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U.S., NATO Want Expanded BALTOPS Exercise to Show Commitment to European Security

U.S., NATO Want Expanded BALTOPS Exercise to Show Commitment to European Security

A Spanish amphibious assault vehicle brought Spanish ground forces ashore during an amphibious demonstration at Palanga, Lithuania, during BALTOPS 2019. USNI News photo.

PALANGA, LITHUANIA – Spanish amphibious assault vehicles swam ashore from an American amphibious dock landing ship, with ground forces filing out with their machine guns and taking a position on the beach. Romanian ground forces spilled out of a Polish PTS tracked vehicle, shortly before seven landing craft from three nations slid up onto the beach in perfect symmetry. British forces fast-roped down out of an AW101 Merlin helicopter at the same time Spanish troops did the same from their AH-3 Sea King helo.

As the U.S. Navy and its NATO allies showed off the various ways they could take a beach from the sea, they were also showing a deeper commitment to collective security in the Baltic Sea and in Europe in general. Read More

Joint Chiefs Chairman Says Iran Threat In Middle East Was Real

Joint Chiefs Chairman Says Iran Threat In Middle East Was Real

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Brookings Institute Feb. 23, 2017 in Washington, D.C. DoD Photo

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. DoD Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group, B-52 bombers and sophisticated air defense systems were rushed to the Middle East in early May because intelligence suggested an Iranian-led “campaign plan” taking shape to disrupt the region, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff said Wednesday.

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Iceland Foreign Minister Praises NATO Support Against Russian Intrusions, Chinese Exploration

Iceland Foreign Minister Praises NATO Support Against Russian Intrusions, Chinese Exploration

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, met in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 7, 2019. Iceland Embassy photo.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent visit to Iceland and last year’s Trident Juncture joint military exercise in the High North send a “clear signal” to the Kremlin that “we stick together,” Iceland’s foreign minister told a Washington think tank audience Thursday. Read More

Pentagon Seeking Potential Replacements for Turkish F-35 Parts

Pentagon Seeking Potential Replacements for Turkish F-35 Parts

An Air Force F-35A in Australia on March 30, 2019. US Air Force

THE PENTAGON — The Defense Department is seeking alternate suppliers for parts of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter currently provided by Turkish companies, as Turkey’s pursuit of a Russian air defense system threatens its continued participation in the jet program. Read More

Official: U.S. Far Behind China, Russia in Modernizing Nuclear Arsenal

Official: U.S. Far Behind China, Russia in Modernizing Nuclear Arsenal

An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN-739) off the coast of California in 2008. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – China and Russia had their money on winning asymmetric advantages in conventional and nuclear forces in the last decade, and now the United States is playing catch-up in modernizing its sea, air and land nuclear forces, the Pentagon’s top policy official said Wednesday. Read More

Trump Leaves Door Open for Future North Korea Summit

Trump Leaves Door Open for Future North Korea Summit

Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump shaking hands at the red carpet during the DPRK–USA in Singapore Summit on June 12, 2018. White House Photo

President Donald Trump declared sanctions against North Korea because of its remaining missile and nuclear weapons testing programs but didn’t rule out a future third summit try at negotiations with Kim Jong Un.

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EUCOM Nominee: Turkey’s Purchase of Russian Air Defense System ‘Not Compatible’ With F-35 Buy

EUCOM Nominee: Turkey’s Purchase of Russian Air Defense System ‘Not Compatible’ With F-35 Buy

U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander, speaks during an all-call at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey on Dec. 6, 2018. US Air Force Photo

Turkey’s intention to buy a sophisticated Russian air defense system is “not compatible” with its purchasing 100 F-35 Strike Lightning II or manufacturing components for the fifth-generation fighter, the general nominated to be the top American officer in Europe testified Tuesday. Read More