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National Security Correspondent J.J. Green has traveled three continents covering intelligence, terrorism, and security issues. From Afghanistan to Africa, Iraq to Ireland, there isn't anywhere J.J. won't go, nor anyone he won't talk with, to get the stories affecting the defense and national security communities.
U.S. intelligence is looking very carefully at the Indian Mujahideen. They are the group that some say is behind yesterday's attacks in Mumbai. 21 people were killed and dozens injured in three separate, but synchronized blasts during rush hour there. The last time a major terror attack happened in Mumbai, there were elements in the U.S. that were connected, but there is no obvious connection to this latest attack. Global intelligence firm Stratfor wrote the attacks were relatively unsophisticated.
The UN is crying foul, claiming the U.S. violated international rules by refusing to let a torture investigator speak alone to Army Private Bradley Manning. He's the soldier accused of leaking classified information to Wikileaks. Reuters is reporting that Juan Mendez, U.N. special envoy on torture, said that "unmonitored one-on-one meetings with detainees in custody worldwide were the only way he could conduct credible enquiries into allegations of mistreatment."
The Lulzsec hacker collected shutdown its operations a couple of weeks ago after hacking and releasing a massive amount of classified data from the Arizona Police, the FBI and DHS. But they allegedly have teamed up with another group called Anonymous and reportedly hacked into Cyber Defense giant Booz Allen Hamilton. They've reportedly leaked 10s of thousands of military emails online. BAH did not respond to questions saying it's not their policy to comment on specific threats or actions.
Joint Chiefs Chair Mullen headed to China. It's an interesting time because Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Forces are planning exercises during the visit. Experts say the exercises' will send a very clear message to Chinese about the strong U.S. Japanese relationship. U.S. officials are wondering how that will impact Mullen's visit with the Chinese. Mullen's trip is reciprocation for Chinese Gen. Chen Bingde's trip to the United States in May.
The house has rejected a move to block money for the U.S. military operation in Libya. The vote was 229-199 on Thursday. Both Republicans and Democrats had complained that the conflict was illegal because President Barack Obama had never sought congressional approval for the operation. But legislators kicked out an amendment that would have barred the use of taxpayer dollars to continue U.S. participation in the NATO-led mission.
The head of the Aerospace Industries Association is warning Congress, about cutting the defense budget. Marion Blakey said in a letter to house speaker John Boehner, any cuts to defense should be done in a "careful and thoughtful manner guided by our military leaders" and carried out only after the Pentagon completes its review of military force structure and capabilities, said Blakey, whose group represents hundreds of defense and aerospace companies.
The Associated Press has run the numbers and reports despite U.S. reports of progress on the battlefield, American troops were killed in the first half of this year at the same pace as in 2010. That suggests that the war's toll on U.S. forces has not changed as Afghanistan prepares to take control of it's own security. The number of Americans who died remained virtually unchanged. 197 have died so far this year compared to 195 in the first six months of last year.
The changing of the guard happens today that the Pentagon. SECDEF Robert Gates leaves. At his farewell speech he invoked the words of legendary General George C. Marshall --the great musts of a generation. They were he said, "the development of a sense of responsibility for world order and security. the development of a sense of the overwhelming importance of the countries acts and failures to act," He's replaced by now former CIA director Leon Panetta.
The Marines Corps has officially dismissed 22-year-old Yonathan Melaku, a reservist after he was charged with several shootings at the Pentagon and other military buildings. The separation process actually started earlier this month after he was charged in an unrelated matter with grand larceny. Melaku was arrested after he was caught trespassing inside Arlington National Cemetery after dark. Police say he had with him bomb-making materials.
The increase in violence comes as NATO-led forces prepare to hand security responsibility to Afghans in seven areas. This was to be the start of a gradual transition process that will end with all foreign troops leaving Afghanistan by the end of 2014. A two-day conference to discuss the transition process was due to begin in a government building in the center of the city today. Violence across Afghanistan in 2010 was already at its worst levels since the Taliban were ousted by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in late 2001.
An airstrike from a military aircraft hit a convoy carrying Al Qaida linked militants in southern Somalia, last week. A U.S. defense official says foreign fighters were among those killed in an attack carried out by a "partner country". The convoy was hit as it drove along the coastline in the southern port city of Kismayo. Al Shabaab confirmed the strike saying, however only two of its fighters were injured.
An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile blasted off early Wednesday on a test flight from California to a target in the Pacific Ocean, but according to the Associated Press, a communications problem forced the launch command to be issued by ground control rather than an airborne launch control system, the Air Force said. The ICBM roared out of a silo at 6:35 a.m. PDT and its re-entry vehicle reached a target near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands after an approximately 30-minute flight over 4,200 miles of ocean, a base statement said.
The State department says it's willing to engage North Korea, but only if it improves relations with South Korea. North Korea has taunted the world with its nuclear program for several years, threatening to launch missiles. U.S. allies are considering sending food to North Korea. The U.N. say 23 million people are in need of it in the North. South Korea says it's skeptical about that.
Pakistan has been warned again it could lose the military aid money the U.S. is providing. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned the Pakistani government about rising U.S. doubts over its commitment to fighting Islamist militants. At the same time, Clinton told a Senate panel that the Obama administration viewed Pakistan as a crucial partner as it seeks to wind down the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.
As the President begins the drawdown process in Afghanistan, some other things will have to change as well. There will be a shift from rapid impact stability programs run by international agencies to infrastructure and economic growth projects that can be run by Afghans. Hydroelectric dams, roads, gas fields, mines, and increased agricultural production will be the center of attention as the 2014 drawdown deadline approaches.
China hits the U.S., then the Pentagon fires back. The stakes in the shadowy cyber war are growing more and more costly. So former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is urging the two countries to set some limits. Kissinger told Reuters in his own words, if it's viewed case by case it will lead to accusations and counter-accusations." The Chinese government is suspected of cyber attacks ranging from rudimentary small scale hacking to broad disruptive assaults on major corporations.
About 4 years ago, computer worms began nibbling at the Pentagon's sensitive computer based information networks. One in particular managed to infiltrate computers linked to U.S. Central Command. Now it appears that original version of the worm has been improved several times over and attempting even more damaging attacks of Pentagon systems. The Chinese are commonly accused of the attack, but experts who've studied the constant assaults, they say it bears the hallmarks of Russian Intelligence.
Department of Defense Undersecretary Ashton Carter has told Congress that it would keep working on Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk reconnaissance drone even though it's way over budget. He notified Congress on Tuesday that the program was essential to national security and that there were no alternatives that would meet the department's requirements for less money.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the Associated Press that the Obama administration tried to improve relations with Pakistan recently by sharing intelligence about on the locations where insurgents were suspected of making bombs, but it turned out to be a big disappointment. The two locations are in the tribal territories in northwestern Pakistan. But by the time authorities reached the facilities, the suspects had been tipped off and were gone.
The United States and NATO are stepping up military operations against Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, hoping to push him out of power to drive him from power -- or Reuters says a senior U.S. official is hoping they can kill him. The comments came after some of the heaviest bombing in Tripoli since the campaign to oust Gadhafi began. According to the Reuters report, the official said, "no one would shed a tear" if Gaddafi were to die in one of the many attacks."