October 27, 2017
Pentagon’s Top General to Address Cyber-Espionage and Ballistic Missile Defense – South Korea and The United States
The Pentagon’s top general arrived in South Korea’s capital Thursday, preparing to meet with senior South Korean military officials ahead of President Trump’s visit next month and amid a heightened threat of war with North Korea. Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said that his annual meeting with senior South Korean military officials will address everything from bolstering ballistic missile defense to fortifying computer networks against cyber-espionage. Dunford called the meeting a “forcing function” that dates back to 1978 and keeps South Korean and U.S. military officials assessing each other’s priorities. “We have been on a path toward increased South Korean capability for a long time,” Dunford said. “And so, the more that they can do for themselves, clearly the better, and the more effective the deterrence is” against North Korea. Dunford, speaking on a military aircraft traveling from Washington, said that he will discuss a South Korean request for ballistic missiles with larger conventional warheads and other upgrades to the South Korean military’s ground and maritime weapons. Another discussion will focus on upgrading South Korean military networks for the sake of commanding and controlling U.S. and South Korean troops.
2017 is the Most Violent Year in Recent History – Mexico
2017 is the worst year in insecurity in Mexico's recent history while authorities are still in the face of the failure of the country's security strategy, the civil organization Semáforo Delictivo denounced Tuesday. "The year will close with more than 24,000 homicides and 18,000 executions, by far, the worst year in recent history in terms of insecurity," the organization said in a statement. Semáforo Delictivo said that from January to September, 13,515 executions of organized crime were registered, an increase of 53% compared to the same period in 2016, while 18,505 homicides are reported, an increase of 23% compared to last year. He added that among the states with high homicide rates are Colima and Guerrero, on the Pacific coast, Baja California and Baja California Sur, in the northwest, and the northern state of Chihuahua. Now, the group continued, violence is seen related to organized crime in "regions that did not have it before". However, "the seriousness is not so much the numbers, I am much more concerned that Mexico is immobile to the great failure of the security strategy," warned in the statement Santiago Roel, director of Semáforo Delictivo.
Travelers Face New Security Measures on All U.S.-Bound Flights – Global
All incoming flights to the United States will be subject to new security screening procedures, including both American citizens and foreigners possibly facing security interviews from airline employees, a U.S. government official said Wednesday. The announcement from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration comes after five global long-haul airlines - Air France, Cathay Pacific, EgyptAir, Emirates and Lufthansa - said they would begin the new security interviews starting Thursday. A sixth carrier, Royal Jordanian, said it would begin the new procedures in mid-January after U.S. authorities granted RJ's request for a delay in implementing the measures. However, the airlines offered different descriptions of how the interviews would take place, ranging from another form a traveler would have to fill out to actually being questioned by an airline employee. The new security measures come after the Trump administration previously rolled out a laptop ban and travel bans that have thrown the international travel industry into disarray. The new rules also come at the end of a 120-day deadline for airlines to meet new U.S. regulations following the ban on laptops in airplane cabins of some Mideast airlines being lifted.
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