Around Town …

  • The Bipartisan Policy Center will host a conference tomorrow at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC: the State of Intelligence Reform.
  • UK high-tech speedboat seems to have finally “floated” past U.S. and U.K. export controls, into Iranian arms.  In 2009, the U.S. Government added six parties to a Temporary Denial Order (TDO) issued to halt the re-export of a powerboat for use by the Iranian Navy.  The high-performance powerboat – reportedly the Bradstone Challenger – has U.S.-origin engines and other components controlled for export under U.S. law.
  • Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) visited Syria last week.  Easing of economic sanctions on the horizon?
  • Syria may be the least of our immediate problems.  Last week, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promised Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez several agreements dealing with weapons, oil, nuclear technology, and outer space exploration. Bolivia’s president traveled to Caracas and secured an agreement to, among other things, purchase military helicopters.  Chavez with nukes?  Rockets?
  • KPMG severs Iran ties.  Flashback:  UANI will take “any and all action we deem necessary to hold KPMG accountable for its inappropriate business relationships with Iran.”
  • From Family Security Matters, Nuclear Terrorism:  Our Foes Eying ‘A view to a Kill‘.
  • On economic sanctions, sanity from outside the beltway:  “For most of us, these terms don’t make much sense … [n]evertheless, we believe sanctions should continue and even expand, adding another tool to help fight terrorism around the world.”  If they were enforced as intended, and supported with other robust measures, they may make some more sense.
  • So this is why Iran has wanted airplane engine spare parts:  Iran launches anti-sanctions car engine.  Who would have known?  We’ll get right on that…
  • Cornell Law Professor William Jacobson pens on the Israel/China Iran sanctions kabuki dance.
  • Italian court case reveals that the Taliban were using German sniper scopes against NATO troops.
  • A Hong Kong citizen was recently charged with conspiring and attempting to illegally export defense articles designated on the United States Munitions List in violation of the Arms Export Control Act.  He has been extradited to the United States.
  • NATO chief urges investment in defense spending.
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