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Brookings Institution Expresses Concern Over Trump Views on NATO, Military Spending

Brookings Institution Expresses Concern Over Trump Views on NATO, Military Spending

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion and service members with the Mexican Navy take part in a mechanized assault exercise using assault amphibious vehicles to enhance their sea-to-land capabilities aboard San Clemente Island, California, July 30, 2016 during the Southern California portion of Rim of the Pacific 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion and service members with the Mexican Navy take part in a mechanized assault exercise using assault amphibious vehicles to enhance their sea-to-land capabilities aboard San Clemente Island, California, July 30, 2016 during the Southern California portion of Rim of the Pacific 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

Speaking the day after Donald Trump won the presidential election, one of the nation’s leading security and foreign policy experts said, “I think Vladimir Putin had a great night.” Read More

Admiral: Attacks Like Those on USS Mason Will Become More Common

Admiral: Attacks Like Those on USS Mason Will Become More Common

USS Mason (DDG-87) pulls into the Port of Djibouti escorted by Coastal Riverine Squadron 8 Sea Ark patrol boats on July 23, 2016. US Navy Photo

USS Mason (DDG-87) pulls into the Port of Djibouti escorted by Coastal Riverine Squadron 8 Sea Ark patrol boats on July 23, 2016. US Navy Photo

The Navy should prepare for a future operating environment where anti-ship weapons propagate globally and attacks such as the recent ones against guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87) are more commonplace, one the service’s top budget officials said. Read More

Opinion: Iran Nuke Deal Will Spawn More Proxy Attacks Like The Ones In Yemen

Opinion: Iran Nuke Deal Will Spawn More Proxy Attacks Like The Ones In Yemen

HSV Swift following an attack by what is believed to be a C-802 Chinese-built missile.

HSV Swift following an attack by what is believed to be a C-802 Chinese-built missile.

This is the second of two opinion pieces examining the Iran nuclear deal and the recent attacks in Yemen.

Recent events in the Middle East illustrate the continued expansion of Iranian influence, and the lifting of economic sanctions in January 2016 as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, the “Iran Nuclear deal”) will accelerate this strategic trend by reviving Iran’s economic health. The nuclear provisions of the JCPOA might work to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons state in the next ten years; however, Iran has demonstrated with certainty that it will use the infusion of cash to further support proxy groups to achieve its interests in the region. Read More

Opinion: The Danger of Connecting Iran Nuclear Deal with Attacks on U.S. Warships

Opinion: The Danger of Connecting Iran Nuclear Deal with Attacks on U.S. Warships

USS Mason (DDG-87) fires an SM-2 during a March 2016 exercise. US Navy Image

USS Mason (DDG-87) fires an SM-2 during a March 2016 exercise. US Navy Image

This is the first of two opinion pieces examining the Iran nuclear deal and the recent attacks in Yemen.

The recent spate of Yemeni Houthi rebel anti-ship missile attacks in the strategically important littorals near the Bab el-Mandeb strait, have drawn America’s attention to Yemen’s bitter civil war. Read More

CNO Richardson: USS Mason 'Appears to Have Come Under Attack'

CNO Richardson: USS Mason ‘Appears to Have Come Under Attack’

The Arleigh Burke Class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87) on June 24, 2016. US Navy Photo

The Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87) on June 24, 2016. US Navy Photo

This post and headline have been updated with additional information from the Department of Defense. While Mason fired counter-measures to protect itself, it is yet unconfirmed if the suspected threats are cruise missiles or originated in Yemen.

A U.S. guided missile destroyer may have been attacked on Saturday off the coast of Yemen by anti-ship cruise missiles for the third time this week, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told reporters on Saturday. Read More

Updated: USS Nitze Destroys 3 Houthi Controlled Radar Sites in Retaliatory Strike

Updated: USS Nitze Destroys 3 Houthi Controlled Radar Sites in Retaliatory Strike

A Tomahawk Land Attack Missile Launched from USS Nitze late Wednesday night. US Navy Image

A Tomahawk Land Attack Missile Launched from USS Nitze late Wednesday night. US Navy Image

This post has been updated with additional comments from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

A Navy guided missile destroyer launched an attack against three radar sites in Yemen with Tomahawk cruise missiles in response to recent attacks on U.S. ships in the region, the Pentagon announced late Wednesday. Read More

Pentagon Pledges to Respond in ‘Appropriate Manner’ After New Yemen Missile Attack on USS Mason

Pentagon Pledges to Respond in ‘Appropriate Manner’ After New Yemen Missile Attack on USS Mason

Guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87) on Sept. 10, 2016. US Navy Photo

Guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87) on Sept. 10, 2016. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with an additional statement from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

Houthi rebels fired two more cruise missiles at the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87) on Wednesday and Pentagon officials are pledging a response, DoD spokesman Peter Cook said in a Wednesday statement. Read More