Interfor’s Weekly Security & Covid Digest-October 12
Global Security Matters
- A US Navy nuclear engineer and his wife have been charged with attempting to sell nuclear submarine technology to a foreign country. The information on the nuclear propulsion systems of attack submarines was at the heart of a recent deal between the US, Britain, and Australia.
- President Biden signed a bill on Friday intending to strengthen cybersecurity for K-12 institutions. The legislation aims to create cybersecurity recommendations for schools in an effort to stop the surge in cyberattacks schools have seen after moving online.
- Lebanon suffered a total power outage over the weekend due to fuel shortages. Power was restored late Sunday after the energy ministry was granted $100 million in emergency funds.
- Tensions between China and Taiwan have heightened in recent weeks as the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, insisted Taiwan “won’t bow to China.” Since last week, China has sent a record number of jets within the borders of its air defense identification zone.
Total Deaths: 4,859,881 (714,064 in United States)
Full Vaccinations Administered: 2.78 billion, globally (United States: 187M – 56.8% of population)
- Texas Governor Jim Abbot has banned any entity from enforcing a Covid-19 vaccine mandate.
- Violent protests erupted in Rome against Italy’s “Green Pass” vaccination/negative Covid test measures.
- Merck seeks emergency authorization for the U.S.’s FDA for experimental use in treatment of Covid-19 cases.
- Workers are returning to the office in the highest numbers since the start of the pandemic.