Intelligence, National Security, and Korea News Roundup

  1. Authoritarians on the March

The Russia-Ukraine war continues with no clear resolution in sight, posing a significant global food and energy crisis. The crisis has also spotlighted pervasive disinformation campaigns stemming from Russia. Similarly, China continues its aggressive rhetoric and disinformation campaigns amidst heightened tensions over Taiwan.

  1. With no way out, Zelensky's options look bad or worse

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's plea for weapons to "defeat" Russia on the battlefield has garnered widespread global coverage. As Russia continues to make significant advancements, Zelensky's plea makes clear that Ukraine's options are limited and worsening.

  1. Gaza War Turns Spotlight on Long Pipeline of U.S. Weapons to Israel

The Israeli military's offensive on Gaza has sparked criticism over its use of U.S. military aid. This calls into question the U.S. policy of providing more than $3 billion annually in weapons to Israel. Congress recently held hearings to examine the efficacy of these funds and their potential diversion from the original intent of self-defense.

  1. U.S. and China in high-level talks to deport more Chinese nationals, Mayorkas says

The U.S. and China are set to hold high-level talks in the coming days to discuss the deportation of each country's nationals illegally immigrating to the other. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas confirmed plans for these discussions but emphasized that the U.S. posture would be "very tough."

  1. US and Chinese military officials met in Hawaii to discuss operational safety in the Pacific

Recent talks in Hawaii aimed at mitigating the risk of accidents between U.S. and Chinese military vessels, aircraft, and submarines in the Pacific. The meeting followed a surge in near collisions and intercepts in the region, highlighting concerns over operational safety and intentions.

  1. Chinese state, social media echo Russian propaganda on concert hall attack

Chinese state media and prominent social media outlets echoed Russian propaganda claims that Ukraine was responsible for the deadly attack on a Russian paramilitary headquarters in Donetsk. This showcases the significant overlap between Russian and Chinese disinformation tactics, targeting narratives, and perceptions.

  1. Inside the Pentagon's shaky efforts to combat Russian disinformation

The Pentagon's Task Force Trucker, created to combat Russian disinformation, faces challenges in gathering information, reaching target audiences, and obtaining meaningful feedback. The task force struggles with a lack of qualified personnel and an increasingly difficult operating environment in Europe and Russia.

  1. From Pizzagate to the 2020 Election: Forcing Liars to Pay or Apologize

A new book from two Washington Post reporters highlights the importance of holding liars accountable and addressing the "grief and pain" caused by false information. From Pizzagate to the 2020 Election, the authors examine the far-reaching consequences of misinformation and those responsible for propagating it.

  1. Opinion | How to start winning the information war

A Politico journalist argues that democracies must work harder to compete with autocracies in the information realm. To do so, they suggest raising the cost of authoritarian aggression, prioritizing information operations, bolstering independent media outlets, and empowering international organizations.

  1. Power by Proxy: How Iran Shapes the Mideast

Iran's influence in the Middle East surpasses that of its direct military operations, instead harnessing the power of proxy groups and militias. These proxy relationships allow Iran to sustain its interests and strike fear into its neighbors.

  1. Have we entered the age of AI warfare?

The U.S. Department of Defense recently announced a new task force to explore potential AI applications for military operations. The question remains as to whether the U.S. is prepared to confront AI-equipped adversaries, particularly in addressing AI ethics and safety concerns.

  1. Stuck in Gaza

Israel's military operation in Gaza has ignited global outrage and calls for a cease-fire. The ongoing conflict underscores the complexities of the region and the geopolitical challenges of achieving a lasting peace.

  1. Countering China's Influence in Myanmar

China's deepening ties with Myanmar's military rulers continue to elevate Beijing's influence in the country. The ongoing power struggle between the military and democratic forces highlights the potential implications for China's interests in the region.

  1. Something rotten in the Israeli Defense Force?

A new book suggests extensive corruption within the Israeli military industry, including misuse of public funds, shady business deals, and lenient oversight. The allegations paint a concerning picture of the potential impacts on national security and military effectiveness.

  1. The curiously quiet reaction to Oppenheimer in Japan

A new book alleging Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's involvement in wartime human experimentation has sparked controversy. The coverage has been relatively subdued, with notable exceptions examining the implications for Kishida's leadership.

  1. What you need to know about cancer in the special operations community

Special Operations Command continues to investigate cancer cases among veterans and their families, suspecting toxic exposures during deployments. This highlights the ongoing efforts to provide specialized medical care and accountability.

  1. Myanmar's military-ruled capital attacked by drones

The recent drone attacks on Myitkyina Airport in the capital city of Kachin State demonstrate the growing tensions between the military and an ethnic armed group. The attacks signify a new front in the conflict, highlighting the complexities of the country's political dynamics.

  1. Did One Guy Just Stop a Huge Cyberattack?

A recent New York Times article tells the story of a cybersecurity analyst who helped stop a major cyberattack that could have disrupted the electric grid. The story sheds light on the behind-the-scenes efforts and collaborations involved in mitigating such threats.

  1. Starting from Beginning Part 2: Strengthening Foreign Partnerships by Utilizing Training, Education for Intercultural Exchanges

A new article proposes that the U.S. government should provide more funding and prioritize such programs to enhance cultural awareness and foreign area expertise. These initiatives can help foster stronger relationships and mitigate misunderstandings.

  1. Korea's Artificial Sun Just Shattered a Fusion Record

South Korea's artificial sun known as the "K-Star" facility reached a record-breaking performance, surpassing previous records held by other international projects. The achievement brings the country a step closer to harnessing fusion energy.

  1. Battelle Awarded $350M USSOCOM Contract

Battelle has secured a $350 million contract with USSOCOM for research and development of advanced biotechnology for military purposes. The collaboration aims to accelerate innovation in this emerging science.

  1. The Biden-Kishida summit should set the stage for a unified U.S.-Japanese military command

As the Biden-Kishida summit approaches, experts highlight the potential for strengthening military cooperation between the U.S. and Japan. A unified military command would enhance readiness and deterrence against shared threats.

  1. What Liberals Get Wrong About 'White Rural Rage' - Almost Everything

An opinion piece criticizes the widespread characterization of "white rage" as a significant factor in rural America. They argue that systemic problems, economic decline, and a lack of opportunities are the core issues facing these communities.

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