June 17, 2012 | Ehud Barak on Cyber

The news of ‘Flame’ and ‘Olympic Games’ was already out when the Missile Defence Conference was happening at RUSI, where one US official admitted to being ‘worried’ about the vulnerability of missile defences to cyber attack. At the June 6-7th Tel Aviv cyber conference, Ehud Barak was quite firm that cyber is a fifth war [...]


April 20, 2012 | Published letter to DefenseNews 7-3-12

Letter to DefenseNews 7th March 2012 – Published

I’m sorry my letter – “Counterview of MD” [February 6th] offended Stanley Orman [“No Pre-emption” February 20th]. He does seems to agree with much of it – particularly the implausibility of even the US being able to avoid retaliation from a nuclear superpower by way of mounting even [...]


April 20, 2012 | Published letter to RUSI Journal – Feb/March 2012

Letter to RUSI Journal – Feb/March 2012 – Published

MADAM, in his recent RUSI Journal article (‘The Strategy of Missile Defence’, June/July 2011) Jeremy Stocker failed to consider some aspects of missile defence:

First, initial costs are high, and will mount up as those against whom the defensive systems are being erected increase and diversify [...]


November 18, 2011 | Missile Defence

Missile Defence and NATO commitments.

NATO has undertaken to back – and significantly fund – US plans for Missile Defence in Europe. This would be both hugely expensive, and politically (fierce Russian opposition) and strategically (a new arms race) counter-productive. Moreover the whole programme involves a global system: elements in Europe, in the Middle East, [...]


April 12, 2011 | Defence spending, etc..

James Blitz, Alex Barker and Carola Hoyos ended their very interesting and substantial article about Defence spending, “Up in the air” [FT September 21st 2010] by quoting RUSI’s Malcolm Chalmers: “This change in Britain’s posture will be the most significant since the immediate aftermath of the cold war”.

I have just re-read the Ministry [...]


January 7, 2011 | Letter to Independent re-NATO MD and Cyber at Lisbon

Most NATO countries (? all NATO countries?) are facing financial crises and austerities.

Nevertheless, the Secretary-General of NATO is proposing that we European tax-payers embark on a vastly expensive Missile Defence programme; and, as well, that we try to spend our way out of Cyber Vulnerability: both are vigorously supported by the US Pentagon. [...]


November 10, 2010 | Missile Defence/Proliferation

The new US “Prompt Global Strike” programme – even if it plans to use “conventional” warheads – and systems like the X37 (a pilotless space plane, to stay up for nine months) will have discouraged actual and potential proliferators from signing anything serious at the NPT Review Conference. On the contrary, they will probably encourage [...]


July 16, 2010 | Haikus and more on Missile Defence

Trees I always see;
Clouds I never saw before;
Each day starts like this…

Clouds: a map
of Indonesian Islands;
the sky Atlas-blue.

Asking for trouble:
Kosovo – the trouble you got
in Abkhazia, in South Ossetia.

The pigeon flies off
In one direction,
Its shadow in another.


15. Missile Defenses require – and are already securing – the Militarization of Space: [...]


July 10, 2010 | Missile Defence - some more thinking...

Missile Defences are filling a lot of Mrs Clinton’s of time as she travels the world. Yet they are not particularly desirable or conducive to the global stability one might hope she is seeking to contribute to.

1. Missile Defences are part of an offensive, not of a defensive, strategic posture: you – pre-emptively – attack your [...]


June 1, 2010 | More haikus - missile defences

Missile defences. The response?
More missiles built; more threats;
more preparations for cyber war.

Missile defences
Coupled with pre-emption – a perfectly
offensive game.

Missile defence: the big boys’
Game, costing far more than
internet pornography.