Russian Motorcycle Club and Western Expansion?

Originally a counter-culture movement, The Night Wolves (NНочные Волки:Nochnye Volki) are Russia’s oldest and largest official motorcycle club (MC) with origins dating back to the later years of the Soviet Union. With over 5,000 members worldwide, the Night Wolves have charters in many countries and are especially present in former Soviet states. The Russian social media platform VK.com hosts a profile for the MC’s founder, Alexander Zaldostanov (Александр Залдастанов), AKA The Surgeon, which claims club presence and operations in Russia, Crimea,

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Learning about a Network of Operatives Supporting the Leadership of the Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP)

Executive Summary In collaboration with the Diffeo AI-powered research assistant, we establish the sequence of leaders in the Tehrik-i-Taliban, a group that the U.S. State Department has designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) , and find previously unreported associations with personal drivers and bodyguards of former leaders. Background IN 2002, Pakistani military forces began to combat militants fleeing the Afghan war seeking refuge in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan. For the first time in nearly half a century, militant forces entered these

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Russian Classified Intelligence Systems: The Closed Data Transfer Segment

Executive Summary In 2016, Russia implemented an internal network system to house classified data for Russia’s Ministry of Defense, analogous to the United States’ Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communication System (JWICS). Using Diffeo, we explored Russian and English sources on the Web. We uncovered the companies and people who developed the network for Russia, as well as relevant technical design parameters of the network. Diffeo helped us understand the workings of academic and state-run organizations with a nexus to the developers. Background As an adversarial nation,

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Diffeo collaborative intelligence for Microsoft Exchange and Windows Shared Drives

It seems almost everyone has a love-hate relationship with their email. At Diffeo we've been studying executives and decision makers who depend on email, and are discovering patterns. Certain aspects of email put the greatest load on the interfaces between humans and machines. Teams working with email have fascinating coping strategies. Most teams have an evolving mixture of chat, email, and ad hoc project management and knowledge management tools. We see people preemptively filing and manually organizing email in anticipation of future search tasks. The greatest

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Using Diffeo to Better Understand the Civil War in Yemen

Executive Summary Using Diffeo, we quickly identify Iranian and Saudi activities in the ongoing civil war in Yemen. Iran has been supporting Houthi rebels, and Saudi Arabia has been supporting the Yemen government. Diffeo recommended content on Iranian counterfeiting operations in support of Houthi rebels as well as specific operations and actors involved in the Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations, which was designed to promote a benevolent image of Saudi support to the Yemeni government. Background The 2015 Yemeni Civil War is entering its fourth year with

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