Pentagon: Chinese naval ship seized an unmanned U.S. underwater vehicle in South China Sea
A Chinese naval ship seized an underwater naval drone that was being used by the U.S. Navy to test water conditions in the South China Sea, the Pentagon said Friday.
First U.S. service member killed in Syria was a bomb disposal technician - The Washington Post
A U.S. Navy bomb disposal technician was killed by an improvised explosive device in northern Syria on Thursday, the Pentagon announced in a statement.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, Va., was killed near Ain Issa, a town roughly 35 miles northwest of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa. The death marks the first time a U.S. service member has been killed in the country since a contingent of Special Operations forces was deployed there in October 2015 to go after the extremist group.
“The entire counter-[Islamic State] coalition sends its condolences to this hero’s, family, friends and teammates,” said Lt. Gen Stephen Townsend, the commander of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. “On this Thanksgiving please be thankful there are service members willing to take up the fight to protect our homeland from [the Islamic State’s] hateful and brutal ideology.”
Un rapport cartographie la circulation des armes dans le Sahel - RFI
L’organisation CAR (Conflict Armament Research), basée en Grande-Bretagne, rend ce mercredi 16 novembre son rapport sur les transferts d’armes transfrontaliers dans le Sahel. L’ONG a travaillé dans une dizaine de pays pour établir une cartographie des flux d’armements dans la zone et dévoile les sources d’approvisionnement des groupes armés et islamistes à travers l’Afrique du Nord et de l’Ouest.
Claudio Gramizzi est l’un des conseillers de l’Organisation. Dans le rapport d’une cinquantaine de pages auquel il a contribué, il lève un coin du voile sur les approvisionnements en armes de la RCA, avant et pendant la crise. Deux sources sont clairement identifiées : la Côte d’Ivoire, côte gouvernementale ; et le Soudan côté ex-rébellion Seleka. Sur le volume d’armes retrouvé, évalué, par l’ONG, près d’une Kalachnikov sur cinq provenait de Côte d’Ivoire, des armes détournées des arsenaux ivoiriens.
@cepcasa : non non, lis l’article référencé, ce que raconte CAR n’est pas au passé, et ça concerne bien le gouvernement séoudien :
Despite signing an agreement saying it would not sell the weapons to any other countries, Saudi Arabia appears to send them “straight to Turkey”, from where they get into Islamic State’s hands “very, very rapidly” via illicit means. […] That’s almost direct. If you want to put something on a boat and float it, it’s going to take a month.
Toujours dans le cadre des voyages des armes, les blindés M113 d’origine USA, montrés par le Hezbollah en Syrie, et probablement récupérés dans les stocks de l’Armée du Liban du Sud ▻https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/11/16/hezbollah-has-u-s-armored-personnel-carriers-but-how-did-they-get-them/?tid=pm_world_pop
… récupérés dans les stocks de l’Armée du Liban du Sud
… et donc auraient étés aimablement fournis initialement par Israël.
Mais avec une production autour de 80000 exemplaires en plus de 50 ans, les sources de seconde main du M113 ne manquent pas…
The armored personnel carrier, known as the M113, is one of the United States’ most ubiquitous armored vehicles and has been in service since the 1960s. The tracked semi-rhombus-shaped vehicle comes in numerous variants and can be outfitted to carry troops and artillery; its chassis was even used as the basis for a nuclear-missile carrier. It has appeared in every major U.S. conflict since the Vietnam War and is used by U.S. police departments and dozens of others countries’ militaries around the world.
In a tweet, the Lebanese military denied that the M113s were taken from its stocks, a claim backed up by a State Department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the issue.
“The Lebanese military has publicly stated that the M113s depicted online were never part of their equipment roster,” the official said. “Our initial assessment concurs: The M113s allegedly in Hezbollah’s possession in Syria are unlikely to have come from the Lebanese military. We are working closely with our colleagues in the Pentagon and in the Intelligence Community on to resolve this issue.”
Closely aligned with Iran and Syria, Hezbollah has been fighting alongside Syrian government troops since the beginning of the conflict.
The Hezbollah M113s appear to be an older variant, and U.S. officials said they are inclined to believe that vehicles came from the disintegration of the Southern Lebanese Army, or SLA. The SLA was an Israeli-allied and supplied Christian militia that fought during the Lebanese civil war. Its military equipment was ultimately absorbed by Hezbollah in the early 2000s when Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon.
U.S. Navy ship targeted in failed missile attack from Yemen: U.S. | Reuters
A U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer was targeted on Sunday in a failed missile attack from territory in Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, a U.S. military spokesman told Reuters, saying neither of the two missiles hit the ship.
The attempted strike on the USS Mason, which was first reported by Reuters, came just a week after a United Arab Emirates vessel came under attack from Houthis and suggests growing risks to the U.S. military from Yemen’s conflict.
The U.S. government, which has become increasingly vocal about civilian casualties in the war, this weekend announced a review of its support to a Saudi Arabia-led coalition battling the Houthis after a strike on mourners in the capital Sanaa that killed up to 140 people.
The failed missile attack on the USS Mason began around 7 p.m. local time, when the ship detected two inbound missiles over a 60-minute period in the Red Sea off Yemen’s coast, the U.S. military said.
“Both missiles impacted the water before reaching the ship,” Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said. “There were no injuries to our sailors and no damage to the ship.”
New Facts about Yemen Missile Attack on USS Mason : US Ship Fired 3 Missiles to Defend Itself
Three missiles were fired by the crew of the USS Mason (DDG-87) guided-missile destroyer in the Red Sea in order to defend it and the nearby USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15) from an attack of two presumed cruise missiles, fired by the Iran-backed Houthi forces from the Yemini shore, on October 9, the USNI News informational website reported, citing two defense officials.
According to the sources, the vessel was operating in international waters north of the strait of Bab el-Mandeb at the time of the attack. A single Enhanced Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) and two Standard Missile-2s (SM-2s) were launched by the USS Mason in order to intercept the two missiles. The Nulka anti-ship missile decoy also was used by the ship.
As one of the defense officials told USNI News on October 10, the Mason “employed onboard defensive measures against the first suspected cruise missile, although it is unclear whether this led to the missile striking the water or whether it would have struck the water anyway.” However, it was not specified that the “defensive measure” was a missile fired from the ship.
Débat sur l’utilisation ou non de missiles anti-missiles.
Former aide to retired former-Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and a naval analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Bryan Clark, noted that the use of both missiles by the US is “very significant.”
“It might be the first time the SM-2 used against an actual threat for which it was designed,” Clark said. “It’s definitely the first time ESSM has been used… This is obviously a huge deal.”
At the same time, other experts noted that the fact that the Pentagon is not able to say if the missiles were intercepted indicates that this event did not take place. According to them, the Pentagon would actively use this incident to promote the US Navy and the defense industries due to the fact that the system has not ever been used to intercept a target in a real incident before.
Enfin, analyse des dégâts sur le HSV Swift (cf. billet sur le sujet)
Apparemment, les navires états-uniens ont subi deux attaques au missile distinctes.
Navy launches Tomahawk missiles at rebel sites in Yemen after attacks on U.S. ships - The Washington Post
In the first attack launched at the U.S. Navy, two cruise missiles were launched Sunday at the USS Mason, a guided-missile destroyer, and the USS Ponce, an amphibious staging base. In that case, the first missile was launched while the ships were at least 12 miles away from Yemen’s shore in international waters near the Bab el-Mandeb strait, a waterway between Yemen and Djibouti that is heavily trafficked by oilers. The ships were even farther away when the second one was launched.
In the second attack Wednesday, at least one missile was fired from rebel-held territory at the Mason, [Pentagon spokesman Peter] Cook said. That missile was launched at about 6 p.m. from south of the coastal city Al Hudaydah.
Trump to Receive First Classified Briefing - ABC News
Certain staffers in the FBI’s New York Field Office have been told to expect a special guest tomorrow: Donald Trump.
He is scheduled to receive his first classified briefing as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, according to sources notified of the upcoming visit.
Trump is planning to take with him New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a former Defense Intelligence Agency director who has become an outspoken supporter of Trump, a senior campaign official said.
Les interrogations (du WaPo) sur les liens entre M. Flynn et la Russie…
Trump adviser Michael T. Flynn on his dinner with Putin and why Russia Today is just like CNN - The Washington Post
PRIEST: Have you appeared on RT regularly?
FLYNN: I appear on Al Jazeera, Skye New Arabia, RT. I don’t get paid a dime. I have no media contracts. … [I am interviewed] on CNN, Fox …
PRIEST: Why would you go on RT, they’re state run?
FLYNN: Well, what’s CNN?
PRIEST: Well, it’s not run by the state. You’re rolling your eyes.
FLYNN: Well, what’s MSNBC? I mean, come on … what’s Al Jazeera? What’s Sky News Arabia? I have been asked by multiple organizations to be a [paid] contributor but I don’t want to be.
PRIEST: Let me ask about sitting next to Putin … because that’s the symbol.
FLYNN: Yeah, I know, boring.
PRIEST: But did you think about what the optics would be …
FLYNN: Sure. I didn’t have any problem. What I’m looking for is to make sure, in my view, I see a country that has lost respect for another country and if I have any sort of fiber in my body where I can help out to make sure they understand that we have people in our country who aren’t going to apologize for who we are.
We’re not going to act in a soft way for what we believe needs to be done. I was very adamant about what I said. He knows exactly what I said.
PRIEST: Did you talk to him personally?
FLYNN: No, just introduction. That’s it.
PRIEST: The seating arrangements? You didn’t ask to sit by him?
FLYNN: Nope. I was one of the guests there. … Some interesting characters. I found it a great learning opportunity. One of the things I learned was that Putin has no respect for the United States leadership. Not for the United States, but the leadership.
PRIEST: How did you learn that?
FLYNN: I just learned it from the conversations and the way questions were asked and the discussions I was part of. I’m arguing for the United States and I found myself with people wondering what’s going on with the U.S. and I would tell them, you know, of course I’m standing up for the U.S. But it’s hard when they don’t have any respect for the current leadership.
Why the police in Baton Rouge look like they’re dressed for war - The Washington Post
According to Jason Fritz, a former Army officer and an international policing operations analyst, the resurgence of military equipment and heavy-handed tactics in Baton Rouge is the byproduct of a state-centric approach to policing, one of the two policing philosophies most commonly seen in the United States.
In Baton Rouge’s case, Fritz says, the police are there to disperse protesters and protect themselves.
This is opposite of what has been seen in Dallas in the days both before and after Thursday’s killing of five officers there, according to Fritz. “They’re there to protect the citizens first and then themselves,” he said of Dallas’s citizen-centric approach.
Investigation finds that Green Berets fought in Afghan city without proper maps - The Washington Post
The Army Special Forces unit that fought its way into the Afghan city of Kunduz after it was seized by the Taliban in October initially did so without proper maps, according to recently declassified documents.
The documents, released last month, were part of a heavily redacted report on the Oct. 3, 2015, bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital that killed between 30 and 42 civilians. The investigation, aside from piecing together why an American AC-130U gunship targeted and destroyed a medical facility, revealed a host of issues that beset a small team of Army Special Forces soldiers and their Afghan counterparts as they pushed into a city held by a large Taliban force.
#Silicon_army : le président de #Google devient (officiellement) conseiller pour le Pentagone
Le ministère américain de la Défense embauche chez Google. Eric Schmidt, président de la holding Alphabet, qui englobe le moteur de recherche, va en effet prendre la direction d’un nouveau comité de conseil du Pentagone en matière d’innovation technologique. Il sera à la tête d’une douzaine de personnes et conseillera l’armée sur des domaines « très connus de la Silicon Valley » (…)
Le département de la Défense a aussi annoncé mercredi le concours « Piratez le Pentagone », qui offre une récompense pécuniaire à ceux qui parviendront à trouver des failles sur les pages Internet de l’entité.
L’an dernier, le « Wall Street Journal » révélait qu’Eric Schmidt et Larry Page, co-fondateur de Google, s’étaient rendus à la Maison Blanche plus de 200 fois depuis que Barack Obama avait été élu.
Résumé en deux tweets :
“There is going to be some technical minds who come in and giving me advice to be more innovative,” Carter says. “I am so grateful to Eric Schmidt for his willingness to do this. He’s the perfect chairman for this.”
A propos du concours de hackers : bug bounty et pentesting
Le Pentagone organise ce que l’on appelle un “Bug Bounty” : cela consiste à inviter des hackers à identifier des failles de sécurité dans ses technologies, et à les récompenser quand ils en découvrent. Plus la faille trouvée est critique, plus la récompense est élevée. C’est une pratique assez courante chez les géants des technologies aux Etats-Unis, initiée par Netscape dès 1995.
Aujourd’hui, la plupart des grands de la Silicon Valley pratiquent le Bug Bounty afin de sécuriser leurs technologies : Yahoo, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Paypal, IBM, eBay… Mais des entreprises hors du cadre strict des technologies s’y mettent également, tel United Airlines ou General Motors.
Cette approche de la détection de faille de sécurité connait un boom aux Etats-Unis depuis quelques années, car elle se révèle être un complément indispensable à l’approche traditionnelle, le pentesting, qui consiste à mobiliser un ou deux experts durant quelques semaines en leur confiant la mission de découvrir ces même failles. Avec un Bug Bounty, on peut attirer bien plus de monde, et par là même des compétences et des approches bien plus variées, reflétant la diversité que l’on peut trouver du coté des attaquants. Qui plus est, un Bug Bounty peut être ouvert de façon indéfinie, offrant une attention permanente, là où elle n’était que ponctuelle auparavant avec la précédente approche, le pentesting. Enfin, c’est une approche bien plus rationnelle en termes de ROI : plutôt que d’acheter du temps de recherche d’un ou deux experts, on achète directement auprès des experts le résultat de cette recherche.
Le fait que le Pentagone organise son propre Bug Bounty est en quelque sorte la validation ultime de cette approche de la sécurité informatique, qui fait appel à la foule sur le mode du crowdsourcing et de l’“économie collaborative”.
Aux Etats-Unis, c’est une pratique courante, et l’arrivée du Pentagone n’est que l’aboutissement d’un mouvement entammé depuis des années par tous les géants des technologies, alors qu’en Europe, cette approche de la sécurité informatique est apparue plus récemment. Deux plateformes de Bug Bounty on été lancées cette année en France : Yogosha et BountyFactory.
Increasingly eclectic Pentagon innovation board adds Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jeff Bezos
The board now includes 15 members and is at full size. Other members named Tuesday include Jennifer Pahlka, the founder and executive director of Code for America; Milo Medin, Google’s vice president for access services, broadband and fiber network; Instagram chief executive Marne Levine; J. Michael McQuade, United Technologies’s senior vice president for science and technology. Adam Grant, an organizational psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School; Richard Murray, a bioengineering professor at the California Institute of Technology; Cass Sunstein, a legal scholar at Harvard; Danny Hillis, co-founder of Applied Inventions; and Eric Lander, the founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, whose focus includes biomedical and genomic research.
Carter announced in June that he had named retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Aspen Institute chief executive Walter Isaacson to the board.