Security

Worry not: the US-Japan alliance is safe in Trump’s hands

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‘National security and foreign policy experts in Washington are unanimous: one must distinguish between campaign rhetoric and political reality’ Asia Times By Harry J. Kazianis Normally December in Washington, D.C. is filled with one thing and one thing only: unending… Worry not: the… Read More »

Hebrides Range missile range secure until 2028

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The future of the UK’s largest missile range, based in the Western Isles, will be secure until 2028 following an announcement by the range’s operators that it has been awarded a £1bn contract amendment from the Ministry of Defence. (MoD) The Scotsman SHÂN ROSS QinetiQ, a leading science and engineering company, the… Hebrides Range missile… Read More »

Keep off the grass: Parliament House fence is unfortunate but unfortunately we need it

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Believe it or not, federal parliamentarians have little choice but to enact new security arrangements. SMH Mark Kenny Few relish additional restrictions on public access to the parliament. But how should leaders respond when… Keep off the grass: Parliament House fence is… Read More »

Canadian military to get guidelines on dealing with child soldiers

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Excerpts of the new guidelines say the “aim is to provide the interim guidance required to address and mitigate the broad challenges posed by the presence of child soldiers in areas where we may undertake missions.” The Star By Tonda MacCharles, Ottawa Bureau reporter OTTAWA—Canada’s top soldier is issuing the first-ever guidelines for Canadian military to… Read More »

Is Michael Flynn Donald Trump’s Machiavelli?

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President-elect Trump has not yet chosen a Secretary of State, but his most important foreign policy advisor has already been named. The National Interest Christopher J. Fettweis The national security advisor is the primary aide to the president for international affairs, the first and last one in the room for all major decisions. It will be General Michael Flynn’s job to… Is Michael Flynn Donald Trump’s… Read More »

Trump picks retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense

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President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday he has chosen retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis, who has said that responding to “political Islam” is the major security issue facing the United States, to be secretary of defense. The Washington Post By Dan Lamothe “We are going to appoint Mad… Trump picks retired… Read More »

Turkey’s Islamist president is embracing Donald Trump

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The sultan and the salesman The Economist But Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s enthusiasm may not last long  IN JUNE, a few months after Donald Trump, then a candidate for the Turkey’s Islamist president… Read More »

Greek Foreign ministry slams Erdogan comment on Cypriot flag; calls it ‘historically groundless’

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Attempts by Turkey to equate the victim with the aggressor in Cyprus is ‘historically groundless’ and “arbitrary”, the spsokesman of the foreign ministry Stratos Efthimiou said on Tuesday, responding to a question about recent statements made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Cyprus’ flag. Mignatiou “Once again, the Turkish leadership is trying to equate the aggressor with the victim by making historically groundless and arbitrary arguments that attempt to erase Turkey’s responsibilities as an occupying power,” Efthimiou told journalists. ... Read More »

Can Democracy Endure Where the Cyber Things Are?

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During a national crisis, executive action to reconfigure U.S. network data flows to the global Internet may be lawful. The National Interest Jessica Smith Imagine if a U.S. president determined that an insurrection or a… Can Democracy Endure… Read More »

Counter-terrorism ‘lawfare’ and the ADF’s covert security war

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Counter-terrorism “lawfare” and the lead-agency debate — how the Australian Defence Force is winning a covert national security policy war where other Western militaries have failed. Dr Allan Orr reports. Independent Australia Allan Orr MOVING at breakneck speed to curtail Section 51 of the Defence Act governing the deployment of military units in domestic security scenarios, the Turnbull Government, very publicly supported by the Australian Defence Force (ADF), is about to go against the international grain and hand off future active shooter ... Read More »

Michael Flynn Is The Wrong Man For Trump’s National Security Advisor

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For a job that requires laser-sharp judgment, Michael Flynn seriously misjudges major world leaders like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Federalist Robert Carle Gen. Michael Flynn has a noble record of service to the country in Afghanistan and Iraq, but events of the last month have called into question his fitness to serve as President Trump’s national security advisor, a position once held by Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Condoleeza Rice. First, on election ... Read More »

What Has Strained U.S. – Turkey Relations And What Needs To Be Done

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The relationship between the U.S. and Turkey has long held strategic importance for both countries, but lately it has come under strain. The Daily Caller Gen. Ilker Basbug Two major issues are exacerbating tensions: The U.S.’s support of the PYD in Syria, and concerns regarding how the… What Has Strained… Read More »

Erdogan: Turkish forces are in Syria to end Assad’s rule

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the Turkish Army entered Syria to end the rule of President Bashar Assad, whom he accused of terrorism and causing the deaths of thousands. RT “We entered [Syria] to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn’t enter] for any… Erdogan: Turkish forces… Read More »

Turkey at Thanksgiving Is Enough

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President M. Nixon is not generally admired as a fountain of profundity. American Thinker By Michael Curtis But attention should be paid by sore political losers to this pithy remark: “You’ve got to learn to survive a… Turkey at Thanksgiving… Read More »

Yemen: Houthi rebels form new government

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Spokesperson for exiled president Hadi says move shows disregard for Yemeni people and international community. AlJazeera Yemen’s armed Houthi rebels and their political allies have formed a new government, the… Yemen: Houthi rebels… Read More »

Religious extremists not the only terror threat, Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton says

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Victoria’s top cop has warned terrorism threats are broader than religious extremism, as the likely return of foreign fighters increases the chance of an attack on Australian soil. ABC Sarah Farnswoth The warning came as experts from nine different countries, including the deputy head of French police group RAID, met in Melbourne to share knowledge of countering extremist behaviour. Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said it was not just… Religious extremists not the only terror… Read More »