More Tit for Tate Between Russia, Ukraine, West
- Reuters: Russia targets space station project in retaliation for U.S. sanctions.
- The Kremlin has made hay of Ukraine’s reliance on Russia’s defense industry, but that dependence is reciprocal.
- The US State Department and NATO are saying that, like last months, satellite imagery does not back up Vladimir Putin’s claims that Russian troops have been withdrawn from the Ukrainian border.
USAF Base Control
- Based on a draft document seen by the Washington Times, it appears the US Air Force is considering consolidating base management responsibilities away from the major commands and into a single support center.
Framing the UK’s Royal Navy’s Job
- The British government released its National Strategy for Maritime Security [PDF]. On the hard power side, the report says that “interdiction and enforcement capabilities within UK waters will be further improved with the introduction of new RN Offshore Patrol Vessels in 2017.” This release closely follows the publication of a similar document on space security.
- China, a big weapons supplier to Bangladesh, is to provide them free military training.
- Taiwan’s state-owned Aerospace Industrial Development Corp (AIDC) plans to go public on the local stock exchange next quarter.
Death Verdict by Metadata
State of Threats
- To kick off the Atlantic Council’s “Disrupting Defense” conference, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dempsey described Al Qaeda as a network that poses a “generational challenge”, and also highlighted organized crime as another network posing a deep-seated security threat. He sees corruption of data as more dangerous than outright denial, because it can lead you to lose confidence in your own systems. Video below: