The Heritage Foundation

2016 Index of U.S. Military Strength

Issues:
October 30, 2015

The past year has been a tumultuous one for the national security interests and defense capabilities of the United States, to put it mildly. China has built islands in the South China Sea in defiance of international efforts to resolve territorial disputes amicably and is moving to militarize them. Russia continued its efforts to destabilize Ukraine and intimidate

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Washington Post

A disaster foretold — and ignored

June 23, 2015

The seven young men sitting before some of Capitol Hill’s most powerful lawmakers weren’t graduate students or junior analysts from some think tank. No, Space Rogue, Kingpin, Mudge and the others were hackers who had come from the mysterious environs of cyberspace to deliver a terrifying warning to the world.

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The Heritage Foundation

A U.S. Response to Russia’s Military Modernization

Issues:
May 1, 2014

Russia’s military occupation and absorption of Crimea shattered the two decades of post–Cold War peace in Europe. Twenty-two years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is rebuilding its military strength and is once again rising in regional influence. In the military, economic, and political spheres, Russia is preparing to project its power across

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Wired

All Airlines Have the Security Hole That Grounded Polish Planes

Issues:
June 23, 2015

MORE THAN 10 airplanes were grounded on Sunday after hackers apparently got into computer systems responsible for issuing flight plans to pilots of Poland’s state-owned LOT airline. The apparent weak link? The flight plan-delivery protocol used by every airline. In fact, though this may be the first confirmed hack of its kind, it’s very similar

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Military Times

AMERICA’S MILITARY: Readiness ‘on a shoestring’

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December 13, 2014

Washington is overflowing with concern about military readiness. Senior leaders warn that the force is on the brink of a historic crisis. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill point fingers and lay blame for America’s imminent decline. The think tanks churn out reports about the dire impact of budget cuts.

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An American Strategy for Cyberspace: Advancing Freedom, Security, and Prosperity

June 15, 2016

The Internet is an American success story, generating tremendous benefits at home and globally, and helping to advance American values of freedom, security, and prosperity. It has also created challenges, among them its use by authoritarian states to repress political freedoms, by criminals to steal property and commit extortion, and by America’s adversaries and potential adversaries

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Council on Foreign Relations

Armed Clash in the South China Sea

Issues:
April 1, 2012

The risk of conflict in the South China Sea is significant. China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines have competing territorial and jurisdictional claims, particularly over rights to exploit the region’s possibly extensive reserves of oil and gas. Freedom of navigation in the region is also a contentious issue…

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Council on Foreign Relations

China, Space Weapons, and U.S. Security

Issues:
September 1, 2008

China’s successful test of an anti-satellite weapon in 2007, followed by the U.S. destruction earlier this year of an out-of-control U.S. satellite, demonstrated that space may soon no longer remain a relative sanctuary from military conflict…

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The Washington Post

China Suspected in Major Hacking of Health Insurer

Issues:
February 5, 2015

The massive computer breach against Anthem, the nation’s second-largest health insurer, exposes a growing cyberthreat facing health-care companies that experts say are often unprepared for large attacks…

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Wall Street Journal

China to Boost Military Budget by 10.1%

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March 6, 2015

BEIJING—China will raise military spending by 10.1% this year, suggesting that an economic slowdown will have limited impact on modernization plans that include new submarines, aircraft carriers and stealth fighter jets.

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American Enterprise Institute

China’s discomfort in an American world

Issues:
October 30, 2015

If the end of the Cold War provided a temporary reprieve from great-power rivalry, the Sino-American relationship is currently heralding its return. Although strategic competition is not the only dimension of the Sino-American relationship, it is beginning to define it. This turn of events should not surprise Washington. In its short history, the United States

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Washington Post

Chinese ballistic missiles dubbed ‘Guam Killer’ pose increasing threat to U.S. island, report says

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May 13, 2016

While China has long had the ability to strike Guam with long-range nuclear missiles, the Chinese military is expending an increasing amount of resources to hit the key U.S. island with more conventional weapons in the event of a conflict, according to a government report released Tuesday.

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Chinese jets intercept U.S. recon plane, almost colliding over South China Sea

Issues:
May 26, 2016

Two Chinese tactical fighters intercepted a U.S. Navy reconnaissance aircraft over the South China Sea earlier this week, a Pentagon spokeswoman announced Wednesday.

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The National Interest

Confirmed: China Is Building 2nd Aircraft Carrier

Issues:
May 18, 2015

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is building its second aircraft carrier, several senior Chinese military officials have confirmed, a Hong Kong daily is reporting. On Monday, Taiwan Focus News Channel cited the Chinese-language The Hong Kong Commercial Daily in reporting that China has begun work on its second aircraft carrier, which will have a more

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Washington Post

Could hackers take down a city?

August 20, 2015

First the power goes out. It’s not clear what’s gone wrong, but cars are starting to jam the streets — the traffic light are down. And something seems to be going haywire with the subways, too. No one can get to work. And even if they could, what would they do? A cyberattack has driven the city

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Center for Strategic and International Studies

Crowdsourcing Perspectives on Defense Reform

Issues:
May 18, 2016

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act, and interest in defense reform is high around Washington, D.C. The process for developing the 1986 legislative package is well-known for its focus on problem identification. CSIS has a proud role in that history, having housed the Defense Reorganization Project

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Financial Times

Cyber Risks Too Big to Cover, Says Lloyd’s Insurer

February 5, 2015

Cyber attacks now present such a danger to global business that governments should step in to cover the risks, the head of the largest Lloyd’s of London insurer has warned. Speaking a day after yet another large company — Anthem, the US health insurer — disclosed that hackers had breached its systems…

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Atlantic Council

Distract. Deceive. Destroy. Putin at War in Syria.

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April 6, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin has jumped from one foreign policy adventure to the next. In 2014, he ordered the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea. Throughout that year,and on into 2015,he over saw a clandestine war in eastern Ukraine, backing Russian proxies there with weapons, fighters, and entire army units. As that war ground down into stalemate,Putin

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The Wall Street Journal

Europe Curbing Defense Cuts to Counter ‘More Assertive Russia,’ NATO Says

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February 1, 2016

BRUSSELS—Russia’s will to “change borders in the east” has helped reduce defense-spending cuts among the European members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, according to the group’s general secretary.

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New York Times

Ex-Advisers Warn Obama That Iran Nuclear Deal ‘May Fall Short’ of Standards

Issues:
June 25, 2015

Five former members of President Obama’s inner circle of Iran advisers have written an open letter expressing concern that a pending accord to stem Iran’s nuclear program “may fall short of meeting the administration’s own standard of a ‘good’ agreement” and laying out a series of minimum requirements that Iran must agree to in coming

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Reuters

Exclusive – Assad allies, including Iranians, prepare ground attack in Syria: sources

Issues:
October 1, 2015

Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria in the last 10 days and will soon join government forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies in a major ground offensive backed by Russian air strikes, two Lebanese sources told Reuters.

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Reuters

Exclusive: Russia masses heavy firepower on border with Ukraine – witness

Issues:
May 28, 2015

Russia’s army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine, a Reuters reporter saw this week. Many of the vehicles have number plates and identifying marks removed while many of the servicemen had taken insignia off their fatigues.

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FAA Suffered Big Cyberattack

April 3, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration needs time to figure out what it needs from its security operations center in the wake of a recent cyberattack, the agency said. As a result, it’s giving its current SOC contractor SRA International a four month sole-source extension (with the possibility for another three) to give the agency “additional planning

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The Wall Street Journal

Five Chinese Navy Ships Are Operating in Bering Sea off Alaska

Issues:
September 3, 2015

Five Chinese navy ships are currently operating in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska, Pentagon officials said Wednesday, marking the first time the U.S. military has seen them in the area. The officials have been tracking the movements in recent days of three Chinese combat ships, a replenishment vessel and an amphibious landing

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Reuters

Georgia begins U.S.-led military exercise, angering Russia

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May 13, 2016

The Georgian army began two weeks of military exercises with the United States and Britain on Wednesday, drawing an angry response from former Soviet master Russia which called the war games “a provocative step”.

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CNN Money

Government reveals details about energy grid hacks

April 7, 2016

Hackers have stolen sensitive information from American energy companies — and have planted malware in the energy grid with the intent to turn off the lights in the future. They even managed to infect at least three energy companies with Cryptolocker ransomware, a particularly nasty computer virus that locks digital files and demands a ransom payment.

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Atlantic Council

Hiding in Plain Sight: Putin’s War in Ukraine and Boris Nemtsov’s Putin War

Issues:
May 29, 2015

Russia is at war with Ukraine. Russian citizens and soldiers are fighting and dying in a war of their government’s own making. Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to deny Russian involvement in the fighting, but the evidence is overwhelming and indisputable. Drawing upon open source information, Hiding in Plain Sight: Putin’s War in Ukraine provides

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New York Times

How ISIS Expands

Issues:
May 29, 2015

A central goal of the Islamic State is expansion. This week, the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, took over key cities in Iraq and Syria. It aims to build a broad colonial empire across many countries. A year after announcing its expansion goals, it is operating or has cells in more than a

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Foreign Policy

How the United States Can Win the Cyberwar of the Future

December 23, 2015

There is perhaps no national security problem more 21st century in both its definition and form than cybersecurity. And yet to solve it, the ready solution in nearly every U.S. national security conversation today is that tried and true 20th-century framework of deterrence.

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RAND Corporation

Improving Decisionmaking in a Turbulent World

April 6, 2016

In a turbulent and disorderly world, where bandwidth is no longer a technical term relating to radio frequencies but rather a synonym for the limited capacity of decisionmakers to deal with simultaneity, the United States must have a national security decisionmaking system to support its global role.

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New York Times

In Presidential Campaign, It’s Now Terrorism, Not Taxes

Issues:
November 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders dispensed with the threat from the Islamic State in two sentences at the start of the Democratic debate before abruptly pivoting to the dangers of a “rigged economy.” Ben Carson struggled to answer a simple question on Sunday about how he would form a coalition to fight the militant group. And

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RAND Corporation

Increase in Jihadist Threat Calls for New U.S. Strategy to Combat Terrorism

Issues:
June 4, 2014

There is a growing terrorist threat to the United States from a rising number of Salafi-jihadist groups overseas, according to a RAND Corporation study.Since 2010, there has been a 58 percent increase in the number of jihadist groups, a doubling of jihadist fighters and a tripling of attacks by al Qaeda affiliates.

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Wall Street Journal

Intelligence Gap Fuels Extremist Rise in Afghanistan

Issues:
December 23, 2015

KABUL—Fourteen years after the U.S. and its allies routed most al Qaeda militants from Afghanistan, the country is again becoming a haven for extremist groups, the result, in part, of inadequate surveillance of its far-flung territory, Afghan and Western officials say.

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Choosing to Lead

International Terrorism

Issues:
October 21, 2015

The threat posed by al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other terrorist groups with existing or potential global reach is a multi-generational problem for the United States and its allies. It is a problem we have confronted since at least the late 1970s, as Iran sought to spread its Islamic revolution through Shi’a-based terrorist groups like Hizballah and

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The Wall Street Journal

Iran Backs Taliban With Cash and Arms

Issues:
June 12, 2015

KABUL—When Abdullah, a Taliban commander in central Afghanistan, needs more rifles and ammunition, he turns to the same people who pay his $580-a-month salary: his Iranian sponsors.

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Wall Street Journal

Iran Flexes New Clout Beyond Its Borders

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March 6, 2015

BAGHDAD—Not long ago, Qasem Soleimani, head of Iran’s elite troops known as the Quds Force, was one of the spy world’s most covert operators. Now, his smiling face is everywhere: arm-in-arm with Iraqi officials on TV, rubbing shoulders with the militiamen fighting Islamic State across social media, and in public meetings with Iraqi families…  

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New York Times

Iran Is Raising Sophistication and Frequency of Cyberattacks, Study Says

Issues:
April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — In February, a year after the Las Vegas Sands was hit by a devastating cyberattack that ruined many of the computers running its casino and hotel operations, the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., publicly told Congress what seemed obvious: Iranian hackers were behind the attack.

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CBS News

Iran-Saudi Arabia tensions complicate road ahead for U.S.

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January 11, 2016

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran are not only threatening regional stability but also present a challenge for the U.S., as it tries to help resolve other conflicts in the area and gain more traction in the fight against ISIS. After Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite cleric, protesters stormed the Saudi Arabian embassy in

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AIPAC

Iran’s History of Cheating

Issues:
September 9, 2015

Iran’s long history of cheating on its international nuclear commitments raises doubts that it will comply with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). From violations of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), to non-compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions, Iran has repeatedly failed to fulfill its obligations.

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New York Times

Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East?

Issues:
July 28, 2015

There was something about Diyaa that his wife’s brothers didn’t like. He was a tyrant, they said, who, after 14 years of marriage, wouldn’t let their sister, Rana, 31, have her own mobile phone. He isolated her from friends and family, guarding her jealously. Although Diyaa and Rana were both from Qaraqosh, the largest Christian

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Wall Street Journal

Islamic State Solidifies Foothold in Libya to Expand Reach

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May 20, 2015

Islamic State leaders in Syria have sent money, trainers and fighters to Libya in increasing numbers, raising new concerns for the U.S. that the militant group is gaining traction in its attempts to broaden its reach and expand its influence.

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New York Times

Lack of Plan for ISIS Detainees Raises Human Rights Concerns

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May 13, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Islamic State calls them “inghimasi” — zealous foot soldiers who intend to fight to their deaths. And as the American-backed coalition has reclaimed territory from the group in Iraq and Syria, that fervor has kept prisoners from being much of a problem: The shooting only stops when almost every Islamic State fighter

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AirForce Times

Less than half of combat squadrons fully ready for combat

Issues:
February 26, 2015

Less than half of the Air Force’s combat-coded squadrons are fully prepared for combat, top service officials told lawmakers on Wednesday. “While the specific numbers are classified, I’ll tell you the overall combat capability of our combat coded squadrons in the Air Force is still below 50 percent, so fewer than 50 percent of them

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Washington Times

Libya Does Not Have to Be the Next Afghanistan

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February 12, 2015

Libya may no longer be front-page news, but it should be. Late last month, rebels seized the Benghazi branch of the Central Bank of Libya. Gunmen kidnapped the internationally recognized deputy foreign minister right before U.N. talks between the factions were to begin.

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RAND Corporation

Limiting Regret: Building the Army We Will Need

Issues:
October 14, 2015

This report makes three essential points: The world has changed following the foundational defense planning in the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review; emerging and growing threats increase the likelihood that U.S. commitments in key regions will be challenged; and planned cuts to the U.S. Army will result in too few ground forces to satisfy declared commitments.

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The Jamestown Foundation

Moscow’s Pressure on Belarus Increasingly Counterproductive

Issues:
April 16, 2015

Moscow’s increasing pressure on Minsk to hew the pro-Russia line is proving to be counterproductive in three ways: First, it has prompted President Alyaksandr Lukashenka to take on even more independent positions—and owing to what Vladimir Putin is doing, he is not the “last dictator in Europe” any more. Second, Russian pressure is radicalizing national

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CNN

North Korea Flaunts its ‘Cutting-Edge’ Missiles

Issues:
February 9, 2015

North Korea tested what it described as a new type of “cutting-edge” anti-ship missile with its leader Kim Jong Un pictured beaming at the launch, as shown in state media on Saturday.But some analysts are saying North Korea’s touted missiles appear to be Russian designs.

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Bloomberg Business

Now at the Sands Casino: An Iranian Hacker in Every Server

February 27, 2015

Physically, Adelson and Sands are well protected. He appears in public with a phalanx of armed bodyguards, said to be former agents of the U.S. Secret Service and Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency. Sands paid almost $3.3 million to protect Adelson and his family last year, according to a company filing. That’s on top of what

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The Hill

NSA chief wants action on stalled cyber bills

May 14, 2015

Passing legislation to increase the public-private exchange of data on hackers is one of the most important ways Congress can help the country thwart cyberattacks, National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers said on Monday. “One of the greatest things I think Congress can do here is to create a legal framework that enhances this

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The Hill

Obama Calls Out China for Cyber Espionage

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February 6, 2015

President Obama’s new National Security Strategy calls out China for hacking the U.S. private sector and says the government will defend private networks against the Asian power’s intrusions. “On cybersecurity, we will take necessary actions to protect our businesses and defend our networks against cyber-theft of trade secrets for commercial gain whether by private actors

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Washington Post

Obama’s Iran deal falls far short of his own goals

Issues:
April 3, 2015

THE “KEY parameters” for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program released Thursday fall well short of the goals originally set by the Obama administration. None of Iran’s nuclear facilities — including the Fordow center buried under a mountain — will be closed. Not one of the country’s 19,000 centrifuges will be dismantled. Tehran’s existing stockpile

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Hudson Institute

Obama’s Secret Iran Strategy

Issues:
February 2, 2015

President Barack Obama wishes the Islamic Republic of Iran every success. Its leaders, he explained in a recent interview, stand at a crossroads. They can choose to press ahead with their nuclear program, thereby continuing to flout the will of the international community and further isolate their country; or they can accept limitations on their

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One Year After the Iran Nuclear Deal

Issues:
April 4, 2016

Saturday marked one year since the framework agreement for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—the nuclear deal with Iran—was announced. At the time, President Obama said this agreement would make “the world safer.” And perhaps it has, but only in the short term and only when it comes to Iran’s nuclear-weapons proliferation. Read the full

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New York Times

Paris Bloodshed May Be the Latest of Many ISIS Attacks Around the World

Issues:
November 16, 2015

If investigators determine that the Islamic State is responsible for the catastrophic attacks in Paris, as the group claims and France alleges, the assaults represent a major leap in the group’s abilities.  

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The New York Times

Putin Flexes Diplomatic Muscle on Iran

Issues:
July 17, 2015

MOSCOW — For a man often portrayed in the West as the swaggering bully leader of a renegade state, in need of containment and isolation, President Vladimir V. Putin has spent the last few days asserting himself at the center of international diplomacy — even receiving surprising credit from President Obama for his help in

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The Washington Post

Report: Russian sub activity returns to Cold War levels

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February 4, 2016

The Russian submarine fleet has returned to the North Atlantic with such gusto that NATO sub commanders are reporting “more activity from Russian submarines than we’ve seen since the days of the Cold War,” according to a top NATO admiral.

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CNN

Report: U.S. aircraft carriers could become ineffective

Issues:
October 2, 2015

(CNN) Calling the U.S. aircraft carrier the “backbone” of America’s global military presence, the Navy’s top brass highlighted the risks of failing to maintain a big enough fleet during testimony before the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday.

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New York Times

Russian Ships Near Data Cables Are Too Close for U.S. Comfort

Issues:
October 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the vital undersea cables that carry almost all global Internet communications, raising concerns among some American military and intelligence officials that the Russians might be planning to attack those lines in times of tension or conflict.

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Wall Street Journal

Russia’s Next Target

Issues:
April 14, 2015

Russian forces on Thursday conducted a drill near Moldova, the small, Kremlin-menaced nation wedged between Ukraine and Romania. According to Russian news agencies, 400 Russian troops participated in exercises in Transnistria, a breakaway territory of Moldova populated by ethnic Russians. They fired 100,000 rounds of ammunition.

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Washington Post

See China’s rapid island-building strategy in action

Issues:
July 1, 2015

New images taken just this week show China building what look like military bases on reclaimed land in the South China Sea, a development likely to add to concerns in the United States and among its Asian neighbors. China said on Tuesday that land reclamation had now finished on “some islands” in the South China

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The Washington Post

Space warfare with Russia and China? Pentagon urged to prepare for it

February 1, 2016

Picture this: A Chinese fighter jet accidentally crashes into a Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane while attempting to buzz it over the South China Sea, killing all on board both aircraft. Fearing U.S. retaliation, China goes a relatively unexpected route: It uses surface-to-air missiles to shoot numerous U.S. satellites out of the heavens in quick

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Reuters

Syria, Iraq a ‘finishing school’ for foreign fighters: U.N. report

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April 7, 2015

More than 25,000 foreign fighters from some 100 countries are linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, with Syria and Iraq comprising a “veritable international finishing school for extremists,” United Nations experts reported to the U.N. Security Council. The experts, who monitor al Qaeda sanctions violations, said in a report seen by Reuters that along

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NBC News

Taliban Control of Afghanistan Highest Since U.S. Invasion

Issues:
February 1, 2016

America’s 14-year project to defeat the Taliban and build a stable Afghanistan is teetering on the brink of failure, according to a sobering report Friday by a government watchdog.

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The Wall Street Journal

Tehran’s Nuclear Triumph

Issues:
July 15, 2015

President Obama was right on Tuesday to hail his nuclear agreement with Iran as historic, though not because of his claim that it will “prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” The agreement all but guarantees that Tehran will eventually become a nuclear power, while limiting the ability of a future President to prevent it.

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Washington Post

Terrorists were a lot more active last year. Here is how much and why.

Issues:
June 23, 2015

Terrorist attacks around the world soared last year, driven by extremist groups in the Middle East and Africa, according to a State Department report released Friday.

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New York Times

The Agency

Issues:
June 5, 2015

From a nondescript office building in St. Petersburg, Russia, an army of well-paid “trolls” has tried to wreak havoc all around the Internet — and in real-life American communities.

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CBS News

The Battle Above

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May 4, 2015

The following is a script from “The Battle Above” which aired on April 26, 2015. David Martin is the correspondent. Andy Court, producer. Without most of us noticing, our everyday activities — everything from getting cash at an ATM to watching this program — depend on satellites in space. And for the U.S. military, it’s

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American Enterprise Institute

The case for American leadership in global affairs

Issues:
November 20, 2015

Join AEI as former Senators Jon Kyl and Joseph Lieberman lead a panel discussion with six of the report’s contributors on American leadership in international affairs. A second panel will discuss how each presidential candidate envisions America’s future role in the world.

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RAND Corporation

The Defender’s Dilemma: Charting a Course Toward Cybersecurity

June 23, 2015

Cybersecurity is a constant, and, by all accounts growing, challenge. Although software products are gradually becoming more secure and novel approaches to cybersecurity are being developed, hackers are becoming more adept, their tools are better, and their markets are flourishing. The rising tide of network intrusions has focused organizations’ attention on how to protect themselves

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Slate

The Easy Days Are Over

Issues:
November 16, 2015

If you’re an 18-year-old American, you were 3 or 4 when al-Qaida hit the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. You haven’t seen a major terrorist strike in your country since then. Maybe you heard about the attacks in Madrid in 2004, London in 2005, or Mumbai in 2008. But aside from the occasional lone-wolf

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60 Minutes

The Encryption Debate

March 14, 2016

The argument over encryption between Apple and the FBI reminds us that the world is facing a far more tech-savvy terror threat. While not that long ago al Qaeda often handled its communications by going back to the Stone Age relying on mules and couriers, the Islamic State, or ISIS, proved it can be done

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The Washington Post

The flow of jihadists into Syria dries up as Turkey cracks down on the border

Issues:
August 3, 2015

KARKAMIS, Turkey — For years, Turkey’s porous border with Syria provided a lifeline for the Islamic State, allowing the group to ferry weapons and fighters to a war zone where it was building its brutal “caliphate.” But that is now changing.

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The Washington Post

The Islamic State’s suspected inroads into America

November 17, 2015

U.S. authorities have charged 66 men and women around the country with alleged Islamic State activities. Men outnumber women in those cases by about 5 to 1. The average age of the individuals — some have been charged, others have been convicted — is 25. One is a minor. The FBI says that, in a

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The National Military Strategy of the United States of America 2015

Issues:
July 2, 2015

Today’s global security environment is the most unpredictable I have seen in 40 years of service. Since the last National Military Strategy was published in 2011, global disorder has significantly increased while some of our comparative military advantage has begun to erode.

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The Washington Post

The ‘new’ type of war that finally has the Pentagon’s attention

Issues:
July 8, 2015

The Pentagon is increasingly concerned about how to combat “hybrid warfare,” the combination of stealth invasion, local proxy forces and international propaganda that Russia used to annex Crimea and destabilize eastern Ukraine, U.S. officials said.

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Politico

The Secret U.S. Army Study That Targets Moscow

Issues:
April 15, 2016

Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster has a shaved head and gung-ho manner that only add to his reputation as the U.S. Army’s leading warrior-intellectual, one who often quotes famed Prussian general and military theorist Carl Von Clausewitz. A decade ago, McMaster fought a pitched battle inside the Pentagon for a new concept of warfare to address

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CNN

Top intelligence official: ISIS to attempt U.S. attacks this year

February 10, 2016

Washington (CNN)Top U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that ISIS was likely to attempt direct attacks on the U.S. in the coming year and that the group was infiltrating refugees escaping from Iraq and Syria to move across borders.

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Reuters

U.S. activates Romanian missile defense site, angering Russia

Issues:
May 13, 2016

The United States switched on an $800 million missile shield in Romania on Thursday that it sees as vital to defend itself and Europe from so-called rogue states but the Kremlin says is aimed at blunting its own nuclear arsenal.

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New York Times

U.S. Tech Giants May Blur National Security Boundaries in China Deals

Issues:
October 2, 2015

HONG KONG — One Chinese technology company receives crucial technical guidance from a former People’s Liberation Army rear admiral. Another company developed the electronics on China’s first atomic bomb. A third sells technology to China’s air-to-air missile research academy.

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New York Times

U.S. Tech Giants May Blur National Security Boundaries in China Deals

Issues:
November 4, 2015

HONG KONG — One Chinese technology company receives crucial technical guidance from a former People’s Liberation Army rear admiral. Another company developed the electronics on China’s first atomic bomb. A third sells technology to China’s air-to-air missile research academy. Their ties to the Chinese military run deep, and they all have something else in common:

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CNN

US military prepares for the next frontier: Space war

November 29, 2016

Since man first explored space, it has been a largely peaceful environment. But now US adversaries are deploying weapons beyond Earth’s atmosphere, leading the US military to prepare for the frightening prospect of war in space.

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The Hoover Institution

Using Military Force Against ISIS

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March 6, 2015

Confronting the malignant and growing threat created by the so-called Islamic State requires us to address the unique aspects of this enemy, keeping hold of our guiding political principles while constructing a framework that will bring success in forming the international coalition needed to defeat this threat. A strong “Authorization to Use Military Force” (AUMF),

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The Atlantic

What ISIS Really Wants

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February 1, 2015

What is the Islamic State? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States

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AEI

What the Iran deal buys

Issues:
September 9, 2015

Sanctions relief will inject at least a $100 billion cash windfall into Iran’s ailing economy. Here is how it could be spent, according to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s own five-year plan.

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Bloomberg

Whatever North Korea Tested, Its Nuclear Ambitions Remain Clear

Issues:
January 10, 2016

North Korea is the only country known to have conducted a nuclear test this century. While defense experts are skeptical of Pyongyang’s claim that it detonated a hydrogen bomb on Jan. 6, they agree the latest test still advances its ambition to mount a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile. Here’s a look at why joining

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Hudson Institute

Why the White House Is Getting Lonelier on Iran

Issues:
February 7, 2015

Suddenly, we seem to be having the conversation the administration didn’t want to have: a conversation about just where President Obama’s approach to Iran is taking us. A Washington Post editorial has put the issue on the agenda in a way that it will be hard for the spinners and Iran-apologists to dance past, and

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Washington Post

With a series of major hacks, China builds a database on Americans

Issues:
June 5, 2015

China is building massive databases of Americans’ personal information by hacking government agencies and U.S. health care companies, using a high-tech tactic to achieve an age-old goal of espionage: recruiting spies or gaining more information on an adversary, U.S. officials and analysts say.  

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Wall Street Journal

Would New Borders Mean Less Conflict in the Middle East?

Issues:
April 14, 2015

Shortly after the end of World War I, the French and British prime ministers took a break from the hard business of redrawing the map of Europe to discuss the easier matter of where frontiers would run in the newly conquered Middle East. Two years earlier, in 1916, the two allies had agreed on their

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RAND Corporation

Yes, Russia’s Military Is Getting More Aggressive

Issues:
December 1, 2014

On Dec. 12, a Russian military jet came dangerously close to a Scandinavian Airlines passenger plane in international airspace near southern Sweden. Reportedly, the Russian aircraft was flying without its transponder active when the Swedish military detected it. The Swedes notified civilian air traffic control, which then diverted the civilian jet. A collision was avoided.

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