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Here Are the Options for Dealing With North Korea

As tensions between North Korea and the United States continue to intensify, two experts discuss the remaining options.

U.S. Was ‘Ill-Prepared’ to Help Train Afghan Security Forces, IG Finds

September 22, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Industry Analysis, Syndicated Industry News 
“One U.S. officer watched TV shows like Cops and NCIS” for lesson plans, watchdog says.

‘Cyber Defense Is Very Much About Political Decisions’

When European defense ministers played a tabletop cyber defense exercise, things got hard very quickly.

Analysis: Giving the Deep State More Leeway to Kill With Drones

President Trump is poised to compound the most grave moral failing of his predecessor by making targeted killings less safe, less legal, and less rare.

Air Force: We’re Low on Bombs Because Congress Can’t Pass a Budget

It’s hard to persuade arms makers to boost production, even to fight ISIS, without cash on the barrelhead.

Trump Threatens to ‘Totally Destroy North Korea’

The president also hinted at the UN General Assembly that the U.S. might quit the Iran nuclear agreement.

Vietnam War: Who Was Right About What Went Wrong – and Why it Matters in Afghanistan

Was Vietnam 'a quagmire' or a 'stalemate machine'? Understanding this 50-year-old debate can shed light on why the U.S. is currently locked into a 'forever war.'

In Mexico, Mattis Plays Down Political Rhetoric, Seeks to Build Trust

Defense Secretary Mattis touts "a growing relationship built on trust and respect" between the U.S. and Mexican militaries.

Northrop Grumman to Buy Orbital ATK for $7.8 Billion

The proposed deal to purchase the maker of components for missiles and satellites adds to consolidation in the aerospace industry at a time of growing military budgets.

Harvard Rescinded Chelsea Manning’s Fellowship after CIA Chief Mike Pompeo Cancelled a Visit

He says he objected to the former soldier as a convicted felon and that his criticism had nothing to do with her being a transgender woman.

At U.S. Nuclear Weapons Base, Mattis Signals Support for Triad

But the Defense chief stopped short of endorsing all types of new nuclear weapons in development.

Analysts Are Quitting the State Department’s Anti-Propaganda Team

The Global Engagement Center is struggling to keep up with its missions: countering ISIS recruitment and Russian disinformation.

Swarmed With Mosquitoes After Harvey, Texas Calls in the Air Force

The Air Force is spraying a controversial insecticide across 6 million acres to kill mosquitoes brought in by Hurricane Harvey.

White House Objects to Parts of Defense Bill that Curb President’s Power

September 12, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Industry Analysis, Syndicated Industry News 
Trump wants Senate to reconsider presidential pay authority and rejection of another base–closing round.

Afghanistan is Now Officially James Mattis’ War

Donald Trump's speech on "principled realism" in Afghanistan contained few surprises. Now, under the aegis of DOD chief Mattis it is the latest stage in America’s "forever war."

Get Ready for a Short-Term CR, Congressional Leaders Tell Pentagon

Top House Republicans on defense say it’s not ideal — underfunding has contributed to a rash of recent accidents — but don’t expect a full-year appropriation until December.

Analysis: How Mattis May Get Himself in Trouble With Trump

The secretary of defense could run afoul of his boss if his review of the policy on transgender troops follows the facts to their conclusion.

Ordered to Ban Transgender Troops, Pentagon Plans A New Look at Three Factors

The courts will take their own look, thanks to a trio of lawsuits filed in the wake of Trump’s Friday-night memo.

The Trump Administration’s Evolving Rhetoric on North Korea

From “fire and fury” to “all options are on the table”

The North Korean Threat Beyond ICBMs

Even without them, the Kim regime can menace its immediate neighborhood—or sell nuclear material to rogue states.

A ‘Sonic Weapon’ That Caused Diplomats in Cuba to Lose Their Hearing Also Caused Brain Injury

Some diplomats were also under heave surveillance during their tours of duty, and some had their homes broken into and their vehicles vandalized.

How James Mattis Tried to Explain Trump to the World

“Just as Mattis sought to reassure nervous allies, back home there were numerous reminders that the populist and intemperate impulses of his boss will not be tamed.”

Are ‘Restrictions’ Keeping Us From Winning in Afghanistan?

An Army intelligence expert and retired special forces warrior lay out what red tape the President should cut in Afghanistan.

Where in the World the U.S. Still Has a Military Presence

686 bases, 74 countries.

Trump’s Pivot on Afghanistan Follows Bleak Battlefield Reports

Four inspectors general describe scant progress against the Taliban.

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