China’s military is preparing for war in cyberspace involving space attacks on satellites and the use of both military and civilian personnel for a digital “people’s war,” according to an internal Chinese defense report.
“As cyber technology continues to develop, cyber warfare has quietly begun,” the report concludes, noting that the ability to wage cyber war in space is vital for China’s military modernization.Sponsored Ads
According to the report, strategic warfare in the past was built on nuclear weapons. “But strategic warfare in the information age is cyber warfare,” the report said.
Iran has taken many actions that have compounded suspicions that it has not stopped its uranium laser enrichment activities. They include Iran’s development of advanced lasers suitable for uranium enrichment, its past secret laser enrichment program, the extensive construction at the site of its original undeclared uranium laser enrichment program (Lashkar Ab’ad), and a 2010 high-profile Iranian announcement about having a uranium laser enrichment capability. As a result, although concerns about Iran’s centrifuge and heavy water reactor programs are more pressing, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is justified to also pursue whether Iran has had undeclared uranium laser enrichment activities since 2003. Iran has so far not provided the IAEA with the necessary information and access to resolve these concerns.
This ISIS report uses commercial satellite imagery to show the substantial growth of the Lashkar Ab’ad site, where Iran conducted secret laser enrichment activities into 2003. This report reviews Iranian scientific journal articles, and compares authors, their organizational affiliations, the addresses of such affiliations, and the evolution of these affiliations, concluding that Iran has developed advanced lasers that are suitable for use in laser enrichment of uranium, and that Lashkar Ab’ad is at the center of this work. In addition, Iran has taken steps to hide the linkage of Lashkar Ab’ad to these organizations, one of which has been sanctioned by the United States and the European Union allegedly for work on laser enrichment of uranium.
As long as Iran does not satisfy the IAEA’s concerns, additional measures are recommended that increase Iran’s difficulty to pursue laser uranium enrichment programs. They include additional sanctions designations for specific organizations and individuals. In addition, countries should make a higher priority of detecting and thwarting any Iranian procurements of laser enrichment related technology, equipment, and materials, including subcomponents of advanced lasers.
Questions about Iran’s laser enrichment activities reinforce the need for it to ratify the Additional Protocol and accept additional verification measures as soon as possible to ensure that Iran, a known multiple violator of its safeguards agreements, is not pursuing secret, undeclared nuclear activities.
Read the full report here: Lashkar Ab’ad: Iran’s Unexplained Laser Enrichment Capabilities
So in reality, the advent of the China Coast Guard furnishes little cause for cheer among Asian sea powers. In all likelihood, as my friend Arthur Ding of Taiwan’s National Chengchi University observes, the new agency will step up enforcement actions. If so, it will generate new frictions rather than smooth them out. It will prosecute Beijing’s territorial claims more efficiently and effectively than the previous, motley crew of maritime enforcement services ever could. But hey, at least we’ll know whom to hold responsible!
Sci-fi master Robert Heinlein had a thumb rule for life: never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity, but don’t rule out malice. Creating the China Coast Guard helps rule out bureaucratic stupidity as an explanation for Chinese behavior at sea. Which leaves … hmm.
The creation and implementation of China’s Coast Guard cannot be a good thing for China’s neighbors. Even if it is only an increase in efficiency then it pushes the region further into trouble. Clearly, China is pushing forward with a strategy which will have an increasingly negative impact on its neighbors. Also, it would appear that China keeps taking incremental steps forward, never backward. What happens when things start getting really ugly? For example, China starts sinking ships. Or China loses a battle to Japan. We could start seeing a rapid escalation in conflict. Additionally, the US could be drawn in.
A confidential defense department document obtained by The Associated Press says Subic’s location will cut reaction time by fighter aircraft to contested South China Sea areas by more than three minutes compared with flying from Clark airfield, also north of Manila, where some air force planes are based.
“It will provide the armed forces of the Philippines strategic location, direct and shorter access to support West Philippine Sea theater of operations,” the document said.
Russian officials said three Japanese aircraft intercepted the bombers along with one South Korean jet.
Russian strategic bombers also have flown close to U.S. air defense zones on five different occasions over the past year as part of an effort by Moscow to flex its strategic nuclear forces.
The bomber flights have been largely ignored by the Obama administration as part of its conciliatory efforts to “reset” relations with Moscow.
The latest Russian bomber incursion took place in April and prompted the U.S. Air Force to scramble two F-22 interceptors near Alaska to chase the bombers.
Russian bombers also ran up against U.S. air defense zones in June and July of last year with a July 4 incident involving two Bear H bombers that flew closer to the California coast for the first time since the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991, when such incursions were more common.
[Published on July 17, 2013]
Bear Bombers Over Guam | Washington Free Beacon
The Russian air incursion around Guam was the third threatening strategic bomber incident since June. On July 4th, two Bear H’s operated at the closest point to the United States that a Russian bomber has flown since the Soviet Union routinely conducted such flights.
The July bomber flights near California followed an earlier incident in June when two Bear H’s ran up against the air defense zone near Alaska as part of large-scale strategic exercises that Moscow said involved simulated attacks on U.S. missile defense bases. The Pentagon operates missile defense bases in Alaska and California.
Those flights triggered the scrambling of U.S. and Canadian interceptor jets as well.
The bomber flights near Alaska violated a provision of the 2010 New START arms treaty that requires advance notification of exercises involving strategic nuclear bombers.
[Published on February 15, 2013]
This video references the incident around February 15, 2013.
Bill Whittle’s Afterburner video series on PJTV brings to light the information that the mainstream media doesn’t want you to know. The most recent episode — which takes a different approach to commenting on the Trayvon Martin tragedy by looking past skin color and into the character of both Martin and George Zimmerman — has been declared a must-watch video by Adam Baldwin, RealClearPolitics.com, and TheRightScoop.com just to name a few.
China says ships from its newly formed coast guard confronted Japanese patrol vessels Friday near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.
The State Oceanic Administration, which oversees the service, says four of its ships “sternly declared” China’s sovereignty over the Japan-administered islets, which China claims and calls the Diaoyu and demanded that the Japan Coast Guard ships leave the area.
It was not clear if any action resulted from the Chinese demand. Such sovereignty declarations are usually made by hailing Japanese boats by radio, bullhorn or signal lamps. Japan Coast Guard ships routinely tells the Chinese vessels via the same communications to leave Japan’s territory.
It is not just Detroit. American cities and states must promise less or face disaster
WHEN Greece ran into financial trouble three years ago, the problem soon spread. Many observers were mystified. How could such a little country set off a continental crisis? The Greeks were stereotyped as a nation of tax-dodgers who had been living high on borrowed money for years. The Portuguese, Italians and Spanish insisted that their finances were fundamentally sound. The Germans wondered what it had to do with them at all. But the contagion was powerful, and Europe’s economy has yet to recover.
America seems in a similar state of denial about Detroit filing for bankruptcy (see article). Many people think Motown is such an exceptional case that it holds few lessons for other places. What was once the country’s fourth-most-populous city grew rich thanks largely to a single industry. General Motors, Ford and Chrysler once made nearly all the cars sold in America; now, thanks to competition from foreign brands built in non-union states, they sell less than half. Detroit’s population has fallen by 60% since 1950. The murder rate is 11 times the national average. The previous mayor is in prison. Shrubs, weeds and raccoons have reclaimed empty neighbourhoods. The debts racked up when Detroit was big and rich are unpayable now that it is smaller and poor.
The Japanese government on July 25 said it was alarmed by increased Chinese activity near its territory and said it had scrambled fighter aircraft the previous day after a Chinese surveillance aircraft flew over waters near Okinawa and disputed islets in the East China Sea.
Although it stayed in international waters, the Japanese defense ministry said the presence of the Y-8 early-warning aircraft in the Miyako Strait set a precedent and was a sign of “China’s escalating maritime advance.” People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) warships have entered the Strait before, but this was the first time that a Chinese aircraft flew over the area and crossed beyond the so-called first island chain.