Daily Intelligence: Al-Qaeda Threat Fading?

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ON THE FIGHT

There is a pervasive belief among national security pundits that the threat of al-Qaeda and its associated movements and affiliates has not only receded but become little more than a nuisance.

At USNI News, defense analyst Daniel Trombly examines what exactly it would mean to actually go to the mattress with North Korea.

ON THE FORCE

The Navy has armed the Fire Scout with missiles. The Fire Scout is the sea service’s premiere remotely piloted vehicle.

Micah Zenko’s been arguing forcefully for weeks that all drone strikes should be conducted by the Pentagon, and this week’s Council of Foreign Relations write-up is no exception.

The top US commander in Afghanistan has requested a reallocation of personnel to ensure he can cover any contingencies, especially a resurgent Taliban.

ON TECH

Foxconn, the manufacturer behind Apple’s wildly successful iPad and iPhone lines, is readying the next iPhone.

ON SECRECY – OR LACK THEREOF

Washington State has confirmed it’s issued the greatest amount of its fake IDs to euphemistic “federal law enforcement agencies” — among them, a source confirmed to the Associated Press, the CIA.

CONTRACT WATCH

A wealthy Virginia socialite was contracted by an obscure office in the Pentagon to gather intelligence inside Somalia, under the guise of a humanitarian aid program.

Robert Caruso is a veteran of the United States Navy, and has worked for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, Business Transformation Agency and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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