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U.S. Navy sends diplomatic notice to Turkey for warships en route to Black Sea
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U.S. Navy sends diplomatic notice to Turkey for warships en route to Black Sea

The United States Navy will be sending two warships into the Black Sea to remain there until May 4, according to a notice sent to Turkish authorities, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Friday, citing diplomatic sources. The notice was sent 15 days in advance, the sources said, as per the Montreux Convention regarding the Dardanelles and Bosporus...

The Blue Arctic and the World-Island
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The Blue Arctic and the World-Island

On January 5, 2021, the Navy Department released “A Blue Arctic,” which it described as the Navy’s “strategic blueprint for the Arctic [Ocean].” The 28-page paper recognizes that the Arctic Ocean is gradually turning from “white” to “blue,” meaning that “reduced ice coverage is making Arctic waters more accessible and navigable.” The melting polar ice...

South Korea’s Moon hails prototype fighter jet as ‘new era’ of defence independence
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South Korea’s Moon hails prototype fighter jet as ‘new era’ of defence independence

South Korea unveiled a prototype of its first domestically developed fighter jet on Friday and President Moon Jae-in hailed the KF-X as the future backbone of the air force and a step toward the U.S. ally’s greater military independence. The next-generation aircraft developed by Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd (KAI) is designed to be a cheaper,...

Details of sweeping effort to counter China emerge in U.S. Senate
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Details of sweeping effort to counter China emerge in U.S. Senate

Leaders of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee introduced legislation on Thursday to boost the country’s ability to push back against China’s expanding global influence by promoting human rights, providing security aid and investing to combat disinformation. The draft measure, titled the “Strategic Competition Act of 2021,” mandates diplomatic and strategic initiatives to counteract Beijing,...

New 3D radar developed to support counter-UAS efforts
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New 3D radar developed to support counter-UAS efforts

Numerica Corp., a Colorado-based company, recently debuted a new 3D-radar solution for counter-drone efforts and other short-range air defense missions. Numerica’s Spyglass, a small form factor radar, was designed to detect and track small, autonomous unmanned aircraft, said Nate Knight, vice president of air-and-missile defense at the company. The platform is optimized for what the...

Impose costs on Russia in the information environment
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Impose costs on Russia in the information environment

John Arquilla presciently argued in 1993 that warfare is no longer about who has the more superior capital, labor, and technology; rather, victory is determined by who has the best information about the battlefield. Over the past decade, Russian information warfare has become more openly aggressive, and the United States must go on the offensive in...

US says commitment to Taiwan ‘rock solid’ amid Chinese military moves
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US says commitment to Taiwan ‘rock solid’ amid Chinese military moves

The U.S. State Department emphasized that Washington’s commitment to Taiwan is “rock solid” and that it retains the ability to counter any attempts by China to use force or coercion against the island nation. On Monday (April 5), the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) announced that a carrier battle group led by the Liaoning was conducting exercises...

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