Each week our scan collects weak – and less weak – signals… Each section focuses on signals related to a specific theme: world (international politics and geopolitics – this week, unsurprisingly, the focus is on Russia, the U.S. and the Syrian theatre of war as well as potential consequences regarding the overt Russian involvement, with an amazing number of articles, which are interesting, for some, mainly for what they also reveal about fears and uncertainties, while the analysis of the principal enemy, the Islamic State, and reflections about how to prioritise threats, often tend to be quite forgotten. Interestingly, an alleged participation of China through military advisors, sent besides Russians, to support the Bashar al-Assad regime was completely missed by the crowdsourcing, but we added it for the sake of interest. It is important to note that the source of this piece of information is the Russian RT.); economy; science; analysis, strategy and futures; technology and weapons; energy and environment. However, in a complex world, categories are merely a convenient way to present information, when facts and events interact across boundaries.

Read the 1 October 2015 scan  

The Weekly is the scan of The Red (Team) Analysis Society and it focuses on national and international security issues. It was started as an experiment with Paper.li as a way to collect ideas, notably through Twitter. Its success and its usefulness led to its continuation.

The information collected (crowdsourced) does not mean endorsement but points to new, emerging, escalating or stabilizing problems and issues.

If you wish to consult the scan after the end of the week period, use the “archives” directly on The Weekly.

Featured image: “C-band Radar-dish Antenna”. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.