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ISIS is using IP addresses the UK sold to Saudi Arabia
IP addresses being used by ISIS and traced by teenage computer hackers back to the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions are likely to be among those sold to Saudi Arabian telecoms companies this year, the British government has claimed.
crime  comms  war 
december 2015 by warrenellis
Army Terminology and Military Symbols
Military terms and symbols that are used by the U.S. Army have been compiled in an updated reference manual, along with acronyms and abbreviations. See ADRP 1-02, Terms and Military Symbols, December 2015.

Intended to foster a common vocabulary, the manual can also help outsiders to interpret distinctive Army expressions and patterns of speech.

The manual devotes several chapters to “military symbology.”
war  symbols 
december 2015 by warrenellis
Russia 'busts satellite spy ring': space commander
""Very recently, specialists of the department of space intelligence centre uncovered a newly created group of space satellites... made for radio-technical reconnaissance of equipment on Russian territory," said the commander of Russian Space Command, Oleg Maidanovich."
space  war  pol 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Preparing for Trench Warfare in Ukraine - The Intercept
"The conditions are rough, but not dismal, and reflect the battalion’s motto, “Nobody But Ourselves,” a nod to the reality that Ukrainians — and particularly members of this volunteer battalion — have to rely on their own resources to defend their country."
pol  war 
april 2015 by warrenellis
United Nations investigates claim of ISIS organ theft - CNN.com
"The United Nations is looking into claims that ISIS -- already considered the wealthiest terrorist group on record -- may be harvesting organs from slain civilians and gaining financial benefits by trafficking the body parts, officials said Wednesday."
war  med 
february 2015 by warrenellis
Spy agencies fund climate research in hunt for weather weapon, scientist fears | Environment | The Guardian
"A senior US scientist has expressed concern that the intelligence services are funding climate change research to learn if new technologies could be used as potential weapons."
war  weather  eco 
february 2015 by warrenellis
Core77 / Clever Bulletproofing System Based on Marbles and Legos
"Their latest solution, Soft Armour, is both fascinating and sadly needed. It's a system of bulletproofing structures, and potentially vehicles, by means of modular boxes that are filled with what look like ceramic marbles. Check out how it works:"
tech  war  security 
february 2015 by warrenellis
Exploiting the Robocaller Gap - Global Guerrillas
"Here's an interesting US systempunkt -- a systempunkt is the point in a big network where even a small attack would cause the entire network to fail. This systempunkt would enable a prepared individual the unique ability to shut down a large part of the US without shedding a drop of blood."
war  tech  comms 
february 2015 by warrenellis
Is it Really Better to be Dead than Blind? | Just Security
"Late last year, the U.S. Navy announced that it’s $40 million laser weapon is finally ready for combat aboard the special operations staging ship USS Ponce. The laser, which “zaps and burns” at the cost of just 59 cents a shot, is designed for use against aircraft and small ships which “cannot outrun” the concentrated beams of light."
weapons  war  pol  crime 
january 2015 by warrenellis
Secretive Mexican police unit questioned over 3 murdered Americans | Fox News Latino
"The men threatened witnesses not to talk and identified themselves as members of the Hercules Group, an elite security unit newly formed by the mayor of Matamoros, Leticia Salazar, in charge of protecting her."
war  pol  mexico 
october 2014 by warrenellis
Yoda Has Left the Building
"In fact, when Marshall argued that an arms race with the Soviets was inevitable, he meant there was no choice as long as the two countries existed. For example, remember that picture of Marshall, Wohlstetter, and friends, palavering late into the night? They were discussing "recovery" models -- as in, whether the United States or Soviet Union would recover more quickly after a nuclear war, gaining a head start in the inevitable rearmament race. Remember that joke in Dr. Strangelove about the "mine shaft gap"? That was, in fact, what Marshall was discussing."
war  pol 
october 2014 by warrenellis
My Night With Afghanistan's Only Female Warlord, Commander Pigeon | New Republic
"my guide, a young Afghan named Sharif Sahak, showed me a photograph of the country’s only known female warlord, Bibi Ayisha, nom de guerre: Commander Pigeon. It was late 2013, the Americans were preparing to leave, and Sharif had heard that the commander was training a new militia of female jihadists to fight the Taliban. In the photograph, she looked to be about 200 pounds and 60 years old. A large woman with black eyes made small by folds of skin. A beaked nose protruded from a wide flat face. She held her machine gun against her bosom like a bouquet of roses."
october 2014 by warrenellis
Ebola Is the ISIS of Our Apocalyptic Fantasies | VICE News
"The issue is not whether the Islamic State is a ridiculous analogy for Ebola — of course it is. The real problem is that highly complex geopolitical situations are being reduced in the Western popular imaginary to apocalyptic fantasies. In isolation, the end-times anxieties attached to both the rise of the Islamic State and the spread of Ebola have been unfounded — little wonder that combining the paranoias produced an absurd effect on screen."
cult  war  extinction 
october 2014 by warrenellis
Satanic panic: how British agents stoked supernatural fears in Troubles | UK news | The Guardian
"British military intelligence agents in Northern Ireland used fears about demonic possessions, black masses and witchcraft as part of a psychological war against emerging armed groups in the Troubles in the 1970s, a study says."
war  cult  psyops 
october 2014 by warrenellis
Blinding them with science: Is development of a banned laser weapon continuing? | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
"Some laser dazzlers—supposedly intended for dazzling alone—are powerful enough to cause serious eye damage. Already, soldiers are taught not to fire when an intruder is too close, because of the laser’s power. One version, the Meyers’ 250 milliwatt LA9 dazzler, even has a built-in radar that shuts off the laser beam if it detects someone less than 41 meters away, or what is considered its nominal ocular hazard distance (NOHD), in which the beam is intense enough to cause eye damage. "
war  weapons 
september 2014 by warrenellis
The US military is spending $2.9 million to develop a soft robot suit for soldiers | The Verge
"As announced today, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has issued a $2.9 million contract to researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering to develop a flexible robotic exoskeleton that can be worn by soldiers — and eventually civilians — to make them stronger and more resilient. The suit could even help people with mobility issues and paralysis to move again."
war  tech  bodymod 
september 2014 by warrenellis
The future Army grenade could kill enemies hiding behind walls - The Washington Post
"“Small Arms Grenade Munitions” would double the lethality of the grenades against enemies who are “in defilade,” meaning they are using obstacles or barriers to shield themselves from harm, Army officials say."
september 2014 by warrenellis
Stone-tipped spears lethal, may indicate early cognitive and social skills
"The authors also posit that the manufacture of the stone-tipped spears may represent the origin of new cognitive and social development in our human ancestors. Working memory (the ability to hold attention to multiple tasks in order to collect, prepare and combine different kinds of raw materials into a weapon), and constructive memory (the ability to imagine and plan for future tasks), were mental capacities required for tipped spear construction. In addition, since a stone-tipped spear is a skill likely to have been learned by being passed from generation to generation through social or group learning, stone-tipped technology is evidence of the evolutionary impact of "cumulative culture.""
history  war  weapons 
august 2014 by warrenellis
The Isis leader's vision of the state is a profoundly contemporary one | Jason Burke | Comment is free | The Observer
"What Baghdadi has done is fuse the political Islamists' aim of seizing state power with the neo-traditionalists' more global vision to create a recognisable if rough-edged state that is simultaneously supposed to be a launchpad for greater expansion. This unprecedented combination is a powerful one."
pol  war 
august 2014 by warrenellis
Juliet Marine's Ghost Boat Will Be Hard Sell to U.S. Navy - Businessweek
"Four propellers positioned at the front of the tubes are powered by the two 2,000-horsepower engines. They pull the craft and, with the help of air funneling down through the struts, create a gas bubble around each tube—an effect known as supercavitation that can reduce drag by a factor of 900. In short, Ghost makes a bubble and flies through it."
war  stealth 
august 2014 by warrenellis
BLDGBLOG: Emergency Exit
"Marketed as a tool for urban warfare with—wouldn't you know it—handy civilian uses on the side, the SkySaver system's goal is to let you escape from, say, a building siege or a hotel fire. "
design  war  crime 
august 2014 by warrenellis
BBC News - Mong La: Myanmar's lawless region where anything goes
"Special Region Number Four - also known as Mong La - is one such strip of land on the border between China and Myanmar.

It has existed entirely outside central government control for more than 25 years."
cities  pol  war 
august 2014 by warrenellis
Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a TerroristThe Intercept
"The rulebook, which The Intercept is publishing in full, was developed behind closed doors by representatives of the nation’s intelligence, military, and law-enforcement establishment, including the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and FBI. Emblazoned with the crests of 19 agencies, it offers the most complete and revealing look into the secret history of the government’s terror list policies to date. It reveals a confounding and convoluted system filled with exceptions to its own rules, and it relies on the elastic concept of “reasonable suspicion” as a standard for determining whether someone is a possible threat."
pol  surveillance  spook  war  crime 
august 2014 by warrenellis
Australian Army embraces social media in Future of Land Warfare report | Crikey
“By 2025 we may face adversaries with scientifically enhanced cognitive capacity. The land force will need to develop a better understanding of enhancing human capabilities with, for example, improved human-machine interfaces or better fusing of technology with biology … Physical and cognitive enhancements such as ‘exosuits’ or long-lasting stimulants need to be considered in the context of amplifying performance.”
war  bodymod  tech 
august 2014 by warrenellis
Messages in the Deep - Builtvisible
"Below, you’ll find an interactive map charting the growth of the modern fibre optic network between 1989 to the modern day, and including cables to be completed in the next few years. You can select a country to see all connections to and from that nation, or specify a provider to see the parts of the network owned by that company."
comms  spook  war 
july 2014 by warrenellis
Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots | World news | theguardian.com
"Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants, a new report says."
july 2014 by warrenellis
As caliphate declared, Iraqi troops battle for Tikrit | Reuters
"Alarming regional and world powers, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed universal authority when it dropped the local element in its name and said its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as leader of the Islamic State, was now caliph of the Muslim world - a mediaeval title last widely recognized in the Ottoman sultan deposed 90 years ago after World War One."
pol  war 
june 2014 by warrenellis
Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy | Technology | The Guardian
"What if every book for the past 500 years had been reporting its readers at headquarters?"
surveillance  pol  comms  war  crime 
may 2014 by warrenellis
Sorrow in the Balkans | Virtual Vita Nuova
"Sorrow never stops in the Balkans. It’s the favorite topic, the inspiration, the poetic lament. It’s the history."
war  writing 
may 2014 by warrenellis
Putin and Open Source Warfare - Global Guerrillas
"Of course he is.  Who sold him on the approach?  Apparently, he has an advisor called Vladislav Surkov who is a science fiction writer."
war  fiction 
may 2014 by warrenellis
Armed Russian robocops to defend missile bases - 23 April 2014 - New Scientist
"Last month, Dmitry Andreyev of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces announced that mobile robots would be standing guard over five ballistic missile installations. These robots can detect and destroy targets, without human involvement. Russia, it seems, is taking the lead in a new robotic arms race."
robots  war 
may 2014 by warrenellis
BBC News - 'Killer robots' to be debated at UN
"Autonomous weapons systems cannot be guaranteed to predictably comply with international law," Prof Sharkey told the BBC. "Nations aren't talking to each other about this, which poses a big risk to humanity."
robots  war 
may 2014 by warrenellis
BBC News - Ukraine refuses Russian demand for advance gas payment
"Russia's energy ministry said Ukraine had missed a deadline to pay debts worth $3.5bn and that all gas sent from June will have to be paid in advance."
war  energy 
may 2014 by warrenellis
How Al-Qaeda Uses Crypto Post-Snowden (Part 1)
"Following the June 2013 Edward Snowden leaks we observe an increased pace of innovation, specifically new competing jihadist platforms and three (3) major new encryption tools from three (3) different organizations – GIMF, Al-Fajr Technical Committee, and ISIS – within a three to five-month time frame of the leaks."
tech  comms  spook  war 
may 2014 by warrenellis
Repeating crossbow - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Archaeological evidence of the earliest repeating crossbow from Tomb 47 at Qinjiazui, Hubei Province has been dated to the 4th century BC, during the Spring and Autumn period.[2] However, its invention is commonly attributed to Zhuge Liang (181–234 AD), a strategist of the Three Kingdoms period; Zhuge Liang improved the design of the repeating crossbow, and made a version which shot two to three bolts at once and was used in massed formations. For this reason, it was named after him.[citation needed] Other repeating crossbows fired as many as 10 bolts before exhausting the magazine.[3]
war  weapons 
april 2014 by warrenellis
Picatinny Arsenal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"After World War II, Picatinny refocused its efforts on developing new weapons and munitions. Its support to the American forces in Korea included an improved bazooka and an illuminating rifle grenade. In periods of peace, the arsenal made important contributions to progress in the areas of radar, pyrotechnics, missiles, time fuzes, and nuclear munitions (including the M65 Atomic Cannon 280mm howitzer known as Atomic Annie)."
war  weapons  guns 
march 2014 by warrenellis
Open the Future: Watching the World through a Broken Lens
"This is not a dilemma without a solution, however. Professional Foresight (aka Futurism) also went through a period where specialists would offer up a single prediction of a certain future. In more recent decades -- arguably since Hermann Kahn's On Thermonuclear War in 1960, but more generally since the advent of Shell-derived Scenario Planning in the 1990s -- futurism has been more comfortable with uncertainty, and more willing to offer multiple rival forecasts of possible outcomes instead of singular, certain predictions. Multi-scenario foresight has evolved various iterations since then, but they all come down to a core idea: you can't predict the future, but you can see the shape of different possible futures."
future  pol  war 
march 2014 by warrenellis
Transnistria: The Next Crimea?
"For its part, Russia can use its staging ground in Transnistria to exert continued pressure on Ukraine through Odessa, a major Ukrainian seaport. Protests here have mirrored protests in Ukraine as a whole, with contingents of both pro- and anti-Russian demonstrators taking to the streets."
war  pol 
march 2014 by warrenellis
Can We Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia? - Charlie's Diary
"Yearly reminder: unless you're over 60, you weren't promised flying cars. You were promised an oppressive cyberpunk dystopia. Here you go."
war  pol  comms  intel  spook 
february 2014 by warrenellis
Island of Terror: Don't Get Mad, Get Murderous
"Britain’s own The Angry Brigade took a gentler approach, trying to avoid hurting anyone if possible but, ultimately, they proved to be utterly ineffectual and got caught and imprisoned, so it was not a massively successful policy. I’m glad that they didn’t kill anybody, of course, but they might have got further if they had."
pol  crime  war 
february 2014 by warrenellis
Taking Down Silicon Valley's Electrical Grid with Rifles? - Global Guerrillas
"Last year, one or two people shot up a electrical substation in central California that fed Silicon Valley.  As is usual in this type of attack, it was successful yet nobody was arrested or hurt -- which makes attacks like this easier to recruit for and easier to repeat."
war  crime 
february 2014 by warrenellis
China Conducts First Test of New Ultra-High Speed Missile Vehicle | Washington Free Beacon
"Hypersonic weapons use cutting edge technology for flying and maneuvering at ultra-high speeds in space and air. Future weapons will include powered and unpowered hypersonic vehicles fired from the last stages of ICBMs and submarine missiles, and from the bomb-bays of strategic bombers. Hypersonic cruise missiles and surveillance drones also are expected."
january 2014 by warrenellis
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