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US concerned over China's new weapons: Gates

Jan 9, 2011, 07.25am IST http://www.nytimes.com/2011/ 01/09/world/asia/09military. html?ref=asia ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT: US defense secretary Robert Gates on Saturday voiced concern over China's latest hi-tech weaponry and called for improving uneasy military relations with Beijing to help defuse tensions. Speaking to reporters en route to Beijing for three days of talks, Gates said the Chinese appeared to have made more progress in building its first stealth fighter jet than previously thought and that an anti-ship missile posed a potential threat to the US military. "They clearly have the potential to put some of our capabilities at risk. And we have to pay attention to them, we have to respond appropriately with our own programs," Gates said. But he said the advances in weaponry underlined the importance of building a dialogue with the Chinese military, and said his visit starting Sunday hopefully would lay the ground for deeper US defense ties with

Watershed Year for Pakistan

Pakistan should be expected to enter a watershed period of transformation in 2011, with this dynamic having significant ramifications for the coalition’s conflict against the Taliban, as well as for the strategic balance between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and India. In essence, Pakistan will be dominated by its geopolitical essence: as the key bridge between the Indian Ocean, Central Asia and the PRC. By Gregory Copley for ISN Insights http://www.isn.ethz.ch/isn/Current-Affairs/ISN-Insights/Detail?ots736=0c54e3b3-1e9c-be1e-2c24-a6a8c7060233&lng=en&ots627=fce62fe0-528d-4884-9cdf-283c282cf0b2&id=125837&tabid=125817&contextid734=125837&contextid735=125817 The WikiLeaks scandal of late 2010, which has revealed to the Pakistan electorate the well-known mutual disregard and cynicism of the Pakistani and US political leaderships, coupled with the death on 14 December of the abrasive US Special Envoy to the region, Richard Holbrooke, will dramatically limit th

RFI: Who Invented The Intelligence Cycle?

http://sourcesandmethods.blogspot.com/2011/01/rfi-who-invented-intelligence-cycle.html If there is one thing that virtually every intelligence professional, every intelligence sub-discipline, every intelligence training course uses, it is some version of the Intelligence Cycle. If you don't believe me, do a quick Google image search on the words "intelligence cycle" . While virtually none of the cycles are the same and virtually no intel professional will swear that this is how intel actually gets done, it appears to be one of the few things that everyone -- national security, law enforcement and business -- uses. A number of years ago, when I began to question the utility of the cycle (more on that later), I also began to do research on where the cycle came from. Who invented it? When? And under what circumstances? Why did the inventor think that a cycle was the best representation of the intel process? While you can find the cycle everywhere, I could not find an

2011 Predictions Of Interest (Link List)

http://sourcesandmethods.blogspot.com/2011/01/2011-predictions-of-interest-link-list.html The end of the year is always a good time for people and institutions who are in the business of taking a look at the year ahead. Here are a few lists of predictions that might be of interest to readers of SAM: Next Year's Wars. A joint effort of Foreign Policy magazine and the International Crisis Group (and first spotted by the always helpful US Army INTLST...), this list provides some initial insight into 16 possible new crises predicted to erupt in 2011. The list includes no-brainers such as Iraq and Sudan but also includes some surprises. Forecast 2011: Conflict Hotspots . The International Relations and Security Network has put together an interesting end of year report that highlights Tajikistan, Pakistan and the North Caucasus as places to watch in 2011 among its fairly extensive list of reports and primary resources. 7 Technologies That Will Rock 2011. Technology is not

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Military-industrial-congressional-thinktank-university-media complex"

For decades, the US has been aiding and arming a pseudo-democratic (but effectively military) regime in Pakistan in the guise of enlisting its support against terrorism, while this aid is being spent by the Pakistani regime on fighting an internal civil war which is designed to create more terrorists (including the heroic predator drone strikes on civilian populations from the safety of Kansas and West Virginia). Both donor and recipient have developed incentives to continue this killing spree in the name of fighting the very terrorism whose flames are being fanned by their actions. Consider the synergy between the military-industrial-congressional-thinktank-university-media complex in the US/NATO countries and the military-jihadi complex in Pakistan , and follow the money. Ask yourself who is gaining by all this.The war on terror has expanded, not shrunk, because it has evolved into a political project to keep people in a permanent state of insecurity in which they would feel compelle

Need for more US interest in Balochistan

NEED FOR MORE US INTEREST IN BALOCHISTAN B.RAMAN There is a need for the US to pay more attention to Balochistan as part of its Af -Pak strategy in order to pacify the Pashtun militancy encouraged by Al Qaeda and the Talibans operating in the Pashtun belt on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Balochistan is one of the areas of Pakistan where the influence of the mullas (clergy) is limited. The Balochs have no love for either the Army or the Mullas . The present struggle of the Baloch nationalists is directed against both the Army and the Mullas . The success of the nationalists would provide the US-led NATO forces with a rear base, free of the extremist virus, from which they could operate against Al Qaeda and the Talibans . A progressive and developed Balochistan could be an important component of the ideological struggle against Wahabised Islamic extremism, which today controls large areas of Pakistani Punjab and the Pashtun belt. 2. A Baloch component of

Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

http://tarafits.blogspot.com/ 2011/01/astonishing-rise-of- mental-illness-in.html Most of us who live stressed out lives ( certainly in the diplomatic profession ) have taken recourse to Psychiatric drugs , some times. But their effectiveness remains doubtful . Many a times the medical practitioners are encouraged in prescribing these drugs , in league with Pharmaceuticals and Drugs companies with commissions and other quid pro quo . I was Chairman and Managing Director of India’s largest Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Company , IDPL in 1985 and 1986 , with five units producing a wide range of bulk drugs, formulations, chemicals and surgical instruments , employing nearly 13,000 personnel .As a result of price control regime , the Indian government did succeed in keeping the prices of the life saving drugs cheap , also forcing multinationals to produce bulk drugs in India .IDPL trained a large number of Pharma industry experts , ( Dr Reddy of Reddy Laboratories was one of them) research

Indian elephant too slow for the Chinese dragon

By KEVIN RAFFERTY Special to The Japan Times HONG KONG — The visit by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to Delhi in December underlined the importance and immense diversity between the world's two once-and-future superpowers. Neighbors China and India, home to 35 percent of the planet's population, are the great hope for future global growth while potentially posing great peril that could plunder and destroy the Earth's fragile resources. Wen arrived with great fanfare, as if trying to prove that anything that the United States, France or Britain could do, China could do better and bigger. All four countries have paid court to India in recent weeks looking for business deals. President Barack Obama took 215 business leaders; Nicolas Sarkozy led more than 60; and David Cameron was accompanied by 40 British business executives. Premier Wen took 400 executives, including bosses from Shanghai Electric, SinoSteel and telecoms firms ZTE and Huawei. When Wen left after a packed thre

CSIS Establishes Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies

CSIS Establishes Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies; Ambassador Karl F. Inderfurth, Former Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs, to Serve as Inaugural Chair Holder WASHINGTON, January 5, 2011 – The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies and that Ambassador Karl F. Inderfurth, a former U.S. assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs, will serve as the inaugural chair holder. The chair is made possible by the generous support of the Wadhwani Foundation, which is founded and led by CSIS trustee and Symphony Technology Group CEO Dr. Romesh Wadhwani. “The newly established chair will pioneer policies that expand political and economic ties with India,” said Senator Sam Nunn, chairman of the CSIS Board of Trustees. “As a close U.S.-India relationship is in both countries’ interest, the chair’s work will be vitally important. CSIS is grateful to Dr.

BALOCHISTAN: Kidnapped Baloch Journalist’s Bullet-Riddled Body Found in Turbat

The Baloch Hal News QUETTA: The bullet-riddled dead body of a missing Baloch journalist Ilyas Nazar was found by authorities in Pidarak area of Kechh district, some 550 Km west of Quetta on Wednesday, along with Qambar Chakar Baloch, a top leader of the Baloch Students’ Organization (BSO). According to sources, Levies Force personnel after getting information from the local people, authorities reached Pidarak mountainous area, some 17 KM away from Turbat town and shifted the bodies to local hospital for autopsy. Hospital sources said that both victims received bullets wounds in their heads and their bodies bore severe torture marks. They were identified as Chakar Qambar (22) a central committee member of Baloch Students Organization (Azad) and Ilyas Nazar, a local journalist of Balochi magazine monthly “Darwanth” and a final year student of Computer Sciences. Ilyas Nazar was picked up reportedly by the government agencies after dragging him out from a passenger bus in costal town of