29 Aug 2018

Russia deploys military ships to Syria armed with Kalibr cruise missiles

“The Russian military is deploying a flotilla of at least 10 ships to the Syrian coast, the Izvestia newspaper reported Tuesday, citing unidentified Defense Ministry sources. The grouping was reported as Russia’s most powerful to deploy to Syria since Moscow began its intervention in the conflict there nearly two years

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27 Aug 2018

Russia is apparently putting assault rifles on underwater drones

“A Russian state-owned arms maker reportedly unveiled the world’s first underwater drone armed with an assault rifle that’s designed to defend naval bases from enemy divers and assault teams. ‘The drone is fitted with an underwater assault rifle. It has undergone sea trials,’ Rostec, the company behind the drone’s development,

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24 Aug 2018

Russia defends sending warships through English Channel

“Russian ships sailing through the English Channel pose no threat to the United Kingdom, according to Russia’s diplomatic corps. ‘The Russian naval ships act under international law and strictly observe the operating laws for the passing of military ships through the English Channel; they do not pose any threat to

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24 Aug 2018

UK lawmakers urge investment in Arctic capabilities

The House of Commons Defense Committee has called upon UK ministers to be “extremely wary” of Russia’s military intentions and capabilities in the Arctic region, and to expand the country’s own arctic military capabilities. The report highlights the “tenfold increase in Russian submarine activity in the North Atlantic” that is

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23 Aug 2018

Duterte points new war threat at China

Citing Chinese exploitation of resources in areas of the South China Sea claimed by the Philippines, Philippine President Duterte  threatened war with China. “If you monopolize [the oil], there will be trouble…that’s where we’re going to have differences. That’s where you’ll see [Interior Secretary Eduardo] Ano bring a machete there

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17 Aug 2018

DOD: Chinese bombers likely training for strikes against US targets

The Pentagon has indicated that China may be training for strikes against U.S. targets as its bombers continue to increase their activity and range. The increase in this area is likely part of China’s efforts to communicate their improved capabilities and regional intentions. The DOD reported to Congress that the

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13 Aug 2018

Don’t Let China Snag Another Foreign Port, Senators Warn

“A bipartisan group of senators is calling on the Trump administration to counter China’s economic expansion as the lawmakers fear that Beijing plans to leverage its foreign investments and lending for infrastructure projects into strategic military footholds. Georgia Republican David Perdue, along with 15 other senators, raised the issue in

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13 Aug 2018

Russia, Iran and other states agree on Caspian Sea access

Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan have resolved a disagreement that lasted since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The countries reached a decision on the status of the Caspian Sea, giving it a special status that mixes legal parameters for both sea and lake regulations. The agreement, which Putin

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08 Aug 2018

US Navy’s Top Admiral Cites Increased Threat in Atlantic

“Chinese military vessels are now operating in the Northern Atlantic, and Russian submarines are prowling those same waters at a pace not seen since the end of the Cold War, the Navy’s top admiral told VOA in an exclusive interview. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said China’s military

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03 Aug 2018

Court ruling could block China from key US military port in Africa

A court ruling could prevent Chinese access from a Djibouti port that provides access to Camp Lemonnier, home to most of the 6,500 U.S. troops in Africa. The Djiboutian govern seized the port in February from its commercial owner, and the country would likely have opened access to China, to

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