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US Fires INF-Busting Missile, First Test Since Treaty Signed

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The test puts the nail in the coffin of the INF Treaty, which the US withdrew from earlier this month.

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US Sees Little Chance To Save INF Treaty Days Before Deadline

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Just back from a unsuccessful round of discussions with her Russian counterparts in Geneva to discuss the Cold war-era accord, Undersecretary of State Andrea Thompson told reporters today she’s not hopeful of saving the INF Treaty before Feb. 2, when time runs out on the 60 days the Trump administration have given Moscow to acknowledge it had violated the treaty.

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Russian Intercept Underscores Tensions in Black Sea

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A Russian fighter plane gave a US surveillance plane an unexpectedly rough ride on Monday, part of an increase in tensions in the Black Sea.

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Romania Inches Forward On Major Attack Helo Deal

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Romania, a NATO ally, is nervously watching Russian moves in the Black Sea, is spending big on American military kit.

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NATO Has A Good Story To Tell, But Is Its Audience Of One Listening?

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Allies from Norway to Romania are buying big-ticket weapons systems produced by the American defense industry, and more NATO countries are inching toward agreed-upon defense spending goals. But is it enough?

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Rep. Gabbard Pushes For Heftier Hawaiian Missile Defenses

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Pentagon planners aren’t only worried about North Korean ICBMs, but Chinese hypersonics and medium-range missiles. That means, according to analysts, that an array of distributed systems are needed to meet a wide range of potential threats.

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Poland Struggles With HIMARS Buy

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The $250 million package for the rocket launcher along with guided warheads and other tactical missiles was seen as a way for Poland and NATO to push back against the Russian military buildup in neighboring Kaliningrad, which gives Moscow the ability to track and knock down Polish aircraft over Polish airspace.

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Poland Signals Russia With Huge Missile Defense Deal

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The $4.75 billion air defense deal gives NATO a significant new defense against growing Russian threats in the Baltic.

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Top NATO General (A Czech) To Europe: ‘Grow Up’

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WASHINGTON: After two decades of watching the American share of the NATO budget grow from 50 to 75 percent, the alliance’s leadership is determined to learn how to operate without the usual American help, even as nationalist movements roil the capitals of the transAtlantic alliance and Vladimir Putin hacks his way through democratic elections. Meeting… Keep reading →

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How To Strengthen Alliances On President Trump’s Watch

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America’s Asian allies have been unnerved by President Donald Trump’s dismissive rhetoric about alliances based on cost/benefit grounds, and his decision to dump the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. That’s part of the reason Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled in Asia to calm nerves in Tokyo and Seoul. America’s European allies are also deeply unsettled by Trump’s… Keep reading →

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