Social Networking and OPSEC Training

September 3, 2012 by

What do Admiral James Stavridis, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, Sir John Sawers, Chief of Britain’s MI6 intelligence service, and fictional cyber threat analyst, Robin Sage, have in common? This is not the Security version of “why did the chicken cross the road.” The three “individuals” serve as high profile, embarrassing reminders that social networking is a low-cost but highly effective means of exploiting trust, undermining Operational Security, and gaining otherwise prohibitive access to important personnel.

Reflections on the Republican National Convention and the Week to Come

September 3, 2012 by

I’m not surprised the Republican National Convention (RNC) was light on policy. What was surprising was that it was so light on policy. I don’t think I’m the only one who was disappointed. I wasn’t expecting the RNC to have the feel of a Brookings panel discussion, but I was still expecting the speeches to have more substance. I was hoping to hear a clearer delineation of the way forward for this country if Mitt Romney were elected president.

War By Other Means: Chinese Economic Espionage in the Automobile Sector

September 3, 2012 by

China’s continued development and geopolitical rise, though impressive and seemingly globally-minded, serve as a reminder that its dual economic and security-focused interests remain a threat undermining both competitors and trading partners. In May of this year, the US Department of Defense released its annual report on China’s military capabilities, entitled, “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2012.”

The Abramovich Victory: The Oligarch Machine in Action

September 3, 2012 by

Neither oligarch came out spruced and cleansed, but there is little doubt that Boris Berezovksy emerged the poorer, both in terms of the time spent and effort to target Roman Abramovich. Abramovich, in contrast, won what is probably the biggest private court case in history, a bruising $6.5 billion battle that rumbled through the British legal establishment. Berezovsky’s claim that the owner of Chelsea FC had bullied him into parting with shares in Sibneft, an oil and aluminium joint stock company he helped found, was dismissed by Mrs Justice Gloster as a contention born of delusion.