Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Why Boko Haram Wages War Against Western Education

Why Boko Haram Wages War Against Western Education

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Members of Boko Haram

Members of Boko Haram

The fundamentalist militant group Boko Haram emerged in northern Nigeria around 2002 and since 2009 it has waged an unremitting, increasingly violent and increasingly sophisticated insurgency against the government of Nigeria, characterized by political assassinations, bombings, and attacks on Nigerian government institutions, Christians, apostate Muslims and government-run schools. Read More

Japanese Government Recommends Major Defense Policy Change

Japanese Government Recommends Major Defense Policy Change

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A government advisory panel, convened by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, recommended today that Japan make major changes to its defense policy. Prompted by recent tensions with China and North Korea, the panel recommended a reinterpretation of the national Constitution allowing Japan to exercise its right to collective self defense. Read More

Opinion: Will Germany and Russia Decide Ukraine's Fate?

Opinion: Will Germany and Russia Decide Ukraine’s Fate?

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Donbass residents vote in the referendum on the status of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic. RIA/Novosti Photo

Donbass residents vote in the referendum on the status of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. RIA/Novosti Photo

The referenda held Sunday in Ukrainian regions Donetsk and Luhansk have been denounced by many—but deserve cold, rational consideration. This is the prequel to the upcoming 25 May elections, conducted in a state of civil unrest—near civil war—in eastern Ukraine. Read More

Iranian Copy of U.S. Unmanned Stealth Aircraft is a Fake

Iranian Copy of U.S. Unmanned Stealth Aircraft is a Fake

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So-called Iranian version of the RQ-170. Iran claims it was able to reverse engineer the stealthy unmanned aerial vehicle. FARS News Service Photo

So-called Iranian version of the RQ-170. Iran claims it was able to reverse engineer the stealthy unmanned aerial vehicle. FARS News Service Photo

Iran’s purported reverse-engineered copies of the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aircraft are nothing but cheap mockups, industry sources told USNI News. Read More

Last U.S. Surface Ship Leaves the Black Sea

Last U.S. Surface Ship Leaves the Black Sea

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USS Taylor (FFG-50) and the Turkish frigate TCG Turgutries (F-241) on May 11, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Taylor (FFG-50) and the Turkish frigate TCG Turgutries (F-241) on May 11, 2014. US Navy Photo

The frigate assigned to operations in the Black Sea as part of a U.S. show of support to allies in the region has left, leaving no U.S. surface ships in the region, U.S. Navy officials told USNI News on Monday. Read More

The World's Most Violent Pirates

The World’s Most Violent Pirates

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An undated photo of West African pirates.

An undated photo of West African pirates.

West Africa is home to the world’s most violent pirates—who are now capable of overwhelming armed guards. Last month pirates killed a crewmember during an attack on German-owned oil tanker. Instead of fighting off the pirates, the embarked security team retreated to the ship’s citadel safe room. Read More

Opinion: Is There a Frigate in Your Future?

Opinion: Is There a Frigate in Your Future?

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Norwegian frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310). Royal Norwegian Navy Photo

Norwegian frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310). Royal Norwegian Navy Photo

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s recent direction to the Navy to develop proposals for a “capable and lethal small surface combatant, generally consistent with the capabilities of a frigate” could have a major affect on several Navy programs. Read More