Defence

America’s Political Gamble in Syria May Not Pay Off

President Trump’s plan to defeat the Islamic State relies on the complex web of relations between the United States, Turkey and the… Matthew RJ Brodsky The National Interest As the Islamic State’s territory continues to shrink in the Middle East, its henchmen and those inspired by the extremist group are increasingly lashing out at soft targets in the… The types of attacks recently experienced in London and Manchester are likely to continue until the… America’s Political Gamble… Read More »

What Is the Future of NATO?

Philip M. Breedlove discusses the challenges facing America and its allies. Jacob Heilbrunn The National Interest What is the future of NATO? How significant is the debate over Article V? What policy should Washington adopt towards Ukraine? Will the German Bundeswehr play an increasingly important role in coming years? Does the American nuclear force need to be modernized or is the… What Is the… Read More »

Israeli Commandos Heading to Cyprus for Largest-ever Drill

The joint drill, which involves 400 Israeli soldiers, has ruffled feathers in Ankara Gili Cohen Haaretz Israeli commandos will be undergoing training in Cyprus next week, the biggest joint military exercise ever undertaken between the two countries in the island nation. Sqaudrons of Black Hawk helicopters will head to Cyprus for the joint exercise, which starts Sunday, Haaretz has learned… Israeli Commandos Heading… Read More »

ASIO warns political parties over foreign donations

ASIO has warned the major parties about taking donations from two billionaires because its intelligence reveals worrying links to the… Four Corners A joint Four Corners-Fairfax investigation by Nick McKenzie, Chris Uhlmann, Daniel Flitton and Richard Baker ABC The agency has also briefed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, his predecessor, Tony Abbott, and… A Four Corners-Fairfax investigation has discovered the two are property developers Huang Xiangmo and Dr Chau Chak Wing. Between them and… ASIO warns political… Read More »

VN proposes ASEAN-China hotline for sea disputes

SINGAPORE  – Việt Nam has stressed the need for ASEAN and China to implement the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CEUS) and operate a… Viet Nam News Addressing the fourth special discussion held in Singapore on Saturday on practical measures to prevent encounters at sea, the Deputy Minister of Public Security, Senior Lieutenant General Bùi Văn Nam, also said that a… Nam told the meeting, held as… VN proposes ASEAN… Read More »

Beijing defends sovereignty at sea

Foreign Ministry says US, Japan out of line in comments about Nansha Islands By ZHAO LEI in Singapore | China Daily China strongly opposes irresponsible remarks concerning China made by the defense ministers of the United States and Japan at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, a… Hua Chunying said in a news release published on the ministry’s website that China has indisputable sovereignty of the Nansha Islands and its surrounding waters and has been consistently seeking to peacefully… Beijing defends ... Read More »

The story behind Israel’s atomic explosion plan

In discussing Israel’s nuclear capabilities, even foreign publications have not gone back to 1967, to the war that transformed Israel from a state under siege and faced with annihilation into a regional empire. Ben Caspit AlMonitor The international community now believes that Israel has 90-200 nuclear warheads. According to foreign researchers, some are installed on Jericho missiles, while… The story behind… Read More »

India blocks Australian bid to join Exercise Malabar naval war games

India has declined an Australian request to take part in multilateral naval exercises in July over fears it could unnecessarily enflame diplomatic tensions with… Exclusive by defence reporter Andrew Greene ABC For a quarter of a century military assets from the United States and India, and more recently Japan, have come together for joint annual defence drills — known as Exercise Malabar — north of… In 2007, Australia participated in Exercise Malabar but the Rudd government then withdrew from the ... Read More »

Can Germany Defend Europe On Its Own?

Most of NATO’s frontline members in eastern and southern Europe are doing their part. Germany is not. Salvatore Babones The National Interest German chancellor Angela Merkel has reaffirmed her position as the unlikely superhero of Europe’s liberal elites. Twelve years in power and facing a difficult election in September, she struck out at the least popular man in… Fresh from last week’s G-7 summit, Merkel took a… Can Germany Defend… Read More »

US to test first ICBM interceptor as tensions with North Korea reach boiling point

THE US is set to perform an unprecedented test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) interceptor amid heightened tensions with nuke… Fraser Moore Express In the first test of its kind, the US Missile Defence Agency announced it would fire a Ground-based Midcourse Defence (GMD) interceptor from a military base in… Its target will be a custom-made missile resembling an ICBM fired from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, in the middle of the Pacific US to test… Read More »

Russia Has One Super ‘Cannon’ That Can Kill Cities

Russia maintains just one active battalion of eight 2S4s in service, with over four hundred in reserve. Sebastien Roblin The National Interest In 2000, Tyulpans played a prominent role in the siege of Grozny in the second Chechen war, systematically “leveling” the city from afar according to one analyst. 127 targets were reported destroyed by Daredevil laser-guided rounds. All together the Russian army claims to have… Russia Has One… Read More »

US ship entered our waters without permission’: China

The Chinese government charged on May 25 that a U.S. warship had entered its waters in the South China Sea “without permission”, prompting Beijing’s navy to warn the vessel to leave. Hurriyet The USS Dewey sailed less than 12 nautical miles from Mischief Reef – part of the Spratly Islands – on May 25, a U.S. official said earlier, the first freedom of navigation operation under President Donald Trump. “The relevant action taken by the… US ship entered… Read More »

PH, US Balikatan exercises open with fewer troops

The annual military exercises between the United States and the Philippines, called “Balikatan [shoulder-to-shoulder],” opened in Quezon City on Monday, but on a smaller scale, amid the government’s declared pivot to China and Russia. Philip C. Tubeza Inquirer  WITH A REPORT FROM AFP Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the opening ceremonies of the 33rd Philippine-US Balikatan military exercises at… Exercise Balikatan 2017, which… PH, US Balikatan… Read More »

North Korea reportedly test-fires another ballistic missile

The South Korean military reports the firing of an unidentified missile by its northern… TheJournal.ie  NORTH KOREA HAS test-fired a ballistic missile from an area north of its capital Pyongyang, according to a news agency report, as the US pushes for tougher sanctions to curb the… “North Korea fired an unidentified missile from a site in the… North Korea reportedly… © – AFP, 2017  Read More »

China launches first indigenous aircraft carrier

China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries, and… Taipei Times AP, BEIJING The 50,000 tonne carrier was yesterday towed from its dockyard just after 9am following a ceremony in Dalian, where its predecessor, the… Development of the new carrier began in 2013 and construction in… China launches first… Read More »

Finland Seeks Continued U.S.-Russian Cooperation in the Arctic

Could Russia’s defenisve measures and other geopolitical tensions negatively impact the Arctic Council’s cooperative efforts? Kenneth Yalowitz, Stacy Closson The National Interest Finland will assume the chairmanship next month of the eight-member Arctic Council at a time of heightened geopolitical… The council, which includes the United States, four… Finland Seeks Continued… Read More »