04 Mar 2019

‘We Are Not Winning’ Counterterror War in Sahel, US Military Leader in Africa Says

Last week, 2,000 Western and African troops arrived in Burkina Faso for Flintlock, a large-scale annual US-led military exercise held in the African Sahel region. This year, the exercise is organized in Burkina Faso. Despite the cooperation of troops from Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Niger and Mauritania as part of

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01 Mar 2019

African Allies Grapple With Rise in Terrorist Attacks as U.S. Pulls Back

US President Trump’s aim to limit the involvement of US troops in foreign wars will not just affect Syria and, depending on the outcome of the ongoing US-Taliban peace negotiations, Afghanistan. Africa is already impacted, as the US Department of Defense (DoD) is withdrawing one-fourth of its forces in the

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22 Feb 2019

The U.S. Sent Its Most Advanced Fighter Jets to Blow Up Cheap Opium Labs. Now It’s Canceling the Program

The US has quietly ceased operation Iron Tempest, which was launched in late 2017 in order to deal a devastating blow to the Taliban’s drug empire in Afghanistan. As part of the program, US and Afghan war planes launched over 200 airstrikes on facilities and networks used by the Taliban for

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28 Jan 2019

The Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Is Falling Behind

The latest annual report by the U.S. Defense Department’s test and evaluation office warns that while the cyberdefense capabilities of the U.S. military are advancing, “the rate of these improvements is not outpacing the growing capabilities of potential adversaries who continue to find new vulnerabilities and techniques to counter fixes.” In

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12 Nov 2018

After missing recruitment targets, U.S. Army creating video game teams to compete in competitive egaming tournaments

The Army missed its fiscal year recruitment target for the first time since 2005 and is currently working to enlist over 500,000 new recruits over the next four years. Low unemployment and high rates of ineligibility (mostly due to poor physical fitness and drug use) have made recruitment difficult. Traditional

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17 Oct 2018

Nearly half of US active-duty troops fear a new war within the next year

“Nearly half of all current military troops believe the United States will be drawn into a major war soon, a jarring rise in anxiety among service members worried about global instability in general and Russia and China in particular, according to a new Military Times poll of active-duty troops. About

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04 Oct 2018

The Heritage Foundation’s 2019 Assessment of Military Strength

Touted as the only non-governmental assessment of military strength, The Heritage Foundation think tank has released its 2019 index. Tracking a wide variety of sectors and areas ranging from assessments of the “global operating environment,” “threats to U.S. vital interests,” and “U.S. military power” with further breakdowns by categories such

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20 Sep 2018

Putin says Russia perfected weapons based on Syria campaign

A major power has not fought a major war against another major power for decades. And while this longstanding “great power peace” has been accompanied by measureless benefits (avoiding nuclear war, etc.), one challenge is that new weapons remain largely untested on the battlefield. With the rapid technological advancements of

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19 Sep 2018

Russia backs off threats after US Marine Corps show of force in Syria

In early September, Russia threatened operations or precision strikes within the deconfliction zone, home to deployed US soldiers, after accusing the US-led coalition there of harboring terrorists. Responding to these threats, the US carried out a large show-of-force exercise. Since these exercises, there has been no further threats or contact

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13 Sep 2018

Air Force chief lays out future fight against peer-level adversaries

Referencing a classic story of the American Revolutionary War, the Air Force Chief of Staff asked “One, if by land, two, if by sea, three, if by air, four, if by space, five, if by cyber…How many lanterns does our adversary have to purchase if we can use all the

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