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12.11.2018 - 14:37 [ theconversation.com ]

How the US military is using ‘violent, chaotic, beautiful’ video games to train soldiers

(7.3.2017) As part of a study, we interviewed 15 current and former members of the U.S. military who were between 24 and 35 years old to understand the role violent first-person shooter games played in their recruitment and training.

The majority of interviewees told us it was important to stay in the mindset of a soldier even when not on duty. To them, first-person shooters were the perfect vehicle for doing this.

12.11.2018 - 14:24 [ NBC News ]

Pentagon and CIA enlist video games

(10.3.2003) With “Full Spectrum Warrior,” currently in testing at Fort Benning, Ga., squad leaders learn how to command nine soldiers in complex, confusing urban warfare scenarios. The game isn’t not about sprinting, “Rambo”-like, through alleys with guns blazing.

“It’s not really about shooting at things,” Macedonia said. “Learning how to shoot your weapon is easy. The challenging thing is leading.”

The game the Institute for Creative Technologies has been working on with the CIA for about a year — at a cost of several million dollars — will let agency analysts assume the role of terror cell leaders, cell members and operatives.

“Our analysts would be accustomed to looking at the world from the perspective of the terrorists we are chasing, and learn to expect the unexpected,” CIA spokesman Mark Mansfield said.

12.11.2018 - 09:03 [ Express.co.uk ]

WW3 WARNING: Russia risk ‚ESCALATING‘ as UK defence unprepared for ‚modern world‘ threats

BRITAIN needs new tools to counteract the „escalating“ risk Russia poses on the country as 1945 institutions no longer provide security against the modern world threats, warned Defence Chief Sir Nick Carter.

12.11.2018 - 08:58 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

British Armed Forces are on standby for ‚every scenario‘ in the event of a no-deal Brexit, defence minister reveals

Defence minister Tobias Ellwood revealed contingency plans are being made in case Government negotiations with the European Union collapse.

His comments came after the head of the British Army, chief of the defence staff General Sir Nick Carter, told yesterday’s Andrew Marr Show that the military was ‚thinking hard‘ about what no deal might involve.

12.11.2018 - 08:55 [ politicshome.com ]

Top forces general Sir Nick Carter says troops ‚ready to help‘ with no-deal Brexit

General Sir Nick Carter, chief of the defence staff, revealed that the army was „thinking hard“ about the implications of a no-deal Brexit amid dire warnings about disruption to food and medicine supply chains.

But he denied reports that troops could be involved in doling out medication to hard-to-reach communities in the event of Britain leaving without a deal.

11.11.2018 - 18:28 [ Xinhua ]

Spotlight: China, U.S. highlight cooperation at new round of diplomatic, security dialogue

Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and also director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, co-chaired the second China-U.S. Diplomatic and Security Dialogue with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe also participated in the dialogue.

30.10.2018 - 19:28 [ American Civil Liberties Union ]

U.S. Citizen, Detained Without Charge by Trump Administration for a Year, Is Finally Free

An American illegally detained in Iraq by the U.S. military for more than a year has finally won his freedom.

On Sunday, after a long court battle, the Trump administration let our client go. Under a settlement agreement, he was released in a third country, where he will once again be a free man. Parts of the agreement are confidential, and he is officially remaining unidentified for his safety and privacy.

17.10.2018 - 21:10 [ Buzzfeed ]

A Middle East Monarchy Hired American Ex-Soldiers To Kill Its Political Enemies. This Could Be The Future Of War.

Cradling an AK-47 and sucking a lollipop, the former American Green Beret bumped along in the back of an armored SUV as it wound through the darkened streets of Aden. Two other commandos on the mission were former Navy SEALs. As elite US special operations fighters, they had years of specialized training by the US military to protect America. But now they were working for a different master: a private US company that had been hired by the United Arab Emirates, a tiny desert monarchy on the Persian Gulf.

13.10.2018 - 20:02 [ US Zentralkommando (Centcom) ]

Department Of Defense Press Briefing By General Joseph Votel via teleconference from Tampa, Florida, on Operations in the Central Command Area of Responsibility

(4.10.2018) In Syria, we will remain with our partners to ensure the defeat of ISIS and provide an opportunity for a negotiated political resolution of the Syrian conflict and humanitarian crisis, consistent with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254.

Recent pledges of more than $300 million in new funding for stabilization and humanitarian aid from our coalition partners is a welcome start to consolidating our military gains.

13.10.2018 - 11:21 [ Haaretz ]

General’s Final Confession Links 1956 Massacre to Israel’s Secret Plan to Expel Arabs

‚Yiska‘ Shadmi, the highest IDF officer tried for the Kafr Qasem massacre, admitted before his death that his trial was staged to protect military and political elites. Historian Adam Raz believes that behind the horrific 1956 event was a secret plan to transfer Israel’s Arabs

09.09.2018 - 12:09 [ Rodong Sinmun ]

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Orders to Promote Military Ranks of KPA Commanding Officers

Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers‘ Party of Korea, ordered to promote the military ranks of commanding officers of the Korean People’s Army on Saturday on the occasion of the 70th founding anniversary of the DPRK.

05.09.2018 - 17:49 [ Yonhap ]

Security command general arrested for alleged surveillance of civilians

A general military court issued an arrest warrant for Maj. Gen. So Gang-won, who served as the chief of staff of the Defense Security Command (DSC), for alleged involvement in monitoring the bereaved families of victims of the 2014 ferry disaster.

He is the first figure to be taken into custody since a military probe team investigating the wrongdoings of the now-disbanded DSC was launched in July.

30.08.2018 - 17:40 [ France 24 ]

Ethiopian military helicopter crash kills 18

The aircraft crashed on a flight between the eastern city of Dire Dawa and the Ethiopian air force headquarters in Bishoftu, a resort town southeast of the capital Addis Ababa, the agency said. Everyone on board — 15 soldiers and three civilians — was killed.

23.08.2018 - 07:24 [ smeggys.co.uk ]

Operation Northwoods

Operation Northwoods was a 1962 plan by the U.S. Department of Defense to stage acts of simulated or real terrorism on US soil and against U.S. interests and then put the blame of these acts on Cuba in order to generate U.S. public support for military action against the Cuban government of Fidel Castro. As part of the U.S. government’s Operation Mongoose anti-Castro initiative, the plan, which was not implemented, called for various false flag actions, including simulated or real state-sponsored acts of terrorism on U.S. and Cuban soil. The plan was proposed by senior U.S. Department of Defense leaders, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Louis Lemnitzer.

23.08.2018 - 07:20 [ New York Times ]

Declassified Papers Show Anti-Castro Ideas Proposed to Kennedy

(November 1997) “We could blow up a US warship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,“ the memorandum said.

“We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington,“ it continued. “The terror campaign could be pointed at Cuban refugees seeking haven in the United States. We could sink a boatload of Cubans enroute to Florida (real or simulated).“

The records show that on March 13, 1962, the Joint Chiefs of Staff endorsed these ideas as “suitable for planning purposes.“ No evidence exists that they were carried out.

20.08.2018 - 21:39 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

Pentagon Spokesman: US to Stay in Iraq as Long as Needed

It’s not unusual for President Trump not to see eye to eye with the military brass on long-term troop deployments. Iraq seems to be unusual, in that instead of openly disagreeing with the president, the Pentagon’s comments appear to totally discount his opinion, and present their own plans as a foregone conclusion.

18.08.2018 - 10:20 [ Kurier.at ]

Kampfschrift: US-Nationalheld steigt gegen Trump in den Ring

„Wenn Du die Welt verändern willst, beginne damit, dein Bett zu machen“. Mit Buch-Lebensweisheiten wie diesen ist normalerweise selbst in Amerika nicht viel Auflage zu machen.

Es sei denn, der Autor ist ein hochdekorierter Navy-Admiral namens William H. McRaven und verwickelt den Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten gerade, um im Bild zu bleiben, in eine beispiellose politische Kissenschlacht.

18.08.2018 - 10:20 [ William H. McRaven / Washington Post ]

Revoke my security clearance, too, Mr. President

Dear Mr. President:

Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.

Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.

16.08.2018 - 16:01 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Two Koreas completely restore military communication lines ..

Back in April, during their historic summit, the two Koreas agreed to stop all hostile acts against each other, and reduce military tensions. Now, they’ve moved another step closer to that goal. Military communication lines in the east have been fully reconnected. Park Ji-won has the latest. South Korea’s defense ministry announced that inter-Korean military communication lines for the eastern part of the Korean Peninsula were completely restored as of Wednesday. All functions of the line, such as phone call and fax functions, are now working as normal.

09.08.2018 - 16:45 [ Yonhap ]

Defense ministry sends two controversial DSC officials back to Army base

The defense ministry on Thursday returned two controversial senior members of the scandal-ridden military intelligence command to their original Army base, in a disciplinary step aimed at reforming the unit long dogged by allegations of political interference.

The return of Maj. Gen. So Gang-won and Brigadier Gen. Gi Woo-jin is in line with President Moon Jae-in’s order to send all Defense Security Command (DSC) members suspected of any illegal activities back to their original bases.

04.08.2018 - 16:50 [ Asia Times ]

China says willing to team with Syria’s Assad in push to retake territory

“Asked about the possibility that his country would take part in the Syrian Arab Army’s upcoming campaign against the terrorists in Idlib, especially in light of the presence of Uyghur fighters [there], [Qi] replied that China ‘is following the situation in Syria, in particular after the victory in southern [Syria], and its military is willing to participate in some way alongside the Syrian army that is fighting the terrorists in Idlib and in any other part of Syria,” the article from Al-Watan was translated as saying.

29.07.2018 - 12:40 [ Bloomberg.com ]

Russia-U.S. Syria Deal Hits Trouble as Post-Summit Tensions Grow

The U.S. “has not fulfilled its own promises” made in Helsinki to remove opposition forces to enable a buffer zone on Syria’s border with Israel, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. The Defense Ministry accused the U.S. of sabotaging the agreement after a senior American commander, General Joseph Votel, said that his country’s military won’t cooperate with Russian forces beyond a de-confliction hotline to avoid unintended clashes.

27.07.2018 - 09:23 [ Barbara Starr / CNN ]

The military does not belong to Donald Trump

Trump has now taken it a step further with what some say is an Orwellian declaration: „What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.“ But troops don’t have the luxury of serving only the parts of the nation’s fabric they agree with. They serve the nation. Despite Trump’s tendency to talk about the military as „his'“ and „my generals,“ nothing could be further from the truth. The US military is and must stay apolitical. It is not Trump’s.

27.07.2018 - 09:10 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

S. Korean Pres. Moon to discuss military reform in meeting with top commanders

Since taking office in May last year,… President Moon has been calling for efforts to eradicate what he calls deep-rooted corruption in the military and the defense industry. Friday’s meeting will be attended by some 1-hundred-and-80 officials….. including Defense Minister Song Young-moo,…. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Jeong Kyeong-doo,…. Commander-in-Chief of the ROK-U.S. Combined Forces, Vincent Brooks,

27.07.2018 - 08:54 [ Reuters ]

North Korea confirms new military chief of staff

Ri formerly held the four-star position before he was briefly demoted deputy chief and three stars for an unspecified reason in 2016.

His return adds the recent appointments of No Kwang Chol, first vice defense minister, as the defense chief, and Army General Kim Su Gil as director of the military’s powerful General Political Bureau.

25.07.2018 - 14:53 [ Yonhap ]

Probe team raids military unit over martial law allegations

The probe team is seeking to verify who directed the DSC to devise the martial law plans and if the unit really had an intention to put them into action.

The unclassified version of the DSC document included steps to hold sway over media, parliament and the spy agency under martial law. These steps were heavily criticized as a potential threat to the country’s democracy.

22.07.2018 - 14:15 [ Washington Post ]

Russia continues to shape narrative of Helsinki summit

The spokesman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the NSC and its Russian counterparts were “continuing a working-level dialogue” to review suggestions by Putin for a new “cyber-group” and “restarting a counterterrorism group.” The two leaders also discussed forming groups of businesspeople and of retired diplomatic and military officials to provide ideas for cooperation, the administration has said.

15.07.2018 - 11:06 [ For a People’s Party ‏/ Twitter ]

CHRIS HEDGES: “A new and ‘diverse’ group of Democratic Party candidates, over half of whom have been recruited from the military, the CIA, the National Security Council and the State Department, is hoping to rise to political power based on the old con.”

13.07.2018 - 16:49 [ CNN / Youtube ]

Trumps dine with UK Prime Minister after Trump made false claims about NATO spending

The President and first lady Melania Trump attend a formal dinner hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May. At an earlier unscheduled press conference in Belgium, Trump declared that all NATO members had „agreed to substantially up their commitment,“ adding „They’re going to up it at levels that they never thought of before.“ French President Emmanuel Macron rejected that claim.

12.07.2018 - 14:30 [ CBS News ]

Trump declares victory at NATO, says U.S. now „treated fairly“

Less than an hour before Mr. Trump addressed reporters in the hastily called news conference, NATO leaders reportedly declared an emergency session over the U.S. leader’s hammering of America’s allies over their defense spending. In a series of tweets from the Belgian capital before Thursday’s meetings, Mr. Trump complained the United States „pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe“ and demanded that members of the military alliance meet their pledge to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense, which „must ultimately go to 4%!“

11.07.2018 - 13:35 [ CNN ]

Trump opens NATO summit with blistering criticism of Germany

President Donald Trump came out brawling in his first public comments here ahead of NATO’s annual summit, accusing a close US ally of being „a captive of Russia“ and all-but ordering members of the alliance to increase their defense spending „immediately.“

08.07.2018 - 17:04 [ Yonhap ]

Army likely to delay plans to launch special command amid improving ties with North

The conciliatory mood opened up high-level military discussion between the two Koreas last month, where they restored the two militaries‘ communication lines that were severed for years. In continuing military talks, the two sides are likely to discuss further measures to allay military tension, including a withdrawal of North Korea’s menacing long-range artillery forces along the border with the South.

07.07.2018 - 18:52 [ Yonhap ]

Military had plans to mobilize tanks, troops to quell candlelight protests last year: civic group

„The plan for armed crackdown on candlelight protests has been confirmed to be true,“ the group said. „This is clearly a self-coup d’etat plan and all involved in this are believed to have committed the crime of conspiracy to commit rebellion.“

The martial law plan, which calls for seizing regions with tanks and armored vehicles and crackdowns on civilians with paratroopers, is similar to the military’s bloody crackdown of the 1980 pro-democracy uprising in the southwestern city of Gwangju, the group said.

24.06.2018 - 07:39 [ Yonhap ]

Koreas to hold military talks on restoring communication lines

South and North Korea will hold working-level military talks next week on fully reconnecting bilateral communication lines, Seoul’s defense ministry said Saturday.

The meeting will open at the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) office in Paju, just south of the inter-Korean border, at 10 a.m. on Monday to follow up on an agreement at their general-grade negotiations last week.

23.06.2018 - 11:27 [ Marxist.com ]

La Manada affair reveals the rotten character of the Spanish state

(30.4.2018) Significantly, one of the men belonged to the Civil Guard, a militarised police unit with a long history of repression and abuse, the latest episode being the violent crackdown on the Catalan 1 October referendum. Incredibly, this individual was part of a division dealing with violence against women. Another member of the group belonged to the Spanish military. During the two-year criminal proceedings, and until this very day, both continue to be on the public payroll and receive 75 percent of their wages.

22.06.2018 - 14:19 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Prepares Housing Up to 20,000 Migrants on Military Bases

The 20,000 beds at bases in Texas and Arkansas would house “unaccompanied alien children,” said a Pentagon spokesman, Lt. Col. Michael Andrews, although other federal agencies provided conflicting explanations about how the shelters would be used and who would be housed there. There were reports of widespread confusion on the border.

14.06.2018 - 11:22 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Trump admin. expected to cancel August military drills with S. Korea: U.S. media

Citing officials from the administration,… multiple U.S. media reports say that the Pentagon will formally announce the cancellation in a press release on Thursday local time. South Korea’s defense ministry says the two sides are in close coordination on the issue.

05.06.2018 - 12:42 [ War is Boring ]

The Trillion-Dollar Military Budget: The hidden costs of ’national security‘

(26.7.2017) You wouldn’t know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military, politicians and the president, but these are the best of times for the Pentagon.

Spending on the Department of Defense alone is already well in excess of half a trillion dollars a year and counting. Adjusted for inflation, that means it’s higher than at the height of Pres. Ronald Reagan’s massive buildup of the 1980s and is now nearing the post-World War II funding peak.

And yet that’s barely half the story. There are hundreds of billions of dollars in “defense” spending that aren’t even counted in the Pentagon budget.

Under the circumstances, laying all this out in grisly detail — and believe me, when you dive into the figures, they couldn’t be grislier — is the only way to offer a better sense of the true costs of our wars past, present and future, and of the funding that is the lifeblood of the national security state.

04.06.2018 - 10:15 [ Korea Herald ]

N. Korea’s ruling party member appointed to head of military’s political bureau

(26.5.2018) A member of the Workers‘ Party of Korea (WPK) has been appointed to the head of the powerful General Political Bureau of North Korea’s armed forces, raising speculation that it might be aimed at strengthening the ruling party’s grip on the military.

23.05.2018 - 12:06 [ Korea Herald ]

Prime minister warns of ‚judgment of truth‘ for those distorting 1980 democracy uprising

Chun, 87, was sued for allegedly defaming Gwangju citizens with his memoir published last year in which he claimed that North Korean troops were involved in the uprising, that he was not involved in the crackdown, and that the movement was quelled without the use of violence, including firing from helicopters.

Chun insisted in the book that the witnesses who say they saw helicopters shooting protesters have faked the photos capturing the scenes, calling a late pastor who had testified about the choppers firing „Satan wearing a mask.“

16.05.2018 - 11:09 [ theGuardian.com ]

‘Any Palestinian is exposed to monitoring by the Israeli Big Brother’

(12.September 2014) We take advantage of the capabilities that we have over these people in order to put ourselves at ease. We take advantage of the impact that we have on their lives. Sometimes it involves truly harming a person’s life, or their soul. I mean extortion whereby they must hide things from people around them. It can really screw up their lives. It made me feel omnipotent.

07.05.2018 - 09:17 [ New Yorker ]

Israeli Operatives Who Aided Harvey Weinstein Collected Information on Former Obama Administration Officials

The campaign was first reported, on Saturday, by the British newspaper the Observer. However, sources familiar with the effort and pages of documents obtained by The New Yorker reveal that there is more to understand. Two of those sources told me on Sunday that the operation was carried out by Black Cube—a firm that was also employed by Harvey Weinstein and that offers its clients access to operatives from “Israel’s élite military and governmental intelligence units,” including the Mossad.

02.05.2018 - 17:22 [ Microsoft - Military Affairs ]

Learning to lead: Microsoft director’s success started in the Army

“You interact with high-level leaders in the military earlier in your career than you would in the corporate world,” Cutler says. “I’m used to briefing colonels and, in some cases, generals on courses of action. So I’m very comfortable presenting an idea and explaining my recommendations to senior-level executives now.”

25.04.2018 - 08:54 [ Saeid Golkar / Al Jazeera ]

Is a military coup possible in Iran?

If the situation gets worse and the stability of the clerical regime is endangered, Ayatollah Khamenei has the power to overthrow Rouhani’s administration. Hardliners in the Iranian regime believe that self-reliance and resistance against the hegemonic powers of the West can solve Iran’s problems. Ayatollah Khamenei could decide that the best plan of action at this time is to remove moderates from power and install hardliners.

23.04.2018 - 19:11 [ Japan Today ]

Protest rally marks one year since start of seawall work for U.S. base

In Monday’s sit-in protest outside the gates of Camp Schwab in Henoko, over 300 people including lawmakers took part. The protest will last for six straight days through Saturday.

Forced out by riot police officers, protestors rallied, saying they would never allow the building of new bases in Henoko, either at sea or on land.

Among them, a 50-year-old local resident vowed to „never give up.“

16.04.2018 - 16:51 [ Ron Jacobs / CounterPunch ]

War is Just F**kin’ Wrong

Unfortunately, this lack of historical memory means many of those residents can be manipulated into supporting not only an attack on Syria, but a greater conflict with other forces the US war machine considers the enemy, if only because they are not supplicant to Washington’s foreign ambitions. Some will support it simply because they see themselves as patriots who must support the military no matter what. Others, many of them liberals and even leftist, will support it (if only tacitly) in the name of human rights.

05.04.2018 - 12:29 [ telesur ]

Brazil: Military Chief Accused of Intimidating Judges into Ruling Against Lula

“We cannot definitively destroy the fragile democracy that remains for us. It’s necessary that everybody maintains their responsibility and respect the Constitution and the presumption of innocence. It’s unacceptable that Globo insists on repeating the past and incite a coup,“ said former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in response to Villas-Boas comments.