Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard

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I was reading the Armada Intelligence Brief this evening and Dr. Kuehl and his partner were concentrating on the fighting between Saudia Arabia soldiers and the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

On the face of this it just appears to be a regional conflict much like many others. However, the Houthi are supported by Iran and Yemen sits in a strategic point in the Middle East which could affect oil shipments through the Gulf of Aden. Any threat to the region would be met by the U.S. 5th Fleet. It could pit the Iranian navy (the same Iran we are negotiating with over nuclear testing, the same Iran fighting against ISIS in Iraq) against the U.S. 5th Fleet. What a crazy world we live in.

Dr. Chris Kuehl of Armada Corporate Intelligence will be at our 5th Steel Summit Conference where we can hear first-hand about all the craziness in the world and it’s impact on the U.S. economy. Mark your calendars: September 1 & 2, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia, SMU Steel Summit Conference.

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