Saturday, October 11, 2008

October Jane's Geopolitical Roundup

By Rick Morris

Jane's Information Group has some of the best intelligence in the world at its fingertips. On matters ranging from military to security to weaponry and beyond, the staff at Jane's provides top-notch information to its subscribers and probably runs rings around our frequently inept CIA much of the time.The site includes free excerpts of its material in many different categories. From time to time here at The FDH Lounge Multimedia Magazine, we will link directly to their outstanding material on many subjects and allow those of you who are very much concerned with geopolitics and the world around us to keep up on important matters.

In addition to the material below, we refer you to the January, February, March, April, May, June/July, August and September installments of this series.

Highlights of this issue include: the latest on the unstable picture in Pakistan -- and danger next door in India ... North Korea's intentions regarding their weaponry and questions surrounding the status of their dictator ... dealing with piracy off of Somalia's coast ... the situation in Georgia post-invasion ... Iran's continued defiance regarding their nuclear program ... the American mafia at the crossroads ... security in Afghanistan ... how airports are dealing with the economic downturn ... one of the most important looming battlegrounds of the 21st century: Arctic lands with natural resources that belong to no one country -- yet.


Pakistan Army seeks political backing for its anti-terror campaign

Pakistan Army chief makes sweeping changes to senior leadership

Dutch frigate heads to Somalia as EU steps up anti-piracy effort

Defendory 2008: China debuts new 6x6 APC

US Navy considers new Subsonic Aerial Target system

Space-saving devices: militaries look to make the most of commercial satellites

North Korea may be planning Taepodong 2 trials

EU Monitoring Mission observers enter Georgia

Armour reaction: British Army urgent operational requirements

Stalled trade treaties "too good to drop"

Europe acts to strengthen mine countermeasures and develop naval UAV

Ready for launch? North Korea's new missile facility



PAD Thail protests turn violent

Iran insists on nuclear autonomy

Haitian president calls for international rescue

Sri Lankan conflict enters critical phase

Family fortunes: The American mafia is down but not out

Cold calling: competition heats up for Arctic resources

Afghans to shoulder Kabul's security

Pakistan Marriott bombing heightens instability

Capital bombs highlight India's home-grown threat

Kim's absence in North Korea heightens health concerns


Temper tactics and law enforcement


Charges must reflect "harsh new realities," says ICAO president

US airline operators feel the pinch

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