Weekly Briefing, May 2-9, 2015

By Rachel Ehrenfeld
Saturday, May 9th, 2015 @ 2:51PM

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U.S. Counterterrorism at RiskRachel Ehrenfeld – Three days after American jihadists Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi’s attempted to kill the participants of the Mohammed Cartoon competition in Garland, Texas, was foiled, Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged that “ISIS remains a continuing threat and it is a movement that can inspire others far removed from Iraq and Syria to commit acts of violence.” But many, in and out of government, minimize the jihadi threat in the  U.S. They want us to believe that jihad is largely a matter of “lone wolves” killing “just a few Americans.” .…more

The Lure of ISISRachel Ehrenfeld – The Islamic State’s attraction to young Muslim females and males continues to mystify Westerners, especially non-Muslims. They wonder,  ”Why would educated and mostly well-off young Westerners be willing to join ISIS?” This follows by search for the ubiquitous “root-causes.”… It’s jihad, stupid! Evidently, ISIS has in its ranks marketers who figured out how best to recruit young Muslims to fight for the radical jihad against the infidels.…more

Syria breaking up – Lebanon next? Norman A. Bailey – The already extremely complex Middle East may be on the verge of becoming even more so. At this point, the Sh’ia northern arc of Iran, Iraq, Assad and Hezbollah is in confrontation with the southern Sunni arc of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States (with the partial exception of Qatar). Adding to the confusion are the attempt on the part of Iran to outflank the Sunni arc in Yemen, and the rampaging Sunni Islamic State athwart the Sh’ia arc. It would appear that the northern arc may be about to suffer a further rupture..…more

A Navigation and Timing Primer: Concepts and MisconceptionsGene H. McCall …Navigation is recognized as an important activity by almost everyone associated with transportation, logistics, military operations, and, even driving an automobile. In particular, the introduction of low cost GPS navigators containing detailed maps and sophisticated navigation algorithms has brought computer-based route finding to the masses. The fact that most people refer to the navigator attached to the windshield of their automobile as my GPS, however, shows that most have little understanding of navigation principles.…more

Flemming Rose: “Do We Want to Live in ‘A Fear’ Society, Or in ‘A Free’ Society?”Emerson Vermaat – “My kids generation and even mine took our freedoms for granted growing up. But now we are challenged to make choices, ” says Flemming Rose, foreign affairs editor at the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten. Rose knows what he is talking about… “I traveled around the world for five years debating the issues raised by the cartoons,” he says… It is freedom of expression on the one hand and on the other hand, the how to balance freedom of expression against other kinds of considerations. The First Amendment in the United States guarantees almost unlimited freedom. But in Qatar, Russia, China, free speech is restricted.”…more

News & Analysis

Snowden: Court ruling against NSA surveillance is ‘encouraging – Engadget

Pentagon raises threat level at US military bases – The Hill

What the 2016 candidates have to say about the NSA court ruling – Washington Post

Iran in Lying and We Know It! – If the White House doesn’t pull the plug on negotiations, Congress must. Harold Rhode & Joseph Raskas

Iranian general: War with the US would be ‘no big deal’. Revolutionary Guard Corps commander says if West thought it could attack Iran it would have done so alreadyTimes of Israel

US indifference leaves Saudis partnering with terroristsBenny Avni

Egypt’s Sisi ‘keen’ for cooperation with RussiaAhramOnline

The Saudi Connection: Wahhabism and Global Jihad Carol E. B. Choksy and Jamsheed K. Choksy

In a propaganda war against ISIS, the U.S. tried to play by the enemy’s rules Washington Post

Why Can’t Muslims laugh at Mohammed?David Goldman

Norway ends blasphemy law after Hebdo attack – The Local

How Putin’s military firepower compares to the West. As Vladimir Putin prepares to unveil his new tanks at Saturday’s Victory Day parade, here is a look at how Russian forces measure up to those of Britain and the US Telegraph UK

ICBM Defense: It’s Up to Congress Chet Nagle

What Happened to New Europe? Once the toast of Washington, the post-communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe are at risk of descending into corruption and drifting into Russia’s orbit.Dalibor Rohacs

Capitol Hill

Senate—

Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs – Jihad 2.0: Social Media in the Next Evolution of Terrorist Recruitment May 07, 2015

GAO Reports

Missile Defense: Opportunities Exist to Reduce Acquisition Risk and Improve Reporting on System Capabilities. GAO-15-345: 

CRS Reports

Kuwait: Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy, Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern AffairsMay 4, 2015

What’s the Difference?—Comparing U.S. and Chinese Trade DataMichael F. Martin Specialist in Asian Affairs, May 4, 2015

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