05 Jul 2019

NATO Considers Missile Defense Upgrade, Risking Further Tensions With Russia

NATO is considering to upgrade its missile defense capabilities in order to defend against Russian intermediate-range nuclear missiles that were banned under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that is set to be dissolved in August unless the US and Russia reverse their decision to abandon the agreement. In

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03 Jul 2019

Report: Pentagon Should Assume US Satellites Are Already Hacked

New research by London-based think tank Chatham House warns that NATO forces need to step up efforts to protect their space infrastructure from cyberattacks by Russia, China and other adversaries. Space-based systems are an increasingly important part of defense strategies, due to their role in guiding weapons, intelligence gathering, and

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14 Jun 2019

Turkey says would retaliate against U.S. sanctions over Russian S-400s

Turkey on Friday warned that the country will “take reciprocal steps” if the US government “takes any negative actions towards” the country over its purchase of Russian S-400 missile-defense systems. The US has been urging Turkey for months not to go through with the purchase, which it considers a security

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24 May 2019

NATO Warns Russia of ‘Full Range’ of Responses to Cyberattack

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday warned adversaries that the alliance “can and will use the full range of capabilities at our disposal” to respond to cyberattacks. This week, elections for the European Parliament are held in all EU member states, which has European governments worried about Russian hacking and

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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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