(lesser known) Computer wargames Septmeber 2001Part 1

(lesser known) Computer wargames September 2001

War Games and Cyber terror drills Septmeber 2001 Part 2

some of this is gone from the net, i had to retrieve it from the wayback machine. so i will archive it here, before its lost forewver !

most of this has to do with wargames and also with Russia.
Most of the articles are from sept of 2001...

The NIS Observed: An Analytical Review
Volume VI, Number 13 (22 August 2001)
Hello, nice to meet you. Would you like some tea, perhaps a gun, tank, plane?
Russia has continued to push foreign policy through the sale of weapons. Putin personally attended the opening of the 5th International Aerospace Show, MAKS 2001, on 14 August where Russian equipment and arms deals were being offered to many putative customers, including more aircraft for India.

After an ASEAN regional forum, Moscow announced two new arms deals in that region. Malaysia concluded contracts for delivery of anti-tank missile systems and continued discussions for portable anti-aircraft missile systems,
Both of these deals are consistent with the statement by Rosoboroneksport's director general, Andrey Belyaninov, that Russian priorities will shift to modernization of previously sold systems and to geographic expansion of arms exports into the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Latin America.
Following up on the Latin American and Middle East portions of the plan, the head of the Russian presidential administration, Aleksandr Voloshin, was in Cuba on 13-14 August to hold talks with Cuban defense officials. (ITAR-TASS, 0231 GMT, 14 Aug 01; FBIS-SOV-2001-0814, via World News Connection) Moscow also has announced that King Abdullah of Jordan will visit Moscow on 27 August to discuss Russia's training of Jordanian servicemen. The meeting between the Jordanian king and Putin is expected to reinforce military-technical cooperation agreements. (ITAR-TASS, 1431 GMT, 11 Aug 01; FBIS-SOV-2001-0811, via World News Connection)
US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld met with Sergey Ivanov in Moscow on 13-14 August. All this movement, however, does not indicate necessarily increased Russian flexibility. Following three weeks of talks, no significant changes are evident concerning NMD and the 1972 ABM Treaty.

A pipeline for Russian oil?
Unlike the justice ministries, there has never been any question of the level of cooperation between energy industry officials in Ukraine and Russia. But there was one bright spot -- the Odesa-Brody pipeline. This pipeline was to be Ukraine's path to independence from Russian pressure over energy issues. Officials hoped that it would pump oil from the Caspian to Europe, making Ukraine an important actor in European energy matters. As recently as 5 June Kuchma said, "We will complete the Odesa-Brody [segment of the pipeline] and terminal this year, and we need joint efforts to ensure that ... Caspian crude oil is transported to Poland and Western Europe." On that same day, Polish President Kwasniewski told reporters that Poland was discussing the pipeline "with various consortiums, including international consortiums, and we are seeking the assistance of the European Union."
But that was then. And this is very much now. At a 19 August ceremony marking the completion of the main Ukrainian section of the pipeline, there were no Western oil companies present, no promises of oil to be shipped through the pipeline from the Caspian, no promises of much of anything

The West is coming! The West is coming!
Let no one say Alyaksandr Lukashenka doesn't prepare for all eventualities in life. Given his domination over the media, elimination of various opposition members and control of the KGB, it would seem that Lukashenka would have little to fear in the upcoming 9 September presidential poll.
Even more worrisome than the stepped-up confiscation of property and warnings is a recent statement by the justice ministry. The coalition created to support Goncharik, the ministry announced, "contradicts the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus." Furthermore, according to the statement, the KGB "believes that the individuals who have signed the agreement are in fact stating their intentions to seize state power ... at any cost."
Nevertheless, Goncharik and his supporters are continuing with their campaign. And Lukashenka is stepping up the pressure even further. On 31 July, the president began making repeated statements about an impending coup
The status of the Caspian Sea -- specifically, the allocation of its valuable oil reserves -- remains a contentious issue for all of the littoral states, including Russia. In an attempt to resolve long-standing disputes, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev held private talks with Putin. The problems between these two countries relate to the Caspian Sea Pipeline consortium, the taxation of Kazakh oil traversing Russian territory, and the drawing of a territorial dividing line in the Caspian itself. P

Six months ago it seemed likely that NATO would adopt a fairly timid approach to enlarging the alliance. Slovenia was becoming the poster child of the perfect NATO candidate, economically secure, no Russian objections, European support ... an all-around politically safe decision. However, since US President George W. Bush came to office it has become increasingly likely that some or all of the Baltic states will be invited into the alliance at the 2002 NATO Summit in Prague
Now, with US leadership and France's support for Baltic accession to NATO, Germany is unlikely to hold out against Baltic membership.

US and NMD: More talksno action
Several rounds of talks were held in recent weeks between Russian and US officials following the meeting of Presidents Bush and Putin in Genoa at the G-8 Summit. First came the trip to Russia by Condoleezza Rice, President Bush's special assistant for national security affairs, immediately after the G-8 summit ended. She met with Defense Minister Sergey Ivanov and Security Council Chief Vladimir Rushaylo on 25-26 July. (

Sept12 2001
...choose the right successor...

On 3 September, Yevgeny Primakov stepped down from the leadership of the Fatherland-All Russia faction, recommending his first deputy, Vyacheslav Volodin, as a successor. The 37-year-old Volodin was elected unanimously by the faction's political council. Primakov explained that his resignation was not motivated by political or ideological reasons, but rather by his recognition that, as the faction gets ready to become a party at its October congress, a high-ranking party member -- which he is not -- should lead the faction. Primakov added that he will remain a permanent member in the faction and an active Duma member. Journalists questioned whether Primakov, a former prime minister (and the force behind Soviet actions in the Middle East), had been offered a position in the executive branch, but Primakov answered that he had not. Furthermore, Primakov reported that the Russian president had asked him not to quit as faction head, but he had already made up his mind. (ITAR-TASS, 1429 GMT, 3 Sep 01; FBIS-SOV-2001-0903, via World News Connection, and ORT, 3 Sep 01; via www.ortv.ru)

Perhaps the biggest splash on the political scene as State Duma deputies come back from their summer vacations was made by Union of Right Forces faction leader Boris Nemtsov's appeal for a cessation of military action in Chechnya and for negotiations with Aslan Maskhadov. Nemtsov has been campaigning for parliamentary negotiations with the separatists for a while now, and it seems that President Putin decided to issue an ultimatum:

Serious allegations point to extent of FSB power and its support
Lieutenant Colonel Aleksandr Litvinenko, a former FSB officer fled to Britain last year, requesting political asylum, a status granted in May 2001. Since his arrival in the United Kingdom, Litvinenko has made serious allegations against his former employers,
Preliminary titled "The FSB Blows up Russia," the book alleges that the apartment bombings of 1999 in Moscow were not, in fact, the work of Chechen terrorists. Rather, they were carried out by the FSB acting at Putin's behest, in order to provide a convenient pretext for the launching of the renewed war against Chechnya.
On 8 September, Yushchenko trumpeted his first two "Our Ukraine" coalition members -- the two Rukh parties (Ukrainian Peoples' Rukh and People's Rukh of Ukraine). The groups, which are attempting to reunite,

Just over one month ago, on 2 August, Putin held a lengthy meeting with Lukashenka, announcing that "Alyaksandr Lukashenka is defending the interests of his country's economy," and suggesting, "The fact that Alyaksandr Ryhoravich is in my home tells you about the level of our relations." (ITAR-TASS, 2234 GMT, 2 Aug 01; FBIS-SOV-2001-0803, and Interfax, 1923 GMT, 2 Aug 01; FBIS-SOV-2001-0802, via World News Connection) Around the same time, Putin reiterated his pledge to grant Belarus up to $70 million to support the country's failing currency, and confirmed that Belarus needn't worry about debts to its neighbor. Altogether, Minsk economist Alexandr Sosnov recently estimated that "Russian financial help to Belarus varies between $1 billion and $2 billion a year." (MOSCOW TIMES, 5 Sep 01; via lexis-nexis)
This support came amid allegations -- said to be "credible" by the US State Department -- of "death squads" reportedly run by the secret police in order to eliminate Lukashenka's biggest rivals. These squads, according to recent Belarusian defectors from the prosecutor's office, have been responsible for the disappearances of over 30 persons opposing Lukashenka. (See THE NIS OBSERVED, 2 Aug 01, for further background.)

Following the release of this information, human rights organizations throughout the world called on Putin to withdraw his support for his Belarusian counterpart. But, Lukashenka's offer to share borders and airspace was simply too much to pass up. Consequently, on 10 September, Putin became the first world leader to congratulate Lukashenka on his victory, noting that he hoped to "further deepen all-round cooperation and contacts at all levels." (PUTIN STATEMENT TO THE PRESS, 10 Sep 01; via www.charter97.org)

The first Moscow bombing occured on September 9, 1999 and the second on September 13,1999. [Precisely in between those days, falls September 11, a Soviet holiday commemorating the birthday of Feliz Dzherzhinsky, founder of the Cheka, the precursor of the KGB, who is still a revered figure among the Russian Security Services.] However, Litvinenko and Fel'shtinsky are the first to emphasize the terrorist incidents that accompanied the begining of the first war in 1994. Their argument, that the security structures have followed a policy of framing the Chechens for terrorist acts consistently since 1994 is new and virtually unexamined.)
The text raises vital questions and requires scrutiny. Yet this explosive material has received barely a mention in the English-language press (nor has it been translated by FBIS or BBC Worldwide Monitoring).

On 23 September national and local representatives of the security services, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov and others congratulated themselves and the Ryazan public on having averted an act of terrorism. But on 24 September FSB Minister Patrushev abruptly announced that it had all been an elaborate training exercise. Why the sudden change of tune?

10 September 2001, Volume 4, Number 34

RUSSIANS ANTICIPATE SHAMKHANI ARMS PURCHASES. Iran's minister of defense and armed forces logistics, Vice Admiral Ali Shamkhani, cancelled his trip to Moscow -- which was planned for the first week of September -- because it would have overlapped with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's visit to Moscow-- which was planned for the first week of September -- because it would have overlapped with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's visit to Moscow. Shamkhani will get to Moscow before the end of year, however, and statements from the Russian capital show that the locals are eager to receive him.

The postponement of the visit is to prevent the Zionist regime from exploiting for propaganda purposes the conjunction of the visit [by Shamkhani] with the visit by the Zionist regime's prime minister to Moscow," an Iranian Foreign Ministry official explained on 3 September. Shamkhani said in a 4 September interview with state television that he would visit Moscow before the next meeting of Caspian leaders (which is planned for November or December), and he added that the discussions would "concern arms

Iranian-born Canadian Said Homayouni received a two-year prison sentence and Malaysia's Yew Leng Fung received a 10-month sentence for purchasing restricted military aircraft parts for shipment to Iran, AP reported on 6 September. Prosecutors claimed that Homayouni purchased parts for the F-4 Phantom, the F-5 Tiger, and the F-14 Tomcat, some of which actually reached Iran. (Bill Samii)

... AND NUCLEAR COOPERATION ROLLS ON. An unidentified senior U.S. official said on 5 September that Russian firms are continuing to provide Iran with technology for building weapons of mass destruction, technology that could help the development of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.

In his comments to the membership on 4 September, Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani warned that "the recent activities of the enemies indicate that they are planning to conspire against the Islamic revolution," state radio reported, and he said that the Iranian people would be vulnerable if their unity was undermined. Rafsanjani then discussed the U.S.-Israel relationship and said that "the Zionists' crime in the assassination of the combative Palestinian leaders is a blatant example of state terrorism and a disgrace to humanity." That day, other speakers talked about foreign powers in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman, events in Afghanistan, and relations with Iraq, "Iran Daily" reported on 5 August.

The final resolution of the Assembly of Experts was published on 5 September, and it also discussed many things other than its own responsibilities. Reformists were warned that "One cannot use religion as a ploy to bring Western-style democracy and liberalism (to Iran) and tamper with religious values," IRNA reported. The resolution also warned that "Our sworn foreign enemies and duped elements inside the country hope we fail in our experience with an Islamic system."

Less than one week earlier, the Combat Commonwealth 2000 war games were held at a training base near the Kazakh border. Arrayed against a mock enemy called Southland, which represented Afghanistan, Pakistan, and rogue elements of the Tajik opposition, were troops from Russia, Belarus, Armenia, and Tajikistan. Officials from Uzbekistan attended the event as observers, but Kyrgyzstan did not participate, saying that it could not afford to do so financially. These military exercises were intended as "a show of strength" that would "minimize the possibility of an invasion from Afghanistan, " "Izvestiya" reported on 31 August. Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are scheduled to hold "Combat Commonwealth 2001" exercises in September.

Russia's Putin offers sympathy to American people * Sept 11 2001
The foreign ministry said the air force had cancelled military flights over
the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans in response to the attacks, cutting
short war games that began on Monday and had been due to run until Thursday

Russian warplanes threatened patrolling U.S. Navy P-3 aircraft over the Pacific Ocean last week as the American planes monitored a military exercise in the region, The Washington Times has learned.

August 27, 2001

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- U.S. soldiers sitting at computers played the role of an enemy Monday in war games designed to test the ability of South Korea and the United States to fend off a North Korean invasion.
Some 10,000 American troops are taking part in an annual joint exercise that has drawn verbal attacks from the communist North since it was first launched in 1976.
This year was no exception, with North Korea accusing the United States of ``a mock 'cyber warfare' drill'' to hone its skills at spreading computer viruses and hacking into computer networks.

Jane's Defence Weekly reported that Russian and US officials concluded a 12-day joint theater missile defense (TMD) exercise on 11 February 2001 at the Joint National Test Facility (JNTF) at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.[1] The exercise involved 32 Russian and 80 US officials whose task was to coordinate the command, control, and communications techniques needed for cooperative US-Russian TMD operations against a common enemy. The exercise involved computer-simulated scenarios using forces representative of Russian S-300 and US Patriot missile defense systems against ballistic missile attacks by a fictitious adversary. No actual TMD systems or equipment were involved in the exercise. Data from the exercise are expected to be used in scenarios for a limited joint field exercise scheduled for January 2002 at Fort Bliss, Texas.[1] Shortly after the training exercise concluded, Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs voiced criticism of a space war simulation involving elements of a national missile defense system, which was conducted at the JNTF immediately prior to the joint TMD exercise.[2,3]
[1] Michael Sirak, "Russia and USA conduct joint TMD exercise," Jane's Defence Weekly, 14 February 2001, p. 4.
[2] Dmitriy Safonov, "Koloradskiye strelby: Voyennye izuchayut 'zvezdnye voyny' po kompyuteram," Izvestiya, 3 February 2001.
[3] Nicholas Berry, "Space War Games and China as Vader's Empire," 1 February 2001; in The Weekly Defense Monitor, Vol. 5, No. 5. {Entered 4/16/01 RG}

Monday, June 25, 2001

US Navy and Canadian Navy - A US Navy intelligence officer and a Canadian helicopter pilot are both claiming that while observing a Russian intelligence gathering ship near Puget Sound which monitors Trident missile submarines, they were attacked by a laser weapon from the ship and suffered visual damage. The US officer is suing the Russian civilian company that owns and operates the ship; the Canadian pilot has been discharged from his service.

Sunday, June 24, 2001
US Navy - The US Navy is on high alert in the Gulf for possible terrorist activity against it after the verdict against the Khobar Towers bombers in Saudi Arabia, and all of its ships were sent to sea.

Saturday, June 16, 2001
Background - Caspian Sea - There are continued fears of an arms race beginning in the Caspian Sea.

The Joint Strike Fighter, which is expected to enter service in 2008, should be accelerated by two or three years, McCarthy said, because it would add radar-evading stealth capabilities to seaborne airpower.

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