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Q&A: Deputy Commander of the War on ISIS

September 29, 2017 Iraqi security forces are currently conducting two separate, simultaneous offensives against the Islamic State group, in Hawija, just south of Mosul; and the middle Euphrates River valley, on the western border with Syria. At the same time, Iraq’s Kurdistan is in the middle of an independence referendum which could significantly...

Three-star takes over Puerto Rican relief; US might intercept a N. Korean missile over Russia; As ISIS uses fewer drones, US Marines are 3D-printing their own; and just a bit more...

September 29, 2017 Spotlight on Puerto Rico. Thursday began with a one-star U.S. Army general headed to Puerto Rico...and finished with a three-star as “Lawmakers and local officials alike called on President Trump to place the military in charge and to send more troops, aircraft and ships,” The New York Times reports. The...

Mattis: Russia, Iran arming Taliban; More missile-defense money; How much do you pay for war?; 3 questions about America’s next missile sub; and just a bit more...

September 28, 2017 SecDef Mattis says Russia and Iran are arming the Taliban in Afghanistan, The Wall Street Journal reported traveling with Mattis to Kabul on Wednesday. Mattis: “Those two countries have suffered losses to terrorism, so I think it would be extremely unwise if they think they can somehow support terrorism in...

3 Questions: America’s Next Nuclear-Missile Submarine

September 27, 2017 The United States military has four kinds of submarines. Only one is nuclear-armed. The ballistic missile submarines currently slipping about under the ocean have about 10 years of life left. One by one, each will need to be replaced. But with what, and at what cost? That's what we're going...

Mattis, mortars hit Kabul airport; DPRK asks GOP to explain POTUS; China offers robot ship for export; US military building a giant nervous system; and just a bit more...

September 27, 2017 SecDef Mattis is wheels down in Kabul — and just a short time before rockets and mortars came raining down on the airport where he arrived. Reuters: “Arriving from India, where he sought support for the U.S. administration’s new South Asia security plan, Mattis said the United States was determined...

Pyongyang threatens US aircraft; McMaster speaks up; Region braces as Kurds approve independence; Troops help in Puerto Rico; and just a bit more...

September 26, 2017 North Korea’s anti-aircraft threat. Pyongyang’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho “threatened on Monday to shoot down American warplanes even if they were not in the country’s airspace,” the New York Times reports, the latest development in the months-long war of words between 71-year-old President Donald Trump and 33-year-old North Korean dictator...

New show of force near North Korea; US strikes ISIS camp in Libya; Russian sub fires cruise missiles into Syria; Kurds vote on independence today; and just a bit more...

September 25, 2017 “Unprecedented” show of force near North Korea. On Saturday, U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers escorted by F-15C fighter jets flew closer to the North Korean border than any similar U.S. mission this century, the Associated Press reported. Other reasons why it’s noteworthy: it was flown at night, without allied accompaniment,...

Trump wants to expand anti-terror war; Missile threats and news from US, NK, Iran; Drones that see in the dark; EU cyber wargame gets hard fast; and just a bit more...

September 22, 2017 President Trump wants more “drone strikes and commando raids outside conventional battlefields,” The New York Times reported Thursday, citing “officials familiar with internal deliberations.” The changes could expand where American special forces conduct their shadow wars into “countries where Islamic militants are active but the United States has not previously...

ISIS collapsing in Iraq; Russia warns US forces in Syria; Iranians may have hacked US aerospace firms; Medic to get Medal of Honor; and just a bit more...

September 21, 2017 ISIS is collapsing “faster than anyone expected,” Brig. Gen. Andrew Croft, deputy commander of the US-led mission against ISIS, told BuzzFeed News in a fairly breezy overview of where things stand in Iraq and, less so, in Syria. More here. Russia said it would strike American special operators in Syria...

Trump’s fiery UN speech; US warships will use anti-collision beacons; ‘Last ISIS stronghold in Iraq’; Israel downs ‘Iranian-made’ UAV; and just a bit more...

September 20, 2017 President Trump talks sovereignty over collective security — at the collective security organization known as the UN, Defense One’s Kevin Baron writes. “I will always put America first, just like you, the leaders of your countries, should put your countries first,” Trump said. On Iran, he ripped the nuclear deal,...