THE PRE-SOMETHING ERA – AMERICA’S LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE: Lecture By Lt. General (ret.) James Dubik

UNCLASSIFIED CLEARED: IO READERS DRAFTED: DMCDONALD DATE: 11-17-2017 FROM: ASIA-PACIFIC SECTION CHIEF TO: IO SUBJECT: THE PRE-SOMETHING ERA – AMERICA’S LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE LIEUTENANT GENERAL JAMES DUBIK ASSERTS THAT HISTORY IS DIVDED INTO DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGICAL ERAS, ALL WHICH INFLUENCE GLOBAL EVENTS.  DESPITE BEING IN THE INFORMATION AGE, HE BELIEVES A NEW ERA, CALLED THE PRE-SOMETHING ERA […]

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China’s Influence Highly Likely To Grow In The Middle East In The Next 12-24 Months

Stephen Russo – Guest Contributor 06 November 2017 Executive Summary It is highly likely that China’s influence in the Middle East will continue to grow in the next 12-24 months due to China’s implementation of its One Belt One Road initiative. China’s main strategic plan for the Middle East revolves around the One Belt One […]

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It Is Likely The Planned Libyan Presidential Election of 2018 Will Be Delayed

Stephen Russo – Guest Contributor 25 September 2017 Executive Summary: It is likely that the planned Libyan presidential election of 2018 will be delayed due to the split in the country between the two leaders: Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar in Eastern Libya and Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli. This is in spite of the UN backing […]

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Chinese And Russian Blockchain Companies Highly Likely To Pursue Cryptocurrency Alliance

Haley Dodge – Guest Contributor 15 September 2017 Executive Summary:  It is highly likely Chinese and Russian blockchain companies are pursuing a cryptocurrency alliance to build upon agreements to develop a new Russian ruble-backed cryptocurrency while furthering a strategic partnership between Chinese and Russian blockchains.  Despite Chinese authorities stopping the proposed alliance, it is likely […]

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DOCSUM: China Military Organization and Reform

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 […]

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China Fortifies Internet Great Wall

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, […]

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