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The East German intelligence agency, commonly known as the Stasi, was notorious for its vast network of spies and informants during the Cold War era. Some of the top East German spies include:
Markus Wolf: Known as the “master spy,” Wolf was the chief of the foreign intelligence division of the Stasi. He is considered to be one of the most successful intelligence agents of the Cold War and was responsible for numerous operations in the West.
Werner Stiller: Stiller was a high-ranking officer in the Stasi who defected to the West in 1979. He provided valuable information about the Stasi’s operations and was instrumental in uncovering the identity of several other East German spies.
Günter Guillaume: Guillaume was an East German spy who infiltrated the inner circle of West German Chancellor Willy Brandt. He was ultimately exposed and arrested, which led to Brandt’s resignation in 1974.
Harry Tisch: Tisch was a top-level Stasi operative who infiltrated the East German Communist Party. He later became a member of the party’s Politburo and played a key role in East German politics until the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Rainer Rupp: Rupp was an East German spy who infiltrated NATO in the 1980s. He provided the Stasi with valuable information about NATO’s military strategy and plans.
It’s important to note that these individuals were involved in activities that violated the privacy and security of others, and their actions were often unethical or illegal.
The world of espionage has always been shrouded in mystery and intrigue. From the famous double agents of the Cold War to the modern-day cyber spies, the field of espionage has seen some of the most fascinating characters in history. In this article, we will take a look at the top 100 spies of all time, based on their impact on history, their skills and accomplishments, and their level of notoriety.
Kim Philby – One of the most famous Soviet double agents in history, Philby was a member of the Cambridge Five spy ring during the Cold War.
Mata Hari – A Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan, Hari was executed by the French during World War I for allegedly spying for Germany.
Aldrich Ames – A CIA agent who was convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and Russia in the 1980s and 1990s.
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg – American citizens who were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and executed in 1953.
James Bond – While not a real person, the fictional British spy created by Ian Fleming has become an icon in popular culture.
Robert Hanssen – An FBI agent who was convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and Russia from 1979 to 2001.
Richard Sorge – A Soviet spy who worked undercover in Japan during World War II and provided crucial intelligence to the Soviet Union.
Sydney Reilly – A British spy who operated in the early 20th century and was known as the “Ace of Spies.”
Virginia Hall – An American spy who worked for the British Special Operations Executive and the American Office of Strategic Services during World War II.
Juan Pujol García – A Spanish spy who worked for both the Allies and the Germans during World War II, and was awarded both the Iron Cross and the MBE.
Klaus Fuchs – A German-born physicist who spied for the Soviet Union during the Manhattan Project.
Nathan Hale – A American spy during the Revolutionary War who famously declared, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
Oleg Gordievsky – A KGB officer who defected to the United Kingdom in 1985 and provided valuable intelligence to the West.
Harold “Kim” Philby Jr. – Another member of the Cambridge Five spy ring, Philby worked for both MI6 and the KGB during his career.
Markus Wolf – The head of East Germany’s foreign intelligence agency during the Cold War, Wolf was known as “the man without a face.”
Sidney George Reilly – An early 20th-century British spy who was rumored to have been the inspiration for James Bond.
William Donovan – The head of the American Office of Strategic Services during World War II, Donovan is considered the “father of modern American intelligence.”
Ashraf Marwan – An Egyptian businessman who worked as a spy for both Israel and Egypt during the Yom Kippur War.
Harry Houdini – While primarily known as an escape artist, Houdini also worked as a spy for the American government during World War I.
Mataeo Ilic – A Croatian spy who worked for the Yugoslav Partisans during World War II and was responsible for the assassination of a German general.
Roald Dahl – The British author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach also worked as a spy for MI6 during World War II.
Frank Abagnale Jr. – A former con artist who worked as a consultant for the FBI and other government agencies, Abagnale’s story was famously told in the film Catch Me If You Can.
Alexander Litvinenko:Alexander Litvinenko was a former officer of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) who fled to the United Kingdom in 2000 and became a British citizen. He was known for his criticism of the FSB and its operations, and for his allegations of corruption and human rights abuses within the Russian governmet. In 2006, Litvinenko became ill after meeting with two former KGB agents in a London hotel. He was eventually diagnosed with poisoning by radioactive polonium-210 and died a few weeks later. Litvinenko’s death was investigated by British authorities, and it was determined that he had been deliberately poisoned. The investigation led to a diplomatic dispute between the UK and Russia, with the UK accusing Russia of involvement in Litvinenko’s murder. In 2016, a public inquiry in the UK concluded that there was strong evidence that the Russian government was involved in Litvinenko’s death, and that his murder was probably approved by President Vladimir Putin. The Russian government has denied any involvement in Litvinenko’s death.
James Armistead Lafayette – a slave who was recruited as a spy for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, Lafayette was able to provide critical intelligence to General Lafayette, which helped to secure the victory
Fox News reported that sources told the outlet that Donald Trump will be arrested as soon as next week. Investigators have been seeking charges over payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 presidential race. They invited Trump to testify before a grand jury, which is often an indication that indictments are imminent.
“The Manhattan DA’s office has asked for a meeting with law enforcement ahead of a potential Trump indictment,” Fox reported. “This is coming to Fox News from a source in the courts.”
Trump posts he “will be arrested on Tuesday” and calls for “protest, take our nation back.”
Secrets are an integral part of our lives. From our deepest desires to our hidden fears, there are certain things that we keep buried within ourselves. However, some secrets are more significant than others. They have the power to transform our lives, shape our identities, and alter our destiny. In this article, we will explore some of the best secrets, their importance, and how they can impact our lives.
Self-Awareness: The Power of Knowing Yourself
The first and perhaps the most critical secret is self-awareness. It is the ability to recognize your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and understand how they shape your life. Self-awareness is not only about understanding your strengths and weaknesses but also about acknowledging your values, beliefs, and goals. It is a secret that can help you unlock your true potential and lead a fulfilling life.
Example: Oprah Winfrey is one of the most successful and influential people in the world. However, her journey to success was not easy. She had to overcome multiple challenges, including poverty, abuse, and discrimination. Oprah attributes her success to her self-awareness. She says, “I had to learn to be self-aware, to recognize my patterns, and to change them.”
Empathy: The Power of Understanding Others
Empathy is another powerful secret that can transform our lives. It is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Empathy allows us to connect with people on a deeper level, build meaningful relationships, and create positive change in the world. It is a secret that can help us become better leaders, parents, friends, and human beings.
Example: Nelson Mandela is one of the most admired and respected leaders in history. He was able to bring together a divided nation and create a new South Africa. Mandela’s secret was his empathy. He had the ability to understand the perspectives of others, even those who oppressed him. He said, “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”
Gratitude: The Power of Appreciation
Gratitude is a secret that can help us live a happier and more fulfilling life. It is the ability to appreciate the good things in our lives, even in the midst of challenges and difficulties. Gratitude allows us to focus on the positive and attract more positivity into our lives. It is a secret that can help us overcome negativity, reduce stress, and improve our overall well-being.
Example: Shawn Achor is a happiness researcher and author of the book, “The Happiness Advantage.” He has found that gratitude is a powerful predictor of happiness. In his research, he found that people who practice gratitude regularly are more optimistic, have better relationships, and are more successful in their careers.
Forgiveness: The Power of Letting Go
Forgiveness is a secret that can free us from the past and allow us to move forward with our lives. It is the ability to let go of resentment, anger, and bitterness towards others or ourselves. Forgiveness allows us to heal our emotional wounds, improve our relationships, and create a more peaceful world. It is a secret that can help us live a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
Example: Eva Kor was a Holocaust survivor who forgave the Nazis who experimented on her and her twin sister. She said, “I forgave the Nazis not because they deserve it, but because I deserve it. Forgiveness is a way of taking back your power.” Eva’s forgiveness allowed her to heal and create a foundation that promotes forgiveness and healing.
Authenticity: The Power of Being Yourself
Authenticity is a secret that can help us live a more authentic and genuine life. It is the ability to be true to ourselves, to express our thoughts, emotions,
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Season 1, episode 3. Original air date: 10 October 1955. Cast: Richard Greene (Robin Hood), Archie Duncan (Little John), John Rutland (Earl of Bedford), Agnes Bemelle (Countess), Simone Lovell (Joan), Gabriel Toyne (Eric/ Outlaw), Victor Woolf (Alfred/ Squire/ Outlaw), Willoughby Gray (Nailor: uncredited) and Bernadette O`Farrell (Maid Marian: uncredited). From IMDB.
“The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings…Our way of life is under attack. Those who make themselves our enemy are advancing around the globe…no war ever posed a greater threat to our security. If you are awaiting a finding of “clear and present danger,” then I can only say that the danger has never been more clear and its presence has never been more imminent…For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.” ― President John F. Kennedy
Throughout history, there have been numerous secret societies that have captured the imagination of people all over the world. These groups often operate outside of the mainstream, keeping their activities and goals hidden from the public eye. Some are shrouded in mystery and intrigue, while others have been the subject of conspiracy theories and speculation.
Secret societies can be traced back to ancient times, with groups like the Eleusinian Mysteries in Greece and the Mithraic Mysteries in Rome. These groups were shrouded in secrecy, with members swearing oaths of secrecy and participating in elaborate rituals. The purpose of these groups is not entirely clear, but it is believed that they served as a way for members to bond over shared beliefs and practices.
In more recent times, secret societies have taken on a more political or philosophical focus. One of the most well-known secret societies is the Illuminati, which was founded in Bavaria in the 18th century. The group claimed to be dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and enlightenment, but they were also accused of subversive activities and plotting to overthrow governments.
The Freemasons are another secret society that has been the subject of much speculation and intrigue. The organization was founded in the 17th century, and its members include many influential figures throughout history, such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Freemasonry is often associated with symbolism and ritual, but its exact purpose and goals remain unclear.
Another secret society that has gained attention in recent years is the Bilderberg Group. This organization brings together influential figures from politics, business, and academia for an annual conference. The group is known for its secretive nature and has been accused of manipulating world events to further its own agenda.
The Knights Templar is another secret society that has captured the imagination of people for centuries. The organization was founded in the 12th century during the Crusades and was initially tasked with protecting Christian pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land. The Knights Templar were known for their military prowess and became incredibly wealthy and influential. However, they were eventually disbanded by the Catholic Church, and their members were persecuted and executed.
One of the most infamous secret societies in history is the Thule Society, which was founded in Germany in the early 20th century. The group was deeply interested in the occult and believed in the superiority of the Aryan race. Many of its members went on to become prominent members of the Nazi Party, and it is believed that the Thule Society played a significant role in shaping Nazi ideology.
In more recent times, secret societies have taken on a more lighthearted tone. The Order of the Phoenix is a fictional secret society in the Harry Potter series, dedicated to fighting against the evil Lord Voldemort. The show “Rick and Morty” has the “Citadel of Ricks,” a secret society of different versions of the character Rick, existing in a different dimension.
While secret societies can be fascinating to study and speculate about, their true purpose and goals remain shrouded in secrecy. Some believe that these groups are simply a way for like-minded individuals to come together and bond over shared beliefs and practices, while others see them as a way to manipulate and control society for their own gain. Regardless of their true nature, secret societies continue to captivate our imaginations and intrigue us with their mystery and secrecy.
The Knights Templar is a medieval Christian military order that was founded in the 12th century during the Crusades. The order’s original purpose was to protect Christian pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land, but they quickly became known for their military prowess and eventually became one of the most powerful and wealthy organizations of the time.
The Knights Templar were initially founded by a French knight named Hugues de Payens, who along with eight other knights, vowed to protect pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem. The order was granted official recognition by the Catholic Church in 1129 and was given various privileges, including the right to collect taxes and the right to build their own churches.
The Knights Templar quickly grew in power and wealth, acquiring land, property, and assets throughout Europe and the Middle East. They became known for their military prowess, and their fighting skills were highly respected by their enemies. The order was also involved in banking and finance, and their efficient banking system made them incredibly wealthy.
However, the Knights Templar’s power and wealth eventually led to their downfall. The order’s leaders were accused of heresy and other crimes, and they were persecuted by the Catholic Church and the King of France. In 1307, the Knights Templar were disbanded, and many of their members were tortured and executed.
The Knights Templar have since become the subject of many myths and legends, with many people believing that the order was involved in various secret societies and occult practices. Some even believe that the Knights Templar possessed hidden knowledge or artifacts, such as the Holy Grail or the Ark of the Covenant.
Today, the legacy of the Knights Templar lives on in various ways. The order has been romanticized in literature and film, and their symbols and iconography continue to be used in modern culture. Many secret societies and organizations, such as the Freemasons, have been influenced by the Knights Templar, and they continue to capture the imagination of people all over the world.
“Some people complain there are too many people on earth, Some people complain about secret societies, Some people accuse others of not being able to wake up early. Almost all people complain about something.” ― Dejan Stojanovic
The Bilderberg Group is an annual invitation-only conference attended by approximately 130 participants from North America and Europe, including political leaders, business executives, journalists, and academics. The meetings are closed to the public, and the discussions are off the record.
The group was founded in 1954 by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, with the aim of promoting cooperation between Europe and North America. The conference takes its name from the Hotel de Bilderberg in the Netherlands, where the first meeting was held.
Critics of the group allege that it is a secretive organization that exerts undue influence over global affairs, but supporters argue that it provides a valuable forum for discussing important issues in a private and informal setting. The group has been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories, with some suggesting that it is part of a shadowy global elite that controls world events.
The Bilderberg Group has been the subject of controversy and speculation for decades, with some viewing it as a secretive and powerful organization that works behind the scenes to shape global affairs. However, others argue that it is simply a forum for discussing important issues in a private and informal setting. Regardless of one’s perspective on the group, it remains an influential and closely-watched organization.
The Eleusinian Mysteries were a religious initiation ceremony held annually in ancient Greece at the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore (Persephone) in the city of Eleusis, near Athens. The mysteries were dedicated to the goddess Demeter and her daughter Kore, also known as Persephone, who was abducted by Hades and taken to the underworld.
The exact nature of the Eleusinian Mysteries is not known, as the initiates were bound by secrecy and were not allowed to reveal what they experienced during the ceremony. However, it is believed that the mysteries involved a ritualized reenactment of the myth of Demeter and Persephone, and that the initiates were promised eternal life and happiness in the afterlife.
The mysteries were open to both men and women, and initiates came from all over Greece and beyond. The initiation ceremony took place over several days and included fasting, purification rites, and a procession from Athens to Eleusis. The climax of the ceremony was the revelation of the “sacred objects,” which were believed to be the key to the mysteries.
The Eleusinian Mysteries were considered to be the most important of all the Greek mystery cults and were held for over 1,500 years, from around 1500 BCE to the 4th century CE. They played a significant role in the religious and cultural life of ancient Greece and were attended by many of the most prominent figures of the time, including Plato and Cicero.
The Mithraic Mysteries were a mystery religion practiced in the Roman Empire from about the 1st to 4th centuries CE. The religion was centered on the god Mithras, who was a god of light and truth, and was often depicted slaying a bull. The religion was particularly popular among soldiers, and many Mithraic temples were located along the frontiers of the Roman Empire.
The details of the Mithraic Mysteries are not well known, as the religion was secretive and its teachings were only known to initiates. The religion had a complex hierarchy of seven grades of initiation, and each grade was associated with a different planet and had its own set of mysteries and rituals.
The central ritual of the religion was the taurobolium, in which a bull was sacrificed and the initiate stood underneath it, bathing in its blood. This was believed to purify the initiate and grant them eternal life.
The Mithraic Mysteries declined in the 4th century CE, and were eventually supplanted by Christianity as the dominant religion of the Roman Empire. Today, very little is known about the religion, as the Mithraic texts were lost and only fragments of information have survived.
The Illuminati is a secret society that originated in Bavaria, Germany, in the late 18th century. The group was founded on May 1, 1776, by a Bavarian law professor named Adam Weishaupt. The Illuminati aimed to promote Enlightenment ideals and to oppose religious influence over public life.
Weishaupt believed that society was in need of a new world order, which he believed the Illuminati could bring about through its secretive activities. The group was made up of intellectuals and freethinkers who believed in the power of reason and science.
The Illuminati’s goals were not necessarily nefarious, but their secretive nature and perceived influence over political and social events has led to many conspiracy theories about the group. Some people believe that the Illuminati still exists today and is involved in controlling world events from behind the scenes.
However, there is no concrete evidence to support these theories, and most historians believe that the Bavarian Illuminati disbanded in the late 18th century due to government crackdowns and internal divisions.
Freemasonry is a fraternal organization that traces its origins to the local fraternities of stonemasons, which existed in the Middle Ages. Today, Freemasonry is a worldwide organization that includes men and women from all walks of life who are united by a commitment to self-improvement, charity, and community service.
One of the defining characteristics of Freemasonry is its use of symbols and rituals to convey moral and ethical teachings. Members progress through a series of degrees, each of which involves learning new symbols and teachings, and taking part in various ritual ceremonies. These degrees are conferred within a lodge, which is the basic organizational unit of Freemasonry.
Another defining characteristic of Freemasonry is its emphasis on brotherhood and mutual support. Members are expected to help one another, both within the lodge and in the wider community. Many lodges engage in charitable work, and some have established their own charitable foundations.
Freemasonry has been the subject of much speculation and conspiracy theory over the years, with some people alleging that it is involved in secret plots and power struggles. However, most Masons maintain that their organization is simply a fraternal society dedicated to personal and social improvement, and that any allegations of nefarious activity are unfounded.
The Thule Society was a secret society founded in Germany in 1918, shortly after the end of World War I. The group was named after the mythical northern land of Thule, which was believed to be the ancient homeland of the Aryan race. The Thule Society was interested in Germanic mythology, the occult, and the esoteric, and its members sought to promote these beliefs.
The Thule Society was one of many secret societies that emerged in Germany in the early 20th century, and it played a role in the development of the Nazi Party. Some members of the Thule Society, including its leader, Rudolf von Sebottendorff, later joined the Nazi Party and played important roles in the formation of the party’s ideology.
The Thule Society’s beliefs in the superiority of the Aryan race and the need for a strong, authoritarian government were embraced by the Nazis, and some historians argue that the society’s ideology played a significant role in the rise of the Nazi Party and the development of Nazi policies. However, the precise extent of the Thule Society’s influence on the Nazi Party remains a matter of debate among historians.
The Bohemian Grove is a private club located in Monte Rio, California. It is known for hosting a two-week long annual summer retreat for some of the world’s most influential political and business leaders, as well as artists and other high-profile individuals.
The club was founded in 1872 as a gathering place for artists, writers, and musicians, and it has since evolved into a more exclusive club with membership limited to male individuals from a select group of industries and professions.
The Bohemian Grove’s most notable event is the “Cremation of Care” ceremony, which takes place at the beginning of the summer retreat. The ceremony involves a symbolic effigy being burned in front of a large owl statue, and it is said to represent the members’ release from the cares and concerns of the outside world.
The Bohemian Grove has attracted controversy over the years, with some people claiming that the exclusive nature of the club and the secretive nature of its events are cause for concern. However, the club maintains that it is simply a gathering place for like-minded individuals to socialize and exchange ideas in a private setting.
“The Bohemian Grove has held secret meetings for the global elite since 1873 in a redwood forest of northern California. In addition to Republican presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan, and George H. W. Bush, members have included James Baker, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, David Rockefeller, William Casey, and Henry Kissinger. Each year, the members don red, black, and silver robes and conduct a ritual in which they worship a giant stone owl.” ― Craig Unger, House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World’s Two Most Powerful Dynasties
Money is one of the most important aspects of our lives. It affects everything from our daily routines to our long-term goals, and yet it can also be one of the most elusive and challenging topics to master. The good news is that there are plenty of money secrets out there that can help us achieve financial success. In this article, we’ll explore some of the best money secrets along with success stories from people who have put them into practice.
Spend less than you earn
One of the most basic and important money secrets is to spend less than you earn. This may seem obvious, but it’s surprising how many people struggle with this simple concept. The key is to create a budget and stick to it. This means tracking your expenses, prioritizing your spending, and finding ways to cut back where possible.
Success Story: Tiffany Aliche, also known as “The Budgetnista,” is a financial educator who went from being a schoolteacher with $40,000 of debt to a successful entrepreneur with multiple streams of income. Her secret? She created a budget and stuck to it, even when it meant making sacrifices like giving up cable TV and eating out less often.
Invest in yourself
Another important money secret is to invest in yourself. This means taking the time and resources to learn new skills, develop your talents, and pursue your passions. Whether it’s through formal education, training programs, or self-study, investing in yourself can lead to greater earning potential and career advancement.
Success Story: Gary Vaynerchuk is a successful entrepreneur, author, and investor who started out selling wine online. He credits his success to his willingness to invest in himself, whether it’s through attending conferences, hiring coaches, or spending time reading and learning from others.
Save for emergencies
One of the biggest financial challenges that people face is unexpected expenses. Whether it’s a car repair, a medical bill, or a job loss, emergencies can derail even the best-laid financial plans. That’s why it’s important to save for emergencies by setting aside a portion of your income each month.
Success Story: Liz Weston is a personal finance columnist and author who has written extensively on the importance of emergency savings. She shares her own story of being laid off from her job and realizing that she had no savings to fall back on. After that experience, she made it a priority to build up her emergency fund, which has helped her weather other unexpected events.
Live below your means
Living below your means means spending less than you can afford, even if it means making sacrifices or delaying gratification. This can be difficult in a society that encourages us to constantly consume and upgrade, but it’s essential for long-term financial success.
Success Story: Mr. Money Mustache is a blogger who retired at the age of 30 and now lives off his investments. He achieved this goal by living below his means, even when he had a high-paying job. He and his wife rode bikes instead of driving cars, cooked at home instead of eating out, and generally avoided unnecessary expenses.
Finally, one of the best money secrets is simply to be patient. Building wealth takes time and requires a long-term perspective. It’s easy to get caught up in the latest trends or hot investments, but the most successful investors are those who stay the course and remain disciplined over time.
Success Story: Warren Buffett is one of the most successful investors of all time, with a net worth of over $100 billion. He achieved this success by taking a patient, long-term approach to investing. He’s famous for saying, “Our favorite holding period is forever,” which reflects his belief in the power of compounding over time.
In conclusion, there are many money secrets that can help us achieve financial
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Throughout history, there have been numerous events and discoveries that have been kept hidden from the general public. These secrets are often referred to as above top secret or ATS, meaning that they are classified above the highest level of government secrecy. Some of these secrets have become well-known over time, while others continue to remain shrouded in mystery. In this article, we will discuss some of the most famous above top secrets.
One of the most well-known ATS is Area 51, a United States Air Force facility located in Nevada. The base is surrounded by mystery and conspiracy theories, and for years, the government denied its existence. Area 51 is believed to be a testing site for experimental aircraft and weapons, but some people believe that it also houses evidence of extraterrestrial life.
The Manhattan Project
During World War II, the United States secretly developed the atomic bomb through a project known as the Manhattan Project. The project was so secret that only a handful of people knew about it, and its existence was not revealed to the public until after the war ended. The Manhattan Project is considered one of the most significant scientific achievements of the 20th century and forever changed the world’s geopolitical landscape.
The Roswell Incident
The Roswell Incident refers to an alleged UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. The United States military initially stated that the crash was a weather balloon, but many people believe that it was an extraterrestrial spacecraft. The incident has become a source of fascination for many conspiracy theorists and has been the subject of countless books, movies, and TV shows.
Operation Mockingbird was a secret campaign by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to influence media coverage during the Cold War. The CIA used a variety of tactics, including bribery and coercion, to control the narrative in the media. The operation was exposed in the 1970s, but its full extent is still unknown.
The Philadelphia Experiment
The Philadelphia Experiment was a supposed military experiment that took place in 1943, in which the US Navy allegedly attempted to make a ship invisible to radar. The experiment was said to have gone horribly wrong, resulting in the ship’s disappearance, time travel, and other bizarre phenomena. While there is no concrete evidence that the experiment ever took place, it has become a popular conspiracy theory.
The Vatican Archives
The Vatican Archives is a vast collection of documents and artifacts stored in the Vatican City. While some of the archives are open to researchers, many documents remain classified and inaccessible to the public. Some conspiracy theorists believe that the archives contain evidence of extraterrestrial life, lost texts from the Bible, and other secrets that the Catholic Church wants to keep hidden.
Above top secrets are often the subject of fascination and speculation, and they continue to capture the public’s imagination. While some of these secrets may never be fully revealed, they provide a glimpse into the shadowy world of government secrecy and the unknown. Whether or not these secrets are real or just elaborate hoaxes, they remind us of the power of mystery and the human desire to uncover the truth.
Former Nigerian spy chief, presidential and vice-presidential aspirant, and close associate of corrupt military dictator Sani Abacha. Shinkafi’s son-in-law, Atiku Bagudu, also served as a key money launderer for the Abacha family, according to U.S. prosecutors.
Throughout history, spies have played a crucial role in wars, politics, and espionage. Some have achieved notoriety for their exceptional skills and daring exploits, becoming legends in their own right. Here are some of the most famous spies in history:
Mata Hari: Born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, Mata Hari was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who became a spy for Germany during World War I. She was accused of passing on vital information to the Germans and was executed by a French firing squad in 1917.
Nathan Hale: Nathan Hale was an American soldier and spy for the Continental Army during the American Revolution. He was captured by the British and hanged at the age of 21, famously declaring, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
Sidney Reilly: Sidney Reilly was a Russian-born British spy who operated during the early 20th century. He was known as the “Ace of Spies” for his skill at espionage, and his adventures inspired many fictional spies in books and movies.
Richard Sorge: Richard Sorge was a Soviet spy who operated in Japan during World War II. He was able to penetrate the highest levels of Japanese society and provide valuable intelligence to the Soviet Union. He was eventually caught and executed in 1944.
Kim Philby: Kim Philby was a British intelligence officer who spied for the Soviet Union during the Cold War. He was able to rise through the ranks of British intelligence while passing on valuable information to the Soviets. He defected to the Soviet Union in 1963 and died there in 1988.
Aldrich Ames: Aldrich Ames was a CIA officer who spied for the Soviet Union during the Cold War. He was able to provide the Soviets with a large amount of information, including the identities of CIA agents operating in the Soviet Union. He was eventually caught and sentenced to life in prison.
Klaus Fuchs: Klaus Fuchs was a German physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, the American effort to develop a nuclear bomb during World War II. He was also a Soviet spy and passed on valuable information to the Soviets. He was eventually caught and sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Harriet Tubman: Harriet Tubman was an American abolitionist who worked as a spy for the Union Army during the Civil War. She provided valuable intelligence to Union commanders and led raids that freed hundreds of enslaved people.
Virginia Hall: Virginia Hall was an American spy who operated in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. She worked for the British Special Operations Executive and the American Office of Strategic Services, providing valuable intelligence and assisting in the organization of resistance networks.
In conclusion, spies have played a significant role in history, and these famous spies are just a few examples of the impact they have had. Whether working for their country or for their own gain, these spies have left a lasting legacy that continues to intrigue and inspire.
Bestial Crimes of Egon Zill – Sadistic Nazi Commandant of Natzweiler Struthof & Flossenbürg – WW2. Egon Zill was born on the 28th of March 1906 in Plauen, then part of the German Empire. After World War I ended, Germany experienced great political turmoil. The 1919 Treaty of Versailles imposed harsh terms on Germany, which had lost the war. In addition, the country saw the overthrow of its monarchy. In its place was the new Weimar Republic, a democratic government. Racist and antisemitic groups sprang up on the radical right and they blamed Jews for Germany’s defeat in the war. These groups opposed the Weimar Republic and the Treaty of Versailles. They were against democracy, human rights, capitalism, socialism, and communism. They advocated to exclude from German life anyone who did not belong to the German race. The Nazi Party, founded in 1920, sought to woo German workers away from socialism and communism and commit them to antisemitic and anti-Marxist ideology. On the 30th of January 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany by the German President Paul von Hindenburg. Immediately after Hitler came into power, Germany became a dictatorship, and the Nazi regime quickly began to restrict the civil and human rights of the Jews and established the first concentration camps, imprisoning its political opponents, homosexuals, Jehovah’s witnesses, and others classified as “dangerous”. One such camp was Hohnstein. In 1934 Egon Zill got married. His wife had been a member of various National Socialist organizations since the mid-1920s and the marriage produced three children. From the 12th of October 1934, Zill headed the guards at the Lichtenburg concentration camp. From the 1st of February 1938, Egon Zill became the commander’s adjutant in the Lichtenburg, which by then had become a women’s concentration camp. One of the camps female guards was Maria Mandl whose specialty at Lichtenburg was to strip the prisoners naked, tie them to wooden posts and beat them mercilessly until she could no longer lift her arm. On the 15th of May 1939, Egon Zill was sent with the other Lichtenburg guards to the newly opened Ravensbrück concentration camp. Ravensbrück, opened in May 1939, was the only major women’s camp established by the Nazis. In total, some 132,000 women from all over Europe passed through the camp, including Poles, Russians, Jews, Gypsies, and others. Of that number, over 92,000 women perished. At Ravensbrück Egon Zill held a position of commander’s adjutant. However, he was also a sexual deviant. Despite having his own wife, Zill was known for sexually harassing and brutally abusing the female prisoners. Once he even contracted a venereal disease. Zill, who due to his short stature was given the nickname “Little Zill”, remained in Ravensbrück until December 1939. He gradually climbed up the camp hierarchy, owing these promotions to the cruelty and sadism with which he treated the prisoners. His behavior in each subsequent camp was more and more brutal. Not only did he order many crimes to be committed, he often carried them out himself. The second world war began on the 1st of September, 1939 with the invasion of Poland. On the 1st of December 1939, Zill was deployed in Dachau concentration camp holding a position of Protective custody camp leader. Protective custody camp section oversaw the prisoner’s complex and was ruled by the infamous SS Death’s Head Units. Having received his Death’s Head unit training in Dachau, Zill was familiar with all the terrors the camp had to offer its inmates. In December 1941 Zill succeeded Hermann Pister as commander of the Hinzert concentration camp which remained mainly autonomous until the 21st of November 1944, when it was administratively linked to the Buchenwald concentration camp. Between 1939 and 1945, 13,600 political prisoners between the ages of 13 and 80 were imprisoned at Hinzert. In April 1942 Zill became the commandant of the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp which was the only concentration camp established by the Germans in the territory of pre-war France, about 31 miles southwest of Strasbourg In mid-September 1942 Egon Zill became a commandant of the Flossenbürg concentration camp. Flossenbürg’s original purpose was to exploit the forced labor of prisoners for the production of granite for Nazi construction projects.
Cosmo Debris’ “Let’s Just Forget About the Sex” is the video to his first funny musical hit that, strangely enough, debuted nationally on radio some time back. Lampooning the media’s fixation on sex and its audience’s frustration with it, Cosmo’s work is a smirking, catchy, dead-on breath of fresh air.
A close associate of Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, energy mogul Aleksin burst onto Belarus’ business scene in 2012, just after a cadre of senior oligarchs were sanctioned in response to the regime’s brutal crackdowns on political protest. Part of Aleksin’s fortune was stashed in Credit Suisse that same year.
In 2021, the European Union and United States finally blacklisted Aleksin as well, describing him as one of Lukashenko’s “wallets.”
Accused money launderer for Italy’s ‘Ndrangheta organized crime group.
Italian prosecutors believed Velardo, along with a convicted Irish Republican Army bomber, swindled investors in an Italian seaside development built by the ‘Ndrangheta. Another partner in the seized venture, named Jewel of the Sea, was a member of the ‘Ndrangheta’s powerful Morabito clan.
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One of two Swedes who were reportedly jailed for life for violating Philippines’ human trafficking laws. The pair had run a cybersex den catering to foreigners in the tiny Philippine town of Kauswagan where online customers could watch livestreamed sex acts, often of an abusive nature.
A representative for Sederholm said Credit Suisse never froze his accounts and did not close them until 2013 when he was unable to provide due diligence material. Asked why Sederholm needed a Swiss account, they said that he was living in Thailand when it was opened, adding: “Can you please tell me if you would prefer to put your money in a Thai or Swiss bank?”
The former manager of the Serbian state lottery and Deputy Prime Minister’s cabinet member, he is charged with embezzlement while serving as the director of Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport. He is accused of changing the company’s internal rulebook to allow salary increases, thus allowing himself to dish out excessive salaries and bonuses to himself and other management.
Krišto told OCCRP that the foreign funds were acquired before his state appointments, and partly before his birth, through his family’s business activities across Europe.
The manager of Minaqua, a bottled water brand that dominates almost a fifth of Serbia’s market. More than a century old, it was privatized in 1999 and his family became the majority shareholders. Ever since, he has faced trial numerous times for alleged economic crimes and fraud that have taken place at the company.
Director of the Moscow office of the Serbian architectural firm Centroprojekt. He and other company officials were investigated by Serbian authorities for financial crime on suspicion that they embezzled 6.5 million euros. The scheme, which ran from 2005 to 2008, involved falsifying documents in order to redirect payments destined for Centroprojekt – at the time a state-owned firm – to an identically-named private firm incorporated by the suspects.
Pihler told OCCRP’s partner KRIK that the funds in his Swiss account are savings that he legally earned in Russia, and were deposited into a Credit Suisse investment account in order to accrue income on his capital.
The managing director for the Nigerian operation of German industrial conglomerate Siemens, which was fined a combined $1.34 billion for bribery in 2008. Over two decades Seidel bribed Nigerian officials in order to win contracts for Siemens.
Although allegations that he had been part of the Siemens bribery scandal in Nigeria were first reported in 2007, two of Seidel’s six accounts — both of which were jointly owned with his wife — remained open for at least almost 10 more years.
Giovanni Angelo Becciu
A former ally of Pope Francis who made history as the first Vatican cardinal to be tried on criminal charges by a civil court. Nine others are also accused of crimes including extortion, embezzlement, money laundering and abuse of office. Prosecutors allege that the ring lost 350 million euros of church funds on a scandal-ridden London property venture, and also that Becciu funneled Vatican funds to his brothers’ businesses in Sardinia.
Court documents say this Credit Suisse account, which belonged to the Vatican and listed Becciu amongst its four signatories of the account, was used in the embezzlement. Becciu’s legal representatives declined to comment on the account and told OCCRP that the Cardinal will answer to the court. They added that his brothers’ business was a charity, and maintained his innocence.
“Correction: This profile has been corrected to clarify that the account was state-owned and that the charges were filed against others.”
Hélder Bataglia dos Santos
Counting presidents from Africa to Latin America amongst his friends, this Portuguese businessman based in Angola billed his venture Escom as a point of contact for nations and international entities looking to invest in Africa. With success has come scrutiny, in several corruption probes across Europe. He is also a close associate of Álvaro Sobrinho, suspected of laundering money while serving as head of an Escom-linked bank in Angola.
According to Portuguese newspaper Expresso, the pair shared a company engaged in $1.6 billion worth of irregular transactions and loans. They also shared three accounts at Credit Suisse.
Bataglia told OCCRP that he had closed all of his accounts with Credit Suisse by 2021, but denied having shared accounts with Sobrinho.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
The head of the customs office in the border town of Brod was placed under investigation and detained for corruption in connection to a crime ring that included the customs authorities.
According to the state prosecutor, the scheme to fake invoices of imports into Bosnia and Herzegovina cost the state budget 153 million euros. The alleged scheme ran all the way to the top of the national tax authority.
The head of the customs office in the border town of Brod was placed under investigation and detained for corruption in connection to a crime ring that included the customs authorities.
According to the state prosecutor, the scheme to fake invoices of imports into Bosnia and Herzegovina cost the state budget 153 million euros. The alleged scheme ran all the way to the top of the national tax authority.
Ivan.Guta&The Guta family
The Gutas ran one of Ukraine’s largest grain producers, but orchestrated its collapse by funneling at least $100 million out of the company and into offshore firms they controlled. Ivan Guta and his wife, Klavdiya, founded Mriya Agro Holding Public Limited in 1992, and their two sons, Andriy and Mykola, joined later.
By 2012 Mriya was managing close to 300,000 hectares of agricultural land. Two years later, the company had run out of cash, leaving creditors sitting on claims exceeding 1 billion euros.
Between them, Ivan, Klavdiya, Andriy and Mykola Guta were listed as account holders of a total of 16 Credit Suisse accounts.
President of Cahan Holding, a major conglomerate in the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan in Azerbaijan. For years rumors have swirled that the company is controlled by the family of Vasif Talibov, who has ruled the enclave with an iron fist for nearly three decades.
In 2008, Abassov founded a bank with several members of the Talibov family. The following year, he opened a Credit Suisse account that received transfers from shell companies which were used in major “laundromat” fraud schemes previously discovered by OCCRP.
An electricity mogul who converted his experience at the helm of Yugoslavian state energy firms into a personal fortune after the country’s dissolution, trading energy and debt between the newly formed regional utilities through his business group, Energy Financing Team (EFT). Although Hamović was never charged with a crime, his business has drawn the attention of prosecutors and investigators in multiple countries.
Antonio Horta-Osorio has resigned over reportedly breaking UK Covid-19 quarantine rules twice last year, after the former Lloyds Bank boss was in charge for just eight months.
This is only the official version of the power match.
Credit Suisse’s corporate culture had already been in crisis for its involvement in scandals which Horta-Osorio described as the worst he’d ever seen. Here are some of the crises the Swiss bank has faced:
▪️Tuna Bond: Guilty for defrauding $850MN loan to Mozambique meant for tuna fishing fleet – around $200MN went to Credit Suisse bankers & govt officials.
▪️Archegos: Lost $5.5BN when capital management firm defaulted. Credit Suisse slammed for ‘quick profit’ with tech stocks.
▪️Greensill: Froze $10BN supply chain funds when Greensill Capital collapsed. Credit Suisse sold billions of its debt to investors.
▪️Spying: Former chief exec quit in 2020 after hiring private detectives to spy on its wealth management head when he left to rivals UBS.
„Credit Suisse Group AG chairman António Horta-Osório is leaving the global bank following a board investigation into his travel and personal conduct, according to people familiar with the bank.
Credit Suisse said late Sunday that Mr. Horta-Osório had resigned following an investigation commissioned by the board. The people said the investigation examined his conduct, including travel that breached Covid-related government rules and his personal use of corporate aircraft. He joined the Credit Suisse board less than a year ago.
Credit Suisse said board member Axel Lehmann was appointed to take over the chairman role, effective immediately. Mr. Lehmann, a former executive at UBS Group AG, joined the Credit Suisse board in late 2021 and is chair of its risk committee.“
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“Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and for the same reason.” – attributed to both Mark Twain and José Maria de Eça de Queirós
Corruption in governments is a cancer that eats away at the very fabric of society. It is a scourge that has plagued governments around the world for centuries, and one that continues to be a major threat to democracy, development, and prosperity. The impact of corruption is devastating, not just for the citizens of a country, but for the international community as a whole.
Corruption in governments takes many forms, from bribery and embezzlement to nepotism and cronyism. At its core, corruption is the abuse of power for personal gain. When government officials prioritize their own interests over the interests of the people they serve, the consequences can be dire. Corruption can lead to the misallocation of resources, the erosion of public trust, and the entrenchment of poverty and inequality.
One of the most pernicious effects of corruption is its impact on development. When resources are siphoned off by corrupt officials, there is less money available for critical public services like healthcare, education, and infrastructure. This can lead to a vicious cycle of poverty and underdevelopment, where citizens are unable to access the basic services they need to thrive. Corruption also discourages foreign investment and can stifle economic growth, as businesses may be reluctant to invest in a country where corruption is rampant.
In addition to its economic impact, corruption also undermines the democratic process. When government officials are corrupt, they are more likely to act in their own interests rather than in the interests of their constituents. This can erode public trust in democratic institutions and lead to the perception that the system is rigged against ordinary citizens. This, in turn, can fuel social unrest and even lead to political instability.
So what can be done to combat corruption in governments? The first step is to acknowledge the problem and commit to addressing it. Governments must prioritize transparency and accountability, and work to strengthen anti-corruption measures. This may involve implementing stronger laws and regulations, as well as investing in institutions like the judiciary and law enforcement agencies to ensure they have the resources they need to investigate and prosecute corruption cases.
It is also important to promote a culture of integrity and ethics within government institutions. This means creating incentives for officials to act in the public interest, rather than their own personal gain. It also means fostering a sense of accountability among public officials, and encouraging citizens to participate in the democratic process and hold their elected officials accountable.
Ultimately, combating corruption in governments requires a sustained and concerted effort. It will not be easy, and progress may be slow. But the stakes are too high to ignore this issue. Corruption is a threat to democracy, development, and prosperity, and it is our collective responsibility to take action to root it out.
“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” – Groucho Marx
Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the President’s Fiscal Year 2024 Budget
“The FY 2024 budget is the most strategy-driven request we’ve ever produced from the Department of Defense. And as our National Defense Strategy makes clear, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is our pacing challenge. This budget seeks to meet this critical challenge today, tomorrow, and into the future by providing the resources today to continue to implement our National Defense Strategy and keep our nation safe while delivering a combat credible Joint Force that is the most lethal, resilient, agile, and responsive in the world.
As the PRC races to modernize its military, this budget will sharpen our edge by making critical investments across all timeframes, theaters, and domains. Among numerous important actions that bolster our combat credibility in the short term, this budget makes the Department’s largest-ever investments in readiness and procurement – and our largest investment in research and development.
To sustain our military advantage over China, it makes major investments in integrated air and missile defenses and operational energy efficiency, as well as in our air dominance, our maritime dominance, and in munitions, including hypersonics. This budget includes the largest ever request for the Pacific Deterrence Initiative, which we are using to invest in advanced capabilities, new operational concepts, and more resilient force posture in the Indo-Pacific region. It also enables groundbreaking posture initiatives in Guam, Mariana Islands, the Philippines, Japan, and Australia.
We are also investing in resiliency in key parts of the defense supply chain to ensure stability in the industrial base’s ability to produce what the Joint Force needs. That includes working closely with Congress to secure multi-year procurement authorities—and allow us to meet the needs of tomorrow. And this year’s budget also increases funding to continue modernizing all three legs of our nuclear triad to maintain a safe, secure, and effective strategic deterrent against advanced and persistent threats around the world.
The United States has the strongest military in the world because we have the best team in the world. And we owe it to the brave men and women who serve to take care of our people and their families. So this budget includes the largest military and civilian pay raise in decades, and it builds on progress we’ve already made to make life a little easier by lowering every day costs, including by reducing the cost of goods in the commissary and making childcare more accessible and affordable.
As the Secretary of Defense, my priority will always be to ensure that our forces are ready and resilient, and that our military remains the world’s preeminent fighting force, today, tomorrow, and for generations to come. I look forward to working with Congress to support the President’s request.”
On March 9, 2023, the Biden-Harris Administration submitted to Congress a proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Budget request of $842 billion for the Department of Defense (DoD), an increase of $26 billion over FY 2023 levels and $100 billion more than FY 2022. The FY 2024 Defense Budget is driven by strategy and provides us with the capabilities and investments to advance the Secretary’s three key priorities: defending the nation, taking care of our people, and succeeding through teamwork.
To achieve these priorities, this budget request links strategy to resources to continue executing our 2022 National Defense Strategy (NDS), which aligns with the President’s National Security Strategy. These guiding documents determine the vision and direction of the Department of Defense in what the President has called the “decisive decade.” The NDS outlines the Department’s defense and security priorities:
Defending the homeland, paced to the growing multi-domain threat posed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Deterring strategic attacks against the United States, our allies, and our partners.
Deterring aggression, while being prepared to prevail in conflict when necessary – prioritizing the PRC challenge in the Indo-Pacific region, then the Russia challenge in Europe.
Building a resilient joint force and defense ecosystem.
The NDS positions the U.S. military to meet growing threats through integrated deterrence, campaigning, and taking actions that build enduring advantages. The FY 2024 DoD budget request of $842 billion enables the Department to successfully advance these defense and security goals by purposefully aligning resources to best position our warfighters, allies, and partners for success.
The FY 2024 President’s Budget allows the DoD to invest in capabilities that will ensure we maintain a ready, lethal, and combat-credible joint force with a laser focus on China as the Department’s pacing challenge and addressing the acute threat posed by Russia. The budget makes critical investments to revitalize the defense industrial base, drive innovation, and take care of our people. The FY 2024 budget request once again includes a record investment in research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) of $145 billion. This budget also funds $170 billion for procurement, the largest in history. Combined, these investments will ensure combat-credible forces across all domains.
Secretary Austin has called deterrence the “cornerstone of defense.” In FY 2024, the DoD supports the concept of Integrated Deterrence by ensuring combat-credible forces and a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent. Investments across all domains include:
$61.1 billion for air power to continue developing, modernizing, and procuring lethal air forces, including a focus on fighters, including F-22, F-35, F-15EX; the B-21 bomber, mobility aircraft, including KC-46A; specialized support aircraft; and unmanned aircraft systems.
$48.1 billion for sea power including new construction of nine battle force fleet ships and continued funding for the incremental construction of Ford class nuclear powered aircraft carriers and Columbia ballistic missile submarines.
$13.9 billion for land power supporting modernization of Army and Marine Corps combat equipment: Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, Amphibious Combat Vehicle, and Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle.
$37.7 billion for Nuclear Enterprise Modernization, including:
Continued development and procurement of the B-21 program – $5.3 billion.
Production of the second Columbia ballistic missile submarine – $6.2 billion.
First year advance procurement funding for the LGM-35A Sentinel program.
Development efforts supporting nuclear command, control, and communications systems.
$29.8 billion to enhance Missile Defeat and Defense, including:
Development of the Next Generation Interceptor for Ground-Based Midcourse Defense, and extending the service life of the current interceptor fleet.
Increased investments in regional missile defense network with Patriot Missiles, a Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor, additional Short-Range Air Defense Battalions, and hypersonic weaponry and defenses.
Development of a resilient overhead persistent infrared capability in low earth orbit and medium earth orbit, and continuing to field the Next Generation Polar program.
Integration of the THAAD Battery capability into the Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System planning process, and continuing development of the eighth THAAD Battery.
Advanced innovation technologies and demonstrations, including those involving cyber operations and hypersonic strike capabilities.
Defense of Guam against the missile threat from China – $1.5 billion.
$11.0 billion to deliver a mix of highly lethal precision weapons. Investments include:
Continued development, testing, and procurement of hypersonic missiles and other long-range fires.
Extensive hypersonic prototyping efforts.
Procurement of 24 hypersonic missiles.
Maximizing Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, and Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile, and Standard Missile 6 capacity through multi-year procurements.
$33.3 billion in vital space capabilities, resilient architectures, and enhanced space command and control. Investments include:
Development of new proliferated resilient missile warning / missile tracking architectures, Next-Gen Overhead Persistent Infrared space and associated ground architectures – $5.0 billion.
Position, navigation, and timing for GPS III Follow-On satellite support and Next-Generation Operational Control System development – $1.3 billion.
15 launch vehicles and launch range upgrades – $3.0 billion.
Protected Tactical, Wideband, and Narrowband robust secure/survivable/jam-resistant capabilities, and Space Development Agency proliferated Low Earth Orbit Transport Layer development – $4.7 billion.
The budget prioritizes ongoing force readiness, ensuring the urgent competing demands of the present are carefully balanced with preparing for the future. The Department’s FY 2024 budget continues to prioritize joint force readiness, investing $146.0 billion to strategically build and maintain warfighting forces and capabilities. Investments to fund a high level of force readiness include:
Army readiness – $28.8 billion.
Navy readiness – $52.8 billion.
Marine Corps readiness – $4.4 billion.
Air Force readiness – $39.9 billion.
Space Force readiness – $3.3 billion.
U.S. Special Operations Command readiness – $9.7 billion.
Joint Capabilities – $7.1 billion.
The FY 2024 budget includes $9.1 billion in support of the Pacific Deterrence Initiative (PDI), a 40 percent increase from FY 2023. The effort includes resilient and distributed air basing, new missile warning and tracking architecture, construction to enable enhanced posture, funding for defense of Guam and Hawaii, and multinational information sharing, training, and experimentation.
In Europe, the FY 2024 budget allows the Department to continue to counter Russian aggression against NATO allies and partners. Investments include:
European Deterrence Initiative – $3.6 billion.
NATO Military Contribution – $601.0 million.
NATO Security Investment Program – $293.0 million.
As highlighted in both the NSS and NDS, the Department’s people are its most valuable asset. The DoD aims to support its all-volunteer military and civilian workforce by focusing on economic stabilization and supporting families. Investments to Take Care of People include:
5.2 percent pay increase for military and civilian personnel, the highest pay raise in over 20 years for our military and over 40 years for our civilians.
$193.0 million to ease military moves, through enhancements for lodging expenses and dislocation allowances.
Over $212.0 million in additional funding for commissaries to ensure our service members have food savings of over 25 percent compared to the local marketplace.
$33.0 million to standardize a 50 percent childcare employee discount for the first child of our child development program direct-care workers.
$90.4 million to expand full-day pre-kindergarten at DoD Education Activity schools for eligible dependents.
$1.9 billion to support family housing to provide safe and quality residences to service members and their families.
$209 million to provide full spectrum support for suicide prevention, including counseling services for at-risk Service members as well as efforts to reduce stigma and barriers to “seeking help.”
Currently assessing over 120 recommendations made by the Suicide Prevention & Response Independent Review Committee
The Department is investing in Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, including $637 million for the continued implementation of the 82 recommendations made by the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military as approved and funding for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Education and Training Center of Excellence.
The FY 2024 budget continues the DoD’s progress to modernize and innovate, including $145.0 billion in RDT&E, a 4.0 percent increase over the FY 2023 enacted level. Investments include:
Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) – $1.4 billion to transform warfighting capability by delivering information advantage at the speed of relevance across all domains and partners.
Office of Strategic Capital, established to enable the Department to attract and scale private capital in our most critical technologies – $115.0 million.
The FY 2024 budget request includes $30.6 billion for munitions, an increase of $5.8 billion above last year’s request, for both conventional ammunition and Precision Guided Munitions, including:
Ammunition – $5.6 billion.
Tactical Missiles – $17.3 billion.
Strategic Missiles – $7.3 billion.
Technology Development – $600.0 million.
Munitions Industrial Base over $1.0 billion.
This budget leverages unprecedented use of multi-year procurement (MYP) authorities provided by Congress to deliver critical munitions affordably, while bolstering our inventories and providing a more predictable demand signal to the industry. This strategy will facilitate industrial production efficiencies because the industry would be incentivized to organize in a more cost-effective manner. MYPs in the FY 2024 budget request include:
The FY 2024 budget request invests $5.1 billion to increase resilience of military bases and the critical capabilities housed there against threats like extreme weather and cyber-attacks. Also, the budget invests in improving the fuel efficiency of DoD operational platforms, enhancing capability, mitigating logistics risk, and making our forces more agile, and survivable in this complex and changing environment. Some investments include:
$3.7 billion for Installation Resilience and Adaptation, including cyber-secure microgrids with backup power and battery storage, and electrical transmission and distribution improvements.
$271 million for Army to modernize next-generation combat vehicles with silent watch and mobility, increased operational duration and more on-board electrical power.
$84 million for prototyping new platforms like blended wing body aircraft that targets a 30% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency to increase range and payload.
Continuing to build on prior investments, the FY 2024 budget includes $19.2 billion for Facilities Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization and $16.7 billion in Construction and Family Housing programs supporting our people, enhancing deterrence, and improving critical operational infrastructure. Investments include:
Facilities that support readiness improvements – $4.6 billion.
Projects advancing the European Deterrence Initiative, Pacific Deterrence Initiative, and the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program – $2.4 billion.
Critical naval infrastructure improvements through the Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program – $2.3 billion.
Family housing – $1.9 billion.
Construction of quality-of-life and medical facilities – $1.5 billion.
The Department is committed to acting as responsible stewards of taxpayer funds. In October 2022, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks established and initiated implementation of the Defense Management Performance Improvement (PI) Framework to define, identify, track and report on measures critical to realize the DoD’s Strategic Management Plan. These efforts enable the Department to modernize capabilities and better meet NDS priorities. Key areas of the PI include:
Enabling Future Capabilities Transition – Strategically divesting vulnerable platforms and systems that can no longer be affordably modernized or maintained to enable the transition to a more modern and capable force.
Continuous Process Improvements – Enhancing management practices, streamlining processes, and adjusting systems within the Components’ organizational levels.
Reforms – Larger-scale and time-bounded efforts designed to remediate structural and/or process gaps within the DoD’s existing business model.
Transformation – Altering the DoD’s business model—often through reorganization, the creation of new entities/capabilities, and innovative management practices—to fundamentally improve how the Department functions and delivers services.
The FY 2024 Defense Budget will help position the Department to best support its people and Allies through this “decisive decade” and ensure the United States is prepared to meet the challenges of today, tomorrow and into the future.
Dossier Center List On April 6, 2018, the U.S. Treasury Department imposed new sanctions against 24 Russians, including businessmen and government officials from Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. We believe it would be wrong to rely solely on the opinion of a foreign government. The Dossier Center publishes its own list of possible organizers of the Kremlin OCG and their likely accomplices with brief profiles. Probable organizers Probable accomplices
Probable organizers Probable accomplices Alexander Bastrykin Vladislav Reznik Dmitri Rogozin Yevgeny Prigozhin Vladimir Yakunin Gennady Petrov Andrey Fursenko Gennady Timchenko Alexander Bortnikov Yury Vorobyev Andrey Skoch Andrey Vorobyev Alexander Zharov Andrey Akimov Vladimir Bogdanov Victor Vekselberg Timur Valiulin Mikhail Fradkov Sergey Fursenko Alexander Torshin Konstantin Kosachev Igor Rotenberg Alexei Dumin Natalia Veselnitskaya Sergey Bochkarev Alexander Mitusov Alexei Kuznetsov Denis Katsyv Boris Gromov Petr Katsyv Oleg Budargin Maxim Liksutov Ilya Eliseev Dmitry Kiselev Nikolay Nikiforov Vladimir Puchkov Viktor Kharitonin Alexander Klyachin Maxim Vorobiev Sergei Sobyanin Leonid Mikhelson Igor Kesaev Samvel Karapetyan Yuri Chikhanchin Olga Golodets Alexander Tkachev Nikolay Tokarev Leonid Simanovsky Igor Shchegolev German Gref Alexander Fomin Eduard Khudainatov Mikhail Murashko Oleg Matytsin Yury Trutnev Yury Borisov Dmitry Chernyshenko Tatiana Golikova Sergey Kravtsov Olga Lyubimova Oleg Feoktistov Mikhail Mishustin Marat Khusnullin Maxim Reshetnikov Victoria Abramchenko Valery Falkov Alexander Kozlov Alexander Novak Andrey Belousov Vladimir Yakushev Konstantin Chuichenko Maksut Shadaev Sergey Lavrov Alexey Shaposhnikov Svetlana Radionova Alexander Beglov Vladimir Potanin Timur Ivanov Andrey Alshevskikh Natalia Sergunina Sergey Kirienko Mikhail Degtyarev Alexander Gorbenko Igor Levitin Evgeny Shkolov Vladimir Ustinov Igor Shuvalov Sergei Prikhodko Arkady Dvorkovich Vladimir Medinsky Sergei Shoigu Denis Manturov Vladimir Kolokoltsev Valentina Matvienko Vyacheslav Volodin Nikolay Patrushev Rashid Nurgaliyev Georgy Poltavchenko Yury Chaika Viktor Zolotov Alexey Miller Igor Sechin Andrey Kostin Oleg Deripaska Suleiman Kerimov Yuri Kovalchuk Ziyavudin Magomedov Alexei Mordashov Iskandar Makhmudov Arkady Rotenberg Boris Rotenberg Kirill Shamalov