Special Access Programs (SAPs) in the U.S. Federal Government are security protocols that provide highly classified information with safeguards and access restrictions that exceed those for regular (collateral) classified information. SAPs can range from black projects to routine but especially-sensitive operations, such as COMSEC maintenance or Presidential transportation support. In addition to collateral controls, a SAP may impose more stringent investigative or adjudicative requirements, specialized nondisclosure agreements, special terminology or markings, exclusion from standard contract investigations (carve-outs), and centralized billet systems. Within the Department of Defense, SAP is better known as “SAR” by the mandatory Special Access Required (SAR) markings.
George Webb refers to the NCTC as being one of the many methods used to muddy the waters when it comes to weapons trade and, in particular, weapons for drugs.
On November 16th, the great journalist on international strategic and military issues, F. William Engdahl, headlined at journal-neo, «Do We Really Want a New World War With Russia?» and he documented that, with military expenditures one-tenth of America’s, Russia achieves at least parity with the U.S. in terms of war-fighting capability. It’s a remarkable article, even though it actually brings together into one place the recent disclosures in many media, regarding vital technologies where Russia far outpaces American capabilities. Of course, that’s what’s necessary to do in order to document the extent of Russia’s areas of clear military superiority.
Time for the United States to Leave NATO- NY Times article from September 16, 2013 with original comments
Andrew J. Bacevich is a professor of history and international relations at Boston University and a retired Army colonel.
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 16, 2013, 1:23 PM
In Lord Ismay‘s classic formulation, NATO’s founding purpose back in 1949 was “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.”
As Biden and Kerry Went Soft on China, Sons Made Nuclear, Military Business Deals with Chinese Gov’t
In 2013 and 2014, China embarked on an aggressive air and island campaign to dominate the South China Sea, much to the dismay of Japan and other countries in the region. When Vice President Joe Biden visited the country in 2013, he emphasized trade between the U.S. and China and did not focus on the South China Sea. Secretary of State John Kerry did the same in 2014.