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America Adrift: ‘Bringing The World To Crisis”

Posted by James Kitfield on


The Trump administration has watered down U.S. global leadership to coercive deal-making. The dangerous contours of a world in crisis are now coming into stark relief.

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SATCOM Experts: AsiaSat Sales Not Threat to National Security

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


  UPDATED WASHINGTON: US commercial satellite sales to AsiaSat, and the company’s leasing of communications bandwidth to China, are not threats to US national security, say experts — contrary to charges by Republican Senators Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst. Instead, US export control law very deliberately has been crafted to encourage such sales in a… Keep reading →

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US Wants Allies To Do More In Gulf; But They’re Already There

Posted by Paul McLeary on


130521-N-PV215-101 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (May 21, 2013) - Combined Task Force 521 conducts convoy escort operations with a large natural gas tanker during International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2013 (IMCMEX). IMCMEX 13 includes navies from more than 40 countries and will exercise a wide spectrum of defensive operations designed to protect international commerce and trade. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bryan Blair/Released) http://www.flickr.com/photos/navcent/8802318716/

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wants to establish a 20-country coalition to protect commercial shipping in the Middle East. But the US already leads a 33-country coalition doing just that.

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UPDATED: Centcom Confirms Reaper Shoot Down, Says Iran And Houthis Fired At Drones

Posted by Paul McLeary on


A day after two commercial tankers are hit in the Gulf of Oman, reports emerge the Houthis are firing — and hitting — US aircraft.

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Leaks, Drones, Mystery Attacks: US-Iran Tensions Boil Hot, But…

Posted by Arie Egozi on


As troops and hardware are on the move in the Gulf, diplomats signal that no one is eager for war.

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Trump Scraps Cold War Nuclear Treaty, US Moving To Build New Missiles

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“For far too long, Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with impunity,” a statement from the White House said. Moscow has refused to admit that it has for years been “covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad.”

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The Secretary Of Reassurance Has Resigned: Farewell To Mattis

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: After two years of reassuring US allies that Donald Trump’s America would not abandon them, Jim Mattis finally had enough. Even before Trump was sworn in as president, the announcement that he would pick Mattis as his Secretary of Defense was met with delighted relief “from the right, from the left, and from overseas.”… Keep reading →

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US Gives Russia 60 Days Before INF Withdrawal; NATO Comes Around

Posted by Paul McLeary on


After five years of talks and a wall of Russian denials, NATO and Washington call Putin’s bluff and say they’re ready to do something about Russian violations of a 31 year-old arms control treaty. But Europe is worried.

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Mattis Makes New Plea To HASC For Russian Sanctions Relief

Posted by Paul McLeary on


CAPITOL HILL: Defense Secretary James Mattis fired off a new letter to House Armed Services leadership on Tuesday, asking lawmakers again to vote in favor of waivers for certain countries Washington is trying to sway into its orbit, but who continue to do business with Russian defense firms. The letter was delivered to HASC chairman Rep.… Keep reading →

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Ellen Lord’s Farnborough Schedule Change; She Went To India

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The relationship between India and the U.S. is one both sides want to nurture, but Russian military sales, the demands both sides are making over production, and and other tough issues remain to be ironed out.

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