Armed Conflict

Forget Britain’s nuclear deterrent – here’s what Russia is really afraid of

Russia is being weaponised to justify big-ticket buys for the UK military, yet there’s little talk of what Moscow thinks matters<p>British defence spending and capabilities are in the middle of a bitter review in which the potential threat from Russia is frequently invoked, whether that means cutting …

Opinion (UK)

These special forces soldiers took on the Taliban on horseback

On Oct. 13, 2001, with the United States still reeling from the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, about a dozen Americans were aboard a plane …

War

Time for the U.S. Military to Get Its Swagger Back

While the Pentagon’s new strategy is being released in 2018, it is more like the year 2000 on Capitol Hill with members itching for the maverick …

War

Mattis says US competitive warfighting edge has eroded

WASHINGTON (AP) — Countering China's rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military's top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. He said competition with those adversaries has threatened …

U.S. Politics

Pentagon puts countering China, Russia at center of U.S. defense strategy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military has put countering China and Russia at the heart of a new national defense strategy unveiled on Friday, the latest sign of shifting American priorities after more than a decade and a half of focusing on the fight against Islamist militants.<p>The strategy …

War

How the U.S. and Israel Can Reshape the Middle East

Iran's rise has created new opportunities for an old alliance.<p>At a dinner the other evening in Tel Aviv, the former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon said, “There are more changes happening in the Middle East today than at any time since the 7th century.” He was referring, of course, …

Middle East

Russian Spy Ship Operating Near U.S. Coast

A Russian spy ship––the Viktor Leonov––is operating near the U.S. roughly a year after it popped up off the coast of Connecticut.<p>On Thursday, Fox …

Russia

Here's how China's military has been preparing for war

Wei Shiji “died instantly” while trying to defuse a landmine in a dense forest in China’s Fujian province this month, while two comrades, Li Shoushun and Liu Shangdong, “survived the war.”<p>The three young men were not playing a computer game, but soldiers with a special People’s Liberation Army …

China

Terrorism no longer the military's top priority, Mattis says

<b>WASHINGTON</b> - There is a major change in U.S. military strategy. On Friday, more than 16 years after the 9/11 attacks, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim …

War

The Island Paradise Where The U.S. Tests Missiles to Neutralize The North Korean Threat

The Olympic pause on the Korean Peninsula is a good sign. But in the meantime, in Hawaii, the U.S. is developing and deploying weapons meant to block …

North Korea

North Korea bluster deadly serious

The New York Times has reported that the United States military now is preparing for what at one time would have been unthinkable, even with the …

North Korea

With Gaza attack tunnels on Israel's radar, Hamas eyes new ways to wage war

In September 2005, the commander of the Gaza Division, Brig. Gen. Aviv Kochavi (now a major general and deputy chief of staff), was the last Israeli …

Israel

U.S. Troops Helped Somali Forces Rescue 30 Children From A Terrorist Training Camp

In an overnight raid conducted by Somali security forces and U.S. troops, 30 children were rescued from a terrorist training camp. Four extremist fighters were killed in the operation on the al-Shabab, the East African arm of al-Qaeda, camp. The U.S. announced a separate air strike on an al-Shabab …

Terrorism

Trump Wants New Nukes. We Can’t Let Him Have Them.

The nuclear weapons posture of the United States of America can make the world safe, or lead us to Armageddon. It generally does not get the attention it deserves, as public concern about nuclear weapons issues declined after the Cold War ended.<p>President Donald Trump is about to issue a radical …

War

Pentagon readies to shutter offices, troops to keep fighting without pay

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon prepared Friday to shutter offices and activities unrelated to critical national security duties as the deadline for a government shutdown looms at midnight.<p>Troops will continue to fight, but they will not be paid unless an agreement on government spending is reached. …

War

The Great Los Angeles Air Raid Terrified Citizens—Even Though No Bombs Were Dropped

The WWII “battle” was an example of what happens when the threat of attack feels all too real<p>Comment on this Story

Military History

James J. Leonard, 22, Korean War Casualty

More than 67 years after his death, Leonard is finally coming home.<p>SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The remains of a U.S. Army soldier missing since the Korean …

War

Jim Mattis warns US losing military edge

US secretary of defence Jim Mattis declared a new era of great power competition, warning that the country’s military advantage over its adversaries …

Jim Mattis

Pakistan's ace in poker match with US: Afghan air routes

WASHINGTON (AP) — As bad as President Donald Trump describes U.S.-Pakistani ties today, they can get far worse.<p>Over 16 years that included hundreds of deadly U.S. drone strikes, Osama bin Laden's killing on Pakistani soil and accusations Pakistan helps insurgents that kill Americans, the reluctant …

U.S. Politics

France's Macron vows to double foreign military budget

President Emmanuel Macron has announced a plan to increase funds to the military, particularly for overseas anti-terrorism deployments. Macron caused …

World News

NATO exercises its nuclear bombers over the North Sea

From bases in Britain NATO has been conducting wargaming exercises over the North Sea using B52 bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons.<p>The exercises come as Russia has been conducting its own nuclear bomber exercises along the coasts of Norway and Britain, prompting both NATO members to …

War

Dismantling Doomsday: Daniel Ellsberg on the Risk of Nuclear Apocalypse

The whistleblower who gave us the Pentagon Papers unveils another secret history — this one ‘dizzyingly insane and immoral.’<p>Daniel Ellsberg is …

Daniel Ellsberg

'12 Strong' rides into movie theaters nationwide, commander calls it realistic

• War flick “12 Strong” debuted today on 3,002 screens, the biggest Green Beret movie since John Wayne’s 1968 movie “The Green Berets.”<br>• It’s based on …

War

’12 Strong’ review: True story of ‘Horse Soldiers’ not a typical war movie

<i>12 Strong</i>, based on the true story of the “Horse Soldiers,” is saved by its connection to reality.<p>Story continues below<p>This group of men from the …

Green Berets

Mini-Nukes Would Promote, Not Deter, the Use of Nuclear Bombs in Conflict

Trump and the Pentagon want to build new, smaller nuclear weapons -- purportedly to provide the US military with more palatable alternatives …

War

HMCS Charlottetown pulls into port after six-month overseas deployment

HALIFAX -- Cheers erupted on the Halifax waterfront Friday as HMCS Charlottetown sailed into port following a six-month deployment overseas.<p>The …

War

US military flies helicopters over Okinawa school, evacuation drills start and chaos ensues

Japanese authorities and students' parents are outraged by the flyover as the US forces pushed to damage-control mode.<p>The US military flew its …

Itsunori Onodera

China's and Russia's Militaries, Not Terrorism, Are the Pentagon's New Top Concern

Competing with China and Russia's militaries––not terrorism––will now be the "primary focus" of America's national security, Defense Secretary James …

War

3 Things You Need to Know About Trump's New National Defense Strategy

The first major defense policy document of the Trump administration contains some interesting clues about the present and future of the United States Armed Forces<p>Today, Defense Secretary James Mattis unveiled the first U.S. Defense Strategy document in ten years. While there have been plenty of …

James Mattis

Trump’s Pentagon Tries to Move on from the War on Terror

In 2008, a Russian MIG shot a Georgian drone out of the sky. Minutes later, Michael Carpenter was at the crash site in Abkhazia, a breakaway region of Georgia, the former Soviet republic, standing over the smoldering wreckage. When Carpenter, a Russian-speaking State Department official, got back …

War