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NSA Director Rogers Talks About the Future of Encryption

NSA Director Rogers Talks About the Future of Encryption

Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director, National Security Agency, chief, Central Security Service in 2015. US Navy Photo

Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director, National Security Agency, chief, Central Security Service in 2015. US Navy Photo

The director of the National Security Agency told the Atlantic Council last week arguing over encryption seems like “a waste of time to me” and doesn’t resolve the ongoing divide between privacy and security. Read More

Panel: Anticipated U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan Will Strain Relations With Beijing

Panel: Anticipated U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan Will Strain Relations With Beijing

Taiwanese troops following an undated exercise.

Taiwanese troops following an undated exercise.

The Taiwanese presidential elections next month — with a change in party control expected and the likely announcement of a new billion-dollar U.S. arms sale to Taipei — will not only “send a signal to Beijing” but likely will, in the short run, increase tensions between Washington and the People’s Republic of China, a panel of experts on the region said Wednesday. Read More

U.K. Minister Mordaunt: Britain No Longer Defense Spending 'Basket Case'

U.K. Minister Mordaunt: Britain No Longer Defense Spending ‘Basket Case’

British Royal Marine Commandos take part in Operation Sond Chara, the clearance of Nad-e Ali District of Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan in 2009. DoD Photo

British Royal Marine Commandos take part in Operation Sond Chara, the clearance of Nad-e Ali District of Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan in 2009. DoD Photo

In explaining Britain’s future national security course, one of its most senior defense officials said the country is “no longer that basket case” that it was five years ago when its budget was in a “black hole” and the Defense Ministry was trying to unravel a tangle of programs. Read More

Expert Panel Bullish on Iran Nuclear Deal

Expert Panel Bullish on Iran Nuclear Deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, before the final EU and P5+1 ministerial meeting about ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2015. US State Dept. Photo

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, before the final EU and P5+1 ministerial meeting about ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2015. US State Dept. Photo

A one-time hostage of Iran and now a professor at the U.S. Naval Academy says this week’s nuclear weapons agreement with Iran comes down to “this issue of trust” and gave the new Iran nuclear deal his support. Read More

Opinion: Russia, Middle East Will Define NATO's Emerging Maritime Century

Opinion: Russia, Middle East Will Define NATO’s Emerging Maritime Century

Amphibious assault ships participating in exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2015 transit in formation off the coast of Sweden on June 12, 2015. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ships participating in exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2015 transit in formation off the coast of Sweden on June 12, 2015. US Navy Photo

NATO may be best known for its protracted counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan, or for its current efforts to shore up defenses in Eastern Europe with air and ground exercises. But moving forward NATO must also consider its role in the global maritime domain, as it is central to the twin security challenges of an increasingly aggressive Russia and a crumbling Middle East order that the Alliance faces right now. Read More

Thornberry: Pentagon Needs Support From Other Agencies, Allies to Combat Threats

Thornberry: Pentagon Needs Support From Other Agencies, Allies to Combat Threats

Maritime forces from 17 nations are underway in formation for BALTOPS 2015. BALTOPS is an annually recurring multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region on June 8, 2015. US Navy Photo

Maritime forces from 17 nations are underway in formation for BALTOPS 2015. BALTOPS is an annually recurring multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region on June 8, 2015. UK Royal Navy Photo

House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) laid out a five-point strategy to guide the government in getting national and global security back on track, calling for a whole-of-government and international approach to dealing with threats. Read More

Panel: Shifts in Saudi Leadership Raise Questions of Stability

Panel: Shifts in Saudi Leadership Raise Questions of Stability

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with the late King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who died in early 2015. US State Department Photo

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with the late King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who died in early 2015. US State Department Photo

The late April shuffling of the line of succession to the Saudi Arabian throne, plus a major shift in ministers of defense and foreign affairs, raised a number of questions about stability in the kingdom, continuing sectarian warfare in the Middle East, a new arms race in the region and future energy prices. Read More