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Russia Set to Orbit Six US Telecoms Satellites

Russia Set to Orbit Six US Telecoms Satellites

by Staff Writers
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Feb 06, 2013

Globalstar-2 satellites, manufactured by Thales Alenia Space, carry 16 C-band and S-band transponders and have a service life of 15 years, twice that of Globalstar's first-generation satellites.
Russia will launch on Tuesday a Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying six Globalstar-2 telecommunications satellites from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said.

Iron Dome – the Achilles heel of Israel's defence?

Iron Dome – the Achilles heel of Israel's defence?

Tags: Israel Army, Society, Opinion & Analysis, World, Iron Dome, Iron Dome anti-rocket battery
Yulia Zamanskaya Jan 14, 2013 21:55 Moscow Time

Photo: EPA

In the months since the most recent round of Israel-Gaza hostilities, Israel's Iron Dome defence system has received almost universal praise. Proclaimed as nothing less than a product of ‘Jewish genius’, the Dome’s eminence has not gone unnoticed by defence industry experts who have unanimously called it a ‘military revolution’ but also by countries such as Turkey, South Korea, and Singapore, all now reportedly considering purchasing the system for themselves. Jeremiah Stein, a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology, Texas, does not share the global community's positive sentiments, arguing that the Dome system is actually vulnerable to Israel’s most profound threats.

Ex-CIA analyst spots mysterious Chinese grids via Google Earth

Ex-CIA analyst spots mysterious Chinese grids via Google Earth

BY NATASHA LENNARDJAN 10, 2013

Former CIA analyst Allen Thompson is no stranger to Google Earth exploration. According to Wired’s Noah Schachtman, Thompson “has made something of a second career finding odd stuff in public satellite imagery. He discovered… giant grids etched into the Chinese desert in 2011, and a suspected underground missile bunker in Iran in 2008.” Last month, he made another discovery, but he’s not quite sure of what.

Crisis-hit Sudan opens bigger dam in conflict state

Crisis-hit Sudan opens bigger dam in conflict state

Al-Arabiya, 1 January 2013

A torrent of water surged Tuesday into Sudan’s Blue Nile river as President Omar al-Bashir inaugurated the expanded Roseires dam, which officials say should help develop one of the country’s poorest, insurgent-hit regions.

The 61 Countries a Mad Despot Could Instantly Unplug From the Internet

The 61 Countries a Mad Despot Could Instantly Unplug From the Internet

BY ROBERT MCMILLAN12.03.126:30 AM

Graphic: Renesys
It’s becoming the trademark move of failing regimes: silence your critics and cripple their communications by cutting off the internet. Libya did it. Egypt too. And last week, Syria pulled the plug on its own internet system.


According to new research from network monitoring company Renesys, it could just as easily happen in many other countries too, including Greenland, Yemen, and Ethiopia. Sixty-one of the world’s countries have just one or two service providers connecting them to the rest of the internet.
“If you’re a sufficiently small place it’s almost inescapable that there will be so little internet that it’s almost trivial to turn it off,” says James Cowie, chief technology officer with Renesys.

Cyber Power in Strategic Affairs: Neither Unthinkable nor Blessed

Cyber Power in Strategic Affairs: Neither Unthinkable nor Blessed

 

 

 

Posted by David Betz
November 28, 2012 - 10:44am

 

 

 

The War in the Air

It's my attempt to broaden the discussion of 'cyber' beyond computer networks and to look at the effect of 'connectivity' (my preferred term) on strategic affairs more broadly. My view, in a nutshell, is that its effect on war's character is potentially, although not yet shown in practice, considerably large; but its effect on war's nature is small.

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