ZFTWARNING
      Abstract: Come Hell or High Fever: Readying the World's Megacities for Disaster Come Hell or High Fever: Readying the World's Megacities for Disaster by long-time Small Wars Journal contributor Dr. Russell W. Glenn has been released. The text is available for free download at The Australian National University/ANU Press and is also available in paper at Amazon.GlennReviews: "Nations appear and fall, but cities endure and rediscover how to succeed. In this meticulously defined and researched book, Glenn presents ideas for minimising suffering during urban catastrophes. His urgency identifies risks held in urban areas by 3.5 billion people. These people are many of us: as urban populations occupying 3 per cent of our planet’s land area, drawing water from 41 per cent of the world’s ground surface, consuming 60 to 80 per cent of global energy and achieving 80 per cent of the world’s economic productivity. For Glenn, our resilience—through diversity in preparation, survival and recovery—includes comprehensive approaches that are sustained in duration, orchestrated in bringing all necessary capabilities to bear, layered in approach and early in application." — Major General Chris Field, Australian Army"The time to prepare for the inevitable is now. Dr Glenn has written a book that should be read by all leaders, planners and responders who may be called upon in an urban disaster, whether natural or man-made. Military leaders should give it particular attention, as the human race is increasingly concentrated in its cities. Understanding how to wage war in dense urban terrain is essential, especially if a nation also seeks to hold the moral high ground. The fruits of any victory won among people that fails to consider the lessons in Come Hell or High Fever are likely to be very bitter." — Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland, United States Army (retired)About the Author:Dr. Russell W. Glenn is a seasoned urban operations analyst. He served in a range of military roles, as an officer and after his retirement as a civilian. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, he served in the US Army Corps of Engineers, with combat tours in Iraq during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, as well as tours at the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). His most recent position with the US Army was Director, Plans and Policy, G-2, at the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). He is a well-respected subject matter expert on urban operations and urban warfare and previously contributed to the Small Wars Anthology: Blood and Concrete: 21st Century Conflict in Urban Centers and Megacities.  Russ is also author of the The Urban Disasters Series: Urban Disasters: Readiness, Response, and Recovery here at the SWJ Blog. ANU Press: http://doi.org/10.22459/CHHF.2023 .Amazon: https://amzn.to/3WOLKKS.Source: Russell W. Glenn, Come Hell or High Fever: Readying the World's Megacities for Disaster. Canberra: The Australian National University/ANU Press.
      DOI : http://doi.org/10.22459/CHHF.2023. ISBN (print): 9781760465537; ISBN (online): 9781760465544. January 2023. ZFTWARNINGFri, 01/27/2023 - 6:03pmRead more about Come Hell or High Fever: Readying the World's Megacities for Disaster Log in or
      PubDate: Fri, 27 Jan 2023 23:03:27 +000
       
  • 1/27/23 National Security and Korean News and Commentary

    • Authors: Dave Maxwell
      Abstract: 1/27/23 National Security and Korean News and Commentary Access National Security News HERE.Access Korean News HERE.National Security News Content:1. TikTok’s New Defense in Washington: Going on the Offense
      2. Satellite images hint at scale of Russian mercenary group's losses in Ukraine
      3. Wi-Fi signals could prove useful for spies
      4. To refill Army stockpiles, multi-year munition buys are 'in the works': Official
      5. Chinese Nuclear and Missile Proliferation (CRS Report)
      6. Will the U.S. Really Defend Taiwan'
      7. Russia calls German tanks in Ukraine a new war against 'Nazi' Germany
      8. Kennan's Warning on Ukraine
      9. China could shut down our military in a minute if we don't fix the looming rare earths supply crisis
      10. Japan’s Strategic Shift Is Significant, but Implementation Hurdles Await
      11. New U.S. Base on Guam Is Aimed at Deterring China
      12. Marine Corps Activates Sprawling New Base On Highly Strategic Guam
      13. Why Do Officials Filch Classified Documents'
      14. Ukraine Corruption Scandal Stokes Longstanding Aid Concerns in U.S.
      15. A Medal of Honor Recipient's Speech at the Pentagon Is Going Viral on TikTok
      16. Biden's promise to send 31 Abrams could take up to a YEAR
      17. Could the U.S. Military Run Out of Artillery Ammo Due to Ukraine War'
      18. The Army is readying a new directed energy weapon to swat drone swarms out of the sky
      19. Wagner Group: Putin's Mercenaries in Ukraine Are Monsters
       Korean News Content:1. United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission Special Investigation of the 26 December 2022
      2. UNC says both Koreas breached armistice by flying drones in each other's territory
      3. Blinken looks forward to any opportunity to engage with S. Korean FM: State Dept.
      4. Secretary Austin to highlight U.S. commitment to S. Korea during upcoming trip to Seoul: Pentagon
      5. N. Korea likely to continue provocations, threats in 2023: U.S. intelligence official
      6. North Korea Mines New Revenue Sources in Its Trade With China
      7. Chinese companies keep exporting nuclear and missile items to N. Korea
      8.  North Korea’s Chungju Spy Ring in South Korea Exposed
      9. Hyesan authorities crack down hard on Chinese cell phone users, including money transfer brokers
      10. South Korea’s Economic Security Dilemma
      11. S. Korea to support civilian aid to North in hopes of talks
      12. Seoul to work with Hanoi to pursue peace on Korean peninsula
      13. Unification Ministry seeks to disclose more N. Korean information to public
      14. South Korea’s unions cry ‘red scare’ amid North Korea spy claims
      15. Report to Congress on North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons and Missile Programs
      16. North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons and Missile Programs (CRS Report)
      17. America’s Allies Should Consider Going Nuclear
      18. No food, a shared blanket and public executions: Growing up in North Korea Dave MaxwellFri, 01/27/2023 - 8:17amRead more about 1/27/23 National Security and Korean News and CommentaryLog in or register to post comments

      PubDate: Fri, 27 Jan 2023 13:17:50 +000
       
 
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