How to monitor North Korean nuclear violations after Russia’s UN veto

[ad_1] For 14 years, a U.N. panel of experts documented evidence of North Korea’s nuclear violations and monitored U.N. member states’ enforcement of sanctions. Now, thanks to Russia’s veto of the annual reauthorization of that panel, this window into Pyongyang’s activity has been closed. Russia’s action eliminates an important means to induce international action against … Read more

Ukraine’s parliament passes controversial law to boost conscripts

[ad_1] KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s parliament passed a controversial law Thursday that will govern how the country recruits new soldiers to replenish depleted forces that are increasingly struggling to fend off Russian troops. Two years after Russia’s full-scale invasion captured nearly a quarter of the country, the stakes could not be higher for Kyiv. After … Read more

Armenia deepens military ties with Western allies

[ad_1] MILAN — The European Union has announced a milestone decision that involves pumping millions of euros into Armenia’s industries in an attempt to pull the country closer to Western allies and away from its historical ally, Russia. Following talks last week in Brussels with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, the European Commission President Ursula … Read more

How Patriot proved itself in Ukraine and secured a fresh future

[ad_1] In the dead of night in May, Russia launched a Kinzhal hypersonic missile at the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. The air-launched weapon can reach speeds up to Mach 10, which equates to about 7,700 mph. Less than a month earlier, the U.S. had sent a Patriot air defense system to Ukraine to help it … Read more

US gives Ukraine seized Iranian weapons that were headed to Houthis

[ad_1] The U.S. redirected thousands of weapons to Ukraine earlier this month that it seized from an Iranian group attempting to smuggle the munitions to Yemen’s Houthi militants, the Middle East-based U.S. Central Command said Tuesday. More than 5,000 AK-47 rifles, machine guns, sniper rifles and rocket launchers, as well as more than 500,000 rounds … Read more

Polish defense leaders push ‘dronization’ of the armed forces

[ad_1] WARSAW, Poland — Polish defense leaders plan to embed drone capabilities into all levels of the armed forces, building a new military component devoted to unmanned aircraft and speeding up their acquisition. The envisioned transformation comes after studying the lessons gleaned from Russia’s full-scale invasion of neighboring Ukraine and Kyiv’s ensuing defensive operations, now … Read more

US doesn’t want to make Arctic contested battlespace, admiral says

[ad_1] NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The U.S. and its partners are not aiming to create a contested environment in the Arctic – despite an uptick in presence and exercises in the region. “There’s no desire to over-militarize or create a theme of a contested battlespace in the Arctic,” Vice Adm. Douglas Perry, the commander of … Read more

Italian leaders scramble to reverse military headcount shrinkage

[ad_1] ROME — As it shoots down Houthi drones in the Red Sea, sends submarines to monitor internet cables and shadows Russian ships in the Mediterranean, the Italian Navy has issued an urgent call for more personnel, echoing a growing debate in Italy about beefing up the country’s armed forces as war edges closer. In … Read more

Bolster sanctions to stop Iran’s growing military space capabilities

[ad_1] In mid-February, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee alleged the existence of a “serious national security threat” — a Russian effort to deploy a nuclear anti-satellite weapon in space. The episode drew attention to an often overlooked, but crucial domain of U.S. national security — space. As a top Pentagon official noted recently, … Read more

Russian military ‘almost completely reconstituted,’ US official says

[ad_1] Russia has rebuilt its military after suffering enormous losses during its invasion of Ukraine, according to a U.S. State Department official. “We have assessed over the course of the last couple of months that Russia has almost completely reconstituted militarily,” said Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell at an event hosted by the Center … Read more