Suits, spooks and cyberpace
Scott Stevson of Palantir and Janina Gavankar of "True Blood" stake out a recent conference on cyber security
February 20th, 2012
09:29 PM ET

Suits, spooks and cyberpace

By Suzanne Kelly, CNN

There's a war going on in cyberspace. It's vast, complicated, and the foot soldiers are not exactly your usual suspects.

To understand just one of the ways in which this war is waged, consider the far-ranging impact of social media, and a story recently put forward by a government employee who works for a U.S. defense agency.

The story was about a Special Forces raid in 2009 that involved U.S. troops freeing a hostage in what was deemed a "successful" rescue operation at an undisclosed location overseas. The problem, said the program manager, who can't be named because of the sensitivity of his work, came after the troops left. FULL POST

Filed under: Security Brief
State Dept leading charge for U.S. business
President Obama tours the Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane production facility alongside Boeing CEO Jim McNerney (R) and Boeing Executive Vice President and CEO of Commercial Airplanes Jim Albaugh (L) last Friday
February 20th, 2012
05:08 PM ET

State Dept leading charge for U.S. business

By Elise Labott

The global economic crisis over the past few years has taught the Obama administration that U.S. global leadership depends not just on moral or military superiority, but on the health of the domestic economy. So when the U.S. talks about "peace and prosperity," it needs to spend more time on the "prosperity" piece.

In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called for our generation's Sputnik moment in which the U.S. strengthens education, technology and innovation to preserve American economic competitiveness and prosperity. These are the elements in the most recent National Security Strategy, identified as the "wellspring of American power."

The driving force of the U.S. "pivot" toward Asia wasn't North Korea's nuclear antics or China's military rise. China has been surpassing the U.S. as a more favored trading partner and the U.S. hopes to regain that critical market. Washington is also looking to Russia, Brazil, South Africa and other countries, not only for adopting norms and rules in the international marketplace but to foster the kind of private sector commercial collaboration to increase American jobs and promote U.S. manufacturing and services.

Today, even the nation's top diplomat is an employment recruiter.

February 20th, 2012
01:27 PM ET

Senators meet with detained Americans in Egypt

A key U.S. senator said Monday he has high hopes for a positive resolution soon to the growing diplomatic crisis revolving around 19 American overseas aid workers facing charges as part of an Egyptian crackdown on nongovernmental organizations.

"Quite frankly, I'm very optimistic we're going to get this episode behind us," GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told CNN. "It's my hope (this will happen) sooner rather than later."

Graham spoke from Cairo after meeting with top Egyptian military and political leaders. He's joined on the trip by Sens. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and John McCain of Arizona. McCain is chairman of the board of the International Republican Institute, one of the organizations affected by the Egyptian crackdown.


Filed under: Egypt
February 20th, 2012
08:45 AM ET

Security Clearance not cleared for Marines?

By Adam Levine

Our good friend at Time's Battleland blog got word from some readers that Battleland and apparently our Security Clearance page are no longer visible on Marines' work computers.

Battlelander Mark Thompson investigated, noting that other blogs are still viewable.   As one Marine wrote to Thompson:

"Marines are encouraged to understand the world we serve in, and it comes across as clumsy and heavy-handed censorship when a site is blocked just a few days after an article like “What’s Wrong with the Marines?” is posted [on Battleland]."

Perhaps a coincidence.  Marine Captain Kevin Schultz insisted late Sunday to Battleland that there was no blocking of the site and "I don’t know if this was a system glitch or something else."

Hopefully it it a glitch.  If not, and you are trying to read Battleland and Security Clearance on your computer, request a waiver.

Read more about this on Time's Battleland blog.