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    Drone Strikes Protect America from al-Qaeda's Terror

    In another major blow to al-Qaeda, a U.S. drone strike last Monday in the North Waziristan tribal area of Pakistan killed the organization’s new number two commander, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman. The successful strike demonstrates the importance of continuing the drone missile campaign along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan as a cornerstone … More

    Evidence Emerging of Chinese Planning Internet Attacks

    The much-delayed 2011 Department of Defense (DOD) report on Chinese military and security developments highlights the growing Chinese emphasis on cyber security and cyberwarfare. As the report notes, “PRC military writings highlight the seizure of electromagnetic dominance in the early phases of a campaign.” Coinciding with the release of the … More

    The Northern Sea Route: Mired in Ice and Red Tape

    The accelerated melting of the polar icecaps and recent Russian announcement that the Northern Sea Route (NSR) is now “ice-free” beg the question of whether or not the passage is already a commercially viable option. The Heritage Foundation examined Russia’s ambitious plans for the “last frontier” in the High North … More

    Top 10 Reads: August 2, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. A Dangerous Debt Ceiling Deal – Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. Who To Blame for Defense Cuts? – John Guardiano Obama and McConnell: Debt Ceiling Gives GOP’s Great Dismantler His Moment – … More

    Iran's al-Qaeda Support Complicates Plans for Regional Afghan Solution

    The U.S. Treasury Department yesterday announced sanctions on six al-Qaeda leaders who have used Iranian territory to funnel money and recruits to al-Qaeda’s core leadership in Pakistan and to its bases in Afghanistan and Iraq. Treasury officials say the al-Qaeda leaders have been operating in and through Iran with the … More

    'Fight Fight, Talk Talk': China's Model for Military-to-Military Relations

    On the same day, we have two arguments presented about whether to increase military-to-military engagement of the Chinese military, also known as the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). On the one hand, we have Admiral Mike Mullen, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arguing that the very act … More

    Farewell, Atlantis: China Takes Up the Torch of Manned Space Flight

    With the safe return of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, American ability to put astronauts into space come to an end—50 years after Alan Shepard piloted Freedom 7 into the heavens and became the first American to enter outer space. Later this year, China will remind the world that it remains … More

    In Wake of Mumbai Attacks, Pakistan Could Help Save Dialogue with India

    India’s financial capital, Mumbai, experienced yet another terrorist attack today that initial estimates say killed at least 20. Terrorists detonated improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in three separate locations of the city almost simultaneously. The first two blasts occurred at around 6:55 pm, one in a jewelry market and one in … More

    Washington in a Flash: Ben Bernanke Heads to the Hill

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is due to deliver the Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress today before the House Financial Services Committee. What will he say about unemployment, if anything at all? The stakes are high with Bernanke’s approval rating at an all-time low. The hearing starts at 10 a.m. … More

    Chinese Cyber-Censorship of 'Jiang Zemin': Hints About the Future

    The ongoing cyber-crackdown in China, as censors now prevent searches regarding the health of former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, is a reminder that the Internet is seen by Beijing as a double-edged sword. By allowing the flow of information, the Internet poses challenges to Chinese authorities, not only in terms … More