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A couple of years ago I wrote a short post InfoBomb. When a government or corporation collects so much information on a citizenry that the unintentional release, theft, or misuse of it is a catastrophic event. The most immediate danger... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Global Guerrillas
Battles between the corporate allies of hollow nation-states and the gangs and tribes of black globalization are at the center of this century's epochal war. That war will eventually put the senior executives of US tech and financial companies in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Global Guerrillas
Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock, controls about $4.3 trillion in assets (and has influence on how $10 trillion more is allocated). As a point of reference, that is about the size of the entire US economy. Larry sees the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Global Guerrillas
For two nights, up to five drones were spotted over landmarks in Paris. French police weren't able to track down the drones or the owners due to the difficulty of tracing their flight paths while on the ground. In response,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Global Guerrillas
Saudi Arabia sees ISIS as an existential threat. It has a reason to be scared, ISIS is a Wahabi jihad with updated technologies (social media) and techniques (open development). That means when push comes to shove, Saudi troops will either... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Global Guerrillas
Back in 2003, the US was headed towards complete dependence on foreign oil. Additionally, the demand for energy (particularly from China) was growing far faster than production, which meant an energy price spike was inevitable. Of course, this could be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Global Guerrillas
Over the past couple of weeks, the open jihad has taken ground in Libya, Nigeria, Syria, and Iraq. It's ongoing success is due to innovations developed by a large and growing number of contributing groups. Groups like: ISIS affiliated forces... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at Global Guerrillas
Here's a new way to think about something that should be obvious... To the politicians in DC and financiers in New York, Saudi Arabia is an island of stability in a sea of chaos. A reliable ally, willing to keep... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Global Guerrillas
Definitely. These were pulled from a Betamax recording.
Thanks to Jason Brown. He converted these from BETA tapes located in the Marine Corps University archives. via The Boyd Blog The late, great John Boyd in action. PS: Here's more videos of Boyd in action. Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 9, 2015 at Global Guerrillas
The US defense establishment believes that the ISIS video of the Jordanian pilot was a miscalculation. I believe this is false. Here's why: The establishment believes the video was meant to coerce. To scare the Kingdom into neutrality. Instead, it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Global Guerrillas
ISIS executed (burned to death) a Jordanian pilot this week. To maximize the impact of the event, ISIS released a slickly produced video of the event. The video was a "complete trial" that included >> An interview with the pilot... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Global Guerrillas
I've spent the last month writing about the inevitable collision between ISIS and Saudi Arabia. Here are some of the articles: Saudi Arabia plunges into an Abyss Abdullah is dead. ISIS will head south. ISIS is the ideological successor Saudi... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Global Guerrillas
Here's an interesting US systempunkt -- a systempunkt is the point in a big network where even a small attack would cause the entire network to fail. This systempunkt would enable a prepared individual the unique ability to shut down... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Global Guerrillas
Check out: Small wars journal, war on the rocks, etc., zenpundit, fabius maximus etc. Not many focused on theory though.
It only happens when we get beaten and beaten badly (and only for a short period of time until the rot sets in again).
For all the “4th Generation of War” intellectuals running around today saying that the nature of war has fundamentally changed, the tactics are wholly new, etc, I must respectfully say … “Not really”: Alex the Great would not be in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Global Guerrillas
There's a report out today that ISIS jihadis attacked a Saudi Arabian border outpost south of Rafha (a city in southwest Iraq). The guards fled and several dozen jihadis were able to "melt into the general population" of the nearby... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Global Guerrillas
Here's an interesting strategy that is in the near term adjacent possible. It is one of the few strategies that could make a relatively unknown hacker a multi-billionaire overnight. ____ Russia has been in the throes of a financial crisis... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Global Guerrillas
Yes. Sandstorms make it harder to detect teams crossing the border via sensors/radars.
Exactly. All they need is an example (a TAZ or flipped city) and enough confusion for it to zoom. The King's elite troops can't be everywhere.
Civil war levels. Lots of people who lived there are sending me info on this.
Dirty nukes wouldn't do much to the oil under the ground. They could wreck ghawar through other means (pressure drops, etc.) which would damage the biggest oil field in the history of the world forever.
Russell, These guys aren't doing much state building - they outsource most of it to local power structures (tribes, etc.). They also have a built in law/order system with sharia law. It simplifies expansion. For example, they run Mosul - 1 m people - with just 5,000 soldiers. JR
They buy talent. They also purchased modular/mobile refineries to process bunkered oil. They adapt. Would the US intervene? Yes, but it would be a very messy and very bloody civil war. Would it be better? It depends how you define better. Thanks. JR