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Tech 2021-03-06T07:23:56Z
US cyberwarfare Exercises on cyberwarfare and security are seen taking place during the NATO CWIX interoperability exercise n 22 June, 2017 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

America built the world's most sophisticated cyberweapons. Now they're being used against the country, a new book argues.

New York Times reporter Nicole Perlroth argues that decades of the US neglecting its cyber defenses has left it "incredibly vulnerable."
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Europe's cocaine busts are reaching record heights

German, Belgian, and Dutch police seized 23 tons of cocaine in late February, the largest haul of the drug in the EU ever.
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China's control of vital minerals means the US and allies should cozy up to Greenland, think tank says

China controls about 90% of the supply of rare earths, which are used in myriad applications, including weaponry and defense goods.
Military & Defense 2021-03-05T19:31:37Z

Warship captains told the skipper of a COVID-stricken aircraft carrier he was 'doing what is right' just before the Navy fired him, emails show

"I read your letter," an aircraft carrier skipper wrote in an email to Capt. Brett Crozier. "I thought it was awesome."
Military & Defense 2021-03-05T17:27:00Z

The US military is still working on how to keep the president's new helicopter from burning the White House lawn

A test aircraft left scorch marks on the White House lawn a few years ago, and the military is still trying to figure out how to fix that.
Politics 2021-03-05T15:56:36Z

Biden supports Congress scrapping post-9/11 laws that led to 'forever wars'

Biden wants to work with Congress to repeal laws have given every president since the 9/11 terror attacks a blank check to wage war.

Mercenary armies are running amok around the world

Shadowy operations by private military contractors appear to be increasing, and many of the same names keep coming up.

The Air Force released more photos of the only 2 B-52s ever resurrected from its 'boneyard'

"Wise Guy" and "Ghost Rider," as the bombers are called, are the only B-52s ever to return to service from the Air Force's "boneyard."

The Pentagon is looking for a new way to check social media to prevent extremist behavior in the military

The Defense Department recently said it "is examining a scalable means" to screen social media as a part of its background checks.

China's military is increasing its drone training amid tensions in its mountainous border areas

China is a world leader in developing and producing drones for logistical support, surveillance, and precision strikes.

How a top-secret Navy mission to find missing submarines stumbled upon the wreckage of the Titanic

The Navy sent Robert Ballard to find two lost submarines and told the world he as looking for the Titanic. Ballard found all three.
Politics 2021-03-04T17:09:09Z

Capitol Police ask National Guard to stay at the Capitol for 2 more months

Around 5,000 troops remain at the Capitol. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin previously said the National Guardsmen are expected to leave on March 12.
Military & Defense 2021-03-04T16:05:39Z

Biden changed his plan for the strike on Iran-backed militias at the last minute to avoid killing a woman and children

Intelligence came in that a woman and children were in the strike area as F-15E Strike Eagles were in the air and on their way.

Biden can end the US war in Afghanistan in 2 months. He just has to do what Trump agreed to do.

Opinion: If Biden wants end the US war in Afghanistan, he has to do what Trump agreed to do, writes Defense Priorities fellow Bonnie Kristian.
Military & Defense 2021-03-04T14:04:30Z

The messy way the Marines joined US Special Operations Command

Marine Forces Special Operations Command was formed 15 years ago, but disputes during its creation still cast a shadow over its future.
Military & Defense 2021-03-04T13:10:26Z

Biden and Europe allies worry Israel is preparing a substantial attack on Iran

President Biden and allies in Europe are worried a revenge attack might scuttle nuclear talks with Iran.
Military & Defense 2021-03-04T02:02:57Z

Biden administration curtails drone strikes amid major policy review

The White House is limiting drone strikes outside of active war zones as it reviews the cost to innocent life.
Politics 2021-03-03T22:31:43Z

Israel accuses Iran of deliberately spilling oil to pollute its shores, calling it 'environmental terror'

More than 90% of Israel's 120-mile Mediterranean coastline was covered in an estimated 1,000 tons of black tar due to the spill.

With millions of vaccine doses, Russia is showing off a different kind of power in Latin America

Russia has pledged to distribute millions of doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to countries in Latin America in a demonstration of its "soft power."
Military & Defense 2021-03-03T18:01:01Z

Court docs reveal Saudi wealth fund courted by Hollywood and Wall Street owned planes used in Jamal Khashoggi's killing

A Saudi investment fund courted by Hollywood and Silicon Valley owns two planes used to fly Jamal Khashoggi's killers to and from Istanbul.
Military & Defense 2021-03-03T17:37:25Z

DC National Guard commander says it took more than 3 hours for Trump's Pentagon to tell him to send in troops to respond to the Capitol riot

Maj. Gen. William Walker said he could have had about 150 troops at the Capitol within 20 minutes and that they "could have made a difference."
Politics 2021-03-03T16:59:00Z

Rockets hit Iraqi base with US troops less than a week after Biden officials said Syria strikes would 'de-escalate' tensions in the region

Biden has faced bipartisan criticism for not seeking congressional approval prior to giving the order for the Syria airstrikes on February 25.

The Air Force says it can strap 15 guided bombs to an F-15E, allowing it to get other jets back into combat faster

The test proves the F-15E can carry enough JDAMs to release some on an active combat mission and then rearm other jets.
Military & Defense 2021-03-03T16:27:11Z

An American contractor suffered a heart attack and died as rockets rained down on a base hosting US troops in Iraq

The Pentagon said Wednesday that a US civilian contractor died of a "cardiac episode" while taking shelter during the rocket attack.

Why US presidents go easy on regimes like Saudi Arabia

President Joe Biden sees Saudi Arabia as needed for the US to achieve objectives in the Middle East, and he's not the first president to think so.

The Marine Corps' F/A-18s have flown off of a Navy aircraft carrier for the last time

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323 and their F/A-18s returned to California last week after a 10-month deployment with the USS Nimitz.
Military & Defense 2021-03-03T14:04:11Z

North Korea is the most isolated country on the planet, but it still finds ways to steal billions of dollars

Despite heavy sanctions, North Korea has found ways to enrich its leaders and to finance its military.
Military & Defense 2021-03-03T13:25:49Z

Someone bombed a COVID-19 testing site, and Dutch police fear anti-lockdown protesters may have turned to terrorism

Authorities in the Netherlands have repeatedly warned of the threat of attacks linked to conspiracy theories.
Military & Defense 2021-03-03T10:33:53Z

10 rockets hit a base hosting US troops in Iraq, the 2nd such attack in a month

The rockets hit the Al Asad base early Wednesday morning. Tensions are increasing ahead of the pope's visit to Iraq and between the US and Iran.
Tech News 2021-03-03T09:25:55Z

Microsoft accuses China of carrying out hacks on its Exchange email product

The company said it believes the group, which it named "Hafnium," was supported by the Chinese state.
Politics 2021-03-02T19:15:04Z

The 5 biggest takeaways from FBI Director Christopher Wray's testimony about the Capitol insurrection

Wray debunked GOP conspiracy theories about the attack and disputed claims that the FBI failed to alert other agencies about the threat of violence.
Military & Defense 2021-03-02T18:51:30Z

Top US general in the Middle East says troops were evacuated at just the right moment before a ballistic missile attack so Iran wouldn't know they left

A US general said that he believed Iran "expected to destroy a number of US aircraft and to kill a number of US service members."

How France's navy is steering between China and the US in the South China Sea

Observers say France is taking a balanced approach to the disputed region and that China has been restrained in its reaction.

F-35Bs with special instruments are testing whether the advanced jet can operate on the Italian navy flagship

The F-35B pilots and test team will collect data to certify that Italian aircraft carrier Cavour can operate Italy's own F-35s from the carrier.
Politics 2021-03-02T14:52:00Z

Biden hits Russia with sanctions over Navalny's poisoning in another break from Trump

The Trump administration didn't take any actions against Russia over the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, who is President Vladimir Putin's top critic.
Military & Defense 2021-03-02T14:01:39Z

What China's last major war tells us about how it will fight the next one

China's military has changed dramatically since the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese War, but that brief conflict is still relevant for Beijing and its neighbors.
Politics 2021-03-02T10:39:10Z

Lobbying agency claims its former head concealed arms trade and terror funding from Qatar to Hezbollah

Lobbying agency WMP accused its former boss Michael Inacker of hiding evidence of terror funding and arms deliveries from Qatar to Hezbollah.
Military & Defense 2021-03-01T23:45:00Z

Here's where the 'nuclear football' came from and why it follows US presidents wherever they go

The "football" is a briefcase that US presidents have to wage nuclear war at a moment's notice. No matter where they go, it's always close by.
Military & Defense 2021-03-01T22:38:40Z

The US Air Force's plan to dodge Chinese missiles means new jobs for airmen who keep fighters flying

The Air Force needs to spread out to make it harder for adversaries to target its planes, but spreading out means airmen will be spread thin.
Politics 2021-03-01T20:36:13Z

The White House says it never wants an assassination like Khashoggi's again, but won't punish MBS for ordering the killing

Biden's White House has essentially leaned on the importance of the diplomatic relationship with Saudi Arabia in defense of its actions.

The 4 most fearsome attack helicopters ever to roam the battlefield

Perhaps no other capability has changed battlefield dynamics as much as the use of helicopters as attack platforms.
Military & Defense 2021-03-01T18:07:37Z

New video shows US forces getting hammered by a barrage of Iranian missiles after Trump had a top general killed

"Just always know in your heart that I love you, OK? Bye, buddy," an Army soldier, believing he was going to die, told his son in a video.

How a 'shoot house' training video became a headache for one of the Army's most highly regarded units

The 10th Mountain Division is regarded as highly trained, but the poor form in the video prompted a top enlisted soldier to promise a fix.
Military & Defense 2021-03-01T14:10:31Z

How Green Berets prepared to carry 'backpack nukes' on top-secret one-way missions during the Cold War

"The instructors had told us we had about 30 minutes to clear the blast radius. ... We never really believed that," a retired Green Beret said.
Politics 2021-02-28T15:37:11Z

47 influential democracy activists charged in Hong Kong in China's biggest crackdown yet under controversial new law

Beijing imposed a law in 2020 that allows China to set up a formal police presence in Hong Kong, which experts say strips the city's democracy.
Military & Defense 2021-02-28T14:53:00Z

How a daring raid by Norwegian commandos kept the Nazis from building a nuclear bomb

The Norwegian commandos who set out on Operation Gunnerside knew what their objective was but not what was at stake.
Military & Defense 2021-02-28T10:29:27Z

Video captures the moment a missile fired at the capital of Saudi Arabia by Iran-backed fighters is intercepted

Saudi Arabia said the missile was fired by Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, and 15 attack drones were also aimed its cities.

Biden is on the verge of making the same dangerous mistakes as the presidents before him

Opinion: The costs of a foreign policy that emphasizes US global preeminence are now inescapable clear, and US leaders need to change course.
Military & Defense 2021-02-27T03:16:31Z

FBI pinpoints a single suspect in the death of US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick

Federal investigators zeroed in on the assailant after video footage showed the suspect attacking officers with bear spray, The Times reported.
Military & Defense 2021-02-26T17:41:22Z

Biden faces bipartisan pushback to the airstrikes he ordered in Syria a month into his presidency

Members of Congress from both parties say they want to know under what legal authority Biden carried out the Syria strikes.
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