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July 21, 2008

N&S News Quiz

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We thought we'd try something different here at Nukes and Spooks today - a news quiz to test our readers' (and our own!) knowledge of some basic facts about diplomacy, intelligence and the military.

Answer the 20 questions below *without* heading to Google, Wikipedia, or www.mcclatchydc.com  (We'll have to use the honor system here!). Go ahead - show us how closely you follow national security news. Or learn something new. We'll post the answers on Thursday.

P.S. - You can obviously check on others' answers in the comment section, but try answering the questions yourself first...

1 - What was Zimbabwe's former name?

2 - Which countries, other than the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States) are belived to have nuclear weapons? (NOTE: Not weapons programs, but actual weapons).

3 - Name two countries that have voluntarily given up their nuclear weapons or weapons programs in the last 25 years.

4 - Roughly how many U.S. troops are in a Brigade Combat Team?

5 - What is the world's largest Muslim country, by population?

6 - Name any five of the 18 member agencies and departments of the U.S. Intelligence Community.

7 - Iran borders seven other countries. Name three of them.

8 - Name any three provinces of Afghanistan.

9 - Name the current White House national security adviser; Director of National Intelligence; head of the CIA; and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

10 - Which former president does Sen. John McCain often cite as his hero and model?

11 - Name any four religious or ethnic groups in Iraq.

12 - What are the two holiest cities in Islam?

13 - What South American rebel group recently got tricked into giving up some hostages it had held for many years? What country does it operate in?  Extra credit: What do its initials stand for?

14 - Nelson Mandela just had a birthday. How old is he?

15 - What two elements can be used to make fissile material for a nuclear bomb?

16 - The CIA is a succesor to which World War-II era spy and covert action agency?

17 - Which countries did President Bush call the "Axis of Evil" in his 2002 State of the Union address?

18 - Roughly (within 10 or so) how many member countries of the United Nations are there?

19 - Which U.S. intelligence agency is widely believed (the numbers are classified) to be the largest, both by budget size and number of personnel?

20 - Name five countries where U.S. armed forces have participated in military action (not neccesarily ground combat) since the end of the Cold War?

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Rita Wood

I try to pay attention, but I'm more interested in the way the electorate thinks than the appointments afterwards. I guess this will tell.

1. Rhodesia.

2. Israel, Pakistan, India.

3. Libya, North Korea?, assorted former Iron Curtain countries.

4. Somewhere between 4 - 5000 depending upon support.

5. Indonesia

6. NSA,CIA,DIA,NRO,FBI

7. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Jordan.

8. Khandahar, Wanat and Helmond provinces.

9. Stephen Hadley(NSA)
Michael Hayden(CIA)
Mike McConnell(DNI)
Admiral Mullen(JCofS)

10. Teddy Roosevelt

11. Sunnis, Shiites, Christians, Jewish.

12. Mecca, Medina.

13. Farc, Columbia.

14. 90 years old.

15. Plutonium, and Uranium.

16. The OSS.

17. Iraq, Iran, North Korea.

18. Approx. 165.

19. The NSA.

20. Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Serbia, Somalia.

John Moore

1. Rhodesia
2. Israel, India, Pakistan, North Korea
3. Libya
4. 455
5. United States
6. DIA, CIA, NRO, NSA, U.S. State Department Intelligence Bureau
7. Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan
8. Helmand, Wanat, Khandahar
9. Mike Hayden (CIA)
10. Reagan
11. Chaldeans, Sunni Muslims, Shia Muslims, Christian Catholics
12. Mecca, Medina
13. FARC, Columbia
14. 90 years old
15. Uranium, plutonium
16. OSS
17. Iraq, Iran, North Korea
18. 161
19. NSA
20. Serbia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia

Andrew Foland

15. I was going to be a science weenie about the distinction between "can be used" and "are used", but seems Keepout beat me to it!

Though none of the them are really practical as weapons, americium, californium, neptunium, and possibly protactinium are usable in principle. Neptunium criticality has even been established experimentally. AFAIK none has ever been used to build a weapon.

Thorium fissions, and can be used to breed U-233 in a reactor, but I don't think it's weaponizable.

Pvt. Keepout

1. Rhodesia.
2. India, Israel & Pakistan.
3. Libya, South Africa, North Korea.
4. 5000.
5. Indonesia.
6. CIA, DIA, FBI, ICE, INR, NSA.
7. Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan.
8. Nuristan, Kunar, Nangarhar.
9. Hadley, McConnell, Hayden, Mullen.
10. Reinhard Heydrich.
11. Christian, Yazdi, Muslim, Secular Humanist; humans, Americans.
12. Mecca & Medina.
13. FARC, Columbia, Fuertes Armades Revolucia Columbia.
14. 90.
15. Americium & Thorium.
16. OSS.
17. Iraq, Iran & North Korea.
18. 185.
19. NSA.
20. Lebanon, Cuba, Chile, El Salvador & Panama.

Persona non grata

What is war good for?

Absolutely nothing!

Say it again!

John

I'll give it a try...

1 - Rhodesia
2 - Israel, India, Pakistan (possibly some former Soviet republics, too, but I'm not sure which ones)
3 - Libya and North Korea
4 - 1000 (complete guess)
5 - Indonesia
6 - CIA, NSA, FBI, DHS, and DIA
7 - Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan
8 - Kandahar, Jalalabad, Kabul
9 - no idea
10 - Theodore Roosevelt
11 - Kurds, Sunni Arabs, Shiite Arabs, Arab Christians
12 - Mecca and Medina
13 - FARC, Colombia
14 - 92
15 - uranium and plutonium
16 - OSS
17 - Iraq, Iran, North Korea
18 - 180
19 - Defense Intelligence Agency
20 - Assuming post 1991... Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia

drinkof

Regarding 'war', you've left off the good parts.

Good God, y'all ...

Then, of course, the answer ('absolutely nothing!') makes sense. Context!!

Josh_T

1 – Rhodesia
2 – Israel, India, Pakistan, North Korea
3 – Libya, South Africa
4 – 6,000
5 – Indonesia
6 – CIA, NSA, COMSAC, USNI, FBI
7 – Iraq, Afghanistan, Tajikistan
8 - ?
9 - ?, Admiral Mullen
10 – T. Roosevelt
11 – Kurdish, Shia, Sunni, Turk
12 – Mecca and Jerusalem
13 FARC
14 – 92
15 – Uranium or Plutonium
16 – Department of Intelligence
17 – Iran, Iraq, Syria, North Korea, and Cuba
18 – 220
19 – CIA
20 – Bosnia, Kuwait, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Iraq

Jay mcanally

1: Rhodesia
2: Israel, Pakistan, India
3: Libya, South Africa
4: 1000
5: Indonesia
6: CIA, NSA, DIA, FBI, TSA
7: Iraq, Afghanistan, China
8: Helmond, Kandahar
9: Hadley, McDaniel(?), ,Admiral Mullen
10: Teddy Roosevelt
11: Sunni, Shia, Christian, Kurdish
12: Mecca and Medina
13: FARC
14: 90
15:
16: OSS
17: Iraq, Iran, North Korea
18; 180
19: NSA
20: Somalia, Serbia, Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia

Rightwingsnarkle

1. Rhodesia
2. India, Pakistan, (Israel)
3. Libya, South Africa
4. 1,000 (a total guess)
5. Indonesia
6. CIA, NSA, DIA, FBI, IRS (ha!)
7. Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan
8. D’oh!
9. Asst to the Prez - Josh Bolton; DNI – ?;CIA – Admiral McConnell; Chairman, Joint Chiefs – a new Air Force guy
10. George W. Bush (joke, I think it’s Teddy Roosevelt)
11. Sunni; Shia; Kurds; maybe some kind of Christian sect
12. Mecca, Medina
13. Fark (?Shining Path – no, that’s Peru); Columbia; I dunno
14. 90 years old, but still kicking
15. Uranium (the rich and creamy kind), Plutonium
16. OSS (Office of Strategic Services)
17. Iran, Iraq, North Korea
18. I’m gonna go with 160
19. DIA – Defense Intelligence Agency
20. Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, Bosnia

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