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It’s time to put a military officer in charge of the fight against coronavirus | Forbes

The U.S. has over 10,000 casualties from the coronavirus, and the number continues to rise. We need to recognize that we are essentially at war with the virus. First, the U.S. needs an effective operational commander who clearly has authority and a direct mission to battle the pandemic. The amount of time and effort it takes to become a senior ... Read More »

Crimea’s annexation six years on | New Eastern Europe

Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 at the same time that separatist fighting broke out in Eastern Ukraine, with clear Russian involvement, despite denying having stake in it. Mykhailo Pashkov states that Russia purposefully acted when Ukraine was unstable and unprepared to deal with hybrid warfare methods taken against them. He also believes Russia planned this out for a very long ... Read More »

We must continue fighting terrorism as relentlessly as the coronavirus | Defense One

As the coronavirus pandemic has continued to spread, the U.S. is putting up a relentless fight and allocating resources to combat the virus. We need to use this kind of energy when it comes to the war on terrorism. A cure or vaccine may come around for the coronavirus, but terrorism can never be fully stopped, just contained. When the ... Read More »

Syria’s chemical arsenal: Obama’s failure, Trump’s mixed success – analysis | Eurasia Review

Syrian president Bashar Assad has a large supply of chemical weapons in the form of vehicles filled with chlorine gas and sarin nerve agents. President Obama signed an agreement in 2013 that was supposed to see Syria dispose of these weapons, with help from Russia. However, this arsenal of chemical weapons is still in use. Despite Obama signing a deal ... Read More »

Pandemics and the future of military training | War On the Rocks

As the coronavirus continues to spread, normally crowded cities bursting with tourism look like a ghost town as everyone goes into quarantine. In the U.S. many military exercises, include recruitment training, have been shut down and put on hold until the pandemic is over. This has led many to wonder how the military can remain prepared and ready to go ... Read More »

COVID-19’s psychosocial impacts | Scientific American

While everyone is being affected by the coronavirus pandemic, health care workers are getting hit especially hard. Over the past several weeks societal norms are slowly beginning to slip away as we see more empty grocery stores, closings, and layoffs. Without a vaccine or solid cure, the only way to combat the virus is through social distancing measures. As the ... Read More »

How the U.S. must respond to the COVID-19 pandemic | Scientific American

Scientists, engineers, and health professionals are coming together to combat the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the world. The U.S. is currently struggling in this due to three main issues: lack of guidance, lack of testing, and the prioritizing of economics over healthcare workers. Issues with testing kits and requiring those who are sick to jump through hoops just ... Read More »

Esper’s dark vision for US-China conflict makes war more likely | Defense News

While the recent deal with the Taliban and the withdraw from Afghanistan has good intentions, it is not realistic. Also, the troops finally getting to come home and not serve another deployment to Afghanistan are now being turned to China. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has turned his sights from the Middle East and over to Asia as he prepares U.S. ... Read More »

Don’t let the Pentagon silence Stars and Stripes | Stars & Stripes

The Stars and Stripes ombudsman has written a response to the possible cuts in funding to the military news source. Under his formal job description, one of his roles is to “Protect the Stars and Stripes’ First Amendment rights and its ability and obligation to provide a free flow of news and information to the DoD military community.” The Defense ... Read More »

Why the US should spend 0.3 percent of its defense budget to prevent an African debacle | Military Times

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has recently commented on a possible review of the number of U.S. troops in Africa and the overall presence the U.S. has. The idea is to relocate troops and resources from Africa and the Middle East in order to better prepare against new threats, mainly Russia and China. This is a mistake however, as ... Read More »