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Russia buzzes US carrier; China steamed over Lassen passage; How to improve Pacific intelligence; Blimp goes rogue!; and a bit more...

October 29, 2015 Antagonism at sea, U.S.-Russia edition. Earlier this week, Russian aircraft ignored repeated U.S. warnings and flew within one nautical mile of the USS Ronald Reagan just east of the Korean peninsula, Stars and Stripes reports this morning. “In the latest in a series of incidents involving Russian aircraft, two Tupolev...

What Fighting Terrorism Can Teach Us About Confronting China

October 28, 2015 America’s quicksilver foes in Iraq and Afghanistan forced U.S. Central Command to rethink how it used intelligence — in essence, to behave more like a network than a hierarchy. These hard-won lessons must now be applied across the U.S. military and, in particular, used to confront China, says Rear Adm....

US widens anti-ISIS options; USAF shrinks bomber-cost estimates; Navy plans sub-drone squadrons; What to look for at tonight’s GOP debate; and a bit more...

October 28, 2015 U.S. seeks more options in its war against the Islamic State group. So far, those include more frequent daily airstrikes; sending special forces to Syria to monitor moderate rebels more closely and call in airstrikes; and deploying Apache attack helicopters to Iraq, Reuters reports. “If President Barack Obama gives a...

Former Marine General Will Run US Navy’s UAV Efforts

October 27, 2015 Frank Kelley, a retired Marine Corps brigadier general, will lead U.S. Navy efforts to develop and deploy unmanned systems, Navy officials said Tuesday. Kelley, whose military career included a stint running unmanned programs at Marine Corps Systems Command, will become deputy assistant Navy secretary for unmanned systems, a new post...

USN sails past fake islands; Obama mulls troops to Syria; Budget breakthrough; Do no-fly zones work?; and a bit more...

October 27, 2015 U.S. challenges Chinese sovereignty claims on the high seas. The U.S. Navy sailed the guided missile destroyer Lassen to within 12 nautical miles of a small chain of artificial islands near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea early this morning. It’s a long-teased and much-anticipated move from the...

Russia sniffs around undersea cables; US, Saudi plan support for Syrian rebels; US appoints new anti-ISIS commander; and a bit more...

October 26, 2015 Trouble in the water. Russian ships and submarines are up to some very suspect business alongside “vital undersea cables that carry almost all global Internet communications,” raising the possibility that Moscow could attempt to sever or manipulate them amid rising tensions, the New York Times reports. “Commanders and intelligence officials...

Iraq rescue op: combat or not?; Assad clears Russia to hit ISIS; USAF’s secret bomber-design team; Russian satellites behaving oddly; and just a bit more...

October 23, 2015 Details emerge of the rescue operation that led to the first U.S. combat death in Iraq in four years. The mission’s objective: freeing 17 kidnapped Peshmerga fighters who faced imminent execution at an improvised prison at the former home of an Iraqi judge. But when U.S. and Kurdish commandos arrived...

Breaking: SOF hit ISIS prison; F-16s for Pakistan; US, Russia to talk about Syria; Gates offers Obama advice; and a bit more...

October 22, 2015 BREAKING: U.S. special operators helped raid an ISIS prison in northern Iraq last night, The New York Times is reporting. “Iraqi officials said the raid involved American helicopters, Kurdish and American Special Operations forces, and airstrikes. The officials said the objective had been a prison run by the militants at...

Dunford: who’s in charge here?; Assad & friends grind toward Aleppo; Canada drops out of ISIS fight; A-10s head back to war; and just a bit more...

October 21, 2015 Dunford on Iraq: Don’t call it a stalemate. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford dropped by Baghdad on Tuesday — after stopping off at the Iraqi Kurdistan capital of Irbil, where he said “his team was working to speed supplies of ammunition for Kurdish peshmerga forces,” Reuters reports. In Baghdad, the Joint...

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Webb Drops Out of 2016 Democratic Race But Leaves Independent Bid Open

October 20, 2015 Jim Webb, who brought unmatched military experience to the Democratic presidential field, withdrew on Tuesday, having made barely a ripple in his party’s national-security debate. “I am withdrawing from any consideration of being the Democratic Party’s nominee for the presidency,” Webb said in a midday press conference. For now at...