Archive: Code Name of the Week

Trimming the Government's Talons -- Or Not

Ever since I revealed the existence of the Pentagon's Talon database and the military's collection of information on anti-war protests, the story has careened in all directions. The sinister interpretation is that the Defense Department was or is keeping any...

By William M. Arkin | July 9, 2007; 09:02 AM ET | Comments (17)

The Vigilant Shield 07 Exercise Scenario

Supplement to Early Warning blog posting for October 6, 2006 (From the Vigilant Shield 07 exercise scenario, taken from U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) briefing documents dated August 2006.  The material in brackets is added by the author to explain acronyms.Irmingham = IranNemazee =...

By William M. Arkin | October 6, 2006; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (44)

Russia Supports North Korea in Nuclear War

Codename of the Week: Vigilant Shield When nuclear war breaks out in December between the United States, Russia and North Korea, American taxpayers should be furious.The war is just another U.S. military exercise.But this one is particularly childish, a massive waste...

By William M. Arkin | October 6, 2006; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (68)

WMD Prep in Washington

Code Name(s) of the Week: Marble Challenge, Focal Point North Korea prepares to test its missile, Iran stiff-arms the West by setting the pace of nuclear negotiations, terrorists obtain enough highly enriched uranium to build a 10-kiloton nuclear device, which...

By William M. Arkin | June 22, 2006; 09:41 AM ET | Comments (62)

Back to the Bunker

I had an article in the Outlook section of the print newspaper today:Back to the BunkerBy William M. ArkinSunday, June 4, 2006; B01On Monday, June 19, about 4,000 government workers representing more than 50 federal agencies from the State Department...

By William M. Arkin | June 4, 2006; 05:10 PM ET | Comments (25)

Don't Worry Osama: We're Busy, and Saving Money!

Code Name of the Week: Inspired Venture  Every year at about this time, we hear rumors of a "spring offensive" along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, as well as new hope in catching Osama bin Laden.  This spring is no different. Pakistan...

By William M. Arkin | April 24, 2006; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (56)

Weapons Test or Divine Provocation?

Code Name of the Week: Divine Strake In the tricky world of deterrence, where the United States is pressuring Iran to give up its nuclear weapons program in exchange for a promise of the rule of law and implied security,...

By William M. Arkin | April 4, 2006; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (51)

NSA Expands, Centralizes Domestic Spying

Code Name(s) of the Week: DIAZ, Emergejust, Freedom, Highpoint, PASSGEAR, Viceroy The National Security Agency is in the process of building a new warning hub and data warehouse in the Denver area, realigning much of its workforce from Ft. Meade,...

By William M. Arkin | January 30, 2006; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (77)

Domestic Military Intelligence Is Back

Code Name of the Week: CornerstoneYesterday, Walter Pincus reported in The Washington Post about the Defense Department's Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA), certainly one of the more mysterious Pentagon agencies, and one that is at the center of the Defense Department's...

By William M. Arkin | November 29, 2005; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (83)

Al Qaeda Transforms

Code Name of the Week: Infinite Moonlight Did the United States and Jordan ignore warning signs of an impending terrorist attack in that country?  And are we ignoring the transformation of al Qaeda away from the caves of Afghanistan and...

By William M. Arkin | November 17, 2005; 03:35 PM ET | Comments (7)

Russia Nukes the United States

Code Name of the Week: Slomonia  Scooter Schmooter, Russia is about to nuke the United States. Tomorrow, the U.S. military begins its largest "national" military exercise of the fiscal year, an exercise that posits a return of the "old guard"...

By William M. Arkin | October 31, 2005; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (68)

Nuclear War in ... Alabama

Code Name of the Week: Global Lightning  When Alabama gets the bomb... I don't know about you, but when I was growing up, Tom Lehrer's song "Who's Next" always brought a smile to my face. Next month, Alabama gets the...

By William M. Arkin | October 21, 2005; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (15)

Making Sense of a Sea of Information

Code Name of the Week: Wargoddess In this week of the New York subway scare and an announcement that the CIA is being recast as the National Clandestine Service, we should ponder the risks associated with the post-9/11 love affair...

By William M. Arkin | October 14, 2005; 02:41 PM ET | Comments (16)

Help for Karen Hughes

  Codename of the Week: Global Harvest As Under Secretary of State Karen Hughes begins her monumental campaign to improve the world's opinion of the United States, not to worry, military information warriors are poised to jump in as soon...

By William M. Arkin | September 30, 2005; 09:45 AM ET | Comments (36)

Today in DC: Commandos in the Streets?

Today, somewhere in the DC metropolitan area, the military is conducting a highly classified Granite Shadow "demonstration." Granite Shadow is yet another new Top Secret and compartmented operation related to the military's extra-legal powers regarding weapons of mass destruction. It...

By William M. Arkin | September 21, 2005; 07:21 AM ET | Comments (35)

 

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