The Long War

When I was studying in France back in 2009 one of the many unique opportunities I had was to attend the Collogue Guerre Irreguliere/Irregular Warfare Conference at Camp Coetquidan.  And one of the things a British General said was that NATO knew Afghanistan would be a 20 year war.  That it would take an entire generation to fight and rebuild that country. The reason I bring this up, one of our categories here on OPFOR is The Long War.  I’ve had this sneaking suspicion that my generation’s war never ended.  That this irregular enemy, the non-state actor, would continue to […]

100,000 Snowdens?

100,000 people is beyond big when it comes to security clearances. Thank you Mike Burke for reminding me of this article. Do I believe there are 100,000 Snowdens working as contractors? No, but then Snowden would have to be a Genius of Immense Magnitude to learn the NSA system, disable all internal monitoring, and download the Crown Jewels without leaving any traces as to just what was accessed in less than 3 months and escape out of the country when most experienced SysAdmin and DBA are still learning the environment in that time. Or the NSA is the F-35 of IT Security. […]

Why, What on Earth Could Go Wrong??

Oh, just all sorts of things. WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence officials are planning a sweeping system of electronic monitoring that would tap into government, financial and other databases to scan the behavior of many of the 5 million federal employees with secret clearances, current and former officials told The Associated Press. The system is intended to identify rogue agents, corrupt officials and leakers, and draws on a Defense Department model under development for more than a decade, according to officials and documents reviewed by the AP. Annnnnd… The price tag, Clapper conceded, “is going to be costly.” Sounds to me […]

Assymetric Oddity: Warheads Seized in Jamaica

An asymmetric oddity with your morning coffee: Police in Jamaica say authorities have seized 3,300 missile warheads and a machine to make missiles and bullets.  

Congress doesn’t lose power…it just gives it away.

It seems today was another morning where I had spit out my coffee.  I turned the news on, as this road to war with Syria, it seems the speed bumps are getting flattened by the POTUS’ steam roller.   Although when I read that the Admiral Kuznetsov will be sailing for Tartus and becoming the flagship of the current naval task force, it put me at ease a little.  The total of Russian ships on stations would be less than ten, although the sheer firepower will not the equal the USN’s it will be enough to cause the USN to take pause. […]

Snowden: the Tip of the Iceberg

Just in case anyone still believes that Snowden had all these “noble” ideas of revealing domestic spying, read this article detailing some of the Top Secret US intelligence budget. While the Washington Post is only publishing part of it, this information is certainly in the hands of the Chinese and the Russians.  It is mind boggling to me that he had access to this document and it gives me further confidence that he had far more information with him than the story he told.  This is bad.

PVT Manning and ‘Aiding the Enemy’

Private Manning has been found guilty of most of the crimes he was accused of committing. Love it or hate it, Due Process was followed. What is “aiding the enemy?” “…the Trading with the Enemy Act (40 Stat. 411 as amended [1917]) suspends all forms of trade or communication with persons in enemy territory.” In an age when friend and foe alike subscribe to a person’s twitter feed, follow on Facebook, or because of the internet one or two degrees of separation from the enemy, do we need to update the UCMJ and associated National Security laws to reflect the […]

“Apologizes.” Should Be “Resigns.”

Clapper “apologized” when he should have “resigned.” In a letter to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), released publicly on Tuesday, Clapper said he was mistaken when he told Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that the United States did not collect data on millions of Americans. “My response was clearly erroneous — for which I apologize,” Clapper wrote in the letter dated June 21. “While my staff acknowledged the error to Senator Wyden’s staff soon after the hearing, I can now openly correct it because the existence of the metadata collection program has been declassified,” Clapper said. For that sort […]

More on Edward Snowden

This came through on email today, I’m taking the liberty of quoting it nearly in toto: Intense debate continues to rage over the legality, constitutionality and morality of the National Security Agency’s data collection, as well as the status of Edward Snowden, the contract employee who leaked the documents to a British newspaper last week. Is he a Patriot or a traitor? (Regarding the program itself, read Mark Alexander’s essay, It’s the Profiling, Stupid! One noteworthy addition to the essay is that the administration’s surveillance seems to have excluded mosques, which are often jihadi programming centers. Target conservatives with the […]

Pentagon Wars

Great article from Lawyers, Guns, and Money and the upside and downside to inter-service rivalry. The coming Pentagon wars will be fought over transport aircraft (a mission the USAF loathes), UAV (a mission the USAF wants to own all of them!), and a myriad of other programs controlled by individual services. I think one of the most interesting statements is his assertion that no country today would establish a separate Air Force. Could not agree more, the Army Air Corps makes a lot of sense!