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Execute! Execute! Execute!
Topic: Current Events 9:51 pm EST, Mar 19, 2003

Get Your War On; It's a go.

Catch the president at 10:15 ET.

The Pentagon's New Map
Topic: Current Events 8:48 pm EST, Mar  8, 2003

Since the end of the cold war, the United States has been trying to come up with an operating theory of the world -- and a military strategy to accompany it.

Now there's a leading contender. It involves identifying the problem parts of the world and aggressively shrinking them.

Since September 11, 2001, the author, a professor of warfare analysis, has been advising the Office of the Secretary of Defense and giving this briefing continually at the Pentagon and in the intelligence community. Now he gives it to you.

The Pentagon's New Map

NIPC Daily Report
Topic: Current Events 1:03 am EST, Feb 25, 2003

Read daily reports from the National Infrastructure Protection Center, which will become part of the Department of Homeland Security effective 1 March 2003.

Each report begins with a daily overview, followed by summarized news items (with supporting URLs to the full text) in each of fifteen industry-specific categories.

NIPC Daily Report

MEMRI: Middle East Media Research Institute
Topic: Current Events 8:02 pm EST, Dec 31, 2002

Decius wrote:
]] Al-Jazeera, the Arab satellite television channel
]] known to broadcast statements from Osama bin Laden,
]] will reach out to the West starting in February
]] with an English-language Web site.
] Yes! ... it'll be great to get Arabic news from
] the source (or at least closer to the source).

Indeed, this is a positive step. Now we can all engage in the "public diplomacy" that is necessary to avoid creating misunderstanding that fuels hatred and incites conflict. You'll see that the CFR has recently re-endorsed the idea of creating a market for Arabic-language Western media, which serves as a good complement to an English Al-Jazeera.

CNN has been running an Arabic-language Web site for some time now. I hope that Al-Jazeer will follow up with an English-language television channel, as well.

Tom, based on your prior posts, I know that you are aware of MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute, which translates selected news articles and other media from the Middle East into English.

I've linked to MEMRI here in case others want to review it.

MEMRI: Middle East Media Research Institute

America Still Unprepared -- America Still in Danger [PDF]
Topic: Current Events 11:09 pm EDT, Oct 24, 2002

A year after 9/11, America remains dangerously unprepared to prevent and respond to a catastrophic attack on U.S. soil, concludes a blue-ribbon panel led by former Senators Warren Rudman and Gary Hart-co-chairs of the now famous Commission on National Security that warned of such a terrorist attack three years ago.

... If the nation does not respond more urgently to address its vulnerabilities, the Task Force warns, the next attack could result in even greater casualties and widespread disruption to our lives and economy.

America Still Unprepared -- America Still in Danger [PDF]

End to 3 Weeks of Terror for the Capital Region
Topic: Current Events 10:54 pm EDT, Oct 24, 2002

A harrowing three-week ordeal came to an end today as police officers arrested two suspects in the sniper shooting spree that left 10 people dead, three wounded and the capital region terrified.

The two suspects, identified in a cross-country stroke of basic detective work, were not immediately charged with homicide as detectives interrogated them into the night. But investigators confirmed that the car in which they were arrested early this morning contained the weapon used in the killings, a high-powered, .223-caliber telescopic assault rifle.

End to 3 Weeks of Terror for the Capital Region

Wolfowitz to SSCI and HPSCI
Topic: Current Events 9:18 pm EDT, Sep 19, 2002

Here's what The Wolf said to Congress today. It's all on point. But in part, on the collaboration tip:

We also need to address a relatively new problem, what I'll call "information discovery." Many agencies collect ... and many agencies analyze ... but no one is responsible for the "bridge" between collection and analysis. Given the volume of information that we must sift through to separate signal from noise, this function is now critical. We cannot neglect it.

There is much more that we can do ... A culture that discourages collaboration and the sharing of information forfeits [a number of important] new technological advantages.

Care for some DARPA funding, anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

URL has been corrected. Apologies for any confusion.

Wolfowitz to SSCI and HPSCI

Full Transcript from Testimony on Attacks
Topic: Current Events 9:12 pm EDT, Sep 19, 2002

Following is the full transcript of the testimony yesterday [September 18] of Eleanor Hill, staff director of an inquiry into the Sept. 11 attacks, before a joint Congressional committee, as transcribed by the Federal News Service Inc.

This is an interim report on the issue of "What did we know, and when did we know it?" Very lengthy, but worth the time for those interested in the matter. Props to NYT on posting this before it showed up in Lexis-Nexis Congressional Universe.

Full Transcript from Testimony on Attacks

Intelligence Test | The New Republic
Topic: Current Events 7:04 am EDT, Sep 19, 2002

If the Bush administration's preparations for war with Saddam Hussein were proceeding appropriately, the president would probably be curling up right now with something called a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) for Iraq.

But ... there is no NIE for Iraq and there probably won't be one anytime soon.

Intelligence Test | The New Republic

Iraqi air defence site attacked | BBC News
Topic: Current Events 5:58 am EDT, Sep  6, 2002

US and UK planes have taken part in an attack on a major Iraqi defence facility in the west of the country. About 12 jets dropped bombs.

The operation, which targeted the main air defence command centre for western Iraq, is part of the enforcement of the air-exclusion zones over the country.

[From Yahoo news:] Iraq considers the patrols a violation of its sovereignty and frequently shoots at them with anti-aircraft artillery and surface-to-air missiles. In response, coalition pilots try to bomb Iraqi air defense systems.

There have been more than 30 allied attacks against Iraqi installations this year.

Sorry to burst the bubble, but war this is not. Iraq is probably not even unusually upset or concerned about it. After the 35th such event in the last 8 months (and, no doubt, after hundreds of such engagements over the last decade), this stuff has become routine.

I find it interesting that this story is, at present, nowhere to be found on the New York Times and LA Times web sites.

Iraqi air defence site attacked | BBC News

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