Friday, February 17, 2017

2017 February Terror Threat Snapshot by US Homeland Security.



House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) today released February’s Terror Threat Snapshot a monthly assessment of the growing threat America, the West, and the world face from ISIS and other Islamist terrorists.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Russia Military Strategy --- Impacting 21st Century Reform and Geopolitics



The work is divided into three parts. They address Russian methods of approaching strategy, future war (focusing on new weapons and organizations), and geopolitics. All three are important for foreign analysts to consider when attempting to predict the vector (s) in which Russian military capabilities and actions are heading. It is vital to remember that events that have transpired over the past 25 years have greatly affected Russia’s view of the world today and its strategic thought. Both the military and President Vladimir Putin’s colleagues in the Russian security complex are keen to overcome what they perceive as feelings of national humiliation and insecurity that they say were imposed upon them by the West.

full report here -- Link 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

ODNI REPORT: U.S. Counterterrorism Strikes Outside Areas of Active Hostilities 2016-17

Summary of Information Regarding U.S. Counterterrorism Strikes Outside Areas of Active Hostilities

In accordance with the President’s direction and consistent with the President’s commitment to providing as much information as possible to the American people about U.S. counterterrorism activities, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) is releasing today a summary of information provided to the DNI about both the number of strikes taken by the U.S. Government against terrorist targets outside areas of active hostilities and the assessed number of combatant and non-combatanta deaths resulting from those strikes. “Areas of active hostilities” currently include Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.

Download the Report


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ODNI REPORT 2017: Paradox of Progress (Global Trends)



Every four years since 1997, the National Intelligence Council has published an unclassified strategic assessment of how key trends and uncertainties might shape the world over the next 20 years to help senior US leaders think and plan for the longer term.

Monday, January 2, 2017

USA: Joint DHS, ODNI, FBI Statement on Russian Malicious Cyber Activity


DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE
WASHINGTON, DC 20511

December 29, 2016

Joint DHS, ODNI, FBI Statement on Russian Malicious Cyber Activity

On October 7, 2016, Secretary Johnson and Director Clapper issued a joint statement that the intelligence community is confident the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations, and that the disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks are consistent with the Russian-directed efforts.  The statement also noted that the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia to influence public opinion there.

Today, DHS and FBI released a Joint Analysis Report (JAR) which further expands on that statement by providing details of the tools and infrastructure used by Russian intelligence services to compromise and exploit networks and infrastructure associated with the recent U.S. election, as well as a range of U.S. government, political and private sector entities.

full report here: Joint Report

Monday, December 26, 2016

USA encryption working group report. Will encryption and privacy become obsolete?



On February 16, 2016, a federal magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued an order requiring Apple, Inc. to assist the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in obtaining encrypted data off of an iPhone related to a 2015 shooting in San Bernardino, California. Apple resisted the order. This particular case was resolved when the FBI pursued a different method to access the data stored on the device. But the case, and the heated rhetoric exchanged by parties on all sides, reignited a decades-old debate about government access to encrypted data.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

NATO: THE EXPANSION OF DAESH TO LIBYA AND THE WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN



Among the new challenges that the Atlantic Alliance has to face in the post-Arab Spring period, terrorism continues to constitute a central thread containing a concoction of problems that have not yet been solved. The new crises arising out of “revolutions” against the regimes in the MENA Region (Middle East and North Africa) have exacerbated already critical situations and heightened their effects. A case in point is illegal immigration and the overall context of social decay in the countries where the “revolutions” started.

report link: NATO Document