Cogan Culver

5 posts

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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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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Is the Great Stone Industrial Park a Concern for US Companies?

Executive Summary Using Diffeo to quickly understand the Great Stone Industrial Park, Diffeo recommended content that suggests US Companies choosing to reside in or do business with other companies in the Great Stone Industrial Park in Belarus, are possibly exposing themselves to a history of suspected Chinese intelligence collection and intellectual property (IP) theft, due to the heavy involvement of Chinese telecom giants ZTE and Huawei in the development of the industrial park. Background Announced by China's President Xi Jinping in 2013, efforts to join the

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Is a Chinese Food Packing Company violating North Korea Sanctions?

Executive Summary Diffeo has discovered evidence that suggests a relationship between one of the few Chinese companies authorized to export apples (fruit) to the United States and another Chinese company possibly associated with North Korea sanction violations. Given China’s interest in entering the US food market, this discovery could help negotiators put pressure on Beijing to further crackdown on Chinese companies that are violating sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Background In August of 2017, the United States Department of Treasury’s

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