Saturday, November 8, 2008

November 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, September and October installments of this series.

Highlights of this issue include: changes to be brought by President Obama … looking at how the defense industry relates to climate change … reexamining concepts relating to airport security – and a test with a new type of technology that could reveal terrorist activity … splits among the bad guys in Afghanistan … Iran’s continued nuclear defiance … Hizbullah running drugs in South America? … effects of the global financial crisis on the Middle East and North Africa … the continued struggles of global credit markets.


Analysis: Why 2009 could be the year of the Gripen

US foreign policy: changing the guard

Obama faces raft of foreign policy trials

Airshow China: Chinese companies unveil latest UAV designs

Paveway IV reaches next stage with Typhoon test flight

Funding may delay UK’s first JSF purchase

Analysis: Reducing F-35 purchase could save UK up to USD5.8bn

French Navy set to test novel landing craft design

Opinion: Defense industry can tackle climate change

True-to-life training: British Army tests deployable simulation system in Kenya

US Navy outlines amphibious training plans for West Africa


SITC chief calls for ‘less predictable’ security at airports


Renaissance man – Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysian opposition leader

Friends de-united: Taliban and Al-Qaeda

Napalese Army integration raises tensions

Somalia factions agree to form unity government

Iraq takes control of Babil province, ‘Triangle of Death’

Hizbullah links claimed in Colombia drug operation

Mauritania coup de grace

Pirates out of their depth as Ukraine sets sail

A turning point in Ingushetia

Nuclear nationalism radiates in Iran



Executive Overview: World Railways

Alitalia hangs in the balance

Global slowdown will hit Middle East & North African region hard, warn industry leaders

Credit markets still in limbo

Using terahertz radiation emissions testing to find terrorists

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