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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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Congress Testy About US Arms Sales To Saudi, But Still Lack Votes

Posted by Paul McLeary on


A top State Dept. official had a rough reception at the Senate Armed Services Committee Wednesday, as Democrats and Republicans appear increasingly uneasy with US/Saudi ties.

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Israel Eyes UAE Falcon Eye Surveillance Sat Program

Posted by Arie Egozi on


Tal Inbar, senior space analyst at the Space Research Center of the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies, says that Arab space initiatives pose no threat at the moment.

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Mossad Director: Arabs Allying With Israel Vs. Iran

Posted by Arie Egozi on


TEL AVIV: Even as Mideast tensions escalate, with new Israeli strikes on Syria over the weekend and Iran exceeding international limits on enriched uranium, no less a figure than the director of Mossad sees a historic opportunity for peace. Why? Because Iran’s escalating aggression — especially attacks on its neighbors’ economic lifeline, oil exports —… Keep reading →

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Senate Blocks Huge Arms Sale To Saudis; Trump Pledges Veto

Posted by Paul McLeary on


It’s the second time this year Republicans and Democrats have come together to oppose President Trump’s policy towards Riyadh.

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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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A Triangular Strategy For The Mid East

Posted by Ram Yavne on


The United States can reduce its Middle Eastern footprint and secure its vital regional interests.

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The Saudi-Israeli Coalition?

Posted by Arie Egozi on


An Israeli source who spoke with Breaking Defense of condition of anonymity said that attitudes in Saudi Arabia are changing, “not only in domestic issues, but also their understanding that Israel is not an enemy…”

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Saudis Save Wisconsin Shipbuilder: Fills Gap Between LCS & Frigates At Marinette

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: Four years after Lockheed Martin inked a $11.2 billion deal to sell Saudi Arabia an upgunned variant of its Littoral Combat Ship, the company is starting work on the first vessel later this year, a company official confirmed Wednesday. The work on four Multi-Mission Surface Combatants will take place at Fincantieri-owned Marinette Marine in… Keep reading →

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Adam Smith: Doubts $750B Budget, Praises Army, Downplays Yemen War Powers Bill

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The presumptive House Armed Services chairman, Adam Smith outlined his agenda for reporters this morning in a wide-ranging discussion laced with his trademark tactical snark. While many of his stances were unsurprising — he wants equal treatment for transgender troops, less spending on new nuclear ICBMs, and zero border-wall funding carved out of the… Keep reading →

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