Sent: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 6:31 AM
Subject: Geopolitical Security Issues: Iran pushing nuclear programs; Mexico failed state threat to U.S.; killer robots are here and threaten; Moscow slow to tap Arctic riches
Geopolitical Security Issues: Iran pushing nuclear programs; Mexico failed state threat to U.S.; killer robots are here and threaten; Moscow slow to tap Arctic riches
Iran accelerates nuclear program with faster centrifuges and now fuels underground facility. Yesterday we reported that Iran launched a line of very fast centrifuges and now we learn that the Islamic state began injecting uranium gas into 1,044 centrifuges at the country's underground Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant, a clear effort to exceed limits set under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Predictably Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said this move is reversible, an effort taken to recruit European nations to force the U.S. to provide economic sanction relief to Iran. Fordow, which is hardened against aerial attack, is a sensitive facility because it's more difficult for international observers to monitor.
Iran threatens a "crushing response" to American allies. A spokesman for Iran's armed forces, Brig. Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi, said: "Any place and any point of any territories which host the U.S. and its allies' interests will be threatened (in case of any war) and the Islamic Republic has proved that it has the capability to do so. … Even if a country does not directly participate in any possible war but its territories host the enemy, we consider that country as a hostile territory and will treat it as an aggressor." Those comments from the Iranian commander came a day before the 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis when Islamists stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held 98 people captive for 444 days. Comment: The intended targets of that message include Mideast countries Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, and Jordon.
Mexico acts like a failed state. On Monday Mexican cartel gunmen killed nine American citizens – women and children- which prompted President Trump to offer to cooperate with the Mexican government to root out drug cartels in that country. Mr. Trump spoke with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador by phone and urged him to do more to combat cartel violence. Mexico's murder rate is among the highest in the world and drugs smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico killed many tens of thousands of U.S. citizens every year. Besides, our porous border with Mexico still passes untold numbers of alien criminals each year to savage our country. Its way past time to set politics aside and get serious about our nation's security and that includes using our military to defend our sovereignty against drug cartels.
China exporting killer robots to Mideast. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said "As we speak, the Chinese government is already exporting some of its most advanced military aerial drones to the Middle East, as it prepares to export its next-generation stealth UAVs when those come online." Esper continued, "In addition Chinese weapons manufacturers are selling drones advertised as capable of full autonomy, including the ability to conduct lethal targeted strikes." For example, the Chinese firm Ziyan, markets the Blowfish A3, a helicopter-like drone outfitted with a machine gun. Ziyan says it "autonomously performs more complex combat missions, including fixed-point timing detection, fixed-range reconnaissance, and targeted precision strikes." Esper said Chinese surveillance software and hardware networks could help China develop artificial intelligence. "All signs point to the construction of a 21st-century surveillance state designed to censor speech and deny basic human rights on an unprecedented scale. Look no further than its use of surveillance to systematically repress more than a million Muslim Uighurs," he said. "Beijing has all the power and tools it needs to coerce Chinese industry and academia into supporting its government-led efforts." Comment: I explain in great detail in my book Future War and more recently Alliance of Evil the rapidly growing threat posed by Beijing not only regarding the use of AI weapons on the battlefield but how that regime grows Big Brother surveillance to control its population.
Congressional panel calls for Pentagon to develop AI autonomous weapons. A congressionally mandated panel called on the Pentagon to adopt artificial intelligence urgently without letting debates over ethics and human control "paralyze AI development." The report continued, "In light of the choices being made by our strategic competitors [read China and Russia], the United States must also examine AI through a military lens, including concepts for AI-enabled autonomous operations. The interim report by the bipartisan National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence defends its recommendation stating AI-driven military systems are not only ethical but essential for future US military operations. The report does NOT use the phrase "human in the loop," the language the Pentagon currently uses to assert that a human would always have ultimate control over any autonomous system (DODI 3000.9). Comment: As illustrated in the previous story, China is moving into that space and arguably so must America. Time is short to catch-up and guard our interests here at home and abroad.
Moscow still not whole-in on developing the Arctic. Russian leaders dream of great wealth coming from the Arctic which is warming and much of the region is claimed/occupied by Russian military and supported by a new fleet of icebreakers. However, Russia's progress in making the Arctic a bonanza of wealth – energy and minerals – for Moscow is stalling. The problem seems to be Moscow's failure to motivate state-owned and private corporations to go north and the lack of sufficient infrastructure – ports, railroads, electricity grids, airports and more. Costs for those needed improvements are high which explains hesitancy.
Robert Lee Maginnis
Author of a 2019 book by Defender: Progressive Evil
Author of a 2018 book by Defender: Alliance of Evil
Author of a 2017 book by Defender: The Deeper State