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Esper Presses Hard For New Civilian Casualty Policy

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“The US is doing far more than its allies in coming to grips with causing civilian harm,” a human rights NGO representative who has met with Pentagon leaders said. Still, the gap between government estimates and those from groups on the ground is often wide. 

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NATO’s Not Ready For Saudi-Style Drone Attacks; ‘It’s A Serious Problem’

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“The threat that we face has developed faster,” than countermeasures, giving adversaries like Russia, and Iran, some asymmetric advantages.

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GOP & Dems Fight Trump To Stop $8B Saudi, UAE Arms Deals

Posted by Paul McLeary on


A key Trump ally, Sen. Lindsay Graham, bucks the White House on its proposed $8 billion arms sale.

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Trump Administration Warns Friends Against Russia Arms Deals

Posted by Paul McLeary on


As some Gulf and Asian allies consider big purchases of Russia arms, the Senate is set to uphold a law signed by Trump that would slap sanctions on them for cozying up with Moscow.

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China’s Eating Up US Drone Market; U.S. Troops At Risk

Posted by Paul McLeary on


While Washington struggles to update its arms export policies, China is spreading its influence, one drone sale at a time.

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Why the U.S. Military Should Stay Out Of Iran

Posted by Maj. Danny Sjursen on


It’s not that often that a major in the US military — albeit now a reservist — points the finger at the Defense Secretary and says, sir, you’re wrong, and does it in writing and in public. Here you have it. Army Maj. Danny Sjursen, expressing his own unofficial opinions, says Iran is Jim Mattis’… Keep reading →

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No Win In Syria: We’ll Be Glad To Keep Assad

Posted by James Durso on


It seems just like old times: the Turk is back in the Levant, Aleppo is under siege, and the ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) is dispensing justice. When did it all go wrong?  When the Americans decided the stuttering ophthalmologist wouldn’t play rough like his fighter pilot dad had. As Donald Trump would tweet: Sad! Sadder still is… Keep reading →

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Iraq And The Transformation of the Royal Australian Air Force

Posted by Robbin Laird on


  Washington often grumbles about its allies and their contributions — or lack thereof — to the common defense. But some allies are making key investments in 21st century weapons to operate against 21st century threats. A good example is the Royal Australian Air Force  (RAAF) and its operations against ISIL in Iraq. The RAAF strike force flew… Keep reading →

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