06 May 2019

How to Win America’s Next War

In the face of growing threats from China and Russia, the US can no longer take its military superiority for granted according to Elbridge Colby, the Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. In fact, Colby believes that if the US military doesn’t undergo

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24 Apr 2019

NATO, Afghan forces kill more civilians than Taliban

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has released a new report[pdf] showing that in the first quarter of 2019, NATO and pro-government troops in Afghanistan were responsible for more civilian deaths than Taliban fighters. While pro-government forces killed 305 civilians, the Taliban and other insurgent groups killed 227.

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10 Apr 2019

Turkey will look elsewhere if U.S. won’t sell Patriots, F-35s: minister

Despite US pressure, Turkey is not changing its mind on its decision to purchase Russian S-400 missile-defense systems. The US has put its planned sale of US F-35 fighter jets to Turkey on hold because it fear that the use of a Russian missile-defense system by Turkey, a NATO ally,

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09 Apr 2019

NATO launches cyber-defense drill simulating elections under attack

On Tuesday, NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is launching Locked Shields 2019, a massive four-day defense exercise held in Estonia in which over 1,000 cybersecurity experts will be defending a fictional country from highly disruptive cyberattacks on critical infrastructure while elections are taking place. In addition to NATO’s

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05 Apr 2019

Pompeo urges NATO allies to adapt to new China, Russia threats

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said that NATO needs to change its focus in order to “confront emerging threats” including “Russian aggression, uncontrolled migration, cyberattacks, threats to energy security, Chinese strategic competition” and other issues. He specifically mentioned 5G technology in relation to the Chinese threat.

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04 Apr 2019

NATO chief warns of ‘more assertive Russia’ in US Congress speech

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday told members of Congress that the threat of “a more assertive Russia” requires members of the alliance to “overcome our differences now because we will need our alliance even more in the future,” adding that “[w]e face unprecedented challenges – challenges no one nation

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03 Apr 2019

With Trump, NATO Chief Tries to Navigate Spending Minefields

On Tuesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with US President Trump in order to celebrate the alliance’s 70th anniversary and to discuss important issues like Russia and Trump’s insistence that NATO allies spend at least 2% of their GDP on defense. During the meeting, Trump stated that he believes that

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03 Apr 2019

NATO at 70: Where next?

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was established on 4 April 1949, which means that the military alliance is turning 70 this week. For this occasion, POLITICO has asked various experts to project how NATO will evolve in the next 10 years. According to James Stavridis, NATO’s former Supreme Allied Commander

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21 Mar 2019

Trump Wants NATO’s Eyes on China

According to US and European officials, the Trump Administration wants NATO to start focusing on threats coming from China, even though the alliance was primarily designed to deter Russia. Under President Trump, the US has started to prioritize China as a major threat over other threats like Islamic terrorism. In

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21 Mar 2019

U.S. may soon pause preparations for delivering F-35s to Turkey

US officials believe the US may soon put its planned sale of US F-35 fighter jets to Turkey on hold over Turkey’s recent decision to purchase Russian S-400 missile-defense systems despite US warnings. The US is concerned that the use of a Russian missile-defense system by Turkey, a NATO ally,

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