Geopolitical News, 31 Oct 2018

Accessed on 31 October 2018, 1430 UTC, Post #779.


“ Newsletter”, 31 October 2018.

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Comment:  Here are today’s top geopolitical news stories from the “ Newsletter.”  Views expressed in this intelligence summary are those of the reportes and correspondents.

LATEST NEWS Oct 31, 2018
One Person Missing, Four Hurt As Dry Dock Sinks, Damaging Russia’s Only Aircraft Carrier

Four workers have been injured and one remains missing after Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, suffered damage when a floating dry dock sank while the vessel was leaving it, officials say. …

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Chinese Intelligence Officers and Their Recruited Hackers and Insiders Conspired to Steal Sensitive Commercial Aviation and Technological Data for Years

Chinese intelligence officers and those working under their direction, which included hackers and co-opted company insiders, conducted or otherwise enabled repeated intrusions into private companies’ computer systems in the United States and abroad for over five years. The conspirators’ ultimate goal was to steal, among other data, intellectual property and confidential business information, including information related to a turbofan engine …

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Pentagon: 5,200 US Troops Headed to Border with Mexico

The Pentagon is deploying 5,200 troops along the U.S. border with Mexico to help agents deal with a caravan of Honduran migrants heading to the United States. …

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Turkey to launch larger operations in northern Syria: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara will soon launch larger operations east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria, where it has been confronting US-backed Kurdish militants. …

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FY18 Military Intelligence Program Top line budget

The Department of Defense released the Military Intelligence Program (MIP) appropriated top line budget for fiscal year 2018. The total MIP budget, which included both the base budget and Overseas Contingency Operations appropriations, was $22.1 billion. …

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Air Force Reserve Command activates first ISR Wing

Born out of necessity in 2012, the 655th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group embraced its destiny to restructure as a wing during a ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Oct. 20. …

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Ex-Guantanamo Taliban Prisoners Join Team Negotiating Peace with US

Five senior Afghan Taliban leaders, who were swapped for the freedom of an American hostage in 2014, have been “re-activated” and made part of the Islamist insurgency’s Qatar-based “political office” holding peace talks with the United States. …

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UN rights chief says ‘bar must be set very high’ for investigation of murdered Saudi journalist

The United Nations human rights chief pressed on Tuesday for an impartial, investigation into the “shockingly brazen” murder of Saudi Arabian journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. …

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts (Hawaii Intelligence Daily)

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