Strategic Intelligence Summary for 8 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: (4,589 words) Libyan forces engage suspected IS fighters FARC members killed [...]

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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. Sign in or subscribe to read this report.
In this Strategic Intelligence Summary: (4,589 words)
  • Libyan forces engage suspected IS fighters
  • FARC members killed by ELN rebels in Colombia
  • South Sudan pledge ‘guerilla war’ if peace talks fail
  • Poland gets a better deal on Patriot missile systems
  • Half of U.S. F-35s are not operational
  • U.S. Air Force pursuing upgrades to F-22 with eye towards 2060
  • Second Zumwalt-class destroyer passes sea test
  • U.S., China competing for high-tech data advantage
  • NATO-Russia: Russia permanently deploys Iskander missiles to Kaliningrad
  • Middle East: U.S. will soon have to make a hard choice regarding Turkey, Kurds in Syria
  • North Korea: New signs of potential conflict on the Korean peninsula are emerging
  • South China Sea: China may be looking to ‘pull the trigger’ on confrontation in the South China Sea
  • Hundreds of illegal aliens found in just three raids in January
  • Arrests of illegal aliens in Arizona include one deported for multiple felonies

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.