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    Food Insecurity in Western and Central Africa⁠
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48 million people are currently facing food insecurity in West and Central Africa, spurred by COVID-19, climate change, the war in Ukraine, and long-term instability. ⁠
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One step away from famine, the region is experiencing its highest level of food insecurity in a decade. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to provide $2 billion in life-saving assistance to support people. ⁠
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Yet, Africa should focus on building stronger food systems and more diversified supply chains to limit similar crises in the long term.⁠
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Key Judgement 1: The current assistance is unlikely to be sufficient to curb the hunger crisis in the next 12 months.⁠
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Key Judgement 2: A whole-of-the-society approach is likely more efficient to cope with food insecurity in the region in the next 12 months.⁠
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Key Judgement 3: Structural and institutional changes are highly likely to be necessary to enhance the region’s resilience in the next 12 months.⁠
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Read the Full Piece via Link in Bio!⁠
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#Famine #FoodInsecurity #Geopolitics #Intelligence #WestAfrica

    Food Insecurity in Western and Central Africa⁠

    48 million people are currently facing food insecurity in West and Central Africa, spurred by COVID-19, climate change, the war in Ukraine, and long-term instability. ⁠

    One step away from famine, the region is experiencing its highest level of food insecurity in a decade. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to provide $2 billion in life-saving assistance to support people. ⁠

    Yet, Africa should focus on building stronger food systems and more diversified supply chains to limit similar crises in the long term.⁠

    Key Judgement 1: The current assistance is unlikely to be sufficient to curb the hunger crisis in the next 12 months.⁠

    Key Judgement 2: A whole-of-the-society approach is likely more efficient to cope with food insecurity in the region in the next 12 months.⁠

    Key Judgement 3: Structural and institutional changes are highly likely to be necessary to enhance the region’s resilience in the next 12 months.⁠

    Read the Full Piece via Link in Bio!⁠

    #Famine #FoodInsecurity #Geopolitics #Intelligence #WestAfrica
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    Chinese Strategy in the South China Sea: A Geospatial Analysis

The South China Sea is home to a number of territorial claims from China. These include Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, and Malaysia. Over the years, some of the claimant countries have used fishing and natural resource extraction operations to advance their claims. China has even constructed artificial islands to support their rights in the sea. As a result of the competing claims and the variety of economic and political developments in the South China Sea, the Chinese Communist Party will continue agressive policies in a number of overt and covert ways.

Key Judgment-1: China will continue to be aggressive towards regional powers in the South China Sea but will not initiate conflict in the next 12 months.

Key Judgment-2: Regional powers, particularly the Philippines and Vietnam, will create stronger partnerships with the United States to counter China in the next 12 months.

Key Judgment-3: China will work to strengthen relations with Malaysia in order to ensure extended maritime access through the Malacca Strait in the next 12 months.

Read the Full Piece via Link in Bio!

#China #GeoInt #Geopolitics #Intelligence

    Chinese Strategy in the South China Sea: A Geospatial Analysis

    The South China Sea is home to a number of territorial claims from China. These include Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, and Malaysia. Over the years, some of the claimant countries have used fishing and natural resource extraction operations to advance their claims. China has even constructed artificial islands to support their rights in the sea. As a result of the competing claims and the variety of economic and political developments in the South China Sea, the Chinese Communist Party will continue agressive policies in a number of overt and covert ways.

    Key Judgment-1: China will continue to be aggressive towards regional powers in the South China Sea but will not initiate conflict in the next 12 months.

    Key Judgment-2: Regional powers, particularly the Philippines and Vietnam, will create stronger partnerships with the United States to counter China in the next 12 months.

    Key Judgment-3: China will work to strengthen relations with Malaysia in order to ensure extended maritime access through the Malacca Strait in the next 12 months.

    Read the Full Piece via Link in Bio!

    #China #GeoInt #Geopolitics #Intelligence
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    Marine Force Reconnaissance: Swift, Silent, Deadly⁠
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United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance (FORECON) is a Special Operations Capable (SOC) force which primarily provides intelligence support to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) higher command.⁠
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The FORECON motto is “Swift, silent, deadly”, or “Celer, Silens, Mortalis” in Latin.⁠
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Their insignia is a gold parachutist badge and a black and white diver overlaid on a red circle with the captions “Force Reconnaissance” on the top, and the Marine Corps motto “Semper Fidelis” on the bottom.⁠
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1. History of Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance⁠
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The history of Force Reconnaissance traces back to World War II, to begin with. Moreover, there are two Marine Corps units that heavily influence the modern amphibious reconnaissance profession. First, the Marine Corps Raider Battalion. Second, the Marine Corps Amphibious Reconnaissance Battalion.⁠
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Disclaimer: This post is purely for educational purposes and not to promote, incite or condone violence and weapons in any way!⁠
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Read the Full Piece via Link in Bio!⁠
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#MarineCorps #MARSOC #Raiders #Reconnaissance #SpecialOperations

    Marine Force Reconnaissance: Swift, Silent, Deadly⁠

    United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance (FORECON) is a Special Operations Capable (SOC) force which primarily provides intelligence support to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) higher command.⁠

    The FORECON motto is “Swift, silent, deadly”, or “Celer, Silens, Mortalis” in Latin.⁠

    Their insignia is a gold parachutist badge and a black and white diver overlaid on a red circle with the captions “Force Reconnaissance” on the top, and the Marine Corps motto “Semper Fidelis” on the bottom.⁠

    1. History of Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance⁠

    The history of Force Reconnaissance traces back to World War II, to begin with. Moreover, there are two Marine Corps units that heavily influence the modern amphibious reconnaissance profession. First, the Marine Corps Raider Battalion. Second, the Marine Corps Amphibious Reconnaissance Battalion.⁠

    Disclaimer: This post is purely for educational purposes and not to promote, incite or condone violence and weapons in any way!⁠

    Read the Full Piece via Link in Bio!⁠

    #MarineCorps #MARSOC #Raiders #Reconnaissance #SpecialOperations
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    Malhama Tactical: Extremists for Hire⁠
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1. Intro⁠
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Malhama Tactical is a young but highly active “j!had b4sed” private military contractor (PMC). The name “Malhama” is derived from Hadith literature describing end-time events. The group is relatively small compared to Western PMCs; however, it saw relative success in Syria, its primary area of operations. Malhalma mainly acts as a training and consulting group for other organizations.⁠
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Although it is known to engage in combat on occasion. In 2017 Foreign Policy labelled them the “Blackwater of j!had”, a reference to the highly controversial American PMC. However, this is unfair for two reasons. It’s unfair to millions of peaceful Muslims worldwide. In Arabic, the term j1had basically means a struggle, and usually not militant, but unfortunately, it has become synonymous with terr0rism. ⁠
⁠
Read the Full Piece via Link in Bio!⁠
⁠
Disclaimer: This post is purely for educational purposes and not to promote, incite or condone violence and weapons in any way!⁠
⁠
#Blackwater #Malhama #Mercenary #PMC

    Malhama Tactical: Extremists for Hire⁠

    1. Intro⁠

    Malhama Tactical is a young but highly active “j!had b4sed” private military contractor (PMC). The name “Malhama” is derived from Hadith literature describing end-time events. The group is relatively small compared to Western PMCs; however, it saw relative success in Syria, its primary area of operations. Malhalma mainly acts as a training and consulting group for other organizations.⁠

    Although it is known to engage in combat on occasion. In 2017 Foreign Policy labelled them the “Blackwater of j!had”, a reference to the highly controversial American PMC. However, this is unfair for two reasons. It’s unfair to millions of peaceful Muslims worldwide. In Arabic, the term j1had basically means a struggle, and usually not militant, but unfortunately, it has become synonymous with terr0rism. ⁠

    Read the Full Piece via Link in Bio!⁠

    Disclaimer: This post is purely for educational purposes and not to promote, incite or condone violence and weapons in any way!⁠

    #Blackwater #Malhama #Mercenary #PMC
    ...

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    The boys of the Direction Generale de Service and Securite des Institutions de l'Etat (DGSSIE) aka Presidential Guard of Chad 🇹🇩. Looking like they are about to drop a 🔥 mixtape! 

In all seriousness. 

1. That’s one of the best looking Galil Ace setups around.
2. Worked with these guys years ago and it was interesting to say the least! 

Also see our outlook for Chad 🇹🇩 we produced during Sahel week via the link in bio! 

Disclaimer: This post is purely for educational purposes and not to promote, incite or condone violence and weapons in any way!

#Chad #africa #specialforces #tacticool #badass

    The boys of the Direction Generale de Service and Securite des Institutions de l`Etat (DGSSIE) aka Presidential Guard of Chad 🇹🇩. Looking like they are about to drop a 🔥 mixtape!

    In all seriousness.

    1. That’s one of the best looking Galil Ace setups around.
    2. Worked with these guys years ago and it was interesting to say the least!

    Also see our outlook for Chad 🇹🇩 we produced during Sahel week via the link in bio!

    Disclaimer: This post is purely for educational purposes and not to promote, incite or condone violence and weapons in any way!

    #Chad #africa #specialforces #tacticool #badass
    ...

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    Episode 34: Canadian Intelligence, the ICC and Career Development with Kelly Wong⁠
⁠
Today I spoke to Kelly Wong, a security analyst in the Canadian Senate. She has previously worked for multiple private intelligence firms and has interned at the International Criminal Courts. We discussed the challenges and rewards of working in intelligence, the obstacles ethnic minorities face in the application process, and Kelly's advice for young professionals.⁠
⁠
Apologies for the mic quality in this episode.⁠
⁠
Disclaimer:⁠
⁠
Any views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by the Interviewee are solely that of the Interviewee and do not reflect the views, opinions, policies, or positions of any institution or organisation.⁠
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We spoke about:⁠
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What working at the ICC was like as an intern (3:00)⁠
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Moving from an international organisation to the private sector (6:13)⁠
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The experience of working away from home (10:09)⁠
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Kelly’s current job at the Senate of Canada (11:09)⁠
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The precautions involved in working with classified material remotely (12:33)⁠
⁠
What working for the Senate of Canada in an intelligence role involves (14:42)⁠
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Canada’s intelligence capability (16:05)⁠
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OSINT and application of investigative mindset in Kelly’s role (17:25)⁠
⁠
What sets Kelly apart from others, professionally (19:46)⁠
⁠
What helped shape Kelly as a person and a professional (22:03)⁠
⁠
How being from an ethnic minority has impacted Kelly’s journey (24:44)⁠
⁠
What’s next for Kelly (28:37)⁠
⁠
What area Kelly would like to work in going forward (29:53)⁠
⁠
Mentoring (31:13)⁠
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Career advice for young / mid-career professionals (33:31)⁠
⁠
Cultural recommendations (35:05)⁠
⁠
Kelly’s question about the origins of Grey Dynamics (36:41)⁠
⁠
Kelly’s advice on languages (42:35)⁠
⁠
Final thoughts (46:29)⁠
⁠
Listen to the Full Podcast via Link in Bio!⁠
⁠
#Canada #Career #InternationalCriminalCourt #OSINT #Tradecraft

    Episode 34: Canadian Intelligence, the ICC and Career Development with Kelly Wong⁠

    Today I spoke to Kelly Wong, a security analyst in the Canadian Senate. She has previously worked for multiple private intelligence firms and has interned at the International Criminal Courts. We discussed the challenges and rewards of working in intelligence, the obstacles ethnic minorities face in the application process, and Kelly`s advice for young professionals.⁠

    Apologies for the mic quality in this episode.⁠

    Disclaimer:⁠

    Any views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by the Interviewee are solely that of the Interviewee and do not reflect the views, opinions, policies, or positions of any institution or organisation.⁠


    We spoke about:⁠

    What working at the ICC was like as an intern (3:00)⁠

    Moving from an international organisation to the private sector (6:13)⁠

    The experience of working away from home (10:09)⁠

    Kelly’s current job at the Senate of Canada (11:09)⁠

    The precautions involved in working with classified material remotely (12:33)⁠

    What working for the Senate of Canada in an intelligence role involves (14:42)⁠

    Canada’s intelligence capability (16:05)⁠

    OSINT and application of investigative mindset in Kelly’s role (17:25)⁠

    What sets Kelly apart from others, professionally (19:46)⁠

    What helped shape Kelly as a person and a professional (22:03)⁠

    How being from an ethnic minority has impacted Kelly’s journey (24:44)⁠

    What’s next for Kelly (28:37)⁠

    What area Kelly would like to work in going forward (29:53)⁠

    Mentoring (31:13)⁠

    Career advice for young / mid-career professionals (33:31)⁠

    Cultural recommendations (35:05)⁠

    Kelly’s question about the origins of Grey Dynamics (36:41)⁠

    Kelly’s advice on languages (42:35)⁠

    Final thoughts (46:29)⁠

    Listen to the Full Podcast via Link in Bio!⁠

    #Canada #Career #InternationalCriminalCourt #OSINT #Tradecraft
    ...

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    Laundering Russian crude Oil and Selling it Back to the West?⁠
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China, India, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Turkey have been identified as “laundromat countries” by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA). Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, these countries have expanded their imports in Russian crude oil. They then refine it into products exported to countries which imposed sanctions on Russia. This endeavour is highly undermining the price cap on Russian oil.⁠
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Key Judgement 1: Price-cap coalition countries are highly dependent on refined oil products. Hence, a change in sanctions to ban Russian oil refined in third countries is unlikely in the next 12 months.⁠
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Key Judgement 2: If remaining unchanged, the current sanctions on Russian oil are highly likely to be ineffective in the next 12 months, as they only target one side of the issue.⁠
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Key Judgement 3: “Laundromats countries” are likely to continue their activity in the next 12 months, due to the profits it generates. ⁠
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Read the Full Piece via Link in Bio!⁠
⁠
#Oil #Russia #Ukraine

    Laundering Russian crude Oil and Selling it Back to the West?⁠

    China, India, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Turkey have been identified as “laundromat countries” by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA). Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, these countries have expanded their imports in Russian crude oil. They then refine it into products exported to countries which imposed sanctions on Russia. This endeavour is highly undermining the price cap on Russian oil.⁠

    Key Judgement 1: Price-cap coalition countries are highly dependent on refined oil products. Hence, a change in sanctions to ban Russian oil refined in third countries is unlikely in the next 12 months.⁠

    Key Judgement 2: If remaining unchanged, the current sanctions on Russian oil are highly likely to be ineffective in the next 12 months, as they only target one side of the issue.⁠

    Key Judgement 3: “Laundromats countries” are likely to continue their activity in the next 12 months, due to the profits it generates. ⁠


    Read the Full Piece via Link in Bio!⁠

    #Oil #Russia #Ukraine
    ...

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    EU operations in Niger⁠
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1.0 So what?⁠
⁠
The involvement of the European Union (EU) across the Western Sahel has increased substantially during the last decade. Since the early 2010s, the EU has published three strategic documents dedicated to the area. These aimed to both widen and deepen its engagement. Besides the significant economic relationship, the Union is deploying three civilian and two military Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions.⁠
⁠
Although originally the EU directed its focus towards Mali, the progressive relationship deterioration between Bamako’s junta and Western states led to a progressive shift toward Niger. The suspension of the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali last April, and the inauguration of the European Union Military Partnership Mission (EUPMP) in Niger in February 2023 well illustrates this tendency.⁠
⁠
Read the Full Piece via Link in Bio!⁠
⁠
Disclaimer: This post is purely for educational purposes and not to promote, incite or condone violence and weapons in any way!⁠
⁠
#EU #EUPMP #EUTM #Niger #Sahel

    EU operations in Niger⁠

    1.0 So what?⁠

    The involvement of the European Union (EU) across the Western Sahel has increased substantially during the last decade. Since the early 2010s, the EU has published three strategic documents dedicated to the area. These aimed to both widen and deepen its engagement. Besides the significant economic relationship, the Union is deploying three civilian and two military Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions.⁠

    Although originally the EU directed its focus towards Mali, the progressive relationship deterioration between Bamako’s junta and Western states led to a progressive shift toward Niger. The suspension of the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali last April, and the inauguration of the European Union Military Partnership Mission (EUPMP) in Niger in February 2023 well illustrates this tendency.⁠

    Read the Full Piece via Link in Bio!⁠

    Disclaimer: This post is purely for educational purposes and not to promote, incite or condone violence and weapons in any way!⁠

    #EU #EUPMP #EUTM #Niger #Sahel
    ...

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    Above Top Secret: Security Clearances Explained⁠
⁠
1.0. The Intricacies of Security Clearances⁠
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Security clearances are a critical part of the US and UK government frameworks. They play a pivotal role in maintaining national security and ensuring the right people have access to sensitive information. This article delves into the complexities of security clearances, including the elusive 'Above Top Secret' level. Above top secret clearances are often mischaracterized and seem spooky, but this article will summarize these lesser-known security clearances.⁠
⁠
2.0. Open-source Information and Its Role⁠
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Governments handle sensitive information in a hierarchical chain. At the lowest point of the chain, you have publicly available information (PAI), also known as "open-source information" (OSINF). Governments approve some OSINF for public consumption, such as open-source reports, but they screen this type of OSINF for sensitive content. Not all OSINF gets published with open-source access in mind.⁠
⁠
Read the Full Piece via Link in Bio!⁠
⁠
#AboveTopSecret #CIA #SecurityClearance #TopSecret

    Above Top Secret: Security Clearances Explained⁠

    1.0. The Intricacies of Security Clearances⁠

    Security clearances are a critical part of the US and UK government frameworks. They play a pivotal role in maintaining national security and ensuring the right people have access to sensitive information. This article delves into the complexities of security clearances, including the elusive `Above Top Secret` level. Above top secret clearances are often mischaracterized and seem spooky, but this article will summarize these lesser-known security clearances.⁠

    2.0. Open-source Information and Its Role⁠

    Governments handle sensitive information in a hierarchical chain. At the lowest point of the chain, you have publicly available information (PAI), also known as "open-source information" (OSINF). Governments approve some OSINF for public consumption, such as open-source reports, but they screen this type of OSINF for sensitive content. Not all OSINF gets published with open-source access in mind.⁠

    Read the Full Piece via Link in Bio!⁠

    #AboveTopSecret #CIA #SecurityClearance #TopSecret
    ...

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