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CSBA Evaluates Cyber Warfare in a New Study

By Natalya AnfilofyevaCenter for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, August 24, 2012

In the past few months a number of high profile developments have pushed the issue of cyber security into the spotlight. Revelations regarding the Stuxnet program, a cyber weapon that targeted Iranian uranium enrichment centrifuges, emerged in early June, along with reports regarding Flame, an alleged effort to extract data from the computers of Iranian nuclear scientists. The following month, President Obama penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal describing critical U.S. infrastructure as vulnerable to cyber attack.   Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta went further in warning that “The next Pearl Harbor we confront could very well be a cyber attack that cripples our power systems, our [electric] grid, our security systems, our financial systems, our governmental systems.”… (more) http://ow.ly/1m7eGO

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FPA: Unlikely Change in Russia’s Stance

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Bashar al-Assad propaganda (Photo credit: watchsmart)

by , FPA, July 20, 2012

As Russia vetoed a Western-backed UN resolution imposing non-military sanctions on Syria as «unilateral» and directed only against the regime, it once again demonstrated that its position on the Syrian crisis remains unchanged, emphasizing its split with the West. The repetitive pattern of the Kremlin’s refusal to pressure regime change is often explained by personal sympathies of the Russian political leadership to its long-time ally, President Bashar al-Assad. Yet, this seems to be a rather simplistic view that does not explain the complexity of the issue… (more) http://ow.ly/1lv48N

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ACUS: The ‘pivot to Asia’ strategy takes a pounding

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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jorge Benitez, NATOSource, July 19, 2012

From Chris Carroll, Stars and Stripes:  The Obama administration’s “pivot to Pacific,” a strategy now rebranded with the more neutral-sounding “rebalance,” was in the crosshairs Thursday of scholars and strategists who think the United States should keep its foreign policy center of gravity firmly in Europe. (more) http://ow.ly/1luM4F

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ACUS: Obama Condemns Terrorist Attack in Bulgaria

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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jorge Benitez, NATOSource, July 18, 2012

From Barack ObamaWhite House:  I strongly condemn today’s barbaric terrorist attack on Israelis in Bulgaria. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and injured, and with the people of Israel, Bulgaria, and any other nation whose citizens were harmed in this awful event. These attacks against innocent civilians, including children, are completely outrageous. The United States will stand with our allies, and provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack. As Israel has tragically once more been a target of terrorism, the United States reaffirms our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security, and our deep friendship and solidarity with the Israeli people.  http://ow.ly/1lsWvL

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