Strategic Intelligence Summary for 22 February 2018

Strategic Intelligence contains intelligence reporting on the state of global security and instability, geostrategic issues affecting the United States, pre-war indicators, and assessments on the current risk of war. This report is available each week for Strategic Intelligence subscribers.   In this Strategic Intelligence Summary: (4,926 words) Trinidad and Tobago police break up terrorist plot [...]

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Strategic Intelligence contains intelligence reporting on the state of global security and instability, geostrategic issues affecting the United States, pre-war indicators, and assessments on the current risk of war. This report is available each week for Strategic Intelligence subscribers.
  In this Strategic Intelligence Summary: (4,926 words)
  • Trinidad and Tobago police break up terrorist plot
  • Brazil considers wider use of military in battling urban violence
  • ISIS gaining strength in Africa
  • New U.S. threat assessment says Russia, China would ‘justify’ ASAT attacks
  • U.S. focuses anew on hypersonic missile development as Russia, China make progress
  • Russian Strategic Missile Force received 21 ballistic missiles in 2017
  • Does the Chinese navy have a rail gun too?
  • NATO-Russia: U.S. stepping up naval patrols in Black Sea to ‘desensitize’ Russia
  • Middle East: The Syrian mess is getting more complicated
  • U.S.-Korea: Kim Jong-un may believe Trump will attack him
  • South China Sea: New detailed photos show China’s advanced militarization of South China Sea ‘islands’
  • Hundreds of migrants, human smugglers arrested in Mexico
  • MS-13 gang member arrested in Fla. after brandishing AK-47

Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.