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“Engagement is not surrender” Says Hagel

January 7, 2013 Leave a comment
— Chuck Hagel. Photo Courtesy of

“Chuck Hagel is the leader that our troops deserve. Chuck bears the scars and the shrapnel from battles he fought in our name,” Obama said today.

Hagel is President Obama’s choice for Secretary of Defense, a  former Republican Nebraska senator who has been awarded two purple hearts,  would be the first Pentagon chief with enlisted rank, first decorated Viet Nam War veteran and one of the few secretaries wounded in war.

“The horror of it, the pain of it, the suffering of it — people just don’t understand it unless they’ve been through it,” Hagel said in an interview for the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center. “There’s no glory, only suffering in war.”

Hagel is outspoken,  not afraid to go toe to toe with generals including topics such as  budget reductions. And has been in criticizied for opposition of unilateral sanctions against Iran as his relationships in the mideast and methods is focused on bridge building.

“Engagement is not surrender,” Hagel said in a Dec. 10 speech at the council. “It’s not appeasement. Engagement is a bridge-building process. It’s an opportunity to better understand, to share.”

Hagel or any confirmed nomination for the post of Secretary of State will have to develop plans for the hostile Mid East, face the  Naval challenges with China over the Asia-Pacific Region and the ever growing threats of cyber warfare. Already opposition  have made their opinions known which includes both republicans and democrats and Hagel has been accused as being anti-Israeli.

“It’s a poor choice not only regarding Israel, but it’s a poor choice for national security,”   said Morris Amitay, founder of the pro-Israel Washington Political Action Committee and former executive director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

“Chuck Hagel’s knowledge, experience, and relationships in this region, including Israel, outclass his critics. To tag him as ‘anti-Israel’ is simply wrong and a cheap smear.” said Andrew Parasiliti, who served as Hagel’s foreign policy adviser from 2001 to 2005,  and calls the criticism unwarranted.

“No one has been more steadfast in supporting America’s commitment to Israel’s security than has Senator Hagel…Our polarized political life is much in need of leaders with the kind of bipartisanship and independence of conscience and mind that Chuck Hagel’s service to our country has exemplified,” wrote a group of six former political and diplomatic officials, including former National Security Advisors Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski, in a public letter to Obama.



China’s Cyber Assault on Brian Milburn’s Solid Oak Software

November 28, 2012 Leave a comment
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Brian Milburn gives us a rare look at the activities of Chinese cyber hackers committing corporate espionage to steal codes, take credit for new software,  and relentlessly  harass  and cyber attack a company and personal lives in efforts to stop a lawsuit.

Imagine  mobile and computer cameras spying on your personal and corporate life plus personal, corporate and related attorney’s emails and files on corporate servers accessed by the entity you are suing in court.

Milburn and his company Solid Oak Software lived a three year nightmare of their privacy being violated and crimes perpetrated  on his life and business with the blessing of the Chinese government.

Cyber hackers and  attackers  backed by the  Chinese Government on stolen software codes collapsed Brian Milburn’s Solid Oak Software business,   efforts to remedy eventually weakened his heath  and yet he did not back down during the three year legal  and cyber war.

University of Michigan researchers examined the code and verified  it  used to create internet babysitting software  touted by the Chinese Government  as their own which was the center of this corporate espionage

Retaliation, attack and harrasment began after Milburn publically accuse china of taking his parent filtering software called CYBERsitter and sued the People’s Republic of China where in three years he never once saw a lawyer, nor documents from China attorneys because they never filed one except one short request to have the case dismissed.

A one man battle unit  and without any assistance from any U.S. government agency,  he tried to stay one step ahead of the hackers endlessly making maneuvers to protect his network, swapping out servers, trying to determine middle of the night malfunctions and watching his sales decline rapidly. Later he  learned hackers interfered with his order system by then it was too late.

“It felt like they had a plan,” says Brian Milburn.  “If they could just put the company out of business, the lawsuit goes away. They didn’t need guys with guns or someone to break my kneecaps.”

The intruders were identified by Jose Stewart of Secureworks, a threat expert,  that the hackers were out of Shanghai who were known for their national security breaches for a number of years known as the “comment” group as identified  also by other commercial hacker hunters.

This group has hacked into the president of the European Union Council, major defense contractors and even Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.  The group has been linked to the People’s Liberation Army, China’s military, according to leaked classified cables.

Two months after the court was settled, the cyber attacks stopped.