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Trump-Putin preview; Russia, China say UN won’t sanction DPRK; Israel is buying machine-gun drones; Counter-cyber ops go kinetic in Ukraine; and just a bit more...

July 6, 2017 For Syria, a deal with teeth? The U.S. is “prepared to the explore the possibility” of “joint mechanisms for ensuring stability, including no-fly zones, on the ground ceasefire observers, and coordinated delivery of humanitarian assistance,” SecState Rex Tillerson said Wednesday at Joint Base Andrews, before departing for Europe. Tillerson will...

North Korea tests its 1st ICBM; US-backed Syrians advance in Raqqa; ‘Not winning’ in Afghanistan; Great UAV footage from the USMC; and just a bit more...

July 5, 2017 What to do about North Korea’s first ICBM. The U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has called for an emergency, closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council later today following Monday’s first test of a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile—which flew long enough for initial reports to talk about...

Mattis on the ‘careful, complex’ wars in Syria; Pentagon needs to rethink UAVs, report says; China’s expanding navy; Russia’s ‘harassing’ navy; Stolen helo over Caracas; And a bit more.

June 28, 2017 The Pentagon: our senior leaders knew about the Monday evening statement from the White House warning the Assad regime against further chemical weapons use in Syria—or at least Defense Secretary Jim Mattis knew in advance, The New York Times reported Tuesday. But the U.S. public is unlikely to see any...

ISIS last days in Mosul?; IDF strikes Syria twice; Navy quietly adds to its ranks; Army helicopters get laser beams; And a bit more.

June 26, 2017 Israel carried out airstrikes in Syria twice this weekend “after several projectiles from neighboring Syria landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights for a second day,” the Associated Press reported on Sunday. The Sunday strikes hit “a Syrian army ammunition truck and two artillery guns in the Syrian Golan,” Haaretz reported,...

Putin directed election hacking; How to lose the AI race with China; A timeline of Syrian escalation; Paris Air Show wrap; and just a bit more...

June 23, 2017 Vladimir Putin was directly involved in hacking the 2016 election, the Washington Post reports, leading off an 8,000-word deep dive into what the U.S. intelligence community knew and what then-President Barack Obama tried to do about Russian efforts to “to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race” and, in fact,...

ISIS blows up historic Mosul tower; How to use microsats to find secret wargames; Collision knocked out USS Fitz’ radios; Missile-defense test misses; and just a bit more...

June 22, 2017 More than 800 years of history is today just rubble and dust in the heart of one of the most dangerous active war zones in decades. The historic al-Nuri mosque in ISIS-held West Mosul’s Old City was demolished in what appears to have been a large explosion carried out by...

Another drone downed in Syria; Trump’s Pyongyang-pressure plan fails; Russian fighter buzzes US spy plane; Attacker thwarted in Brussels; and just a bit more...

June 21, 2017 Drone shootdown #2 in Syria. American F-15Es are now 2-for-2 against Iranian-made Shahed-129 drones in southern Syria, CNN reported Tuesday. “The drone was downed just outside the 55 kilometer de-confliction zone, according to the officials. It was an Iranian-made Shahed 129 and was thought to be armed and in firing...

Fallout from Syria shootdown; Tillerson’s 3-part Russia plan; Europe wants used F-16s; RNC contractors exposed data on most US voters; and just a bit more...

June 20, 2017 The U.S. military is “repositioning” its forces in Syria after that Russian threat on Monday to shoot down American jets, The Daily Beast reported. It’s the latest in a series of turns following this weekend’s first air-to-air shootdown in 18 years when an American F/A-18 shot down a Syrian jet...

7 dead on USN destroyer; US troops in the crosshairs in Syria; Tensions rise with Moscow; Attacks on Muslims in US, UK; and just a bit more...

June 19, 2017 Seven dead on a USN destroyer. In the deadliest collision of a Navy warship in decades, the bow of a Philippines-registered cargo ship rammed into the starboard side of USS Fitzgerald about 2 a.m. off Japan’s southern coast, leaving seven American sailors dead and three more injured, including the commanding...

SecAF expects war in space; Mattis wants 4K troops for Afghanistan; China, US to meet about North Korea; The experimental future of military IT; and just a bit more...

June 16, 2017 New Air Force Secretary expects war in space. “In short, we must develop space airmen who have the tools, training, and resources to fight when – not if – war extends into space,” SecAf Heather Wilson writes in an op-ed posted Friday on Defense One. In “Why I’m Directing the...