DoD Eyes Expanded Missile Defense System on Guam

DoD Eyes Expanded Missile Defense System on Guam

To counter threats from advanced North Korean and Chinese missiles, the DoD wants to upgrade missile defense systems on the strategically-important island by 2026. Vice Admiral Jon Hill said he was specifically concerned about North Korea’s Hwasong-12 missile, which has a 4500km range, and China’s self-styled “Guam killer” missile, which has a similar range. Currently, two large American bases in …

Russian Mercenaries on Front Line in Ukraine

Russian Mercenaries on Front Line in Ukraine

According to the United Kingdom’s Defense Minister, the new level of responsibility is a “significant change” from the relationship between the Russian Army and the Wagner Group in years past. The report speculated that a new level of cooperation is necessary since Russia is having trouble finding enough combat soldiers to fight in the war-torn country. Echoing that sentiment, a …

Violence Continues in Syria

Violence Continues in Syria

A gunbattle between pro- and anti-government militia in southwestern Syria killed thirteen people and injured thirty others. Fighting between the Falhout faction, an armed group backed by Syrian military intelligence, and local fighters took place on Tuesday night and lasted until Wednesday morning in the town of Atil, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). Tensions have been …

Lawmakers Take Aim at Alleged Contractor Price Gouging

Lawmakers Take Aim at Alleged Contractor Price Gouging

Frustrated over three years of Congressional inaction on the issue, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) plan to introduce the Stop Price Gouging the Military Act. In February 2019, the Pentagon’s inspector general revealed that contractor TransDigm Group overcharged the military by at least $16 million, with margins up to 4,451%, for various aircraft parts over a …

Instability Continues in Cuba

Instability Continues in Cuba

A year after massive protests sparked a brutal crackdown, the Cuban coast guard says it has engaged in repeated firefights with U.S. speedboats trying to pick up disaffected people on the troubled island nation. In a statement, the Interior Ministry said its coast guard units had intercepted 13 speedboats from the U.S. entering Cuban waters this year, with 23 crew …