Posts Tagged ‘no-fly zone’


May 28, 2013

Fox News on May 27, 2013 reported that Senator McCain has quietly slipped into Syria for a meeting with Syrian rebels. Excerpts below:

The GOP lawmaker is one of Congress’ strongest advocates for increasing America’s role in Syria and became the highest ranking U.S. official to visit the country since civil war broke out there more than two years ago.

McCain crossed the Turkey-Syria border with Gen. Salem Idris, the leader of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army, The Daily Beast first reported. McCain met with rebel leaders who called on the U.S. to up its support by providing weapons, a no-fly zone and air strikes on President Bashar al-Assad backers.


May 18, 2013

The Washington Times on May 17, 2013, reported that the U.S. military could blind Syria’s air defenses — as it would need to do to establish a ‘no-fly’ zone over rebel held areas — without firing a shot, using new and highly secret cyberattack capabilities, according to USA Today. Excerpts below:

“One of the reasons the Air Force has paid so much attention to cyberwarfare is … for beating enemy air defenses,” James Lewis, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies told the paper.

The ability to defeat Syria’s Russian-built electronic air defenses would be central to any effort to intervene in the country’s two-year old civil war. U.S. and allied forces would need air supremacy for a no-fly zone, but would need it even more acutely if ground forces were being committed.

Radar are, in some ways, like wireless transmitters and receivers, and jamming equipment can get false information or even destructive data, like malware, into the network via the radar itself, said Shlomo Narkolayev, an analyst who has worked on cyber issues for the Israeli military’s cyberwarfare unit.

“It sounds like science fiction. It’s not,” Narkolayev told the paper. “It’s not hard to do this,” he said.