February 20, 2018
Intercepted Ballistic Missile Over Mocha – Yemen and UAE
The UAE Armed Forces Patriot missile system intercepted on Sunday a ballistic missile launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Mocha, Yemen. Arab Coalition fighters, led by Saudi Arabia, also destroyed a Houthi mobile ballistic missile launching pad near Hodeidah Airport. Yemeni National Army forces have made progress in regaining control of territory following the collapse in ranks of the Iran-backed Houthi militias. The UAE Armed forces operating within the Arab Coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, continues to carry out military and logistics operations to support legitimacy in Yemen.
USG Increases Global Intellectual Property Protection Efforts – Worldwide
There is no denying the intellectual property (IP) of U.S. companies is flying out of the country. It doesn’t matter the sector; if your IP is of use to another, there is a likelihood that someone somewhere is targeting it. Recognizing this is a problem to the economic livelihood of the economy, the U.S. government has stepped up its game to protect the prosecution of those who steal or infringe upon trade secrets on a global basis. To that end, the Department of Justice (DoJ) has teamed with the Department of State (DoS) and deployed five specialized prosecutors abroad, tasked with providing training and technical assistance to foreign law enforcement entities. The impetus for the move lays within the multibillion-dollar criminal expropriation of technologies and trade secrets of U.S. companies. The DoS Bureau of Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and the DoJ Criminal Division will place their Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordinators (IPLECs) in a variety of regions around the world. The IPLEC program has deployed to Abuja, Nigeria; Bucharest, Romania; São Paulo, Brazil; Bangkok, Thailand; and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), IPLEC prosecutors.
LAX Tests Facial Recognition Technology In lieu of Boarding Passes – California, United States
New technology designed to get passengers through security faster and with less hassle is being tested in the international terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. One of the new technologies being tested uses facial recognition to match up passengers' boarding passes and identification with their faces. It will be tested on a voluntary basis over the next three weeks during morning and afternoon rush periods. TSA and LAX are also testing out advanced imaging technology designed to be faster and less claustrophobic for travelers. Instead of having to go through body scanners, passengers will stand in front of an imaging machine while TSA agents look for anything suspicious.
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