New sidearm….finally

The U.S. Army announced on Thursday that it would adopt a new sidearm manufactured by Sig Sauer.

The Army awarded Sig Sauer the contract for a brand new Modular Handgun System worth up to $580 million over 10 years. That sum will equip the military branch with the P320 beginning this year once operational testing is complete. It will replace the standard issue Beretta M9 that the Army currently employs.

The guns are designed to accommodate a number of different configurations. The gun, which has already been successful in the civilian market, will come in both a full-size and compact variant. It will be able to accept both standard and extended magazines and silencers. The civilian version of the gun is sold in 9mm, 357 Sig, 40 S&W, and 45 ACP, but the Army has not announced what caliber it will use.

The head of the Army’s acquisition unit praised the modular P320 as a unique advancement in firearms technology.

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Merkel: Opening the Borders Was Against German Law and was Planned in Advance

In the following exposé of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s machinations during (and before) the “refugee” crisis, Silberjunge focuses on two major points:

1. The chancellor’s opening of the borders to uncontrolled migration without a directive from the Interior Ministry was a clear violation of German law.
2. The entire migration wave should not even be called a “crisis”, since it was planned in advance.

 

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Gingrich: Defining Trump-ism ( US War College Dec 2016)

The following column is adapted from a speech delivered by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at the National Defense University on December 14, 2016.
I want to start by thanking the National Defense University. This is an extraordinarily important institution. You’ll see why as I go through this. The greatest challenge we face is not money. The greatest challenge we face is thinking. This is one of the places assigned the responsibility for thinking. It was no accident that Admiral Nimitz said after World War II, there was no major problem in the Pacific, that they had not war-gamed at the Naval War College. It’s no accident that Eisenhower graduated first in his class at Leavenworth, and ended up as a senior planner, and then as the Commander of all allied forces in Europe.

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These were people who understood that thinking things through really mattered. Curtis Lemay told me the greatest contribution that he made to World War II, was that he had gone to the new Air Corps Command and Staff College in Montgomery, and had learned how to write a five paragraph field order. He got these huge complicated messages from 8th Air Force when he arrived as a Commander of a Wing in England, and he would rewrite them into the appropriate form, send it back and say, is this what you meant to send me? After about six weeks, 8th Air Force began issuing the new model. These things, they seem trivial, but the most successful security systems have constant processes of evolution, which require thought. The hardest is to evolve without defeat.

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Analysis: Obama moves to split cyberwarfare command from the NSA

With weeks to go in his tenure, President Obama on Friday moved to end the controversial “dual-hat” arrangement under which the National Security Agency and the nation’s cyberwarfare command are headed by the same military officer.

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It is unclear whether President-elect Donald Trump will support such a move. A transition official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the next administration’s plans, said only that “cybersecurity has been and will be a central focus of the transition effort.”

Pressure had grown on Obama to make such a move on the grounds that the two jobs are too large for one person to handle, that the two organizations have fundamentally different missions and that U.S. Cyber Command, or Cybercom, needed its own leader to become a full-fledged fighting force.

This is a very bad idea as the Analysis at the end of this story makes clear

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GRIZZLY STEPPE: The lack of evidence behind the US claims of Russian hacking

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This entry was posted in General Security, Miscellaneous, Research, WordPress Security on December 30, 2016 
The United States government officially accused Russia of interfering with the US elections during the run up to the election season. This report conflated the bogus and totally unproven claim of Russian hacking of the electoral system itself, (considered impossible because of its distributed and mixed systems, both electronic and manual) and the hacking of the Clinton and Podestra e-Mails. On October 7th, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a joint statement that began:

“The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations. The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts.”  <https://www.scribd.com/document/335307016/FBI-Russian-Hacking-Report>

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