What follows are the preliminary findings for issues identified in the daily Watch Lists this week. We are only sending findings that we regard as significant or potentially significant to keep this email manageable. We have findings for all the Watch List items. Should you be interested in findings not listed here, please contact us and we will email them to you. The findings below include more items from later in the week because they often overlap with items from earlier in the week. To emphasize, you can contact us if there is an item not included here for which you’d like to see the findings. Our goal, as always, is to focus on what matters and not on things that don’t. Items from Oct. 6 Australia-U.S.: Australia and the U.S. have finally come to an agreement on sharing the costs of increased U.S. deployments in Australia’s Northern Territory. What have they agreed to and will it lead to more aggression from the U.S. or Australia against China? Finding: This is going to be a U.S. Marine Air-Ground Task Force of approximately 2,500 personnel and equipment by 2020. The cost is estimated at $1.52 billion. It will be shared proportionally. According […]

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