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Good morning. Here’s your Early Warning for Thursday, 09 November.
We previously reported in Strategic Intelligence that NATO is planning on reorganizing the command structure of the military alliance. For the first time, details are emerging about those plans. According to a German newspaper, NATO is creating two new commands; one which focuses on protecting sea channels in the Atlantic Ocean, and another tasked with upgrading the mobility of NATO forces across Europe. The latter will nudge European governments to upgrade its transportation infrastructure, like roads and bridges, to ensure the speedy movement of military equipment. Although the NATO secretary-general continues to express that these preparations are “not directed against any specific nation,” this development is moving past the U.S. and NATO military deployments we’ve covered in past, and is an indicator that NATO is taking a more holistic approach to a potential conflict with Russia. We’ll continue to cover developments in the Strategic Intelligence newsletter.
On the domestic side, recent reports are targeting former national security advisor Mike Flynn as the next target of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. If this is true — and there’s reason to believe that is — then a successful indictment of Flynn might open the door up to charges against the president for obstruction of justice. Flynn’s lobbying on behalf of Turkey and his undisclosed meetings with Russian officials appear to be on Mueller’s docket. We’ll have more information about political instability in Friday’s Strategic Intelligence.
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