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Forum: Law Enforcement 2 Days Ago
Replies: 219
Views: 174,203
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UK facing most severe terror threat ever, warns MI5 chief

In his first selected media appearance MI5's Director said there was currently "more terrorist activity coming at us, more quickly" and that it can also be "harder to detect". He added that more...
Forum: Europe 2 Days Ago
Replies: 259
Views: 238,773
Posted By davidbfpo
The Royal Navy & Royal Marines have a problem

The UK defence budget is once again in a quandary and another Strategic Defence & Security Review (SDSR) is underway. WoTR has a commentary by a ret'd Australian naval...
Forum: Law Enforcement 2 Days Ago
Replies: 72
Views: 27,442
Posted By davidbfpo
Treating doemstic threats like we treat ISIS plus

A What if" article by Daniel Byman and this passage explains:

Ouch, a lesson from Charlottesville:...
Forum: Middle East 2 Days Ago
Replies: 315
Views: 74,882
Posted By davidbfpo
No artillery, war ends; now no air support Kurds exit

Not that the Kurds have not found themselves in this position before. Long ago (probably 1974-1975) it was the withdrawal of Imperial Iranian artillery support for their conflict with the Iraqis that...
Forum: Middle East 3 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 8,486
Posted By davidbfpo
Egypt: a crisis we'd prefer not to notice?

A multi-part commentary from Saferworld (A UK-based international NGO) and the full title is: We need to talk about Egypt: how brutal ‘counter-terrorism’ is failing Egypt and its allies.

A couple...
Forum: FID & Working With Indigenous Forces 3 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 1,013
Posted By davidbfpo
A pointer to The Godfather Doctrine

The article cited in the Gazette is behind a registration / payment wall, but an earlier edition (29 pgs.) is available via:http://www.dtic.mil/docs/citations/AD1037564
Forum: FID & Working With Indigenous Forces 4 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 1,013
Posted By davidbfpo
US$100 billion and lessons learnt?

I only rarely catch Modern War Institute @ West Point articles, but this one aroused my interest. As the opening passage says:It lists five...
Forum: Europe 4 Days Ago
Replies: 344
Views: 172,186
Posted By davidbfpo
Investigators repeatedly missed chances to stop the Berlin killer

Mistakes happen in many investigations, but it appears the Berlin terrorist attack with a hijacked lorry was far worse. Here is one...
Forum: Africa 4 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 2,134
Posted By davidbfpo
In the dust a HVT opportunity may explain their deaths

Jason Burke, in The Observer, is an accomplished journalist on terrorism; his article helps to provide the context and some pointers to why the four soldiers died in:Was this man the target?Did the...
Forum: Africa 5 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 2,134
Posted By davidbfpo
Silence as questions remain over deadly Niger ambush

A CNN report with some more details and more questions:
Link:http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/13/politics/niger-attack-trump-silence/index.html

The film clip has a sentence akin to Niger has not...
Forum: Intelligence 6 Days Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 1,296
Posted By davidbfpo
The scientists persuading terrorists to spill their secrets

A 'Long Read' article in The Guardian, rated by Professor John Horgan as 'a must read' and sub-titled:

A succinct explanation:...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 6 Days Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 67,698
Posted By davidbfpo
"This is the biggest player in the history of the world.”

The title is from a short quote by the late Singaporean leader Lee Kwan Yew of China’s rise, in full it was:Now who said this?:The BBC's China Editor has a profile of President Xi Jinping’s, where...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 315
Views: 74,882
Posted By davidbfpo
Political Primacy, Strategic Risks, and ISIL after the Caliphate

A short article recommended via a "lurker" via a Dutch CT site that circulated it and the link is to the original publisher. The author is Craig Whiteside and his bio in part states:...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1,063
Views: 314,968
Posted By davidbfpo
Unwinnable: Britain’s War in Afghanistan 2001-2014

Professor Theo Farrell, Kings War Studies, has written and advised the UK's effort in Afghanistan and now has published a book 'Unwinnable: Britain’s War in Afghanistan 2001 - 2014 (Pub. Bodley...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Week Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 31,239
Posted By davidbfpo
Spain: a different view

Via an academic website 'The Conversation' and with a long title, a different view of recent events in Catalonia:

The author adds, sympathetically:...
Forum: Historians 1 Week Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 11,503
Posted By davidbfpo
Probably quite counterproductive

A response from an ex-Rhodesian "lurker":
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Week Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 31,239
Posted By davidbfpo
Spain: how a democratic country can silence its citizens

Via Open Democracy and a timely republication of a 2014 article after the clashes in Catalonia last weekend between national police forces and those who wanted to vote in a referendum on...
Forum: Law Enforcement 1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 30,435
Posted By davidbfpo
Big Data and Policing - in the UK

Recently RUSI, a Whitehall "think tank" published a report 'Big Data and Policing: An Assessment of Law Enforcement Requirements, Expectations and Priorities', with 54 pgs. and there is a...
Forum: Historians 1 Week Ago
Replies: 416
Views: 259,546
Posted By davidbfpo
Dirty War: Rhodesia and Chemical Biological Warfare 1975-1980 by Glenn Cross

There is a separate thread on a book on Rhodesia's use of CBW, with 10k plus views and perhaps one day it will be merged here. See:http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/showthread.php?t=24515
Forum: Historians 1 Week Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 11,503
Posted By davidbfpo
A book that will not be beaten

Dirty War: Rhodesia and Chemical Biological Warfare 1975-1980 by Glenn Cross, published by Helion & Company 2017 (290 pgs.).


For many reasons the counter-insurgency war in Rhodesia (1964-1979)...
Forum: Africa 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 2,134
Posted By davidbfpo
The United States is not at war in Africa, but our African partners are.

More background on the Niger mission:http://taskandpurpose.com/niger-army-special-forces-war/?

Two passages of note IMHO:A President Trump update:
Forum: Politics In the Rear 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 3,346
Posted By davidbfpo
Why a Republican strategist thinks we’re in a new Gilded Age

The Washington Post yesterday had an article entitled so and I think it fits...
Forum: Africa 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 2,134
Posted By davidbfpo
A curious incident near the Mali border and the...

A curious incident near the Mali border and the NYT report suggests:
Link:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/04/world/africa/special-forces-killed-niger.html?
Forum: Middle East 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 315
Views: 74,882
Posted By davidbfpo
The Myth and Reality of Iraq’s al-Hashd al-Shaabi

A report (19 pgs) from Germany by a US defence academic @ NDU, Hassan Abbas, whose speciality is Pakistan and the region. Not yet read, but these Iraqi non-state forces rarely get extensive coverage....
Forum: Intelligence 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 1,477
Posted By davidbfpo
Infiltration works and death might happen

Thanks Azor for your response and I will try to answer each point:

To be fair I am not well versed on the political and diplomatic aspects of The Good Friday Agreement. Yes there was a stalemate,...
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