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Militants Strike Suspected Pakistani Nuclear Facility

Published: 8/16/2012 Pakistan's giant aeronautical complex at Kamra has been attacked by the domestic Taliban. The base may contain components of Pakistan's nuclear weapons programme. IHS Global Insight Perspective   Significance The Pakistani Taliban has launched another attempted suicide-siege attack against an air base. Implications It is possible the base contains components of Pakistan's nuclear-weapons programme, although Pakistani officials deny this. Outlook The militant attack included planning errors that limited its effectiveness, reducing fears about the safety of dangerous technologies. In Kamra The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has attacked the Kamra aeronautical complex near Attock in an escalation of its operations within Punjab province, which is more stable than the west of the country and where the majority of Pakistanis live. In the early hours of 16 August a squad of nine TTP militants stormed the Pakistan Air Force's P

Pentagon’s DARPA looking to create super soldiers

  13 Aug 2012  by Jacque Fresco The US military's future technology division is reportedly eyeing tampering with soldiers' genes, allowing them to go for days without food or sleep and re-grow limbs lost in battle or due to landmines. Scientists at the Pentagon's high-tech Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency hope to find a way to affect certain genes to make the human body do amazing things, like using body fat more efficiently, says British newspaper Sunday Express. The journalists talked to novelist Simon Conway, who was given a behind-the-scenes glimpse of DARPA's research, which may seem like it comes straight out of a science fiction novel. "If you can efficiently convert fat into energy you don't need to feed your soldiers as often," Conway said. "So you can send them into battle in remote areas plump and they live off their own fat. "It is all about improving efficiency of energy creation in the body. Soldiers would be able t

Targeting Tribal Leaders: A New Militant Tactic in Sinai

August 16, 2012 | 0903 GMT     Stratfor By Ashley Lindsey Militants killed Egyptian tribal leader Khalaf al-Menahy and his son Aug. 13 as the two were returning from a conference in east Sinai organized and attended by tribal leaders to denounce militancy, according to Sinai security forces. The senior al-Menahy was a prominent proponent of bolstering the Sinai Peninsula's representation in Egypt's parliament and of improving security in the region. He also was a prominent sheikh in the Sawarka tribe, said to be the largest in Sinai. Following his burial Aug. 13, the tribe vowed to seek vengeance. This is the first reported case of militants attacking tribal leaders in Sinai. It comes soon after an attack on Egyptian security forces Aug. 5 and an attack on military checkpoints in northern Sinai on Aug. 8.  Although the militant tactic of targeting tribal leaders is new to Sinai, the tactic has been common in conflict zones in the Middle East and South Asia, such as in Y

Looking back at India’s Partition

Behind Pakistan and Jinnah were much bigger forces. These forces needed the partition of India. The Fate of India as the Raj saw it (Cartoon By Illingworth, Leslie Gilbert, (1902-1979) in Daily Mail on 25 February 1946 Hard landing for Pakistan From it’s very start, Pakistan fancied itself as an equal to India. An illusion that India did little to change. And many in India implicitly believed in, till about two decades ago. While the Indian ship has changed course, the Pakistani behaviour remains rooted in the past – back to its very formation. Back to events, immediately after the formation of India and Pakistan . when India was divided, it might have been logical for the new Muslim state in the Indus valley to take the name ‘India’ (or even ‘Industan’, as the valley was called by an eighteenth-century English sailor). But Muhammad Ali Jinnah rejected the colonial appellation and chose the pious neologism Pakis

Are medical evacuation efforts worrying militaries?

Contributor: Richard de Silva Posted: 07/26/2012 12:00:00 AM EDT | 0 With the conflict in Afghanistan winding down and the withdrawal of all major international forces rapidly approaching, commanders have realised that the window of opportunity to learn, test and analyse for tomorrow’s conflict is beginning to slide shut. Specifically, the US military and other key players have all begun a concerted research drive for information, particularly when it comes to ensuring the survivability of troops on the frontline. The biggest area of concern appears to be in the fields of battlefield healthcare and medical evacuation, which require constant improvement despite the leaps and bounds in progress over the past fifty years. Real-time research already being carried out in Afghanistan includes MRI scanning on troops suffering mild trauma to the brain from IED incidents and the effects of high-altitude on damaged brains during medevac. As per the culture of modern armed forces,

The Israeli Crisis

August 14, 2012 | 0859 GMT Stratfor By George Friedman Crises are normally short, sharp and intense affairs. Israel's predicament has developed on a different time frame, is more diffuse than most crises and has not reached a decisive and intense moment. But it is still a crisis. It is not a crisis solely about Iran, although the Israeli government focuses on that issue. Rather, it is over Israel's strategic reality since 1978, when it signed the Camp David accords with Egypt. Perhaps the deepest aspect of the crisis is that Israel has no internal consensus on whether it is in fact a crisis, or if so, what the crisis is about. The Israeli government speaks of an existential threat from Iranian nuclear weapons. I would argue that the existential threat is broader and deeper, part of it very new, and part of it embedded in the founding of Israel. Israel now finds itself in a long-term crisis in which it is struggling to develop a strategy and foreign policy to deal with