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Russia’s military mission creep advances to a new frontier-Africa

Eric Schmidt Russia has been steadily expanding its military influence across Africa, alarming Western officials with increasing arms sales, security agreements and training programs for unstable countries or autocratic leaders. In the Central African Republic, where a Russian has been installed as the president’s national security adviser, the government is selling

AFRICOM commander calls for diplomatic push in Africa as US pulls troops from continent

John Vandiver The United States needs higher level political engagement in Africa to counter China’s growing influence even as the military cuts back troop levels on the continent, U.S. Africa Command’s commander told lawmakers Thursday. About 300 counterterrorism troops have been pulled from Africa in connection with a strategy shift that calls

How US military is expanding counterterrorism war across Africa

As the Pentagon was reviewing new plans for special operations missions in Africa, reducing overall troop numbers on the continent, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis designated three new named contingency operations. The most recent quarterly report from the Department of Defense Inspector General notes the creation of Operation Yukon Journey, a counterinsurgency operation, and counterterrorism operations in

Observers Call for Deeper Diplomatic Engagement in the Sahel

By Salem Solomon A draft of a Pentagon report on the attack in Niger that killed four American soldiers, four Nigerien soldiers and an Nigerien interpreter last October calls for a smaller, more cautious U.S. military presence in West Africa, according to sources who spoke to The New York Times. That could emphasize

Pentagon Warns CEOs: Protect Your Data or Lose Our Contracts

By Marcus Weisgerber Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan says cyber security should be a top priority for its contractors. The Pentagon is warning defense-industry CEOs to better protect their computer networks or risk losing business. “The culture we need to get to is that we’re going to defend ourselves and that … we want

Half of US military sites vulnerable to climate change

By Caroline Houck Next up: figuring out what bases, airfields, and naval stations need help first, says the former Pentagon appointee who started the survey. Thanks to the first comprehensive survey of its facilities around the world, the Pentagon now knows that about half of them have been damaged or disrupted by extreme

Imagine World War III Between America and China

How the United States loses the next war This piece has been adapted and expanded from Alfred McCoy’s new book, In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power. For the past 50 years, American leaders have been supremely confident that they could suffer military setbacks

US Fighter Jet Downs Syrian Warplane

A U.S. fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane Sunday after it reportedly bombed U.S.-backed fighters battling Islamic State. The Pentagon said Sunday a Syrian SU-22 dropped bombs on coalition-partnered fighters near the town of Tabqah. A U.S. Super Hornetimmediately responded and shot down the Syrian plane. There is no word on the pilot’s fate or any other casualties. Earlier, Syrian forces attacked coalition fighters in Ja'Din,

Pentagon Suggests Coalition Air Strikes Will Continue Against IS In Syria Safe Zones

The Pentagon has suggested it will carry out air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants within Syria's so-called "de-escalation zones," despite Russia's announcement that the areas would be closed to U.S.-led coalition military aircraft. A Pentagon spokesman, Major Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, said on May 5 -- just hours before the Russian-backed safe zone plan was to be

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