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China and North Korea’s worst nightmare is coming true with US missile defenses in South Korea

“In light of surging tensions between North Korea, its neighbors, and the US, South Korea has decided to deploy more powerful US missile defense batteries” writes Alex Lockie for businessinsider.sg. South Korean President Moon Jae In, who had initially been resistant to increased US missile defense deployments, requested talks on improving his country’s defensive posture in light of recent threats from North Korea. “They’re moving forward,” Col. Source: businessinsider.sg Share This:

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Mapped: U.S. and Allied Missile Defenses Against North Korea

“Another option is Aegis Ashore, a naval tracking and missile defense system that has been converted to a land defense battery” writes Jeffrey Lewis for foreignpolicy.com. The Japanese don’t have any other land-based missile defense systems, but have been looking into purchasing the THAAD missile interceptor, which the United States deployed to South Korea earlier this year.Faced with North Korean threats to launch medium-range ballistic missiles over Japanese airspace and toward Guam in coming days, Japan is scrambling to move four Patriot missile defense batteries to its western shores, defense…

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US allies are stepping up to help with North Korea — and Kim Jong Un’s are backing down

“Australia, a long-time US ally, has stated that it will invoke a mutual defense if the US is attacked by North Korea” writes Alex Lockie for businessinsider.com. The US and Japan cooperate closely on defense, and Japanese ships support the US’s Aegis missile defense systems at sea and on land. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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GOP Senators Rally to McConnell’s Defense Amid Trump Attacks

“Flake’s primary challenger GOP senators rally to McConnell’s defense amid Trump attacks Flake voices support for McConnell amid Trump attacks MORE, as President Trump has launched a string of attacks against the Kentucky Republican” reports thehill.com. Flake’s primary challenger GOP senators rally to McConnell’s defense amid Trump attacks Flake voices support for McConnell amid Trump attacks MORE (R-Ariz.), a vocal critic of Trump, added that McConnell “does a tough job well.Dean Heller Dean HellerGOP senators rally to McConnell’s defense amid Trump attacks Senate primaries: How far will Trump go for…

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Major defense stocks surge to all-time highs after Trump’s tough rhetoric against North Korea

“Defense stocks rallied a day after President Donald Trump warned that threats from North Korea “will be met with fire and fury” on Tuesday” writes Navy Reuters for cnbc.com. “This budget will be a public safety and national security budget,” Trump said on Feb. 27.Even before Wednesday, many of the large defense stocks were already up by double-digit percentages for the year based on expectations for an improved outlook for U.S. defense spending under the Trump administration.The White House proposed a nearly 10 percent increase in the military budget to…

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US Marines weigh grounding Osprey aircraft after latest deadly crash

“The Japan-based Marine MV-22 Osprey crashed Saturday during an exercise off the Australian coast, leaving three service members missing and presumed dead” reports businessinsider.com. Itsunori Onodera, appointed Thursday as Japan’s defense minister, had asked the US to temporarily stop flying the aircraft in his country following the accident.Washington (AFP) – The US Marine Corps may ground its fleet of Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft as well as other planes to conduct a safety review following a crash in Australia that killed three Marines, a defense official said Monday.In April 2000 19 Marines…

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Martin Shkreli’s lawyers fail to corral bragging ‘pharma bro’ ahead of sentencing

“A federal jury in Brooklyn found the former pharmaceutical CEO and hedge fund manager guilty on Friday of deceiving investors” writes Rachel Koning Beals for marketwatch.com. Despite the fraud, some hedge fund clients made money, a fact the defense could use in the sentencing portion.Shkreli is most notorious for his actions in 2015 unrelated to the hedge fund case, in which he inflated the price of an antiparasitic lifesaving drug called Daraprim by 5,000%.Prosecution witness Darren Blanton said on the stand that he invested in Shkreli’s hedge fund MSMB Capital…

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US conducts ‘successful’ test of THAAD defense system with ballistic missile

“The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Army soldiers of the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from Fort Bliss, Texas, conducted a successful missile defense test today using the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system,” the MDA statement said” writes Alastair Jamieson for cnbc.com. The U.S. has conducted a test of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) defense system in Alaska by launching a ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean, military officials said early Sunday. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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America Needs a New ‘Dreadnought Strategy’

“Beijing also capitalizes on these investments in ways that are missed opportunities for the American defense industrial base” writes Lu-hai Liang for foreignpolicy.com. It is time for the United States to consider the creation of a “comprehensive technology deployment strategy” because — quite frankly — it doesn’t have one. Source: foreignpolicy.com Share This:

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Thirteen Lessons Trump Should Learn From His Transgender Policy Blunder

“That political calculation is understandable, but announcing the policy change without consulting with the congressional leaders who hold the most power on military policy was a mistake. 2” writes Lu-hai Liang for foreignpolicy.com. Any policy change in this area should also be backed up by careful policy review.The way Trump rolled out this decision is almost a textbook example of how not to make difficult decisions on military policy.Whether the commander-in-chief has the authority to change policy in this area is debatable.The way to address such leaking is to arm…

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