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US military will no longer use 8" floppy disks to coordinate nuke launches


US military will no longer use floppy disks to coordinate nuke launches
It now has a "highly-secure solid state digital storage solution."

As we alarmingly learned in 2014, the US military has been using 8-inch floppy disks in an antiquated '70s computer to receive nuclear launch orders from the President. Now, the US strategic command has announced that it has replaced the drives with a "highly-secure solid state digital storage solution," Lt. Col. Jason Rossi told c4isrnet.com.

The storage is used in an ancient system called the Strategic Automated Command and Control System, or SACCS. It's used by US nuclear forces to send emergency action messages from command centers to field forces, and is unhackable precisely because it was created long before the internet existed. "You can't hack something that doesn't have an IP address. It's a very unique system -- it is old and it is very good," Rossi said.

The Defense Department planned to replace the old IBM Series/1 SACCS computer and "update its data storage solutions, port expansion processors, portable terminals, and desktop terminals by the end of fiscal year 2017," it said in 2016. The Air Force hasn't revealed whether that project is complete, but did say that it has enhanced the speed and connectivity of SACCS.

Despite the age of the system, the Air Force is confident in its security and has a pretty good handle on maintaining it. By contrast, installing an all-new system isn't as easy as it sounds. "You have to be able to certify that an adversary can't take control of that weapon, that the weapon will be able to do what it's supposed to do when you call on it," said Air Force Scientific Advisory Board chair Dr. Werner JA Dahm back in 2016.


Every Woman Knows

Lis Smith: Buttigieg campaign not going negative - August, 29

Pete Buttigieg Has Cooled Off But His Campaign Says It’s Time For “Phase Three”

(snip)One move not under consideration: attacking Biden, who leads in most polls, or the others standing between him and Buttigieg. Past primaries have shown little benefit for those who target a frontrunner. A nasty feud between Howard Dean and Dick Gephardt created space for eventual Democratic nominee John Kerry to win Iowa in 2004. Chris Christie wounded Marco Rubio with a slashing attack during a 2016 debate in New Hampshire, but Christie dropped out of the Republican race days later after a poor finish in that state’s primary.

“I witnessed the 2004 primary and the dynamics there with Gephardt and Dean,” Smith said, “and I think that any presidential campaign that doesn’t understand a multiway primary and how [going negative] will affect their long-term standing is probably not going to be the campaign that will take on Donald Trump.”

Buttigieg’s decision not to go negative is a tactic. Sometimes an apparently second-tier figure can stand aside while their rivals destroy one another, and step past them, as Kerry did in 2004. But it also reflects a bet on what both Democratic voters and the American electorate want, in terms both of policy and style: leadership whose primary orientation isn’t toward partisan confrontation and that holds out the hope of national unity. That is: a throwback to the hopes of the early Obama years.

Calling out Sanders and Warren in a TV ad doesn't count, or mocking the number of selfies Warren has done? Describing a gun buy-back scheme as a "shiny object", or small donor contributions as "pocket change"? Mean Pete has arrived.

Beto finishes debate with highest Unfavorable rating 25.7%

Survey audience considering Warren as Nominee exceeds 50% (Biden No.1, Sanders No.3 -went backwards)
Another good night for Elizabeth Warren.

Russia calls Turkey's invasion of north Syria 'unacceptable'

Source: Irish Times

Russia has said Turkey’s military assault on northeastern Syria is “unacceptable”, heaping pressure on Ankara as Moscow seeks to capitalise on a US withdrawal from the region to help Syrian president Bashar al-Assad reassert control.

Alexander Lavrentiev, President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy for Syria, told reporters that the offensive launched last week by Turkey against Kurdish forces in the country’s northeast had not been agreed with Russia, which has emerged as the most influential foreign power in Syria.

In the harshest comments yet from a Russian official, Mr Lavrentiev said Moscow had “always believed that any military operation in Syrian territory is unacceptable”.

He said the security of the Turkish-Syrian border “should be ensured . . . by way of deploying government forces along the entire border” – a suggestion that directly conflicts with Ankara’s plan to control a 32km-deep stretch of the country’s northeast.

Read more: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/middle-east/russia-calls-turkey-s-invasion-of-north-syria-unacceptable-1.4051499

In related news
Russia Troops Patrol Between Turkish and Syrian Forces, Filling an American Void

Syria: 'Putin likely can't believe his luck'

Business Insider, October 14, 2019

Trump has delivered what Russia wants in Syria — at zero cost — and 'Putin likely can't believe his luck'

(snip) Russian President Vladimir "Putin likely can't believe his luck," said a Western military official from the anti-ISIS coalition who recently served in Syria. "A third of Syria was more or less free of ISIS, and its security was good without any involvement of the regime or Russia, and now because of the Turkish invasion and American pullout, this area is wide open to return to government control.

(snip) Syrian government troops entering Rojava without a fight represents a massive victory for not only Assad but Putin and the Iranians, who had long demanded the Americans withdraw from the strategically critical corridor that links northern Iraq with eastern Syria.

With the Americans out of the way, the portion of government-controlled Syria is likely to increase by about a third, including key ground transport lines and the large oil fields around Deir al-Zour.

"Putin continues to get whatever he wants and generally doesn't even have to do much," a NATO official said. "He got to sit back and watch the Turks and the Americans unravel five years of success, and not only did it not cost him anything, he didn't even have to try to make it happen. Small wonder he'd interfere on Trump's side in an election."

Syria Live Updates: Assad's Forces Move Into Area Hit by Turkey

Source: NYT

Hours after reaching an agreement with Kurdish forces, the Syrian Army entered a key town near the Turkish border — a significant shift in the power dynamic.

The Syrian Army entered the town of Tel Tamer in northeastern Syria, the state news media reported on Monday, soon after the government of President Bashar al-Assad forged an alliance with the Kurdish forces that control the region.

The return of government forces to northeastern Syria not only deals a blow to Kurdish-led forces who were supported by the United States, but also signals a major shift in Syria’s eight-year war.

The Syrian government had been almost entirely absent from the northeast since it withdrew or was chased out by armed rebels. The Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led militia that worked with the United States to fight the Islamic State, soon became the region’s overarching political force.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/14/world/middleeast/turkey-syria.html

NYT: Candidate's Ground Game / Campaign Offices in Early States

New York Times, October 12, 2019

Which 2020 Candidates Have the Ground Game Lead in Early Primary States

(snip) Ms. Warren and Mr. Buttigieg have broken away from the Democratic pack with the most field offices overall in the four early states, and they are making an expensive bet that organizational strength on the ground will catapult them to crucial top finishes in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses. Their ground games give them more workspaces for organizers and volunteers. More organizers lead to more in-person contact with potential supporters in every nook and cranny of a state.

(snip) Mr. Buttigieg, whose deep financial resources has helped him open more offices than anyone else in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, has been slow to add staff in South Carolina, where polling has shown him with very limited appeal to African America voters. His campaign has just two South Carolina field offices and announced the hiring of a state director just one month ago. In Nevada, Mr. Buttigieg has four offices in Las Vegas alone, along with a presence in far-flung Republican-heavy locales like Elko, Fallon and Pahrump.

(snip) The Warren campaign built the earliest presence across the state, opening its first eight field offices in June. When Mr. Buttigieg, on a July walking tour of downtown Waterloo, popped into a sneakers-and-skateboards shop, organizers from the Warren field office across the street came outside to greet him.

Ms. Warren’s army of paid Iowa organizers — the campaign puts the number at “more than 65,” though it is by all accounts far higher — spent the summer appearing almost anywhere Democrats gathered. Democratic Party leaders in even the state’s smallest counties reported Warren organizers, alone among the presidential campaigns, appearing at nearly every one of their monthly gatherings.

538: Warren's Rise Hasn't Come At Biden's Expense

538, October 14, 2019

Warren’s Rise Hasn’t Come At Biden’s Expense
Biden’s numbers are steady in post-Ukraine polls

(snip) Joe Biden is still doing reasonably well in the polls.

Elizabeth Warren’s doing well, too! She probably hasn’t overtaken Biden in national polls, yet, but it’s pretty darn close — close enough that she was momentarily ahead in one national polling average (from RealClearPolitics) last week. You’d certainly rather be in Warren’s shoes than Biden’s in Iowa and New Hampshire. (Although not in South Carolina, and the Super Tuesday states aren’t so clear.) In fact, if you want to argue that she’s the most likely nominee, I don’t have any real problem with that. I also don’t have any real problem if you think it’s Biden, or that it’s too close to call.

But Warren’s gains have come mostly at the expense of the rest of the field — from Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders, in particular — and from other candidates, such as Cory Booker, whose campaigns never really took off in the first place. Relatively little of Warren’s increased support has come from Biden, whose topline numbers have mostly been steady.

In fact, Biden’s numbers haven’t declined at all since President Trump’s phone call with Ukraine became the dominant political story. We can see this by taking a before and after comparison of polls that have come out in the past couple of weeks.

Elizabeth Warren at the Unions for All Summit

Fired up and ready to go.
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