Defence

The EU and NATO and Trump — Oh My!

Donald Trump’s trans-Atlantic policy is a contradiction in terms. Stephen M. Walt FP It is no secret that U.S. President Donald Trump has an instinctive animus against the European Union and NATO. He supported the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, reportedly advised French President Emmanuel Macron that his country should leave the union too, and last week falsely claimed that the EU was created “to take advantage of the United States.” (This last statement raises an… The EU and… Read More »

Trump Warns NATO Allies to Spend More on Defense, or Else

WASHINGTON — President Trump has written sharply worded letters to the leaders of several NATO allies — including Germany, Belgium, Norway and Canada — taking them to task for spending too little on their own defense and warning that the United States is losing patience with what he said was their failure to meet security obligations shared by the alliance. Julie Hirschfeld Davis The New York Times The letters, sent in June, are the latest sign of acrimony between Mr. ... Read More »

A Vietnam “Solution” to the Afghanistan War?

The January 1973 agreement between North Vietnam and the United States can be applied to the present, stalemated situation in Afghanistan. John Mueller The National Interest Ιt was in 2010 that United States President Barack Obama  told an interviewer that he could easily imagine a situation in which “we ended up staying in Afghanistan for another five years, another eight years, another ten years. And we would do it not with clear intentions but rather just out of an inertia.” Last year, ... Read More »

Army ‘was set to shoot down a jet’

BRITAIN was prepared to shoot down hijacked civilian aircraft nearly 30 years before 9/11, declassified documents have revealed. By Marco Giannangeli, EXCLUSIVE Express The orders, from senior British Army commanders followed attempts by the IRA to seize control of civilian aircraft from which they intended to carry out “air raids” on British Army checkpoints After the twin towers attack in 2001, it was revealed that RAF Tornado pilots had been authorised to give rogue civilian aircraft just two chances before ... Read More »

Australia officially announces $26B frigate contract. Here are the build details

MELBOURNE, Australia ― Australia will acquire nine high-end anti-submarine warfare frigates from the end of the next decade under a deal with BAE Systems worth AU$35 billion (U.S. $26 billion). Nigel Pittaway Defense News The announcement was formally made Friday at the ASC shipyard in Osborne, South Australia, by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher… A version of BAE Systems’ City-class Type 26 ASW frigate, now under construction for the British ... Read More »

The Palestinians and Nuclear Weapons

The unresolved Israel-Palestinian conflict is one of the major factors preventing an effective region-wide prohibition of nuclear weapons. Paul R. Pillar The National Interest The significance of the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict has long been the subject of tendentious debates. The right-wing government of Israel, not wanting to relinquish the conquered land whose relinquishment would be necessary for peace, often contends, along with its sympathizers, that peace in… The region has become preoccupied with other things, goes the argument, and even ... Read More »

‘Witness K’ and lawyer Bernard Collaery charged with breaching intelligence act over East Timor spying revelations

A Canberra lawyer whose client exposed a secret Australian spying operation in East Timor has described the prosecution against them both as an attack on freedom of… By defence reporter Andrew Greene and Lucy Sweeney ABC On Thursday, using parliamentary privilege, independent MP Andrew Wilkie revealed the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions recently filed criminal charges against Bernard Collaery and… Witness K had raised concerns about a covert Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) operation he ran to bug East Timor’s cabinet in 2004 ... Read More »

Who initiated the Arms Embargo against the Republic of Cyprus?

H.R. 5508 which was introduced recently in Washington aiming at terminating the Cyprus Arms Embargo Act which was imposed by the United States of America upon the Republic of Cyprus in 1987, is a worthwhile effort by all that have worked for its preparation. It can even be argued as belated, but it is never too late. Fanoulla Argyrou * When in 1987 the USA imposed the Embargo, it is claimed that it was done “in order to encourage reunification ... Read More »

U.S. Says It Will Sanction NATO Ally Turkey for Russian Defense System

The U.S. will take the unprecedented step of imposing sanctions on a NATO ally when Turkey receives a Russian missile defense system, according to a State Department official testifying before… Cagan Koc Bloomberg The delivery of the S-400s will impair military cooperation between the U.S. and Turkey and will damage relations between the countries more generally, Wess Mitchell, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State… The U.S. has been clear that the “acquisition of S-400 will inevitably affect prospects for Turkish military-industrial ... Read More »

‘Turkey’s Decision on S-400 Purchase Final, Irreversible’ – Former Envoy to US

Washington has been struggling to convince Ankara to abandon the deal to buy S-400 defense systems from Moscow, with Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell… Sputnik Sputnik discussed the reasons behind the harsh reaction from Washington towards Ankara in relation to its acquisition of Russian S-400s with Amur Hajiyev, the head of the center for… He expressed the opinion that the US is attempting to maintain its influence on Turkey, since the latest developments demonstrate that Washington’s grip is lessening. Hajiyev said Ankara… ‘Turkey’s Decision on… Read More »

Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un Keep Meeting—Here’s Why

China has been successful at keeping North Korea close and leveraging the relationship to achieve its own overarching goals beyond denuclearization. Oriana Skylar Mastro The National Interest North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made his third visit to China in mid-June. The fact that Kim visited Beijing shortly after the Singapore summit was unsurprising—it was expected that Kim would have to debrief Xi and the two would want to strategize ways forward. But the predictability of the visit does not diminish ... Read More »

Israeli Company Sells State-of-the-Art Tank Defense System to US Army

The Israeli defense company Rafael announced Tuesday that it has sold its state-of-the-art ASPRO-A tank defense system to the US Army. Benjamin Kerstein The Algemeiner Known as Ma’il Ruach (“Windbreaker”) in Israel, the ASPRO-A will be provided by Rafael in collaboration with DRS Leonardo for the price of $193 million. The systems will be built in both Israel and the US. According to Israel’s Channel 2, ASPRO-A is an active defense system for tanks and armored personnel carriers. It is ... Read More »

Fighter Sale to Turkey Could Pit Trump Against Congress

A battle is brewing over the transfer of F-35 fighter jets. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are threatening to block Turkey from obtaining its promised fleet of 100 F-35 fighter jets over Ankara’s human rights violations and planned purchase of a… By Lara Seligman, Robbie Gramer FP But it’s not clear that President Donald Trump’s administration will back them up. Turkey, the third-largest planned operator of the F-35 after the United States and United Kingdom, just received its first aircraft during ... Read More »

Yemen Conflict Alert: Last Chance to Prevent a Destructive Hodeida Battle

The fate of Hodeida hangs in the balance as UAE-backed Yemeni forces poise for what will be a prolonged and destructive battle to expel Huthi rebels. ICG A real but fleeting opportunity exists to avert catastrophe through a UN-mediated solution that safeguards all sides’ interests. The battle for Hodeida is reaching the point of no return. UAE-backed Yemeni forces are poised to begin operations to take this Red Sea port and city of 600,000 from Huthi rebels. This is the ... Read More »

Turkey to get F-35 jets Thursday despite opposition from Congress

Washington (CNN) – Despite opposition from the US Congress, Turkey is set to receive its first F-35 Joint Strike Fighters on Thursday during a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Ryan Browne “Lockheed Martin will hold a rollout ceremony for Turkey this Thursday in Fort Worth, and the two jets will follow-on to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona at a later date,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Andrews told CNN. “Turkish F-35 pilots and maintainers have arrived ... Read More »

Israeli unmanned boats deliver firepower on the high seas

African states are increasingly confronted by maritime crime and insecurity. One way to address the security of a country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) could be unmanned surface vessels, which are being developed at a… Arie Egozi – defenceWeb To protect the natural resources in the EEZ, which stretch 200 nautical miles from a country’s coastline, countries need almost constant presence in the open seas. One option is unmanned surface vehicles (USVs). Israel recently discovered huge reservoirs of natural gas in the ... Read More »