03/31/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

03/31/2021 News & Commentary – National Security News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: China (Includes Hong Kong, Macau, and Tibet) 2. Full text: The Report on Human Rights Violations in the United States in 2020 3. China commits ‘genocide’ against Uighurs: State Department report 4. The […]

03/31/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

03/31/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 2. 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Republic of Korea 3. HRNK Quoted 27 Times in the U.S. Department of State’s Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 2020 Human […]

Soufan Center: Fighting in the Shadows: Israel and Iran

Soufan Center: Fighting in the Shadows: Israel and Iran Link: https://thesoufancenter.org/intelbrief-2021-march-30/ Israel and Iran are engaged in an undeclared, low-level war involving attacks on ships, facilities and proxy groups Israeli leaders might be seeking to derail efforts by the Biden administration to rejoin the 2015 multilateral Iran nuclear deal.  The conflict could escalate as Iran continues […]

USIP: Guns, Camps and Deradicalization: Violent Extremists in Conflict Zones

USIP: Guns, Camps and Deradicalization: Violent Extremists in Conflict Zones Link: https://www.usip.org/publications/2021/03/guns-camps-and-deradicalization-violent-extremists-conflict-zones   What are the differences between disengagement and rehabilitation programs in stable settings and in conflict zones? Violent extremists make civil conflicts more complex and less manageable. Whether in the Middle East, Africa or South Asia, one of the many problems presented by conflicts […]

03/30/2021 News & Commentary – National Security Summary

03/30/2021 News & Commentary – National Security Summary News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. The Passing of A Diplomatic Legend and a Master of Grand Strategy (Charles Hill) 2. Why Special Operations Oversight Should Matter to Every American 3. New head of diversity and inclusion at US Special Operations Command reassigned as […]

03/30/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

03/30/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. Vice-Director of Information and Publicity Department of WPK Central Committee Kim Yo Jong Releases Statement 2. N.K. leader’s sister slams Moon as ‘parrot’ repeating Washington’s ‘gangster-like logic’ 3. Cheong Wa Dae calls N. Korea’s criticism of President Moon ‘regrettable’ 4. Law […]

Strategy Bridge: “Why Are We in Africa?”: The Dilemmas of Making American Strategy towards the African Continent

Strategy Bridge: “Why Are We in Africa?”: The Dilemmas of Making American Strategy towards the African Continent by Sam Wilkins https://thestrategybridge.org/the-bridge/2021/3/30/why-are-we-in-africa Riley.C.Murray Tue, 03/30/2021 – 12:20am Read more about Strategy Bridge: “Why Are We in Africa?”: The Dilemmas of Making American Strategy towards the African Continent Log in or register to post comments

TRADOC Mad Scientist Library: Insights from the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict in 2020 (Part II)

TRADOC Mad Scientist Library: Insights from the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict in 2020 (Part II) “Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020 served as a combat proving ground, facilitating the testing of new operational concepts and weapons systems for the combatants’ respective sponsor states”   https://madsciblog.tradoc.army.mil/316-insights-from-the-nagorno-karabakh-conflict-in-2020-part-ii/ Riley.C.Murray Mon, 03/29/2021 – 11:29pm Read more about TRADOC Mad Scientist Library: Insights from the […]

Special Operations News Update – Monday, March 29, 2021

Special Operations News Update – Monday, March 29, 2021 A roundup of news stories related to Special Operations from SOF News Including: -SOF Senate Testimony -The Air Campaign again ISIS -Legal Factors surrounding Russian PMCs Special Operations News Update – Monday, March 29, 2021 Riley.C.Murray Mon, 03/29/2021 – 10:34pm Read more about Special Operations News […]

Modern War Institute: Countering Terrorism while Competing with Great Power Rivals: Mutually Reinforcing, Not Mutually Exclusive

Modern War Institute: Countering Terrorism while Competing with Great Power Rivals: Mutually Reinforcing, Not Mutually Exclusive https://mwi.usma.edu/countering-terrorism-while-competing-with-great-power-rivals-mutually-reinforcing-not-mutually-exclusive/ Riley.C.Murray Mon, 03/29/2021 – 10:18pm Read more about Modern War Institute: Countering Terrorism while Competing with Great Power Rivals: Mutually Reinforcing, Not Mutually Exclusive Log in or register to post comments

03/29/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

03/29/2021 News & Commentary – National Security News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. AP Exclusive: WHO report says animals likely source of COVID 2.  Disinformation vs. Misinformation 3. Assessing the Application of a Cold War Strategic Framework to Establish Norms in the Cyber Threat Environment 4. ‘Be aware’: The Pentagon’s target list for […]

03/29/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

03/29/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. North Korean official says Biden criticism of missile launches reveals ‘deep-seated hostility’ toward country 2. N. Korea threatens U.S. in response to Biden’s warning 3. Minister urges N. Korea to respond to calls for humanitarian cooperation 4. North Korean authorities encourage […]

03/28/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

03/28/2021 News & Commentary – National Security News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. The U.S. Doesn’t Know How to Treat Its Allies 2. Why the International Order Is Tilting Toward Autocracy 3. In Suez Canal, Stuck Ship Is a Warning About Excessive Globalization 4. Negotiating [Im]plausible Deniability: Strategic Guidelines for U.S. Engagement in […]

03/28/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

03/28/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. Biden’s Great North Korea Mistake: Pushing China to ‘Solve the Problem’ 2. Analysis | North Korea conducted more missile tests. What happens next? 3. Biden can’t afford to laugh-off Kim Jong Un’s provocations 4. Joe Biden and North Korea: A Crisis […]

03/26/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

03/26/2021 News & Commentary – National Security News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Riley Murray.   1. Top general: Afghan forces need US troops to fight Taliban 2. FDD | Iran must come clean on its nuclear deception 3. United States Seizes Websites Used by Foreign Terrorist Organization 4. Opinion | Biden faces the world’s most […]

03/26/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

03/26/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Riley Murray.   1. Six North Korean Soldiers Cross River Border to Escape to China 2. It Is Time for a Realistic Bargain With North Korea 3. North Korean Survey Reveals More than 100 Deaths, 13,000 ‘Suspected’ COVID-19 Cases in One Province 4. North […]

Irregular Warfare Podcast: How Small Wars Fit into Big Ones: Lessons from the Masters of Irregular Warfare

Irregular Warfare Podcast: How Small Wars Fit into Big Ones: Lessons from the Masters of Irregular Warfare Link: https://mwi.usma.edu/how-small-wars-fit-into-big-ones-lessons-from-the-masters-of-irregular-warfare/   An interview with Dr. John Arquilla and MG John Brennan (1st Special Forces Command CDR)   Dr. John Arquilla is Distinguished Professor of Defense Analysis at the US Naval Postgraduate School. In addition to publishing multiple books […]

ASD SO/LIC and USSOCOM CDR: Statements for the Record SASC Hearing March 25, 2021

ASD SO/LIC and USSOCOM CDR: Statements for the Record SASC Hearing March 25, 2021   ASD SOL/LIC Statement HERE USSOCOM Commander Statement HERE United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021Time: 09:30 AM Location: Room SD-G50, Dirksen Senate Office Building https://www.armed-services.senate.gov/hearings/21-03-25-united-states-special-operations-command-and-united-states-cyber-command Dave Maxwell Thu, 03/25/2021 – 12:25pm Read more about ASD SO/LIC […]

03/25/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

03/25/2021 News & Commentary – National Security News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. ​1. Inside Biden’s private chat with historians about his FDR mentality 2. Gray is Here to Stay: Principles from the Interim National Security Strategic Guidance on Competing in the Gray Zone 3.Duped by Duffel Blog, a congressman claims […]

03/25/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

03/25/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. N. Korea’s missile launch may be timed to precede Biden’s first press briefing: NIS 2. S. Korea deeply concerned about N. Korea’s projectile launch: NSC 3. Gov’t Becomes Craven Lackey of N.Korean Dictatorship 4. Clarity, not ambiguity 5. How dangerous is North […]

Gray is Here to Stay: Principles from the Interim National Security Strategic Guidance on Competing in the Gray Zone – Modern War Institute

Gray is Here to Stay: Principles from the Interim National Security Strategic Guidance on Competing in the Gray Zone – Modern War Institute Gray is Here to Stay: Principles from the Interim National Security Strategic Guidance on Competing in the Gray Zone – Modern War Institute mwi.usma.edu · by Kevin Bilms · March 25, 2021 An important essay […]

03/24/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

03/24/2021 News & Commentary – National Security News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. ‘Land Forces Are Hard To Kill’: Army Chief Unveils Pacific Strategy 2.  Russia, China and the United States: First Shots 3. Opinion | China Doesn’t Respect Us Anymore — for Good Reason 4. China exploits US-Philippine strategic weakness 5. Army revamping […]

03/24/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

03/24/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. North Korea conducts first weapons test of Biden’s presidency 2. North Korea fires short-range missiles in challenge to Biden administration 3.  Pyongyang missile test a ‘mild’ challenge to Biden 4. S.Korea Keeps Hands off N.Korea Rights Resolution 5. N. Korea fired two […]

Oryx: Tracking Arms Transfers By The UAE, Russia, Jordan And Egypt To The Libyan National Army Since 2014

Oryx: Tracking Arms Transfers By The UAE, Russia, Jordan And Egypt To The Libyan National Army Since 2014 An open source intelligence analysis on the influx of foreign weapons and aid into Libya’s ongoing civil war and another excellent demonstration of OSINT capabilities and tradecraft.    Link: https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2020/06/types-of-arms-and-equipment-supplied-to.html         Riley.C.Murray Wed, 03/24/2021 – […]

Irregular Warfare Initiative: Introducing the Irregular Warfare Initiative

Irregular Warfare Initiative: Introducing the Irregular Warfare Initiative A joint effort from the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project at Princeton University and the Modern War Institute at West Point and a continuation of the great work that’s already been done on the Irregular Warfare Podcast https://mwi.usma.edu/introducing-the-irregular-warfare-initiative/ “IWI is designed to support the community of irregular […]

Combating Terrorism Center at West Point: CTC Sentinel – March 2021

Combating Terrorism Center at West Point: CTC Sentinel – March 2021 https://ctc.usma.edu/march-2021/     Articles: Securing the Least Bad Outcome: The Options Facing Biden on Afghanistan By Brian Michael Jenkins   Have the Taliban Changed? By Thomas Ruttig   Lessons Learned from U.K. Efforts to Deradicalize Terror Offenders By Douglas Weeks Riley.C.Murray Wed, 03/24/2021 – […]

03/23/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

03/23/2021 News & Commentary – National Security News and Commentary by Dave Maxwell.  Edited and Published by Daniel Riggs. 1. Intersectional imperialism: A wholesome menace 2. H.R. McMaster: Afghanistan is America’s longest war – it’s time for the delusion about it to end 3. Here’s what to expect in Taiwan’s new defense review 4. A historic exercise shows how […]

03/23/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

03/23/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. Xi, Kim share messages reaffirming China-N. Korea alliance 2. Cost-sharing deal to bolster alliance 3. ‘Seoul’s nuclear pursuit would harden NK’s atomic ambitions’ 4. Quad not on table for Korea-India defense ministerial talks: Seoul 5. Is US pressure on China, North Korea […]

03/22/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

03/22/2021 News & Commentary – National Security News and Commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and Published by Daniel Riggs. ​1. SAS shakeup: UK targets ‘hostile state actors’ 2. South China Sea: alarm in Philippines as 200 Chinese vessels gather at disputed reef ​3. ​The U.S. and China Finally Get Real With Each Other 4. The State of (Deterrence […]