USS Cole to Enter Black Sea On Friday

USS Cole to Enter Black Sea On Friday

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USS Cole (DDG 67) makes preparations for getting underway after a scheduled port visit to Haifa, Israel on Sept. 18, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Cole (DDG-67) makes preparations for getting underway after a scheduled port visit to Haifa, Israel on Sept. 18, 2014. US Navy Photo

The U.S. is sending the guided missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67)into the Black Sea on Friday as part of an ongoing presence mission in the region since Russia seized the Crimea region of Ukraine in March. Read More

100 Marines to Liberia by Thursday as Part of U.S. Ebola Response

100 Marines to Liberia by Thursday as Part of U.S. Ebola Response

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U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response board an MV-22B tiltrotor Osprey travelling to Tifnit Military Instillation, Morocco, April 3, 2014. AFRICOM Photo

U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response board an MV-22B tiltrotor Osprey travelling to Tifnit Military Instillation, Morocco, April 3, 2014. AFRICOM Photo

PENTAGON — U.S. Africa Command is deploying 100 U.S. Marines to Liberia to establish an interim air support for Ebola relief operations ahead of additional Army troops from the 101st Airborne Division due by the end of the month, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters in a Wednesday press briefing. Read More

Former U.S. Commander in Korea: North Korea Could Use More Than Missiles to Deploy Nuclear Weapons

Former U.S. Commander in Korea: North Korea Could Use More Than Missiles to Deploy Nuclear Weapons

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2012 North Korean missile test.

2012 North Korean missile test.

While the United States, Republic of Korea and Japan speak often about the nuclear missile threat posed by North Korea to all three nations, the former commander of the combined forces on the Korean peninsula said the allies may be missing a very real, but less thought about dangers. “The best way to deliver a nuclear weapon to Seoul” could be “a rickety old wooden airplane,” or a drone or a ship pulling into a nearby harbor. Read More

Opinion: A Campaign With No Name

Opinion: A Campaign With No Name

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An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). US Navy Photo

An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). US Navy Photo

The first Iraq War was called Operation Desert Storm, the second Iraq war was called Operation Iraqi Freedom, but what will the third Iraq war be called? Read More

SOUTHCOM Commander: Ebola Outbreak in Central America Could Cause Mass Migration to U.S.

SOUTHCOM Commander: Ebola Outbreak in Central America Could Cause Mass Migration to U.S.

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Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, center, commander of U.S. Southern Command, speaks with Adm. Sigifrido Pared Perez, Dominican Republic minister of defense, in Barahona, Dominican Republic on June 9, 2014. SOUTHCOM Photo

Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, center, commander of U.S. Southern Command, speaks with Adm. Sigifrido Pared Perez, Dominican Republic minister of defense, in Barahona, Dominican Republic on June 9, 2014. SOUTHCOM Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The head of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) warned an Ebola outbreak in Central America or the Caribbean could trigger a mass migration to the U.S. of people fleeing the disease and implied established Central American illegal trafficking networks could introduce the infected into the U.S., during remarks at a Tuesday panel on security issues in the Western Hemisphere at the National Defense University. Read More

Opinion: NATO's Maritime Future

Opinion: NATO’s Maritime Future

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USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) participate in a bilateral underway engagement with Romanian ships, the frigate ROS Regina Maria (F 222) and the frigate ROS Marasesti (F 111) in the Black Sea in April 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) participate in a bilateral underway engagement with Romanian ships, the frigate ROS Regina Maria (F 222) and the frigate ROS Marasesti (F 111) in the Black Sea in April 2014. US Navy Photo

The transatlantic alliance successfully navigated some rough seas in 2014. A year that began without any allied consensus on NATO’s proper direction in the world looks set to conclude with unanimity in the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s foray into Ukraine. Last month’s NATO summit in Wales especially seemed to prove that Europe still can give a good account of itself when necessary. Yet the hard work of follow-through on all the political commitments made there remains to be done, and the fundamental question raised by Russia’s belligerence—whether NATO will endure as a viable military entity—warrants close scrutiny in 2015. In no case more so than NATO’s maritime domain, where the Ukraine crisis prompted only slight adjustments at the same time it highlighted the need for a major course change. Read More