The United States has many strategic national interests in Egypt. We receive preferential access to the Suez Canal. The 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel has long served to keep peace between the two most powerful militaries in the region. Given the al Qaeda havens and support provided by chaos in other countries around the region, a stable Egypt serves as a security linchpin in the ongoing “War on Terror”. Continue reading “Egypt”

A Cyber War is Raging across the Globe

The U.S. has attributed cyber espionage attacks against U.S. government and business entities to the Chinese Government and Military. The more serious secrets stolen to date include technical details of the F-35 fighter jet, F/A-18 fighter jet, Navy Littoral combat Ship, Advanced Patriot missile defense (PAC-3), the Army Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), and the Navy Aegis Ballistic-Missile defense system. In recent months, the U.S. has also ramped up research on offensive cyber warfare technology, in order to provide deterrence. Continue reading “A Cyber War is Raging across the Globe”

Rise of China

There are 1.3 billion people in China. There must be something to a country that is so popular. The Chinese Economy is the second largest in the world, after the U.S., and the Chinese GDP in 2009 was growing by 8.7%. Compare that to the sluggish 2% GDP growth that the U.S. has seen over the past few years. China is growing so fast that they are projected to overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest economy by 2030, according to a U.S. National Intelligence Council report. Continue reading “Rise of China”

Crisis in Ukraine

Civil unrest in the Ukraine took a turn towards violence last week.  As crowds swelled in Kiev’s Independence Square, nearly 100 protestors were gunned by government security forces and countless more were injured.  Since November 2013, Ukrainians have been rising up in opposition to what they believe to be an oppressive government that would rather align itself with Russia, rather than with the European Union and the West. Continue reading “Crisis in Ukraine”

Civil War Rages in Syria

In the 17 months of the conflict, Amnesty International estimates that 20,000 people have died. The siege of Aleppo has been going on since July 21 and has involved heavy artillery, tanks, helicopter gunships, and even fixed wing fighter jets. Aleppo is a city of 3 million, and an estimated 200,000 people have fled the city. Recently there have been reports of rebels seizing tanks, but the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is still heavily outmatched by the armament of the regular Syrian military. Continue reading “Civil War Rages in Syria”

Israel and Gaza at War

Less than four years after the last ground invasion, Gaza and Israel are at war again. Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) has been ramping up rocket fire into Israel from Gaza in recent months. On November 14, Israel launched a massive assault on Gaza, Operation Pillar of Defense, which killed a top leader of Hamas, Ahmed al-Jabari. That was the beginning of current round of all out conflict in a region that is no stranger to war. Continue reading “Israel and Gaza at War”

An International Counter Terrorism Strategy

September 11, 2001 changed the way the U.S. views the world. It has fundamentally altered the way the government views threats from abroad. From the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, our sphere of intelligence gathering and counter-terrorism has expanded exponentially. Continue reading “An International Counter Terrorism Strategy”