Threat assessment cites Cuban intelligence

Cuban intelligence services remain a “persistent threat,” according to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said in a report on Jan. 29. The Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community inexplicably groups Cuba with Iran, gives few details about Cuba and focuses mostly on China and Russia. Excerpts from the report are below: Threats … Read more

CIA lists top Cuban government honchos

Below is the CIA’s roster of top Cuban government officials, according to the agency’s December 2018 directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Ministers directory: Cuba Last Updated: 3 Aug 2018 Pres., Council of State Miguel – DIAZ-CANEL Bermudez First Vice Pres., Council of State – Salvador Antonio VALDES Mesa Vice Pres., Council of State … Read more

Planning for “strategic transitions” in foreign lands

The U.S. Agency for International Development has created roadmaps to signal when it may be time for a “strategic transition” in certain countries of interest. USAID’s 2019 “journey to self-reliance” roadmap for Cuba gives the nation high marks for health and education, but criticizes the socialist government’s commitment to open and accountable governance. The agency … Read more

USAID shines, State Department slips

The U.S. Government Accountability Office is an independent, nonpartisan agency that “examines how taxpayer dollars are spent and provides Congress and federal agencies with objective, reliable information to help the government save money and work more efficiently.” In 2015 and 2016, the GAO found dozens of problems with the way that the State Department and … Read more

Little evidence of ultrasonic “death ray”

The suggestion that sonic attacks caused brain injuries among U.S. diplomats and others in Havana was “speculative and premature,” according to an Oct. 31 article in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. “The evidence to date points away from these conclusions,” wrote Timothy G. Leighton, a professor of ultrasonics and underwater acoustics at the University of … Read more