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Why Boko Haram Wages War Against Western Education

Why Boko Haram Wages War Against Western Education

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Members of Boko Haram

Members of Boko Haram

The fundamentalist militant group Boko Haram emerged in northern Nigeria around 2002 and since 2009 it has waged an unremitting, increasingly violent and increasingly sophisticated insurgency against the government of Nigeria, characterized by political assassinations, bombings, and attacks on Nigerian government institutions, Christians, apostate Muslims and government-run schools. Read More

Japanese Government Recommends Major Defense Policy Change

Japanese Government Recommends Major Defense Policy Change

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A government advisory panel, convened by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, recommended today that Japan make major changes to its defense policy. Prompted by recent tensions with China and North Korea, the panel recommended a reinterpretation of the national Constitution allowing Japan to exercise its right to collective self defense. Read More

Iranian Copy of U.S. Unmanned Stealth Aircraft is a Fake

Iranian Copy of U.S. Unmanned Stealth Aircraft is a Fake

So-called Iranian version of the RQ-170. Iran claims it was able to reverse engineer the stealthy unmanned aerial vehicle. FARS News Service Photo

So-called Iranian version of the RQ-170. Iran claims it was able to reverse engineer the stealthy unmanned aerial vehicle. FARS News Service Photo

Iran’s purported reverse-engineered copies of the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aircraft are nothing but cheap mockups, industry sources told USNI News. Read More

Opinion: Is There a Frigate in Your Future?

Opinion: Is There a Frigate in Your Future?

Norwegian frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310). Royal Norwegian Navy Photo

Norwegian frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310). Royal Norwegian Navy Photo

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s recent direction to the Navy to develop proposals for a “capable and lethal small surface combatant, generally consistent with the capabilities of a frigate” could have a major affect on several Navy programs. Read More

Two Koreas, Three Navies

Two Koreas, Three Navies

Republic of Korea Navy sailor holding U.S. flag

Republic of Korea Navy sailor holding U.S. flag

The Korean War of 1950-1953 was concluded by a cease-fire, not a peace treaty, and the three powers—South Korea, North Korea and the United States—are still technically at war. A new conflict on the Korean peninsula would see the commitment of a new, reinvigorated Republic of Korea Navy, an aging, weakened North Korean Navy and an American fleet providing the only ballistic missile defense capability for the region. Read More

The Next Act for Aegis

The Next Act for Aegis

USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile (SM) 2 during a live-fire test of the ship's Aegis weapons system on Feb. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile (SM) 2 during a live-fire test of the ship’s Aegis weapons system on Feb. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy’s Aegis program was born as the solution to a physics problem: Given that hostile variable-geometry wing Soviet Tupolev Tu-22M Backfire bombers travel at speeds approaching Mach 2, what would a ship-based radar and missile system need to do to hurl an object into the air to intercept an object flying at almost twice the speed of sound?

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