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  1. NATO vs. Warsaw Pact: How the Ultimate Cold War Showdown Could Have Killed Millions

    05.25 / 15:06 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Kyle Mizokami Security, Europe The plans for war were truly terrifying.  Guarding against these attacks and providing rear-area security were twelve brigade-sized units of West German reservists. Bonn also had three brigades of paratroops that could be quickly rushed to defend threatened areas. Air base security in NATO was very high, with the U.S. Air Force deploying large numbers of security troops at its many bases and the RAF Regiment guarding British airfields. If conventional …
  2. ISIS-Linked Rebels Behead Philippine Police Chief, Slaughter Civilians

    05.25 / 15:06 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Ryan Pickrell Security, Thousands of people are fleeing.  Militants with ties to the Islamic State have taken control of a city in the southern Philippines. Violence erupted in Marawi after a botched raid to take down Abu Sayaff leader Isnilon Hapilon Tuesday. Government security forces battled Hapilon’s fighters, as well as Maute reinforcements. Both Abu Sayaff and Maute have sworn allegiance to ISIS and fly similar black standards. The attempt to capture Hapilon tipped over the ho…
  3. U.S. Lost Track Of Nearly $1,000,000,000 Of Arms Sent To Iraq

    05.25 / 15:06 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Saagar Enjeti Security, Middle East What could go wrong?  The Pentagon lost track of nearly a billion dollars worth of weapons bound for Iraqi Security Forces in the fight against ISIS, documents obtained by Amnesty International reveal. The weapons transfer program is a lynchpin of U.S. strategy against ISIS and within Iraq. The Obama administration began the current policy after the rise of ISIS in 2014, trying to build the local capacity of partner forces in Iraq rather than rely on …
  4. New Jersey Accidentally Got Told Nearby Nuclear Reactor Was About To Meltdown

    05.25 / 14:05 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Andrew Follett Energy, Fakenews.  New Jersey officials apologized Wednesday for accidentally broadcasting false alerts to residents that a nuclear power plant disaster was underway. State officials sent out a televised alert shortly before 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night that a “Nuclear Power Plant Warning” was in effect for two New Jersey counties. The State Office of Emergency Management accidentally requested the broadcast during a scheduled emergency drill at the nearby PSEG Salem and Hope…
  5. The Trump Administration's First FONOP in the South China Sea: Why Now?

    05.25 / 14:05 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Ryan Pickrell Security, Asia And how did China respond?  A U.S. Navy destroyer challenged China’s contested claims to the South China Sea in the first freedom of navigation operation of the Trump administration. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey sailed within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands Wednesday, U.S. officials told CNN. “We operate in the Asia-Pacific region on a daily basis, including in the South China Sea,” Pentagon Spokes…
  6. Is the B-21 Stealth Bomber Too Secret?

    05.25 / 12:05 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    James Hasik Security, How secret is too secret?  For Bloomberg Politics, Anthony Capaccio reports recently that the US Defense Department’s Inspector General (DoD IG) has opened an investigation, at the behest of the Congress, “into whether the Air Force has imposed excessive secrecy on fundamentals of its $80 billion program to develop and build the new B-21 bomber.” The obscurity into which the Air Force has placed one of its top procurement priorities is remarkable: even the estima…
  7. U.S. Air Force Working to Update 'Brain' of F-35 to Combat Russian and Chinese Stealth Fighters

    05.25 / 12:05 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Kris Osborn Security, The mission data files are being engineered to adjust to new threat and intelligence information as it emerges. The Air Force is accelerating development of a special, high-tech, on-board threat library for the F-35 designed to precisely identify enemy aircraft operating in different high-risk areas around the globe - such as a Chinese J-20 stealth fighter or Russian T-50 PAK FA 5th Gen fighter. The Air Force is accelerating development of a special, high-tech, on…
  8. Trump's First NATO Summit: Don't Expect Much

    05.25 / 02:51 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Dov S. Zakheim Security, Europe National defense may be Trump’s priority, but it is one that few Europeans share, and that even fewer are willing to pay for. When Donald Trump arrives at the NATO summit, it will have been hard on the heels of the release of his new budget for fiscal year 2018, which calls for a significant increase in defense spending, at the expense of many domestic programs. Although the FY 2018 proposed defense program falls far short of what candidate Trump promised …
  9. How America Could End Up in an Unexpected War with China

    05.25 / 02:51 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Doug Bandow Security, Asia The Chinese are prepared to yield before superior force, but are not prepared to concede that America always will possess that edge. Three decades ago the People’s Republic of China was an economic backwater. Today the PRC sports the world’s second-largest economy. Shanghai most dramatically illustrates the country’s transformation. The city is filled with stylish office buildings, five-star hotels, luxury stores and foreign visitors. Reflecting their success, …
  10. 7 Options For Taming Tyrannical North Korea

    05.25 / 02:51 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Barry Pavel, Robert A. Manning Security, Asia Pyongyang may think it can threaten—or even win—a limited nuclear war aimed at pushing Washington out of the Korean Peninsula. The relentless barrage of North Korean ballistic-missile tests (twelve already this year), and a matching endless barrage of op-eds proposing solutions, point to a new urgency for resolving the North Korea problem. Yet it is an issue that has eluded the best efforts of four U.S. presidents—from Bush to Obama—over the …
  11. Rodrigo Duterte Is Key to China's 'Post-American' Vision for Asia

    05.25 / 02:51 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Richard Javad Heydarian Politics, Asia “Dutertenomics” will require huge investment from abroad. Beijing is the perfect patron. “The future of the Philippines is in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and in Asia,” declared Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte during his early May keynote speech at the World Economic Forum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. For the controversial Philippine president, the world is ineludibly entering a post-American world, paving the way for his own vision o…
  12. Is the U.S. Navy Dying?

    05.25 / 02:51 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Dave Majumdar Security, Thanks to the U.S. Congress, that is the question.  The United States Navy is in a dire situation when it comes to the readiness of its aircraft, ships and submarines. The blame for the situation can be laid directly at the feet of the U.S. Congress, which has failed time and again to pass a budget. Moreover, even when the Congress does manage to come to some sort of consensus, too often funding comes in the form a continuing resolution that does not provide the …
  13. Costs of the Clenched Fist

    05.24 / 21:04 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Paul R. Pillar Iran, Middle East In his first inaugural address, one of President Barack Obama’s messages to America’s adversaries was that “we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”  A few years later, the unclenching of Iran’s fist was marked by the election of reformist Hassan Rouhani and the entry of Iran into negotiations with the United States and five other powers, leading to a detailed agreement in which Iran accepted severe limitations on, and intrusive sc…
  14. Donald Trump Is Right: Don't Let the ISIS 'Losers' Win

    05.24 / 21:04 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Christopher A. Preble Security, Europe And they won’t stop me from enjoying Ariana Grande’s music. As grieving parents and loved ones mourn the loss of innocent lives in Manchester, England, and pray for the recovery of those grievously wounded, the rest of the world ponders yet again the meaning of it all. In a moment of candor and lucidity, President Donald Trump put the latest incident in perspective: “So many young beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by…
  15. Did Russia and China Already Make America's New Aircraft Carrier Obsolete?

    05.24 / 17:04 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Robert Farley Security, Thanks to A2/AD?  Plenty of world-beating weapons quickly become obsolete. The fast battleships of World War II went into reserve less than a decade after their commissioning. The early fighters and bombers of the jet age sometimes had even briefer lifespans. Aircraft carriers, in widely variant forms, have enjoyed a good, long run. They survive because aircraft have short ranges, and fixed airfields have significant military and political vulnerabilities. These …
  16. The U.S. Military's Greatest Fear: A War Against Russia AND China

    05.24 / 17:04 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Robert Farley Security, Would we win?  The United States can still fight and win two major wars at the same time, or at least come near enough to winning that neither Russia nor China would see much hope in the gamble. The United States can do this because it continues to maintain the world’s most formidable military, and because it stands at the head of an extremely powerful military alliance. Moreover, Russia and China conveniently pose very different military problems, allowing the U…
  17. Why the First Gulf War Was Really a Disaster

    05.24 / 17:04 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Robert Farley Security, Middle East The United States wrapped itself in knots for twelve years, until the George W. Bush administration determined to “solve” the political problem by making it much, much worse. In the wake of the war, the near total consensus was that the conflict represented a huge triumph of American arms, perhaps serving as a harbinger for a more assertive age of multilateral institutions, not to mention a more confident use of American power. This consensus has lar…