Thursday, February 25, 2021

Tweets Of The Day

Picture Of The Day

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi touches one of the two coffins containing the bodies of Italian ambassador Luca Attanasio and his bodyguard Vittorio Iacovacci as they arrive back at Rome's Ciampino airport following a deadly attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Rome, Italy, February 23. Ministero della Esteri/Handout via REUTERS 

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Top Photos of the Day (Reuters).

Report Says The Cost To Build 15 New Warships For The Canadian Navy Will Be $77 Billion!!!

An artist's rendering of the Type 26 Global Combat Ship. PHOTO BY IMAGE PROVIDED /Lockheed Martin Canada 

The controversial surface combatant project has faced delays and significant increases in cost as the price tag has climbed from an original $14-billion 

The cost of Canada’s proposed fleet of warships has jumped to an estimated $77 billion, according to a new report from the parliamentary budget officer. 

The report, released Wednesday by Yves Giroux, outlined how the price tag of the Canadian Surface Combatant fleet increased by $7.3 billion in less than two years. 

The controversial project, which would see Canada purchase 15 Type 26 warships from Lockheed Martin and BAE, has already faced delays and significant cost increases — and a contract has not yet been signed. 

The vessels are meant to replace the current Halifax-class frigate fleet and are to be built for the Royal Canadian Navy at Irving Shipbuilding on the east coast. 

WNU Editor: cheaper alternatives are now being offered .... PBO says mixed frigate fleet and other designs offer cheaper options to navy program (CBC)

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Are These the High-Tech Combat Drones Of The Future?

Warzone/The Drive: Check Out The Mystery Drone Model On The Desk Of This General Atomics Executive 

This model, and another we could identify, provide a tantalizing glimpse into the company’s work on high-tech combat drones. 

When it comes to unmanned aircraft, there is seemingly no shortage of new and cutting-edge projects and programs. As well as actual drones that are being built or tested, there are reams of studies, works in progress, and more hypothetical concepts in this game-changing arena. That said, once in a while, an artist’s study or model crops up which takes us somewhat by surprise. Case in point, a pair of desktop models in the office of a General Atomics Aeronautical Systems executive that Steve Trimble, Aviation Week’s Defense Editor and a friend of The War Zone, spotted today. The company later confirmed they show an undisclosed prototype combat drone and a precursor to the Sparrowhawk — a weapon-carrying air-launched drone, itself designed for launch from drones. 

WNU Editor: Cannot tell much from the picture. But the drone model on the left looks interesting.

Details of Bombardier’s jet used for Saab’s GlobalEye surveillance system posted on dark web

The SAAB GlobalEye spy plane, pictured, uses the body of a Bombardier Global 6000 business jet for its base 

 * Details from the hack appear to have been released on the darkweb site CL0P^_- LEAKS 
 * Forensic analysis revealed that personal and other confidential information relating to employees, customers and suppliers was compromised 
 * The Clop site was launched in March 2020 to publish data stolen from non-paying victims held hostage using the ransomware
 * Companies that recently appeared to fall victim to Clop ransomware include the law firm Jones Day, which represents former President Donald Trump 
 * Financial cyber-crime gang FIN11 is believed to be behind the series of recent Clop ransom campaigns 
 * Some of the documents leaked appear to show specifications for the GlobalEye radar and mission system 

Details for a military spy plane appear to been leaked on the dark web by hackers as it is believed manufacturer Bombardier refused to pay a ransom.

Canadian business jet manufacturer Bombardier, whose Global 6000 jet is used for Saab's GlobalEye spy plane system, announced on Tuesday that it recently suffered 'a limited cybersecurity breach.' 

The leak, posted to the darkweb site CL0P^_- LEAKS, appears to show specifications and mechanics for the GlobalEye airborne early warning and control platform developed by the Swedish defense company Saab. 

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WNU Editor: Bombardier is saying that this was a 'limited cyber security breach'. I am not sure about that. It looks like these hackers had access to a lot of stuff. Who knows what else they may have taken.

Entire US Federal Reserve Payment System Crashes For Three Hours Due To 'Operational Error' Freezing $3Trillion In Daily Transactions


 * All Federal Reserve settlement services suffered disruptions on Wednesday 
 * The key banking systems were offline for more than three hours 
 * Fed says that the massive outage was caused by an 'operational error' 
 * Systems affected form the backbone of US banking and financial sector 
 * Fedwire is used by banks to transfer an average of $3.3 trillion every day 
 * FedACH handles smaller transactions such as paychecks and tax refunds 

The Federal Reserve payment systems used to settle transactions between U.S. financial institutions has suffered a massive disruption due to an 'operational error'. 

The system used by U.S. banks to execute some $3 trillion in transactions daily began suffering outages at around 11.15am Eastern time on Wednesday, and remained down for more than three hours. 

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WNU Editor: Imagine what would happen if this outage was not repaired. 

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U.S. Intelligence Report Will Name Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince As 'Approving' The Killing Of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi


 * President Joe Biden plans to call the king of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday 
 * His administration will name Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the man who approved the 2018 killing of Jamal Khashoggi 
 * Information will be in forthcoming declassified intelligence report
 * White House said last week Biden would recalibrate American relations with Saudi Arabia and will communicate through King Salman rather than with MBS 
 * That marks a change in policy from Trump administration who dealt with MBS * Khashoggi wrote columns critical of Saudi government
 * He was killed in October 2018 when he visited Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork necessary for his marriage to a Turkish citizen

President Joe Biden's administration will name Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the man who approved the 2018 killing of Jamal Khashoggi when it releases an intelligence report on the journalist's murder. 

Four U.S. officials told Reuters the forthcoming declassified U.S. intelligence report - to which the CIA was the main contributor - assesses that the crown prince approved and likely ordered the murder of Khashoggi. 

Biden plans to call the king of Saudi Arabia ahead of the public release of the report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence - which could come out as soon as Thursday. 

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 24, 2021

Image: Flickr 

The Biden team should consider completing the withdrawal of U.S. troops and resources from Afghanistan and helping U.S. diplomatic and military institutions learn the limitations of their abilities as revealed by this and similar wars. 

The Biden team is considering putting a pause on Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. forces from America’s longest war in response to Taliban failures to meet the terms of their agreement with the former president. 

Whether or not the Taliban has met its end of the bargain, a new administration gives the United States the opportunity to reevaluate its position and the value of continued blood and treasure spent on Afghanistan. 

Given that Afghan insurgents have managed to keep pace in tactical and technological adaptation with U.S. forces, and given that the United States’ reputation has been tarnished by the war, a clear-eyed review of the dynamics of this war would justify unconditional withdrawal. 

 Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 24, 2021 

Afghanistan: Will Biden Cave to the Forever War Party? -- Cheryl Benard, National Interest 

Afghanistan: To leave or not to leave -- Syed Fazl-E-Haider, The Interpreter 

The Real Regional Problem With the Iran Deal -- Trita Parsi, foreign Affairs 

How to rethink Russia sanctions -- Anders Aslund, The Hill 

World News Briefs -- February 24, 2021 (Evening Edition)

Israel has vaccinated the highest proportion of its population against the virus in the world. The authorities there are hoping this will enable them to get back to business as usual quicker 

 * UK is already dishing out 358,340 doses a day on average, a report by German company Statista says  
 * This is 46 per cent more jabs than the country needs to achieve herd immunity by December 31 this year 
 * France, Germany and Italy, however, will need to more than double the pace of their rollouts they said Britain and the US may be on the cusp of herd immunity by the end of 2021 thanks to their speedy Covid vaccine roll-outs, data suggested today. 

But forecasters analysing the current pace of the global inoculation drive have warned Germany, France and Italy must rapidly speed up to reach the same threshold. 

Herd immunity is when an infectious disease stops naturally spreading in a population because enough people are protected against the disease. 

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Virus-weary Australia hails prospect of Brisbane Olympics

Australia passes landmark law requiring Facebook, Google to pay for news. 


Niger opposition leader claims election win despite results. 

Nigeria's Boko Haram crisis: Maiduguri rocket attack kills 10. 





Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 24, 2021


Countering China “is the biggest geopolitical test that we face,” the veteran diplomat told senators. CIA Director nominee William Burns said on Wednesday that, if confirmed by the Senate, competing with China and countering a “formidable authoritarian adversary” in Beijing would be the central focus of his tenure. 

"Out-competing China will be key to our national security in the days ahead," Burns testified at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“That will require a long-term clear-eyed bipartisan strategy underpinned by domestic renewal and solid intelligence.” 

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 Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 24, 2021