The recent terror attacks in Paris shook the world and put the focus back on Islamic State. This week on War College, we talk with American Special Operations intelligence veteran Malcolm Nance. Nance literally wrote the textbook on Iraq’s terrorists and is the executive director of the Terror Asymmetrics Project.
Since the College Board unveiled a redesigned version of the SAT earlier this year, the organization continues to face problems. A massive security breach this summer resulted in a leak of about 400 questions for upcoming tests. And now, using documents never before made public, Reuters has discovered problems with how the current exam is constructed. In short, the College Board had reason to expect that many students would not be able to complete the math section of the exam, but chose to move forward with the test anyway.
For years, the College Board has struggled to ensure that students don't gain an unfair advantage on the all-important college entrance exam. Some of those problems began overseas, where a booming East Asian industry figured out how to game the college entrance exam...
...And a former test-prep operator says he came to predict the very exams that were about to be given.
Here's Reuters Investigates on the gaming of the SAT.
The annexation of Crimea, the war in eastern Ukraine and the military operation in Syria present the image of a confident Russian President Vladimir Putin willing to expend military power for political gain. The truth, according to Dr. Mark Galeotti of New York University, is far more complex.
To understand just how strong China's military really is, it's important to understand its true mission and objectives. And those are very different from what the United States is trying to accomplish around the globe.
Catherine Corless has been haunted all her life by memories of the skinny children from a Catholic home for unmarried mothers in her Irish town. Now, her years of work have exposed the truth about what was hidden in the sewers beneath the home. Reuters correspondent Estelle Shirbon reports.
Produced by Elizabeth Culliford and Bethel Habte
Editing by Leela De Kretser and Estelle Shirbon
Depending on where you live, this story will either be shocking or old hat. But even if you have an armed "militia" operating near you, you probably don't realize just how developed these states within a state have become - and how far they've drifted from the majority of American society.
At this point, President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran seems like a foregone conclusion. Unless something dramatic happens, Iran will soon become a larger part of the international community, allow inspectors to investigate its nuclear sites and America and its allies will lift long-standing sanctions.
Even supporters of the deal, such as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, believe that lifting sanctions will allow Iran to become a regional military threat. “I think [Iran] will invest in additional military capability,” Dempsey said during a June visit to Jerusalem.
Yet the Iranian threat may not be quite what opponents fear. Experts agree Iran will buy military equipment once the world lifts its sanctions. But the Islamic Republic will spend years rebuilding both its fragile economy and its lackluster military.
When sanctions lift, the Islamic Republic will most likely rebuild its shattered economy using its oil reserves. But with oil trading below $50 a barrel even before Iran hits the scene, it’s likely years before Iran can buy the weapons it wants.
Iran will also invest heavily in its current military infrastructure. Much of its equipment is 1970s era hardware America sold it when Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was in power. It takes a lot of cash and creative engineering to keep it all running.
On top of that, the regional powers surrounding Iran, such as Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states are lightyears ahead of Iran in terms of military spending and equipment. All these factors are likely keep Iran from being much of an offensive threat — both regionally and globally — for years to come.
America’s Special Operations Forces have become instrumental in the war against radical Islam. But few in America know their story or how they operate. Sean Naylor wants to change that. His new book, Relentless Strike: The Secret History of American Special Operations Command, gives readers a window into this secretive world. Naylor talks to us on this week’s War College
The media in Russia is lively, often entertaining and largely state controlled. Still, an illusion of freedom remains key for the Kremlin to maintain its grasp over a country that spans 11 time zones. In this episode of War College, we look at how Vladimir Putin crafts his message for both internal and external consumption.
The United States has more aircraft carriers than any other country. Depending on what you call an aircraft carrier, it's 10 times as many. So why don't more countries have more carriers? Maybe they aren't such a great idea, anymore.
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