recommended reading

author archives

Results 531-540 of 552

The definitive Gitmo deep dive; Nuclear suspense on Iran; ISIS wants Kobane back; NSA declines to link China, OPM; And a bit more.

June 25, 2015 The Iran nuclear talks are far from a done deal, Secretary of State John Kerry warned after Tehran’s supreme leader tweeted out seven “major red lines” Wednesday, some of which run contrary to a framework agreement reached weeks ago, and all of which appear to suggest—as one observer pointed out—that...

Dramatic changes coming to US hostage policy; DOD puts space-war plans in high gear; Assad, #tonedeaf on tourism; Another nuclear wrinkle from Iran; And a bit more.

June 24, 2015 Sea change on U.S. hostage policy. The White House is releasing its “hostage policy review” today that would let American families pay ransoms to terrorist groups without fear of reprisals from U.S. authorities, AP reports. President Barack Obama is expected to announce the creation of a new hostage recovery “fusion...

US beefs up NATO’s rapid reax force; Washington, Beijing behind closed doors; The military jobs robots will not be taking; A Green Beret’s board of inquiry; And a bit more.

June 23, 2015 U.S. and Chinese military officials met at the State Department yesterday as part of their governments’ 7th annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue. This year’s event has brought nearly 400 officials “from every major Chinese agency” to Washington, where cyber security and maritime expansion in the South China Sea top the...

Afghan forces repel attack on parliament; Small nukes for peace?; NATO’s quest for a ‘hybrid war’ playbook; Hackers ground flights in Poland; And a bit more.

June 22, 2015 Taliban fighters launched a complex attack on the Afghan parliament building in Kabul this morning as lawmakers met to confirm the country’s new Defense Minister, Masoom Stanekzai, the Wall Street Journal reported. Security officials said all seven Taliban fighters were eventually killed in the assault, which began with a suicide...

Are ‘lily pads’ the future of US forces in Iraq?; Afghanistan’s own Pentagon; American defense firms flood Europe; Salvation at sea; And a bit more.

June 12, 2015 The next U.S. move in Iraq could be “lily pad-like” outposts that put American advisors closer to—but not on—the front lines, the New York Times’ Helene Cooper, Michael Gordon and Peter Baker reported yesterday. Officials cautioned that the idea is still being drafted and President Barack Obama isn’t expected to...

What 450 new US troops will—and won’t—do for Iraq; Jeb searches for natsec cred in Europe; Insurgency spreading in Egypt?; And a bit more.

June 11, 2015 450 extra U.S. troops are headed to Iraq, despite “no change” to the mission. President Barack Obama yesterday bumped up the total authorized force in Iraq to 3,550, but that’s not expected to increase Iraqi capacity as soon as critics want, as the New York Times’ Michael Gordon writes. U.S....

More US boots could be on the way to Iraq; OPM data on the dark web?; State OKs almost $2B in arms sales; A smashingly good time with tanks; And a bit more.

June 10, 2015 A flood of Islamic State group reporting has emerged in the past 24 hours. We begin stateside where at least 400 more U.S. troops could soon join the 3,080 already in Iraq if the White House approves a new Pentagon plan, the Wall Street Journal’s Dion Nissenbaum and Gordon Lubold...

Obama awaiting ‘finalized’ Iraq plan from Pentagon; Will Jeb rally in Europe?; Army website notches web views—in Syria; Return of the AUMF; And a bit more.

June 9, 2015 Training woes plague Iraq as U.S. searches for a “complete strategy.” One of the five coalition sites for training Iraqi troops hasn’t seen a new recruit in almost a month and a half, The Hill’s Kristina Wong reported yesterday. While the other four sites are working through a total of...

Iraq’s army is ‘finished’; Kurds ascending in Turkey; War in space; Crackdown in Bahrain; And a bit more.

June 8, 2015 Iraq’s troops are having a crisis of confidence even as they made incremental gains against Islamic State fighters in the northern refinery town of Baiji over the weekend. The defense ministry, which estimated the total value of its arms and gear seized by ISIS at $27 billion, said it lacks...

Rebels take US hostages in Yemen; ISIS comes to Saudi Arabia; NSA powers in limbo; SecDef joins social media; And just a bit more.

June 1, 2015 We “can still catch terrorists using the Constitution,” Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said last night in a bout of temporary triumph after again delaying a renewal of the NSA’s bulk phone data collection, The Washington Post’s Mike DeBonis and Ellen Nakashima reported. This time the delay lasts until at least...