Thu, 21 Feb 2019

Articles Posted in the " By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy " Category

  • France to Take More Active Role in Fight Against ISIL in Wake of Attacks

    A U.S. Marine Corps Hercules aircraft taxis along a runway at sunset in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Nov. 5, 2015. The four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft provides support to U.S. and coalition forces of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. U. S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan O. Sotelo courtesy of the Department of Defense.

    Follow Jerod on Twitter.

    WASHINGTON — In the wake of the tragic November 13 attacks in Paris that left over 100 dead, the French government will begin intensifying air operations in Iraq and Syria in an attempt to


  • #MillionMaskMarch draws crowds globally as Anonymous releases 500 names of alleged KKK members

    A protester outside Senator John McCain’s office during the Million Mask March in Phoenix. Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

    Follow Jerod on Twitter.

    PHOENIX — Protesters gathered outside Senator John McCain’s office in Phoenix as part of a global day of protest organized by the hacktavist group Anonymous which coincided with the release of over 500 names of people associated with the Klu Klux Klan, according to the group.

    The Phoenix protest had around 70 people in the afternoon marching and chanting, according to one protester. However, Phoenix Police spokesman Lt. Orender stated they believed the crowd only reached 50 people


  • Department of Defense adds more resources to Asia-Pacific region

    U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, listens to remarks by his South Korean counterpart Army Gen. Lee Soon-Jin during a meeting at the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff Headquarters in Seoul, Nov. 1, 2015. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro.

    Follow Jerod on Twitter.

    ASIA-PACIFIC REGION — As the Chinese government and others continue to make claims in the South China Sea, the Department of Defense and it’s Asia-Pacific allies have begun to strengthen defenses in the region.

    Earlier this week Defense Secretary Ash


  • International Space Station hits 15 Years in Orbit

    Astronaut Scott Kelly aboard the International Space Station, photo courtesy of NASA.

    SPACE — The International Space Station (ISS) has been orbiting above our planet for 15 years as of this month.

    Since November 2000, the ISS has been host to over 200 people from 15 different nations including Russia, Japan, Malaysia, South Africa and more.

    Over the 15-year period, 189 space walks were preformed with the United States making the bulk of them, according to NASA.

    Currently Astronaut Scott Kelly is participating in a longitudinal study in which he has become the first person to spend more than 215


  • Syrian Airstrikes Expected to Increase as DoD Pushes for Expanded Ground Role

    Two U.S. Air Force A-10 Warthogs release flares after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over southwest Asia, Oct. 13, 2015. The Warthogs are assigned to the 163rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron and the Stratotanker to the 340th Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron. Coalition forces fly daily missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Taylor Queen

    Follow Jerod on Twitter.

    WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense has stated it will increase the number of airstrikes preformed in Syria in the coming weeks while urging the recent decrease in airstrikes has not been due to Russian


  • Russia and US Sign Memorandum on Syria Airspace, Tension Rise

    An F/A-18F Super Hornet prepares to launch from the USS Theodore Roosevelt as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephane Belcher.

    Follow Jerod on Twitter.

    WASHINGTON — The United States and Russia signed a memorandum regarding Syrian airspace Tuesday in an attempt to reach an agreement about operations in the region, according to a Pentagon press release.

    Senior officials from the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Russian ministry of defense signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) in an attempt to minimize the risk of inflight incidents in the region.

    Russian authorities allegedly urged the


  • WikiLeaks Releases Emails From Former CIA Chief John Brennan

    John Brennan official CIA portrait – wikipedia.org

    Follow Jerod on Twitter.

    WASHINGTON — The organization WikiLeaks has released a series of emails from former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan’s personal email account that detail issues such as Iran and torture.

    Brennan used the personal email account occasionally during a three-year period from 2005 to 2008 after he replaced General Petraeus, according to WikiLeaks. During this period Brennan formed the intelligence and analysis firm The Analysis Corp (TAC), which aided in security efforts for then Senator Obama’s presidential campaign.

    The first set of emails leaked contain a form


  • U.S. to Continue Arming Syrian Rebels as Russia Conducts Operations Against Those Same Rebels

    Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaking with British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon before a NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels. Photo courtesy NATO.

    Follow Jerod on Twitter.

    WASHINGTON — Leaders within the Department of Defense have continued to condone Russia’s action in the region and stated they will continue to arm rebel groups in Syria while pursuing a “political transition” to end the now four year civil war.

    In a statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook, the DoD said it will continue to work with coalition partners as part of the ongoing Operation Inherent Resolve in addition to arming


  • U.S. Cybersecurity Lacking – DoD Says Cultural Shift Needed

    Chief Information officer for the Department of Defense Terry Halvorsen. Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense.

    Follow Jerod on Twitter.

    WASHINGTON — According to a Department of Defense official, a change in culture is needed in order to protect the United States Military and economy from cyber threats.

    Last week officials from the government and private sector met that the 6th Annual Billington Cybersecurity Summit. Speakers at the summit hailed from the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense, NSA, the Israel National Cyber Bureau and Northrop Grumman to name a few.

    “What keeps me awake is ‘Will we get the


  • FOIA, Snowden and FBI Hacker Recruitment Difficulties

    Follow Jerod on Twitter.

    WASHINGTON — A recently released audit of the FBI’s Next Generation Cyber Initiative by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found the Bureau has been better when pursuing cyber threats but stringent guidelines, competition with the private sector as well as the Snowden leaks has greatly affected their ability to do so.

    In October of 2012 the FBI launched it’s Next Gen Cyber Initiative in response to an OIG report in 2011 which showed faults in the Bureau’s investigative practices when it came to cyber security.

    In 2014 the budget for the new initiative was