Good morning. Here’s your Early Warning for Friday, 09 March 2018. (All times Eastern.)
BREAKING: President Trump has agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by May of this year. Apparently, Kim made the offer himself while in talks with South Korean officials. Kim discussed de-nuclearization if the U.S. would remove its military from the Korean Peninsula, and that’s a hard sell. Our analysis appears in yesterday’s Strategic Intelligence Summary.
Advanced Early Warning: Former President Barack Obama is reported to be in talks with Netflix about his own show that would give him a large platform to potentially influence U.S. politics. [source]
There are no significant events for today, as published by the White House by 9:00am; however, the daily White House Press Briefing is scheduled to occur at 2:00pm. The Trump administration is reported to be in the final stages of creating regulations to ban ‘bump stocks’.
SECSTATE Rex Tillerson is in Africa this week (06-13 March), and making stops today in Djibouti and Kenya.
SECDEF James Mattis has no public schedule available today.
Aircraft carriers Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is currently in port in Da Nang, Vietnam; and the Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is in port at Jebel Ali, UAE. Conflict requiring a Carrier Strike Group does not appear imminent.
There are no significant events today. We’ll pick back up on Tuesday, when Senate committees are scheduled to have a number of hearings of interest: U.S. Central Command, U.S. Africa Command, Cyber Posture of the Armed Services, and Global State Fragility, Growth and Development.
The U.S. economy added 313,000 jobs in February, beating expectations of 200,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers out this morning.
Due Out for Subscribers
– The National Intelligence Bulletin and Alt-Observer Weekly Summary will both be published this afternoon.
– The Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower’s hearing on U.S. European Command. (Strategic)
Yesterday’s Major Reporting
U.S., Japanese navies kick off MultiSail 2018 exercise to practice hunting (Chinese) submarines
Industrial Control Systems under increasing cyber attacks, trend will continue indefinitely