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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,...

Russia-China launch wargames; US show of force over Korea; Trump at the UN; US forces regroup in Syria; and just a bit more...

September 19, 2017 Eight days of Russia-China wargaming has begun in the North Pacific, The Wall Street Journal reports. Location: “between Peter the Great Bay, near Vladivostok, and the southern part of the Sea of Okhotsk, to the north of Japan,” Reuters reports. They’re also taking place “for the first time in the...

Trump preps for UN speech; Syrian troops advance on ISIS stronghold; Iran pumps up media ops; DARPA seeks specialized chips for AI; and just a bit more...

September 18, 2017 This week: President Trump heads to the United Nations. President Donald Trump makes his first appearance before the international assembly in a speaking role on Tuesday in New York. Clouding that appearance: North Korea’s Friday missile launch over Japan. On the Sunday talkshows, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley...

The scene at STRATCOM as NK missile overflies Japan; Bomb blast in London; Mattis heads to Mexico; Navy sends cyber investigators to damaged warship; and just a bit more...

September 15, 2017 For the second time in a month, North Korea launched a missile over Japan early this morning. And “In a rare move,” The Wall Street Journal reports, “South Korea responded to the launch by immediately conducting a simulated strike of the North Korean launch site, an air base near Pyongyang.”...

Future Navy Accident Investigations Will Look for Cyber Attacks

September 15, 2017 Rampant internet speculation aside, there’s no evidence yet that any hostile electronic breach led to recent U.S. Navy mishaps, according to the admiral who leads the service’s cyber operations. In fact, it was mostly to put such speculation to rest that Vice Adm. Jan Tighe said she dispatched a small...

Future US Navy Accident Investigations Will Look for Cyber Attacks

September 14, 2017 Rampant internet speculation aside, there’s no evidence yet that any hostile electronic breach led to recent U.S. Navy mishaps, according to the admiral who leads the service’s cyber operations. In fact, it was mostly to put such speculation to rest that Vice Adm. Jan Tighe said she dispatched a small...

Russia kicks off giant exercise; Mattis says he likes ICBMs now; US SOF leaders say support for Syrian Kurds is key; Macedonia’s fake-news exports soar; and just a bit more...

September 14, 2017 Zapad-17 officially begins today, though related combat exercises and military maneuvers have been going on for weeks. A rough total of 100,000 Russian (and Belarusian) troops will ultimately be involved in the Sept. 14-20 drills. Get started with the Washington Post’s Zapad preview, here. Moscow has "No invasions of neighboring...

Mattis tours nuke facilities; Analysts quit State’s anti-propaganda team; US airstrikes in Somalia; Field guide to Zapad-17; and just a bit more...

September 13, 2017 Defense Secretary James Mattis is wheels up this morning on a three-day trip to North Dakota, Nebraska and Mexico. Defense One’s Marcus Weisgerber (who is on the plane with Mattis) has a curtain raiser here. First stop Minot Air Force Base which controls ICBMs and is home to B-52 bombers....