Friday, September 30, 2011

Military Radar 2011 Conference (Oct 26-28, 2011) London

The Military Radar 2011 Conference will be held in London, United Kingdom on October 26-28, 2011.  The conference offers a comprehensive and influential speaker panel and introduces the next generation of radar technology.

The following link will bring you to a listing of other security and defense related conferences.   Security and Defense Conferences

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Airborne Early Warning and Battle Management (AEW) Conference (January 17-18, 2012)

The Airborne Early Warning and Battle Management Conference (AEW) will be held in London, UK on January 17-18, 2012.  Find out more about this event at the link below:

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Adm McRaven Endorses Afghan Local Police (ALP) in Recent Testimony

U.S. Special Operations Commander Admiral McRaven recently testified before a House Armed Services subcommittee on a number of topics concerning USSOCOM. One of these topics was the hope that the U.S. military and Afghan government has in the Afghan Local Police (ALP) initiative that is currently underway in Afghanistan. His favorable comments can be seen in the article at the following link (see second to last paragraph) in "Special Operations Forces Heart the CIA; Concerned About Budgets", Ares (a Defense Technology Blog), Aviation Week, September 23, 2011.

Executive Protection Information

Find out more about how to protect yourself.  Learn about executive protection training, firms that provide bodyguards, and where to seek employment.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Michael Furlong Resigns From Air Force - Implicated in Secret Spy Network in Afghanistan

Michael Furlong, a civilian employee of the U.S. Air Force, has resigned from his position. He was implicated in a secret "information gathering" operation that some say crossed the line into "intelligence gathering". Read more in "Official resigns over alleged spy ring", San Francisco Chronicle, September 27, 2011.

Future Artillery Jordan Conference (21-23 Nov 2011)

The Future Artillery Jordan conference will take place in Amman, Jordan on November 21-23, 2011. This conference has a number of renowned speakers from the armed forces of many different countries attending and presenting. You can learn more about this conference at the link below:

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Book Review - Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign

Michael Waltz has wrote a comprehensive book review of a recent book by Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker entitled Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al-Qaeda. The book . . .
" . . . traces the evolution since 9/11 of U.S. counterterrorism strategy within the military, intelligence agencies, and law enforcement, the results of which are now at work in combating al-Qaeda and its affiliates worldwide. Schmitt and Shanker do a thorough job of pulling together all of the bits and pieces of the efforts across the myriad agencies."
The book review can be read on The AFPAK Channel blog of Foreign Policy Magazine here - "Counterstrike".  You can also purchase the book on at the link below.

Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Afghan Clean Energy Project (ACEP) May be Discontinued; USAID Funding Cut

It appears that the Afghan Clean Energy Project (ACEP) will see reduced funding over the next few years. This was a highly regarded alternative energy program that USAID, in conjunction with other partners, was funding and implementing. But with the drastic cuts in the budget it appears that this worthwhile program - among others - will discontinue.  Click here to learn more about solar energy power projects in Afghanistan.

Rough Sailing for the Greyside Group

One security firm that tries to maintain a low-profile during its operations is the Greyside Group. However things don't always go to plan. A group of five of its employees were recently arrested in Mozambique for unauthorized possession of weaponry. The small security detail had no documentation for the weapons when they arrived at the airport in Nampula, Mozambique (aaaahhhh the paperwork or was it the lack of a bribe?). It seems that the security detail was hired by the German shipping company NSB to assist in the search (and recovery?) of a hijacked NSB vessel. There are a number of firms that provide maritime security for shipping that have conducted similar operations. Read more in an article entitled "American Security Team Arrested in Nampula By Mozambique Police", The Maritime Executive, September 22, 2011. You can learn more about the Greyside Group at their website


Ah. Don't trust the initial reports.  Evidently Greyside Group says the report is inaccurate and there were no weapons involved. See the links below:

Change of Command at Rule of Law Field Force - Afghanistan

The Rule of Law Field Force - Afghanistan (ROLFF-A) had a Change of Command ceremony on September 14, 2011. The ROLFF-A is charged with assisting the Afghanistan government with the process of establishing "rule of law" within Afghanistan - a difficult if not impossible task. Learn more about attempts to assist the Afghans in building the rule of law in Afghanistan.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Killer Elite Movie (Based on "The Feather Men")

A new movie release called The Killer Elite is generating some controversy.  It is an action film with some big name actors.  It appears that movie is based on a book entitled The Feather Men by Sir Ranulph Fiennes that detailed the murder of some SAS soldiers that had served in the Middle East.  Read a review of the movie here.  Learn more about the book previously published as The Feather Men which is now on sale at as The Killer Elite.

International Fighter, London, UK - Nov 8-10, 2011

International Fighter is a conference and event that is "widely recognized as the world leading, independent forum for the fighter community . . " that provides an authoritative view of future developments and acquisition priorities.  A number of highly regarded speakers will be presenting at the conference.  The conference takes place on November 8-10, 2011 at the Royal Air Force Museum in London, UK.  Click here to learn more about the event -

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Britain and Counterinsurgency - Puncturing the COIN Myth

The British are lauded for their vaunted expertise in counterinsurgency operations in past military ventures in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.  However a recent document posted on the Strategic Studies Institute website of the United States Army War College has a different viewpoint. The document is entitled "Puncturing the Counterinsurgency Myth: Britain and Irregular Warfare in the Past, Present, and Future" by Dr. Andrew Mumford.  The brief Synopis posted reads like this:
"This monograph holds that an aura of mythology has surrounded conventional academic and military perceptions of British performance in the realm of irregular warfare. It identifies 10 myths regarding British counterinsurgency performance and seeks to puncture them by critically assessing the efficacy of the British way of counterinsurgency from the much-vaunted, yet over-hyped, Malayan Emergency to the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq in 2009. It challenges perceptions of the British military as an effective learning institution when it comes to irregular warfare and critically assesses traditional British counterinsurgency strategic maxims regarding hearts and minds and minimum force."
Hmmmmm.  I wonder what my Brit SAS friends would say?

If interested in the document click on the link below:

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Security Contracting Firms Descending on Libya

As the rebels in Libya consolidate their hold on the country others are looking for business opportunities.  Those "others" include some security companies with extensive experience in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The operational environment in Libya is a fluid situation that requires flexibility. Read more about security contracting firms in Libya in "As Libya War Winds Down, Security Consultants Tout Iraq, Afghan Experience", Bloomberg News, September 22, 2011.  Learn more about security firms that provide security contract services in dangerous places.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Cyber Warfare Europe 2011 (Berlin, Sep 26-29, 2011)

The Cyber Warfare Europe 2011 conference will be held at the Berlin Marriott Hotel in Berlin, Germany on 26-29 September 2011.  Senior officers, leading industry contractors, and government staff will gather to discuss the latest cyber issues.  The conference " . . . will focus specifically on the challenges, strategies, and solutions facing smaller European militaries and governments as they formulate national strategies to keep their defensive and offensive cyber capabilties up to date and in-line with the international community".  Learn more at this event at  See a listing of other security and defense related conferences at the link below:

Sunday, September 18, 2011

IMO Issues Guidance on Security Guards to Counter Somali-Based Piracy

"Further interim guidance on the use of privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) on board ships to counter Somali-based piracy has been approved by an IMO intersessional working group. The Intersessional Maritime Security and Piracy Working Group of the Maritime Safety Committee, which met at IMO Headquarters in London from 13 to 15 September 2011, approved a Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) circular for dissemination . . . "

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Night Vision Equipment

Have you ever wanted to know more about night vision equipment?  Our Internet page on night vision equipment will explain how these NVDs work, who manufactures them and where to buy them.