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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

Video: Nine Country Naval Exercise Successfully Shoots Down Ballistic, Cruise Missile Targets off Scotland

Video: Nine Country Naval Exercise Successfully Shoots Down Ballistic, Cruise Missile Targets off Scotland

USS Ross (DDG 71) takes part in a ship formation, to begin At Sea Demonstration 2015 (ASD 15) on Oct. 18, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Ross (DDG 71) takes part in a ship formation, to begin At Sea Demonstration 2015 (ASD 15) on Oct. 18, 2015. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional information from the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin.

The U.S. Navy and eight other countries are successfully working through an international detect-to-engage integrated air and missile defense exercise off the coast of Scotland, proving their platforms and people could integrate to provide missile defense in Europe. Read More

Opinion: Finding Common Interests with the Russians in Syria

Opinion: Finding Common Interests with the Russians in Syria

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The increased presence of Russian forces in Syria has added another layer of complexity to an already confusing array of warring factions—a good estimate is that 18 to 20 factions now are fighting for one cause or another in Syria. The Russians assuming an active role in the Syrian battle space took the United States by surprise. For many American political, military, and media voices it is evident that Russia’s recent actions stuck a nerve. Read More

Former Coast Guard Commandant Papp: Cooperation with Russia Key to Arctic Development

Former Coast Guard Commandant Papp: Cooperation with Russia Key to Arctic Development

Russian icebreaker Yamal, Canadian icebreaker Louis S. St. Laurent and the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea rendezvous near the North Pole in 1994. US Coast Guard Photo

Russian icebreaker Yamal, Canadian icebreaker Louis S. St. Laurent and the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea rendezvous near the North Pole in 1994. US Coast Guard Photo

“It’s very important to have Russia on board” when looking at the Arctic from an environmental, economic and security standpoint, the former commandant of the Coast Guard said Tuesday at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Read More

Document: Senate Letter to Carter, Kerry Calling for China Strategy

Document: Senate Letter to Carter, Kerry Calling for China Strategy

The following is the March 19, 2015 letter from the chairmen and ranking members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Secretary of State John Kerry calling for a comprehensive U.S. strategy to address Chinese actions in the East China and South China seas. Read More

Royal Navy Faced With Tough Sub Choices If Scotland Leaves U.K.

Royal Navy Faced With Tough Sub Choices If Scotland Leaves U.K.

HMS Vanguard arrives back at HM Naval Base Clyde following a nuclear deterrence patrol. U.K. Royal Navy Photo

HMS Vanguard arrives back at HM Naval Base Clyde following a nuclear deterrence patrol. U.K. Royal Navy Photo

The heart of the United Kingdom’s nuclear submarine enterprise could be cut out if Scotland leaves the U.K. in Thursday’s referendum on Scottish independence, British leaders have warned repeatedly over the last several months.

Scots voting “Yes” for independence say they’re happy to see the subs go. Read More