Thousands across Europe protest against the invasion

Thousands of people took to the streets in cities across Europe, and all around the world to protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In Georgia, a country that was the victim of a Russian invasion in 2008, some 30,000 people turned out in the capital Tbilisi.

Onlookers at a devastated apartment block in Kyiv after an airstrike on February 25. The UN is concerned about the situation in Ukraine, and is receiving increasing reports of civilian casualties. Police detained persons during an anti-war protests in Moscow. Ukraine has already seen thousands of casualties from the long-running conflict with Russia. This conflict broke out in 2014 after Russian-backed rebels seized government buildings in towns and cities across eastern Ukraine. Unluckily, the current aggression of Russia against Ukraine will further aggravate this situation.

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Moscow police arrested peaceful anti-war protesters

After a well-educated interior designer had unrolled an anti-war poster on Moscow’s Pushkin Square on Wednesday afternoon, the Moscow police showed up within minutes. He and the peaceful demonstrators condemn the use of Russian troops to invade Ukraine. Russian police arrested other peoples who had spoken out peacefully against the invasion. These peaceful protests stand in strong contrast to the public reaction in Russia when Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine eight years ago.

Russian residents protested for the second night in a row across the country. Russian citizens across the country took to the streets for the second night of nationwide protests against their country’s military assault on Ukraine. Thousands of Russians protested the Kremlin’s savage military assault in dozens of Russian cities, despite Russian authorities cracking down on demonstrations. The recorded news media of demonstrations from St. Petersburg showed hundreds of people assembled to call for peace in Ukraine.

Read more @Medium: Protests spot report 23–24 February 2022

Intelligence Agencies Pushed to Use More Commercial Satellites

Source: nytimes.com

The picture was far more detailed than commercial satellite pictures of the same site. In some quarters of the intelligence agencies, those lagging commercial capabilities have dampened enthusiasm for pushing forward with more private-sector contracts. The Senate version of this year’s Intelligence Authorization Act contains provisions to increase spending on commercial satellite programs. While the leadership of intelligence agencies is on board, there is still reluctance in some corners of the agencies to embrace commercial technology, according to congressional aides. Current and former congressional officials acknowledge the government still design and operate the most exquisite and innovative intelligence technology.

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Three Reasons Why the Midwest Will Excel in American Defense Innovation

Source: msn.com

The Midwest is refining the innovation process by bringing together academia and defense partners to solve national security challenges. Dual-use technologies that can serve commercial and defense applications are hot in the Midwest. Universities from Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa represent the Midwest to advance innovation on a national scale. T-REX is home to the nation’s first geospatial innovation center and Moonshot Labs. The future is bright for American defense innovation as entrepreneurs and national labs develop dual-use technologies with support from academia.

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Jacobs Wins National GEOINT Agency Contract

Source: prnewswire.com

They awarded Jacobs a contract by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to provide mission-driven and data-centric solutions to support Geospatial-intelligence Enterprise Open Data Store (GEODS) services. The single-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) represents a $302 million contract value across a seven-year ordering period.

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Maxar Awarded $26M Contract to Continue Development and Support for NGA Open Mapping Platform

Source: gisuser.com

Under the agreement, Maxar will continue to provide engineering, software development and geospatial tradecraft to support NOME. “Maxar is excited to continue building upon the 10 years of development that have gone into NOME,” said Tony Frazier, Maxar’s Executive Vice President of Global Field Operations. “NOME is a highly effective mission enabler for the agency’s distributed workforce,” said James Griffith, Director of Source at NGA. NGA delivers world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals and first responders. It is the world leader in timely, relevant, accurate and actionable geospatial intelligence.

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Getting insights from political violence and protests around the world

Aggregated non-US ACLED events 2000 — 2020

To achieve political goals, we have seen people and governments using political violence. It includes violence between governments, e.g. war as an intense armed conflict, and violence used against non-state actors, e.g. police brutality. A rebellion is a kind of politically motivated violence of non-state actors against a government. The storming of the United States Capitol was a riot act from non-state actors against the United States Congress.

In this walkthrough we used one of the most widely used analysis OSINT source named ACLED. With the help of spatial binning, we easily recognized historical events between 2000 and 2020 without being an intelligence expert. We have implemented most of the workflows into a GEOINT Python module, mainly to give non-spatial experts a better understanding of the implementation details.

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Israel launches dozens of strikes as Gaza fighting enters second week

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Source: reuters.com

The map shows the broadcasted news related to Hamas near the Gaza region.

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Live Updates: Airstrike Kills Dozens in Gaza as U.N. Security Council Prepares to Meet

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Source: nytimes.com

The map shows the latest broadcasted news related to airstrikes near Gaza city.

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