Category Archives: Military & Intelligence News

Rare-earth metals: How the U.S. enabled a Chinese monopoly

“The last U.S. rare-earth mine ceased mining operations in 1998, the same year that the premiere U.S. rare-earth metallurgist company, Indianapolis-based Magnequench, was essentially sold to members of Deng Xiaoping’s family. Magnequench’s facility was shut down, moved and reopened in China in 2003… Since then, U.S. defense contractors have become completely reliant on Chinese sources for rare-earth metals, alloys, and magnets… The reality is that all rare earth metallurgy used in U.S. defense systems originates in or must pass through China… control over the supply of critical materials and enormous contracts thereby gives China tangible control over the financial fortunes of the defense industry. Perhaps this also helps explain the Pentagon’s unwillingness to force a solution.” – (emphasis added).

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Military & Intelligence News – April 22nd, 2016

Seven items in total…

Sweden: Air Traffic Control systems deliberately crashed as Russia’s Spetsnaz GRU in Kaliningrad tests its electronic warfare capabilities – fears expressed for nuclear power plants in both Sweden and Germany

Russia: New German book suggests that Moscow is organizing special military units inside Germany and other Western countries that the Kremlin could use to destabilize these states in the event of a crisis – GRU using “sports clubs” as fronts

North Korea: Now has a 660lb miniaturised nuclear weapon – Senate warned long-range missiles “only a matter of time”

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Military & Intelligence News – March 30th, 2016

China: The search is on for additional overseas military ‘facilities’ following Djibouti base acquisition

U.S.A: Playing catch-up as Russian electronic warfare units pose ever-more dangerous threat to U.S. capabilities – Intelligence chief says “It is not a stretch to say that just about any capability that we have has the potential of being disrupted”

China: Preparing for the next big war – mobilization planning towards the top of the list…

North Korea: Evaluating the nuclear missile threat posed by Pyongyang – “very bad news“?

U.S.A: Iowa State University engineers develop “meta-skin” that can cloak objects by trapping radar waves –but – this project was “partially supported” by the “China Scholarship Council” – this Council “is the Chinese Ministry of Education’s non-profit organization that provides Student financial aid to Chinese citizens and foreigners to study abroad or to study in China…”

Military & Intelligence News – March 12th, 2016

U.S.A: Office of Personnel Management data breach has “worsened the data security of affected individuals” and involves the greatest theft of sensitive personnel data in history – “the millions affected by the breach have good reason to fear

Russia: Naval expansion includes re-deploying and refitting battle-cruiser fleet with greatly improved “cutting-edge missiles”

U.S.A: Vietnam-era OV-10 Bronco turbo-propeller planes being tried out to see if such planes will be effective againsty ISIS – much less expensive to operate than modern jets…

Canada: Policy debate coming over drones acquisition – National Defence expecting “public concern”

U.S.A: The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor receives AIM-9X Sidewinder high off-boresight (HOBS) missile after severe structural upgrade difficulties

Military & Intelligence News – February 22nd, 2016

China: Deployment of powerful anti-aircraft missile systems to man-made “island” in South China Sea could create a “no-fly zone” for the U.S. – “…according to Missile Threat the Chinese developed much of the HQ-9’s technology from a Patriot battery Beijing acquired from Israel”  (Emphasis added -JG)

Russia: New “multicopter drone” fires anti-tank missiles or can carry flame-thrower – video

U.S.A: Decade-ago retirement of MX Peacemaker nuclear missiles has jeopardised U.S. nuclear deterrence abilities

Russia: North Atlantic submarine activity is returning to Cold War levels

U.S.A: DARPA announces “super-fast bird drone” capable of flying 20 meters per second while carrying a high-resolution camera, LIDAR, sonar, and inertial measurement sensors – video

Military & Intelligence News – February 14th, 2016

Seven items in total…

Financial systems will be targets in the next major war – none of your credit cards or debit cards will work, and no one will be able to buy or sell anything without cash

Fifth-generation: A listing of the world’s top ten most advanced fighter aircraft

U.S.A: Bomber-fighter teaming concept – the Pentagon wants “arsenal planes” carrying hundreds of missiles which can be launched on orders from fighter planes

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Military & Intelligence News – January 22nd, 2016

Nine items in total…

Iran: Was captured RQ-170 Sentinel drone fooled into thinking it was landing at its home base?

U.K: “Lethal autonomous systems and the future of warfare” – Today, the world is approaching a robotics revolution in military affairs that may be on par with the introduction of gunpowder…

U.S: A-10 Warthog to stay on for a while – “After trying to retire the battle-tested Warthog for the past two years, Air Force officials concede that the plane is key to the war on ISIS”

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Genetic manipulation and the future of humanity

“Mention of eugenics inevitably results in whoops of horror, gnashing of hair, rending of teeth, and discussion of Hitler… If by “eugenics” is meant both the selective breeding of humans and genetic manipulation of ourselves, we will shortly have to discuss it, Fuehrer or no Fuehrer. Google on ‘Designer babies’.” – Fred Reed, “The Inevitability of Eugenics: A Race of Self-Designing Tinker Toys” (1).

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Military & Intelligence News – January 13th, 2016

China: Four recent developments …

Soldiers now have laser guns; could be used in a wide range of applications in future

Missile-firing unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) seems to be a near-copy of the American MQ-9 Reaper – were the designs and technology obtained through cyber espionage?

An aircraft carrier is being designed and constructed domestically to carry Chinese-made J-15 fighter jets – the Pentagon says China “could build multiple aircraft carriers over the next 15 years”

Command structure has been created to facilitate a shift towards cyber and space warfare – American military expert says this is “to achieve control of low earth orbit in order to defeat the United States on Earth”