By Anthony H. Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy With the assistance of Joseph Kendall Published: August 1, 2016 Summarized by Guest Analyst: Taylor J. Moore Hutton URL: https://csis-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/publication/160801_chinese_military_reform.pdf Executive Summary: Significant modernization and restructuring is needed to make the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) effective in modern warfare. The PLA followed the Soviet military’s model […]Read more "DOCSUM: China Military Organization and Reform"
David McDonald – Asia-Pacific Section Chief North Korea Fires SCUD-class Ballistic Missile, Japan Protests 29 May 2017 Reuters (SEOUL) – On 29 May, North Korea (DPRK) fired a SCUD-class, short range missile into the Sea of Japan. The launch followed two unsuccessful medium-to-long range launches by DPRK. The 29 May launch is the country’s […]Read more "Asia-Pacific Region: Intelligence Summary: 29 May 2017"
Max Kobrak – Europe and Russia Section Chief, Cyber Contributor 4 February 2017 Executive Summary: It is highly likely that both incarnations of the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) disbanded. The original state-sponsored SEA likely disbanded in 2013, after a domain seizure confirmed its ties to the Syrian Regime. The leaders of the current SEA are […]Read more "Syrian Electronic Army Highly Likely Disbanded In 2016"
Yuhao Yang, Asia and Pacific Section Analyst 26 January 2017 Executive Summary: It is likely that Chinese government will continue to increase internet censorship through intensified regulations and increased technology. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) launched a 14-month crackdown on virtual private networks (VPN). Non-state-owned companies help the state conduct censorship. However, […]Read more "China Fortifies Internet Great Wall"
Yuhao Yang, Asia & Pacific Section Analyst 27 November 2016 Executive Summary: It is likely that China will continue to pressure Singapore over South China Sea disputes as well as Singaporean-Taiwanese military cooperation. Hong Kong seized armored vehicles of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). Beijing continues its warnings against Singapore’s involvement in the South China […]Read more "China Increases Pressure on Singapore over South China Sea and Taiwan"
By Joshua Kurlantzick Summarized For IO Readers by David McDonald- Link: http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/publications/ethics_online/0122 Executive Summary: Given the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) losses in the Middle East, it is now focusing its sights on other parts of the globe. Though it is focusing attacks elsewhere, ISIS’ recruitment efforts are focused on other regions of heavy […]Read more "Southeast Asia – The Islamic State’s New Front? – DOCSUM"
Executive Summary: ISIS has become financially unstable over the past 12 months and the researcher estimates that ISIS has a $245 million annual deficit. This is due to shrinking revenue streams, the destruction of stockpiled money, and the increased costs of maintaining a military force that is being rapidly destroyed and operating costs associated with […]Read more "ISIS Financially Unstable from Shrinking Revenue Streams"