Rapid Fire 2011-03-31: State-sponsored Cyber Threats

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* US costs of Libyan operation total $550 million so far, according to DoD official. * Flight International provides an overview of allied air operations and assets against Libyan air defenses, and adds the destruction of a Libyan plane by a French Rafale fighter – after the Libyan aircraft landed. The evolving Wikipedia entry remains an excellent overview of the forces at work so far, and includes a timeline. See also Canada’s National Post, who shows recent events using changing maps. * While initial goals have been reached, NATO remains divided on what’s next, as are key US figures. Meanwhile, as WIRED puts it: “While Libya War Grows, Obama Team Denies It’s a War.” That’s dangerous territory for an administration with no Congressional approval for its actions, hence a 60-day time limit, and no endgame in sight. * Fox News and the New Yorker offer different perspectives re: the Libyan rebels, in the wake of allegations that al-Qaeda may in fact be involved. Or, you could ask Canada’s CSIS intelligence analysis agency, which looked at eastern Libya in 2009. * Russian Army is replacing its Grad MRLS systems with new Tornado-G systems, which have ranges up to 90 kilometers. * […]

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