22 Feb 2019

Key elements of the new National Strategy for Aviation Security

This week the Trump Administration released the new National Strategy for Aviation Security (NSAS) that replaces the previous strategy from 2007. While the 2007 document mainly focused on physical threats from terrorists, criminals and hostile countries, the new NSAS acknowledges the proliferation of “disruptive technologies” that have resulted in new

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22 Feb 2019

Putin to U.S.: I’m ready for another Cuban Missile-style crisis if you want one

Russian President Vladimir Putin has specified his recent threat to target missiles at the US, stating to Russian media: “(We’re talking about) naval delivery vehicles: submarines or surface ships. And we can put them, given the speed and range (of our missiles)… in neutral waters. Plus they are not stationary,

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22 Feb 2019

US says 200 troops to remain in Syria after forces’ withdrawal

Instead of a complete withdrawal of US forces from Syria, as US President Donald Trump initially wanted, government spokeswoman Sarah Sanders has stated that “[a] small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time.” The announcement followed a phone call between Trump and Turkish President Recep

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22 Feb 2019

North Korean Sanctions Will Not Be Lifted Until Nuclear Risks Are ‘Substantially Reduced,’ Pompeo Says

Recent statements by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seem to indicate that the Trump administration may be willing to lift sanctions on North Korea before the country has achieved full denuclearization. With the US-North Korea nuclear summit only days away, Pompeo said that the US government will ultimately want North Korea to

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21 Feb 2019

Putin Threatens To Target U.S. With Missiles In State-Of-Nation Speech

One Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused US policymakers of being “obsessed with U.S. exceptionalism,” adding that they should “count the speed and the range of the weapons systems we are developing [in Russia].” The threatening statement followed claims by the Russian president that the United States abandoned the 1987 Intermediate-Range

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20 Feb 2019

China Has Abandoned a Cybersecurity Truce With the U.S., Report Says

American cybersecurity technology company Crowdstrike has released a report showing that China is no longer adhering to a 2015 agreement between the US and China to stop targeting each other in hacking operations. According to the research, Chinese hackers gradually commenced going after US targets in 2017 and by 2018 the

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20 Feb 2019

The race to 5G wireless tech is on. A report finds Americans have an early lead

According to a new report by Cisco, the US has taken the lead in its race with China to become the global leader in 5G wireless networking. Cisco projects that 5G networking will account for 9% of North American mobile data connections by 2022, while 5G will only cover 4% of

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20 Feb 2019

House launches probe of US nuclear plan in Saudi Arabia

A report by the Oversight Committee of the US House of Representatives claims that the Trump administration has actively sought to transfer sensitive nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia. The report, which is largely based on testimonies from whistleblowers, states that “within the US, strong private commercial interests have been pressing aggressively for

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20 Feb 2019

South Korea Proposes Joint Economic Projects to Prod North to Denuclearize

In a Tuesday phone call with US president Trump, South Korean president Moon Jae-in proposed that the two countries work together to offer North Korea an incentive for denuclearization in the form of cross-border economic projects in North and South Korea. After the call, Trump stated that he would “like to see ultimately denuclearization

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19 Feb 2019

The Internet, Divided Between the U.S. and China, Has Become a Battleground

The US and China are fiercely competing to become the global champion of 5G, the new generation of incredibly fast mobile technology. This battle is bound to have major repercussions for the future of the Internet. Right now, it is already difficult to speak of one uniform Internet, due to

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