Archive for December 3rd, 2008

Operation Atalanta

Operation Atalanta is the name – well, one of the names – given to the European Union (EU) counter-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia, and which begins tomorrow. Initially, at least, the operation kicks off with just six warships and three aircraft, down from the initial projection of seven to ten ships. There aren’t a lot of details about the assets involved – I can’t, for example, find any reference, anywhere, to the type or types of aircraft involved (P-3 Orions?), nor where they’re going to be based from – but I was able to locate some interesting details about the operation.
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Published in: General, Security | on December 3rd, 2008 | 4 Comments »

What They Say, What They Don’t Say

I am almost certain that those intending to read, or write about, the impending “World at Risk” WMD report would be very well served to first study this extremely informative report on Words of Estimative Probability before jumping to any conclusions regarding the impending doom being predicted by some. Even those who are disinterested in the five-year forecast for chemical, biological, and nuclear terror should probably read the WEP paper, as it is applicable to a quite substantial number of other subjects.

From what I have seen of the “World at Risk” report, I am fairly confident that what is not said therein is likely as important, if not more so, than what is.

Published in: Geekiness, General, Security | on December 3rd, 2008 | 1 Comment »