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Trump’s 3rd FONOP; McCain pushes his Afghanistan strategy; North Korea doubles down on Guam threat; Russian jet overflies DC, New Jersey; and just a bit more...

August 10, 2017 President Trump’s third freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) happened this morning in the South China Sea. The “USS John S. McCain traveled close to Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals,” a U.S. official told Reuters this morning. Here are photos of Mischief...

Trump vows retaliation for NK threats; Iran drone nearly hits US fighter jet; IED hunters turn to machine learning; DoD to troops: careful in Russia; and just a bit more...

August 9, 2017 The power of words. “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. [North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un] has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said they will be...

US drones to the Philippines?; Spy planes over the US; AI tool to detect fake video; US bases get OK to down unknown drones; and just a bit more...

August 8, 2017 Are U.S. killer drones headed to the Philippines? There are already U.S. special operators fighting ISIS there. There could soon be American drones carrying out airstrikes there, too, according to a plan under consideration inside the Pentagon, NBC News reported Monday. “The authority to strike ISIS targets as part of...

Searching for Osprey crash victims; US vs. al Qaeda in Yemen; Army says stop flying DJI drones; Iran’s big new push into Afghanistan; and just a bit more...

August 7, 2017 The MV-22 Osprey that crashed has been located off Australia’s northeast coast after the Marine Corps aircraft crashed on Saturday, leaving three Marines missing after 23 were recovered. An Australian navy ship located the Osprey in Shoalwater Bay, and now Canberra is sending navy drones to comb the waters for...

US in ‘major’ Yemen op; Details on Australia plot; VCJCS talks mini-nukes; Seoul speeds up THAAD deployment; and just a bit more...

August 4, 2017 American and Emirati special forces have launched a “major operation” in south-central Yemen against fighters of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the UAE announced announced Thursday. A U.S. defense official told Fox News the Americans are acting in a supporting role for a multi-day “clearing operation” that involves Yemeni government...

Trump seeks new path in Afghanistan; Ousters at NSC; Navy railgun spurs power breakthrough; Wanted: planetary protection officer; and just a bit more...

August 3, 2017 The U.S. military is losing the war in Afghanistan. Is it time to replace the general in charge? NBC News reports President Trump “repeatedly suggested” that to Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford in a tense, two-hour meeting in the Situation Room on July 19....

Deadly attacks in Afghanistan; Tillerson clarifies North Korea policy; From the boneyard to Air Force One; Army ups spider-silk spending; and just a bit more...

August 2, 2017 Attacks in Afghanistan kill nearly two dozen. The latest occurred this morning when a suicide bomber struck a NATO convoy near Kandahar City, in southern Afghanistan, injuring an unspecified number of troops, Resolute Support spokesman Lt. Damien E. Horvath said this morning. Witnesses told the Associated Press they watched helicopters...

North Korea tests sub-launch component; Turkey buys Russian anti-air missiles; More changes at State; 3 qs on consumer drones and security; and just a bit more...

August 1, 2017 The U.S. military detected “highly unusual” North Korean submarine activity on Sunday, CNN reported. What they believe they saw: evidence of an “ejection test” allegedly conducted “on land” at the Sinpo Naval Shipyard, on the country’s eastern coast. Such a test, CNN writes, “uses high pressure steam to propel a...

DPRK’s 2nd ICBM launch; China unveils one of its own; Russia expels 755 US officials; WH rethinking Afghan plan; and just a bit more...

July 31, 2017 China has a new ICBM, and it made sure the world could see it on Beijing state TV Sunday, “marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of the force that is now known as the People's Liberation Army,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “It is the first time a parade...

Houthi missile misses Mecca; Iran launches rocket into space; Russia ejects US staff after sanctions bill; Fake cops buy $1.2m in Pentagon weapons; and just a bit more...

July 28, 2017 The Houthis in Yemen fired a missile near Mecca, Saudi Arabia, late last night. Agence France-Presse: “The missile was intercepted 69 kilometres (43 miles) south of the city in western Saudi Arabia, the coalition said in a statement, calling it ‘a desperate attempt by Shiite Huthi rebels to disrupt Hajj,’...