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Intelligence and Special Operations veterans produce threat intelligence. Weekly reports: Strategic Intelligence and Low Intensity Conflict.
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Forward Observer 54m
74% of illegal aliens arrested by ICE in 2017 had prior criminal convictions -- i.e., these countries are not "sending us their best". I also share my thoughts on the Russia indictments.
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The White House has said there will be “international consequences” in response to a June 2017 cyberattack against Ukraine by the Russian military — an attack that spread to computers and networks around the world.
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The Trump administration is encouraging federal agencies to put money into the development of machine learning and autonomous systems research and development as a priority beginning this year.
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Will banks do more to enforce gun control? Why are Marines stationed in Norway? What is the U.S. household debt-to-GDP ratio and why does that matter? All this and more in today's Early Warning.
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Forward Observer Feb 15
There are some 10,000 MS-13 violent gang members in the United States, and many of them are here illegally. Here's an overview of what the federal government is doing about them.
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Forward Observer Feb 15
The Director of National Intelligence released the 2018 Worldwide Threat Assessment this week. Here's a brief overview.
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Forward Observer Feb 15
The Chinese intelligence apparatus leans heavily on Chinese nationals working and studying abroad. That's part of what makes Chinese espionage so successful.
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Forward Observer Feb 14
I wouldn't buy any personal electronics from Chinese companies at this point. If you thought NSA was bad...
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Forward Observer Feb 14
Like a Presidential Daily Brief but for concerned citizens... here's today's Early Warning.
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Forward Observer Feb 13
On today's show, we're talking about an interesting study from the Wilson Center, entitled Forecasting Instability: The Case of the Arab Spring, and what parallels there are for U.S. instability.
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Forward Observer Feb 13
This incident marks the third time in less than two years that an unknown "white powder" has been sent to Trump family members (that we know of).
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Forward Observer Feb 13
In this morning's Early Warning, we reported on early information about this attack. Here's some additional reporting.
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Forward Observer Feb 13
Nearly 200 Russian mercenaries have been killed in Syria after an apparently failed attack on a U.S. and U.S.-backed rebel base.
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Forward Observer Feb 12
Peace can be simply defined as the absence of war. But I don't think anyone in America right now would characterize the country as being at peace with itself. Not at war, not at peace -- what are we?
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Forward Observer Feb 12
Political violence has slowed over the cold winter months. Do you expect it to pick back up this spring and summer?
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Forward Observer Feb 12
Over the weekend, the Israelis struck at least a dozen targets in Syria after an F-16 was downed. Is this escalation moving towards high intensity conflict?
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Forward Observer Feb 12
In today's Early Warning: Trump's infrastructure plan, Israeli jets strike Iranian targets, more push back against ICE, more market volatility ahead, and the Army's new command.
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Forward Observer Feb 9
Pretty close, I think.
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Forward Observer Feb 8
Under a new policy, police in Baltimore could be held personally liable in lawsuits, in addition to the city and police department. Will this have unintended consequences?
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Forward Observer Feb 8
How does a commander view and use intelligence? More importantly, how can we as intelligence professionals better serve the informational needs of decision makers? I answer that question on today's show.
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