06 Feb 2019

Experts: Capturing Cartel Leaders Increases Violence, Does Not Reduce Flow of Drugs

Since the 1990s, U.S. strategy in the war on drugs has included massive sting operations focused on the top leaders of cartels. The unintended consequences of these takedowns, argues some working in the sector, is that cartels fragment into smaller groups who then war with each other, perpetuating and even

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06 Feb 2019

President Trump’s State of the Union transcript, annotated

Postponed a week due to the shutdown, President Trump delivered his second State of the Union address, evaluating, analyzing, and claiming progress across several fronts while highlighting ongoing crises on others. The Washington Post hosts a transcript of the address here, annotated with comments and supplementary information.  Source: President Trump’s

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05 Feb 2019

U.S., South Korea agree ‘in principle’ on sharing troop cost: State Department

The U.S. and South Korea have reached a big-picture agreement on the sharing of costs for U.S. troops stationed in the country. “The United States and the Republic of Korea have reached an agreement in principle on a Special Measures Agreement,” announced a spokesperson. “Both sides are committed to working

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05 Feb 2019

The Navy Needs 2 Tons of Storage Devices Burned to Ash

What do you do when you need to destroy massive of classified information stored on digital devices? If you are the U.S. Navy, you issue a solicitation for incineration services able to reduce 4,000 pounds of IT equipment “to ash.” The devices were housed by projects working on “land-based weapons

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05 Feb 2019

El Salvador: anti-corruption candidate Nayib Bukele wins presidential election

Running on the campaign slogan “there’s enough money when no one steals,” anti-corruption candidate Nayib Bukele, the former mayor of the capital, won the country’s presidential election by a landslide and ending 25 years of political dominance by two parties. An estimated 67,000 people in the country belong to gangs

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05 Feb 2019

Germany cracks down on clan crimes as estimated membership reaches as high as 500,000

After several decades of lax policing and investigations on large crime families across the country, German authorities have announced a change in policy and operations to reduce the massive operations of crime families across the country. One Islamic scholar and migration expert has estimated that 500,000 people in Germany belong

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05 Feb 2019

El Chapo trial highlights how Mexico graft impedes drug war

El Chapo’s high profile case, as well as several other lower profile cases, are highlighting the impact and extent of corruption in Mexican politics and drug smuggling, risks that pose severe difficulties to both Mexican and U.S. drug enforcement efforts in the area. Some senior-level officials in the judicial, law

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05 Feb 2019

CAR Reaches Peace Deal With Armed Groups

The government of the Central African Republic signed a peace agreement with 14 militant groups after a series of talks, according to the UN. The country has shaken by ongoing violence in recent years, largely pitting Muslim and Christian groups against each other. The conflict erupted in 2013 when Muslim

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04 Feb 2019

The Russian Threat – An OODA Research Report

This members only special report captures insights into the capabilities and intent of the Russian Federation, with a special focus on the cyber domain.

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04 Feb 2019

Shock Tactics: Inside the Taser, the weapon that transformed policing

The introduction of the Taser in the early 21st century drove a transformation in law enforcement, harnessing the stopping power of a pistol without the lethality. Used more often in the US than pepper spray or batons, law enforcement around the world and most officers in the U.S. carry the

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