28 Sep 2018

Iranian Oil Tankers Switch off GPS Trackers as Sanctions Approach

“Iran’s oil tankers are starting to disappear from global satellite tracking systems with just under six weeks to go until U.S. sanctions are due to hit the country’s exports, making it harder to keep track of the nation’s sales. No signals have been received by shore stations or satellites from

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26 Sep 2018

Arab Gulf states in the Horn of Africa: What role do they play?

The recent Ethiopia-Eritrea peace agreement was not signed in either country, but in Saudi Arabia. Although not included in the typical “Middle East and North Africa” (MENA) grouping, the horn of Africa is separated by the Arab Gulf only by the thin Red Sea, 220 miles across at its widest

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26 Sep 2018

US spends $81 billion a year to protect oil supplies, report estimates

According to a recent Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) report, the U.S. spends around $81 billion per year in protecting the movement of oil supplies around the world, which it calls a “very conservative” estimate that does not include the full cost of oil-related military operations. The estimate argues that

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25 Sep 2018

Pirates kidnap 12 crew members from Swiss vessel in Nigerian waters

“Pirates kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss merchant vessel on Saturday in Nigerian waters, the ship’s operator said in a statement,” highlighting the ongoing threat of piracy in the area. While piracy off of the horn of Africa has largely been eradicated through successful policing and responses, piracy and

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21 Sep 2018

UK, France scramble fighter jets to Russia nuclear bombers by Scotland

Two Russian nuclear bombers approached the Scottish coast on Thursday, prompting the UK and France to scramble fighter jets in what the UK Defense Minister has called “a military challenge” and an “act of aggression.” The two bombers were unresponsive to air control and only changed course when confronted by

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17 Sep 2018

Russia holds naval drills in Sea of Japan, despite Tokyo’s concern

“Russian troops taking part in the country’s largest-ever war games on Saturday held drills in the Sea of Japan, despite Tokyo’s concerns about a Russian military buildup in the area. The exercises were part of the Vostok-18, or East-18, war games that kicked off in eastern Russia on September 11

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13 Sep 2018

European Commission Proposes Independent EU Coast Guard

The outgoing European Commission President has shared plans for the establishment of a revamped European Border and Coast Guard Service with greater responsibilities, authority, and personnel numbers. The plan seeks to increase the number of personnel to a standing force of 10,000 and give the body greater jurisdiction in the

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10 Sep 2018

How a potential Chinese-built airport in Greenland could be risky for a vital US Air Force base

Greenland’s geography makes it heavily reliant on air transport, but a recent project to build three additional airports in the country have raised questions about China’s influence there and across Europe, North America, and the Arctic. The problem in this instance was the naming of a company owned by the

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31 Aug 2018

Rubio: China close to ‘destroying our alliances’ in Pacific

“China is in the process of ‘destroying our alliances’ on the Pacific Rim, a prominent Republican lawmaker warned Wednesday. ‘They are on the verge of achieving their goal of destroying our alliances in the Indo-Pacific by making keeping our defense commitments too costly to keep,’ Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tweeted

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29 Aug 2018

With Ships and Missiles, China Is Ready to Challenge U.S. Navy in Pacific

“A modernization program focused on naval and missile forces has shifted the balance of power in the Pacific in ways the United States and its allies are only beginning to digest. While China lags in projecting firepower on a global scale, it can now challenge American military supremacy in the

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