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U.S. labels China ‘greatest potential adversary’ | VOA News

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has announced that China poses the biggest threat to the West, with Russia coming in second place. “In fact, under President Xi’s rule, the Chinese Communist Party is heading even faster and further in the wrong direction,” he commented at the Munich Security Conference in Germany. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also followed suit ... Read More »

German far-right group planned mosque attacks: government | DW

Numerous investigations are underway into the members of a far-right radical group who had planned large-scale attacks on mosques in Germany. Prosecutors have said these men were aiming to plot “attacks against politicians, asylum-seekers and Muslims.” A spokesperson for Chancellor Angela Merkel also commented on Germany’s work and diligence at finding and stopping these terror cells in order to protect ... Read More »

Harvard University professor and two Chinese Nationals charged in three separate China related cases | U.S. Department of Justice

Dr. Charles Lieber, age 60, the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University was arrested on Tuesday for giving a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement. Two other Chinese officials were arrested in conjunction with the professor for counts of fraud, making false statements, and smuggling charges. Zaosong Zheng is charged with attempting to smuggle ... Read More »

KC-135 carrying middle school girls makes emergency landing at MacDill Air Force Base | Task and Purpose

21 girls from Coleman Middle School and McLane Middle School were onboard a KC-135 when the aircraft had to make an emergency landing at MacDill Air Force Base. The crew detected a possible issue in the bottom pod area only a few minutes after taking off. All passengers safely exited the plane, and it is currently being inspected. The flight ... Read More »

Esper: U.S., Taliban near seven-day ‘reduction in violence’ deal | The Hill

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Last Thursday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the U.S. and the Taliban have negotiated a deal for a seven-day ‘reduction in violence’ in Afghanistan. Esper added that in conclusion of a NATO meeting in Brussels, the U.S. is consulting allies about the deal. Esper continues to emphasize that a political agreement is the best, “if not only,” solution in Afghanistan. ... Read More »

Presidents’ Day Drama: George Washington Could Have Been Replaced | National Interest

History would have been different if George Washington was replaced. In this article, the author James Holmes, introduces a man who could have “taken the Revolutionary War in a very different direction,” Washington’s “sometime comrade, sometime antagonist–” Charles Lee. Charles Lee had an alternate strategy to the War of American Independence, but Washington saw all his ideas as madness. Was ... Read More »

Global defense spending is on the rise in an unstable world | BBC

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Global defense spending rose by 4% in 2019 compared to 2018. Spending is up all over the world, with Europe seeing a 4.2% increase, and both China and the U.S. having a rise of 6.6%. The rate of growth for defense spending in the U.S. has also continued to rise. The Military Balance stated the increase is due to unstable ... Read More »

U.S. military prepping for coronavirus pandemic | Military Times

U.S. Northern Command has begun to implement action plans due to the spread of the coronavirus. Approved by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, these plans include ordering commanders to prepare for a widespread outbreak and to confine service members who have travelled to China. The Department of Defense Global Campaign plan for Pandemic Influenza and Infectious Diseases 3551-13 has been reported ... Read More »

Japan Coast Guard recovers U.S. soldier’s body after deep-wreck scuba dive off Okinawa | Stars and Stripes

The body of a U.S. soldier who went missing off the coast of Okinawa while scuba diving has been recovered. Staff Sgt. Matt Morgan was found at 144 feet near the USS Emmons, a sunken World War II warship and a common diving location. Morgan was a dive instructor assigned to Torii Station when he went on a recreational dive ... Read More »

Exclusive: Strange Russian spacecraft shadowing U.S. spy satellite, General says | Time

A multibillion-dollar U.S. spy satellite is being followed by two Russian satellites, adding attention to the ever-growing tension between the two countries. Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, commander of the Space Force, said that the Russian spacecraft has gotten within 100 miles of the satellite at times. “We view this behavior as unusual and disturbing. It has the potential to create ... Read More »