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Defense against hypersonic attack is becoming the biggest military challenge of the Trump era

•Long-range ballistic missiles achieve speeds even higher than planned hypersonic weapons, but as this image illustrates, ballistic flight paths are easier to analyze and anticipate. Loren Thompson In the eternal competition between offense and defense for military dominance, the offense is winning. Russia has been testing a hypersonic cruise missile with a

What a war with Iran would look like

•Neither side wants a fight, but that doesn’t eliminate the danger Ilan Goldberg Tensions between Iran and the United States are at their highest point in years. The 2015 Iran nuclear agreement is teetering. The Trump administration is using sanctions to strangle the Iranian economy and in May deployed an aircraft carrier, a

Trump approves strikes on Iran, but then abruptly pulls back

Michael D. Shear, Eric Schmitt, Michael Crowley and Maggie Haberman President Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing an American surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them on Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions. As late as 7 p.m., military and diplomatic officials were expecting a strike, after intense discussions

US Military Trains Cameroon Troops on Medical Evacuations

Moki Kindzeka The United States' military is training Cameroon’s military on first aid techniques and medical evacuation in order to reduce battlefield deaths. Cameroon estimates that one-fourth of all soldiers killed fighting separatists and Boko Haram terrorists could have been saved with better care. Twenty-nine-year-old soldier Poumje Amidou has been getting treatment

Iran designates US military as terrorists, adopts Counter-sanctions

The Trump administration is expected to slap new sanctions on the Islamic Republic around the time of the first anniversary of the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran's parliament has adopted a bill introducing counter-sanctions against the United States, Tasnim News Agency reported on Tuesday. The legislation is said to be part of a "comprehensive plan"

US military edge has eroded to ‘a dangerous degree,’ study for Congress finds

•As China’s military grows, Pentagon says U.S. forces ‘atrophied’ •China is rapidly modernizing its forces in an attempt to match the US might in Asia Paul Sonne and Shane Harris The United States has lost its military edge to a dangerous degree and could potentially lose a war against China or Russia, according

Again, US risks abandoning lessons of Counter-insurgency

Steven Metz After 9/11, the United States was thrown into a type of conflict that the U.S. military, intelligence community and Department of State all did not expect: large-scale counterinsurgency. The United States, particularly the military, had always been reluctant to take this on. Counterinsurgency is a politically and psychologically complex

Artificial intelligence: Pros, cons and what to really fear

From the moment the word “robot” was first uttered in a Czechoslovakian play nearly 100 years ago, man has feared his creation will someday kill the creator. It's a narrative that has stuck with us, said Patrick Tucker, Defense One’s Technology Editor, at a recent event in Washington called Genius Machines: The Next Decade of

The State of Defense 2018: Overview

Introduction: By Kevin Baron The one consensus seems to be the view that, under Trump, America is no longer the world’s clear leader. And that is a titanic change.  If President Donald Trump came to Washington to upend the system and bring radical change, so far he has failed miserably at the Pentagon. At the