Thursday, February 05, 2015

US Military unveils NEW IMPROVED Robot Soldier

This is the most amazing drone we've seen yet

Moscow Readying a Massive Russian Invasion of Ukraine, Golts Says - The Interpreter

The Kremlin’s calls for a ceasefire and calls by the pro-Russian militants in the Donbass for a mass mobilization are all designed to distract attention from Moscow’s preparations for a massive invasion of Ukraine sometime in the coming days, according to Russian military analyst Aleksandr Golts.... Golts notes in passing that the militants are unlikely to be able to raise the 100,000 troops they have promised to bring to the colors within ten days. There simply aren’t enough people under their control to allow them to do so: If they did, they would be drafting a larger share of the population than even Stalin did during World War II.
That in turn means, the independent Russian military analyst says, that these “games at mobilization” are being launched “in order to mask preparation for another broad-scale introduction of Russian forces.” The militants and Moscow did much the same thing last summer, and thus it appears likely a new invasion is in the offing.
And confirming that conclusion is a report by Ekho Moskvy picking up Tajik media stories that “approximately 3,000 Russian soldiers from the 201st Russian military base in Tajikistan will be sent to the border with Ukraine.”...

-bth: so if this guy Golts is correct then the call for a mass mobilization of rebels which they have not chance of meeting is really a mask to conceal a surge in Russian troop intervention.  It should also be noted that on the 5th an attempt to attack the Ukrainian parliament was also disrupted.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Reports: Vietnam Receives Third Kilo Attack Boat - USNI

The third Project-636 Kilo-class has arrived in Vietnam, marking the halfway point in the Vietnamese Navy’s planned six boat, $1.8 to 2 billion deal with Russia, according to local press reports.
Pictures emerged of the Dutch heavy load carrier Rolldock Star near Vietnam’s submarine base in Cam Ranh Bay, on the Vietnamese news site, Tuoi Tre News on Jan. 29....

 -bth: Vietnam isn't messing around. 

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Turkey revokes passport of bitter Erdogan rival Gulen - Reuters

The Turkish government has canceled the passport of ally-turned-foe Fethullah Gulen, local media reported on Tuesday, the latest salvo in a bitter feud between the U.S.-based Muslim cleric and President Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan and his ruling AK Party accuse Gulen and his supporters of seeking to establish a "parallel state" in Turkey and of orchestrating a corruption investigation in 2013 which briefly threatened to engulf the government.
Gulen, who denies the accusations, stepped up his own criticism of Erdogan, saying he was leading Turkey "toward totalitarianism"....

-bth: not unexpected but another step toward totalitarianism.

‘Turkey might become hostage to ISIL just like Pakistan did’ - Today's Zaman
For 25 years, I have seen political leaders who believe that they can control and use the Salafists for their own ends, but who subsequently find it is they who have been used by the Salafists. There were not only armed attacks on Pakistan, but the Salafist "revolution" fragmented Pakistani society.
We are dealing with Salafists who have a clear agenda. I can understand if there are political leaders here, too, who may want to use elements of radical Islam, precisely because it is an old-established and very effective tool in the region -- radicalized Islamism has been such since the18th century. It creates an inflamed religious psychology, which is difficult for those targets on whom it is unleashed to counter it directly....

-bth: this is a fascinating interview with Alastair Crooke well worth reading in full. 

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Russia reveals secret UAV Altius

Russia: Army engineers test new drone tech

Russian Military Tankers' Convoy Arrives To Donetsk, Jan 31 2015

Nightwatch on Ukraine Feb 3 2015

Ukraine: The government in Kyiv and the regime in Donetsk are making moves to escalate the conflict.
The Kyiv government is attempting to rescue the forces in the Debal'tseve pocket by committing more armor, artillery and soldiers, supported by four Mi-24 helicopter gunships.
The Donetsk regime announced a general mobilization to create a force of 100,000 men. The draft apparatus is to be operational in ten days.
Comment: The fight for Debal'tseve continues to develop as the most important battle in the Ukrainian civil war.
Ukraine claims it is reinforcing its forces in Debal'tseve. The description of the forces committed to the Debal'tseve pocket, however, indicates Kyiv is trying to break through the rebel encirclement in order to rescue its forces.
Actually, Kyiv is reinforcing a defeat, which never succeeds. The Ukrainian forces should have been withdrawn a week or so ago, when the road to Artemivs'k was open. A disaster is threatening for the Ukrainian forces in Debal'tseve and for Kyiv.
Some analysts judge that the rebel call for general mobilization is a cover for more Russian "volunteers" to rally to the defense of the separatist regions. The population of the separatist regions is about 3 million people. That population base has been reduced and cannot support an army of 200,000 fighters, including those now in combat. Expect more Russian volunteers, equipment, ammunition, and logistics support for the rebels.
The latest battlefield successes by the separatist forces and by the Russian volunteers suggest a shift in Russian policy has taken place. In this hypothesis, the Russians have concluded that Ukraine remains determined to defeat the Russian-speaking separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk. Talks about achieving a peaceful settlement are pointless
The near-term aim of Russian support now is to empower the separatists to defeat Ukrainian forces decisively and to enable the separatists to expand their territory to include all Russian-speaking portions of the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts. Debal'tseve is the pivot point.

bth: It looks like a disaster coming for Ukraine with substantially increased Russian intervention.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Hackers pose as ‘attractive’ women in Syrian sting - CNBC

Hackers stole Syrian opposition fighters' strategic battle plans by using "attractive" female Skype avatars to target victims, according to a new report.
The attacks, which happened between November 2013 and January 2014, resulted in a slew of strategic information being stolen, according to cybersecurity company FireEye. These included detailed military plans which outlined attack strategies, the political structure of the opposition and even identification cards of refugees who had escaped to Turkey.
The attacks began with a Skype user with a female persona striking up a conversation with a male opposition fighter. The hacker would ask the victim what device they were using so they would be able to send the appropriate malware...This led to the theft of 7.7 gigabytes of data being stolen, 31,107 Skype conversations, 12,356 contacts and nearly a quarter of a million messages, according to the report, called "Behind the Syrian Conflict's Digital Front Lines."...

-bth: pretty interesting article with no link to the source of the data or way to verify its accuracy.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Italian Newspaper: 173rd Airborne Brigade Heading to Ukraine to Train Forces - Newsmax

American soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade at Camp Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, are expected to be leaving the base once again to head to Ukraine to help train soldiers for their fight against Russia, an Italian newspaper reports.

The operation will be part of a project outlined by Lt. Gen. Gen. Ben Hodges, the head of U.S. Army Europe, earlier this month, reports the newspaper, Il Giornale, and will involve the same division that traveled to Ukraine last September for another NATO exercise, Rapid Trident, according to a translation of the Italian newspaper report.
The same newspaper earlier this week suggested that American soldiers may already be on the ground in Ukraine and helping the government of Kiev.

In a post that covers a purported Jan. 24 attack on the Black Sea port city of Mariupol by troops from the People's Republic of Donetsk, a Ukrainian reporter questions a soldier wearing a Ukrainian uniform, and claimed he used perfect English when he told the reporter to leave him alone.

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bth: I don't think Americans appreciate how serious this is going to become.