Category «Inside-the-ring»

Islamic State continues to recruit scores of suicide bombers

The State Department on Monday released details of its most recent meeting of representatives of what it calls the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL — the Islamic State terrorist group. While trumpeting progress in weakening the group, the department acknowledged that the al Qaeda offshoot, also known as ISIS, continues to recruit large numbers of …

Michael Flynn and the revenge of the bureaucrats

The resignation of White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Monday was the result of a coordinated effort by current and former U.S. intelligence officials to undermine the Trump administration using the disclosure of highly classified communications intercepts. President Trump voiced his displeasure in a tweet Wednesday stating that misuse of the intercepts was …

China upgrades force projection doctrine

Along with a large-scale nuclear and conventional arms buildup, China is upgrading its military doctrine to include guidance focusing on rapid military power projection, according to Pentagon intelligence officials. The People’s Liberation Army recently issued new guidance calling for the use of what is calling “rapid force projection.” “This is intended to hasten the transition …

North Korea prepares to conduct new missile test

North Korea is preparing to conduct new missile tests amid heightened tensions in Northeast Asia. U.S. intelligence agencies say Pyongyang will likely conduct a new salvo of missile launches following the latest round of United Nations sanctions against the reclusive communist state. The world organization on Dec. 1 imposed additional sanctions that seek to block …

China cyber espionage continues

U.S. Cyber Command recently reported within secret government channels that China is continuing aggressive cyber espionage against American companies. An intelligence report disseminated earlier this month stated that one of China’s biggest cyber spying operations involved the theft of 1.65 terabytes of sensitive proprietary data from a major U.S. software company, according to a defense …

U.S. intelligence warned of Christmas-related Islamic State truck attacks

U.S. intelligence agencies issued general warnings around the world that Islamic State terrorists were planning to use trucks in attacks on gatherings of people, according to U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports. Specific warnings were issued to allied intelligence services in Europe and Asia based on information gleaned from the Islamic State, indicating the terrorist …

Inside the Ring: Pokemon Go security worries

The hugely popular augmented reality video game Pokemon GO, where users chase virtual creatures in the real world with handheld devices, is creating new security worries around the world, according to a State Department report. “What has become one of the world’s most popular mobile applications over the course of the summer is now causing …

Lawmakers urge Pentagon to probe Huawei deal

Three Republican members of Congress are urging Defense Secretary Ash Carter to investigate the security risks to American facilities and military forces in South Korea posed by a Chinese telecommunications company’s role in a new wireless network in the country. “The United States cannot risk having its sensitive or classified information compromised by foreign Chinese …

Pentagon issues handbook on sex change in the ranks

Political correctness remains a central characteristic of the Obama administration’s policies. Take the Pentagon’s new anti-discrimination policy on what a newly-published handbook calls “gender dysphoria,” or “the distress that some transgender individuals experience due to a mismatch between their gender and their sex assigned at birth.” Under the new policies, military commanders are now responsible …

PLA’s hacking hotel

U.S. military intelligence has identified a headquarters for a Chinese military hacking unit — inside two Beijing hotels. According to an open-source intelligence report produced by the Army’s Asian Studies Detachment, “the Headquarters/Jintang and Seasons Hotel appear to be located in the same or at least adjacent buildings, both of which are, according to available …