U.S. airstrike civilian deaths escalate, no end in sight

  While former President Barack Obama recently left office with a much higher approval rating than his predecessor, George W. Bush, his dramatic escalation of drone strikes around the world remains an undeniable and controversial component of his legacy -- and one that, like his healthcare reform law, appears to be continuing under the new … Continue reading U.S. airstrike civilian deaths escalate, no end in sight

CIA aid to Syrian rebels partially frozen, temporarily

A Central Intelligence Agency-coordinated program to aid Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces fighting against Bashar al-Assad in northwest Syria has been frozen, Reuters reported Tuesday, as the rebels there have faced recent setbacks amidst the chaotic and multifaceted war that has engulfed the region for the past several years. "The support funneled to vetted FSA … Continue reading CIA aid to Syrian rebels partially frozen, temporarily

A military-grade ‘Wikipedia’ app for cross-cultural understanding?

A linguist, left, shares a smartphone device with a Afghan Army command sergeant major during a security meeting at the Qara Bagh district's center in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, July 16, 2012. Smartphone devices are increasing in use on the battlefield in Afghanistan. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Defense. In 2015, the U.S. officially ended … Continue reading A military-grade ‘Wikipedia’ app for cross-cultural understanding?

Pentagon online psyop against ISIS revealed as mess of incompetence, corruption

In the past year it's been reported that the U.S. Department of Defense may not be able to meet its "audit readiness" deadline of September 30 this year for its first ever audit. A big part of the problem is that the Army has reportedly been making improper financial statements amounting to trillions of dollars … Continue reading Pentagon online psyop against ISIS revealed as mess of incompetence, corruption

Trump’s Muslim ban is the recruiting tool ISIS has dreamed of, experts say

Among other unprecedented steps, President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration includes a temporarily ban on immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries -- Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia -- with the ostensible goal of preventing terrorism. For a variety of reasons, however, close observers of Islamist extremism say that Trump's plan will only … Continue reading Trump’s Muslim ban is the recruiting tool ISIS has dreamed of, experts say

Drone security lags behind counter-drone tech

The US government's use of unmanned drones has been an open secret for some time. It has been over three years since President Obama admitted that multiple Americans have been killed in drone strikes overseas, and also since the FBI admitted to using surveillance drones to monitor US citizens. This year, the Pentagon has even … Continue reading Drone security lags behind counter-drone tech

Counter-terror chatbots plan would automate entrapment trolling

In a post last week on Lawfare, a blog published in cooperation with the Brookings Institute, former National Counterterrorism Center official Walter Haydock argues that "Artificial Intelligence Targeting Personas" -- an obscure term that does not appear to have been used before publicly, if at all -- could be harnessed in the fight against online … Continue reading Counter-terror chatbots plan would automate entrapment trolling

Jihadists see opportunity in Trump win

Following Donald Trump's election win last week, many remain in a state of shock while others are celebrating. One group that is happy about the news, however, would probably not get along well with the kind of Trump supporters typically highlighted in the media, should their paths cross. Jihadists around the world apparently see a … Continue reading Jihadists see opportunity in Trump win

ISIS cashes in on US-sponsored chaos

A new report published this month from House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) titled "Cash to Chaos: Dismantling ISIS’ Financial Infrastructure" explores in some detail the various funding sources behind the Islamic State extremist group operating in Iraq and Syria. "ISIS’ march across the globe is fueled not just by a hateful ideology—but … Continue reading ISIS cashes in on US-sponsored chaos