Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Opinion: Searching for a Strategy to Defeat ISIS

Opinion: Searching for a Strategy to Defeat ISIS

An undated photo of an ISIS fighter.

An undated photo of an ISIS fighter.

The news on the crisis with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) is moving so fast that last week’s top story on the situation now seems like ancient history. Last week global news outlets repeatedly made the point that by fighting to defeat ISIS, the United States is, by default, aiding the regime of Bashar al Assad in Syria. Read More

Two PLA Pilots Have Died Testing Fighters for Chinese Carrier

Two PLA Pilots Have Died Testing Fighters for Chinese Carrier

China's carrier Liaoning, PLAN Photo

An artists’s conception of China’s carrier, Liaoning. People’s Liberation Army Navy Image

At least two People’s Liberation Army Air Force pilots have died in testing jets slated to operate from the Chinese carrier Liaoning, according a little noticed report published by Chinese state-controlled media.

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Stavridis: Russian Mistrals Could Work Well As NATO Rapid Reaction Force Asset

Stavridis: Russian Mistrals Could Work Well As NATO Rapid Reaction Force Asset

Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

The suspended delivery of two French-built amphibious warships to the Russian Navy could give NATO an opportunity to buy a ready-made platform for its planned rapid reaction force, retired Adm. James G. Stavridis — former NATO Supreme Allied Commander — told USNI News on Thursday. Read More

Terrorists are Looking for 'Simpler, Smaller Attacks'

Terrorists are Looking for ‘Simpler, Smaller Attacks’

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) fighters in Iraq.

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) fighters in Iraq.

The former director of the National Counterterrorism Center says it is important to “keep the threat in perspective,” but also to realize the Islamic State “is only one group we are concerned with.” But in his assessment, even as strong as the Islamic State has shown itself to be in Syria and Iraq, it does not pose an immediate threat to the United States homeland. Read More

France Suspends $1.53 Billion Russian Amphibious Warship Deal Over Ukraine Conflict

France Suspends $1.53 Billion Russian Amphibious Warship Deal Over Ukraine Conflict

An artist's rendering of the future Russian Navy amphibious warship Vladivostok. DCNS Photo

An artist’s rendering of the future Russian Navy amphibious warship Vladivostok. DCNS Photo

France is backing out of a $1.53 billion deal that would have provided the Russian Navy two amphibious warships in reaction to the increasingly violent situation in Ukraine between Russian-backed separatists and government forces, according to a Wednesday statement from the French government. Read More

Four NATO Ships Due in Black Sea Ahead of Maritime Exercise

Four NATO Ships Due in Black Sea Ahead of Maritime Exercise

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) conduct small boat operations in a rigid-hull inflatable boat on Aug. 3, 2014. US Navy Photo

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) conduct small boat operations in a rigid-hull inflatable boat on Aug. 3, 2014. US Navy Photo

Four NATO warships are due in the Black Sea in the next several days ahead of an international maritime exercise to include Ukraine, according to press reports and information from the U.S. Navy. Read More