East-Asia-Intel.com: Elite universities team up with PLA for China’s global cyber-espionage offensive — March 27, 2013

http://www.east-asia-intel.com/eai/2013/03_27/1.asp  Elite universities team up with PLA for China’s global cyber-espionage offensiveEast-Asia-Intel.com, March 27, 2013China is the world’s indisputable leading cyber attacker when it comes to stealing other nations’ military, financial, industrial and political information.But that dubious accomplishment would not have been possible without the symbiosis between the People’s Liberation Army, which is the main organizer and operator of cyber espionage, and the nation’s multitude of elite universities whose faculty bodies have many U.S.-trained computer and IT experts.A view of China’s “Unit 61398” outside Shanghai.  ReutersThe recent disclosure by the U.S.-based Internet security firm Mandiant that there was a PLA organization codenamed Unit 61398 that is devoted to cyber espionage came as no surprise to many in the West.However, what did come as a surprise was the concomitant discovery of the intrinsic ties between the PLA’s cyber attacks and China’s computer science departments in many leading universities of the country.Faculty members from these universities routinely sign contracts from the Unit 61398 to work on cyber security projects.Many research papers were located online highlighting how China’s military cyber units could penetrate the Internet. On many occasions, ads posted by Unit 61398 on university job bulletin boards solicit graduates in computer science and Internet security from these elite universities to join the PLA and become members of Unit 61398.Reuters news agency has found papers co-authored by faculty members from the elite Shanghai Jiaotong University and researchers from the PLA’s Unit 61398 on network security and attack detection.One of the researchers was the developer of China’s leading infiltrative cyber-attack platform, who is also the vice present of the Jiaotong University’s School of Information Security Engineering.The case at Shanghai’s Jiaotong University is considered just a tip of the iceberg because virtually every leading computer engineering and Internet development program in the nation has some degree of connection to the PLA’s cyber-espionage enterprise.Largely due to massive Chinese military’s offensive cyber attacks on key U.S. sectors, the Cyber Command has grown rapidly in response to China’s offensives. In fiscal year 2013, its personnel will increase to 5,000, with a much larger budget of $3.4 billion.When it comes to China’s national devotion to cyber-spying, there really is a Military-Academic Complex. GertzFile.comGeoStrategy-Direct.comWorldTribune.Com  COPYRIGHT © 2013     EAST WEST SERVICES, INC.    ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Muslim Influence in Pentagon Prevails; Material on Radical Islam “Purged,” Outstanding Army Officer “Disciplin ed,” – TMLC Enters Case

In effect, our own government is applying Islamic Sharia law to prevent any criticism of Islam. The chill on instruction is already happening at the Joint Forces Command College of the National Defense University, to which LTC Dooley is assigned.

Claire M. Lopez, a former CIA agent and strategic policy and intelligence expert, recently commented on General Dempsey’s order:

“The final bastion of America’s defense against Islamic jihad and sharia, the Pentagon, fell to the enemy in April 2012, with the issuance of a letter from General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, re-issuing his earlier order that all Department of Defense (DoD) course content be scrubbed to ensure no lingering remnant of disrespect to Islam.

All U.S. military Combatant Commands, Services, the National Guard Bureau and Joint Staff are under Dempsey’s Muslim Brotherhood-dictated orders to ensure that henceforth, no U.S. military course will ever again teach truth about Islam that the jihadist enemy finds offensive (or just too informative). To all intents and purposes, DoD Secretary Leon E. Panetta likewise has acquiesced to a Muslim Brotherhood takeover of U.S. military education.”

In an astonishing and unprecedented Pentagon News Conference on May 10, 2012 carried nationally on C-SPAN, General Dempsey, with Secretary of Defense Panetta sitting at his side, personally attacked LTC Dooley, a subordinate Army officer who honorably served our Nation, and was subsequently prohibited from publicly defending himself.

Once LTC Dooley’s name was publicly revealed, immediate threats to him and his family prompted security measures to be taken for their protection.

The administrative disciplinary procedures against LTC Dooley included removal from his teaching assignment and withdrawal of an outstanding Officer Evaluation Report (OER) concerning the elective course he had been teaching at the Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) entitled, Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism. However, the course content critical of Islam as an ideology, the guest speakers and their methods of instruction were all pre-approved by the JFSC years ago.


CIA Worked Closely With Libyan Intelligence, Tripoli Files Show | FoxNews.com

Published September 03, 2011 | Associated Press



September 3: This image provided by Human Rights Watch on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, shows a secret document dated April 15, 2004 discovered by Human Rights Watch in Tripoli, Libya, detailing a request for Libya to take custody of a terrorist suspect known as “Shaykh Musa.”

TRIPOLI – The CIA and other Western intelligence agencies worked closely with the ousted regime of Muammar Qaddafi, sharing tips and cooperating in handing over terror suspects for interrogation to a regime known to use torture, according to a trove of security documents discovered after the fall of Tripoli.

The revelations provide new details on the West’s efforts to turn Libya’s mercurial leader from foe to ally and provide an embarrassing example of the U.S. administration’s collaboration with authoritarian regimes in the war on terror.

The documents, among tens of thousands found in an External Security building in Tripoli, show an increasingly warm relationship, with CIA agents proposing to set up a permanent Tripoli office, addressing their Libyan counterparts by their first names and giving them advice. In one memo, a British agent even sends Christmas greetings.

The agencies were known to cooperate as the longtime Libyan ruler worked to overcome his pariah status by stopping his quest for weapons of mass destruction and renouncing support for terrorism. But the new details show a more extensive relationship than was previously known, with Western agencies offering lists of questions for specific detainees and apparently the text for a Qaddafi speech.

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Petraeus ends ‘historic’ military career to lead CIA – CNN

August 31, 2011|By the CNN Wire Staff

Army Gen. David Petraeus, who served as the top U.S. commander in Iraq
and Afghanistan, ended his military career Wednesday to take the reins
at the CIA.

“Our journey with the U.S. military has been amazing
one,” he said, speaking for himself and his wife Holly at his retirement
ceremony after 37 years in the Army. The ceremony was held at Joint
Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia.

He added that the journey
was not coming to an end, “even though we’re about to begin an exciting
new journey with another extraordinary organization.”

Petraeus ends ‘historic’ military career to lead CIA – CNN.

Taiwan to pursue purchase of F-16 fighters

by Staff Writers
Taipei, Taiwan (UPI) Aug 19, 2011

Taiwan will continue its efforts to buy F-16 C/D fighters despite reports that the U.S. administration has turned down the request.

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said the aircraft are essential to the country’s defenses, a report by Taiwan’s Central News Agency said.

Ma said the weapons are defensive in nature and under the Taiwan Relations Act the United States is obliged to provide Taiwan with the arms it needs to defend itself, the CNA report said.

The purchases aren’t meant to instigate an arms race with mainland China, with whom Taiwan has an improving relationship but are to replace aging equipment.

"We won’t engage in an arms race with mainland China but we need to build up a strong and streamlined military force," Ma said during a promotion ceremony for senior military officers.

Taiwan is pursuing "three lines of defense" in building national security, Ma said.

Taipei is establishing rapport with Beijing as well as enhancing Taiwan’s contribution to the international community and aligning defense policy with diplomacy.

The CNA report said Taiwan has been seeking to buy the F-16 C/D fighters since 2006.

The news that United States wouldn’t sell Taiwan the requested 66 F-16 C/D aircraft was reported during last week’s biennial Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition.

An unnamed Taiwan Ministry of National Defense official said the United States had bowed to pressure from China to not sell the aircraft.

"We are so disappointed in the United States," he said.

A U.S. Department of Defense delegation was in Taipei to offer an upgraded package for Taiwan’s 146 F-16A/B aircraft, including an active electronically scanned array radar.

"The U.S. Pentagon is here explaining what is in the upgrade package," a U.S. defense industry source said at the exhibition. "They are going to split the baby: no C/Ds, but the A/B upgrade is going forward."

The Fighting Falcon F-16 first flew in 1974 and was operational with the U.S. Air Force in 1978. It was made by General Dynamics until 1993 when General Dynamics sold its aircraft manufacturing business to Lockheed Corp., which became part of Lockheed Martin after a 1995 merger with Martin Marietta.

The prime user of the F-16 is the U.S. Air Force, although it no longer buys the aircraft. Upgraded versions are sold for export and around 25 countries operate the plane. Around 4,500 have been manufactured.

Taiwan operates the most common variant — the single-seat F-16A and two-seat F-16B.

The F-16C/D variants first went into production in 1984 and have improved cockpit avionics and radar which added Raytheon’s all-weather capability with beyond-visual-range AIM-7 and AIM-120 air-to-air missiles.

A report by Defense News said the proposed upgrade would make Taiwan’s F-16A/Bs "among the most capable variants of the aircraft, perhaps second only to the APG-80 AESA-equipped F-16E/Fs flown by the United Arab Emirates."

The upgrade would include either Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Agile Beam Radar or the Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar to replace the planes’ current APG-66(V)3 radar.

Defense News said either radar would be better than the Northrop APG-68(V)9 mechanical radar previously considered by Taiwan as an upgrade. Also, the new upgrade is intended to soften the blow of denying new planes to Taipei, a Lockheed Martin source said.


Taiwan to develop precision-guided missile

by Staff Writers
Taipei (AFP) Aug 22, 2011

Taiwan plans to develop a long-distance precision-guided missile which would be able to strike military bases along China’s southeastern coastline in the event of war, a legislator said Monday.

Taiwan’s defence ministry has budgeted Tw$30 million ($1.04 million) for developments including the design of the missile bases and safety systems, said Lin Yu-fang, a lawmaker who sits on the national defence committee.

But Lin, of the ruling Kuomintang party, said there were still only a few details available on the new weapon.

Taiwan’s defence ministry declined to comment on his remarks.

Lin said the missile, along with several other home-made weapons systems such as the Hsiungfeng (Brave Wind) 2E cruise missile, would be used as an effective deterrent should China launch military action against the island.

"In case of war, Taiwan would be able to use the weapon to strike the air-defence and ballistic missile bases deployed along China’s southeastern coastline," he said.

"This could be done without sending jet fighters near the mainland targets, and avoid risking the pilots’ lives."

Tensions between Taipei and Beijing have eased markedly since Ma Ying-jeou of the China-friendly Kuomintang party came to power in 2008 on a platform of beefing up trade links and allowing in more Chinese tourists.

But Beijing still refuses to renounce the possible use of force against Taiwan even though the island has ruled itself since the end of a civil war in 1949.

And the continued uncertainty has prompted Taiwan to seek more advanced weaponry.

In its national defence report released in July, published every other year, Taiwan’s defence ministry noted mounting endeavours by China to boost its already impressive military capabilities.