Morning Security Brief: Intelligence Failure, Bomb-handling Robots, and International Security

By Sherry Harowitz


David “Headley’s path from American informant to transnational terrorist illustrates the breakdowns and miscommunications that have bedeviled [U.S. government officials] since the Sept. 11 attacks,” writes the New York Times in a piece that reveals how the Drug Enforcement Agency sent Headley, who helped plan the Mumbai attacks, to Pakistan right after 9-11, because other agencies had not shared information warning of his possibly being a supporter of radical Islamist ideologies. Shortly after arriving in Pakistan, Headley began training with terrorists, writes the NYT.

► The U.S. Army wants companies to develop better bomb-handling robots that are more suited to the Afghanistan terrain, reports Wired’s Danger Room. In addition to being able to maneuver off road and deal with dust and muck and extreme weather conditions, “It’s got to be able to talk to troops’ radio frequencies for alert and mesh with existing bomb-signal jammers,” and “be to be light enough to carry and stuff in a truck; good for at least six hours without needing its battery recharged,” Wired reports.

► "Australia and America agreed yesterday to deepen defence and security ties during the Ausmin talks at Government House attended by Mrs Clinton and Mr Gates and hosted by Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd and Defence Minister Stephen Smith," reports Australia's Herald Sun.



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