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Archive for the ‘defenses’ Category

U.S. Navy to Unveil Laser Attack Weapon

According to The New York Times, the U.S. Navy will soon (and for the first time) deploy a laser attack weapon reportedly capable of disabling patrol boats and destroying surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Although the laser will not be operational until next year, the Navy has released a video taken during test firing to […]

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Apr 10th, 2013 Current Affairs, defenses

Foreign Policy Contributors Favor a Less Military-Centric Approach to U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts

Phillip Carter and Deborah Pearlstein recently published an article in Foreign Policy arguing, “[W]e’ve already figured out how to win the legal war on terrorism.” And how, exactly, is that? According to Carter and Pearlstein, the United States should use military force only when “necessary and appropriate,” and, in most instances, should instead rely on […]

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Proposal Preventing US from Entering UN Arms Trade Treaty Passes in the Senate

The Hill reports that, toward the end of last week, the Senate voted on a number of foreign policy proposals, including an amendment introduced by Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) that would prevent the U.S. from entering into the UN Arms Trade Treaty. The treaty would regulate international arms sales, according to the Hill’s Floor Action […]

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Mar 26th, 2013 Current Affairs, defenses

More Questions on Scope of the AUMF

The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) has served as the legal foundation for many of the United States’ counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda for at least a decade. Similarly, the AUMF provides some legal basis under which the U.S. may carry out targeted strikes.  But the scope of the United States’ authority to […]

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White House Denies Petition to Build Death Star

BBC News recently reported that the White House rejected a petition submitted with 34,000 signatures to build a Death Star, a giant battle station in space armed with a super laser like that seen in Star Wars. Signatories proffered that the project, which would cost approximately $850 quadrillion according to BBC News, would create jobs […]

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Jan 20th, 2013 Current Affairs, defenses

Obama Proposes Sale of Spy Drones to South Korea

Reuters reports that Obama has formally proposed the sale of four spy drones to Seoul in a claimed attempt to allow South Korea to defend itself from the North. The move, according to Reuters, has been met with considerable controversy, however. The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency reports that the drones to be sold are […]

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Obama Signs Presidential Policy Directive 20 on Cyber Terrorism

The Washington Post reports that President Obama signed a secret directive authorizing more aggressive military action to thwart cyber attacks on U.S. networks. Specifically, the article states, Presidential Policy Directive 20 established standards to provide strict guidelines to federal agencies in their dealings with cyber threats, and made an attempt to definitively draw a line […]

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Dec 1st, 2012 defenses, Terrorism

National Research Council Reveals Vulnerability of U.S. Electric Grid

Foreign Policy reported on a recently released 2007 study by the National Research Council, stating that the study raises concerns about the vulnerability of America’s electric grid to terrorist attack. According to the report, the “physical capabilities of much of the [United States] transmission network have not kept pace with the increasing burden that is […]

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Nov 23rd, 2012 defenses, Terrorism

Judge Denies Detainees’ Requests for Hearing

The New York Times reports that a judge has denied requests for hearings by three men who have been imprisoned by the U.S. military in Afghanistan for nearly ten years but have not yet been afforded trials. The article also explains that, although a court ruled in favor of allowing the hearings in 2009, that […]

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NATO Prepared to Defend Turkey

The Washington Times recently reported that NATO has warned Syria of its intentions to defend member-state Turkey following a week of mortar and artillery fire initiated by Syria. According to the article, Syria has defended the border hostilities as an accidental consequence of the civil war within Syrian borders. Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh […]

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Oct 16th, 2012 Current Affairs, defenses

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