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Families Of Deployed U.S. Paratroopers To The Middle East Are Being Alerted To Be Careful With Their Social Media Settings

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 10:31 PM PST

U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, deploy from Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina, Jan. 1, 2020. (U.S. Army/Capt. Robyn J. Haake)

Military Times: Families of deployed paratroopers received 'menacing' messages, warned to double-check social media settings

The 82nd Airborne Division is briefing family members of deployed paratroopers to double-check their social media settings and report any strange messages they may receive after some malevolent ones were reported to the command.

The division's 1st Brigade Combat Team deployed to Kuwait in early January as part of an emergency response to the region over heightened tensions with Iran.

"Families have reported instances where they have received unsolicited contact with some menacing messaging," said Lt. Col. Mike Burns, a division spokesman.

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WNU Editor: Social media is now a part of everyone's life. That is why misinformation on these platforms can spread like wildfire, especially for families who have loved ones deployed overseas.

U.S. Dow Jones Closes Above 29,000 For The First Time In History. S&P 500 Hits A Record Also

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 10:15 PM PST

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., January 15, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

AFP: Dow, S&P 500 end at records as US and China sign long-awaited deal

Major Wall Street stock indices edged to fresh records on Wednesday while European and Asian markets mostly retreated as the United States and China signed a long-anticipated trade agreement.

Both the Dow and S&P 500 finished at all-time highs, while the Nasdaq ended barely positive. Analysts increasingly question whether valuations are getting out of control after a series of records.

"We've been on a tear since mid-October," said analyst Patrick O'Hare, who said investors likely will wait for more earnings reports from big companies before moving significantly further.

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Update: Dow closes above 29,000 after China and U.S. sign trade truce (Reuters)

WNU editor: This is an incredible story that was totally ignored by the main stream media today.

Is A U.S. President Bernie Sanders Possible?

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 10:14 PM PST

Harry Enten, CNN: Yes, Bernie Sanders can pull it off

Poll of the week: A new Monmouth University poll of likely New Hampshire Democratic primary voters finds a close race with former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 20%, former Vice President Joe Biden at 19%, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 18% and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 15%.

This is the second New Hampshire poll meeting CNN standards published this month that has Sanders in the top tier.

What's the point: The idea of Sanders winning the nomination is inconceivable to some, but it really shouldn't be. While few objective analysts would think of him as the frontrunner, it's pretty clear he has a clear path to the nomination.

The first step is to win the Iowa caucuses. This seems quite doable. He was at 20% in our latest CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll. Sanders was joined in the top tier by Biden, Buttigieg and Warren.

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WNU Editor: No one thought President Trump had a chance when he announced his candidacy in 2015. And while I do not see America electing someone like Senator Bernie Sanders for President, there is still a very real possibility that the Democrat Party may nominate him as their Presidential nominee. Not bad for a candidate who had a heart attack only a few months ago.

Tensions Among U.S. Democrat Presidential Candidates Escalate

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 09:38 PM PST

CNN: Exclusive: Warren accused Sanders in tense post-debate exchange of calling her a 'liar' on national TV

In a tense and dramatic exchange in the moments after the Democratic debate Tuesday night, Elizabeth Warren accused Bernie Sanders of calling her a liar on national television.

Sanders responded that it was Warren who called him a liar and said they should not talk about it right then.

When the CNN/Des Moines Register debate concluded, the studio audience and viewers saw Warren walk over to Sanders and not shake his outstretched hand. The two senators seemed to have a heated and brief exchange before Sanders appeared to throw his hands up, turn and walk away. The video of the exchange aired live with no audio.

But sound of the moment was caught by CNN's microphones and found Wednesday.

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Update #1: 'You called me a liar,' Warren told Sanders post-Iowa debate (AP)
Update #2: Sanders-Warren Clash on Women Elevates Acrimony in Iowa Debate (Bloomberg)

WNU Editor: I have been following Senator Bernie Sanders since his unsuccessful Presidential primary challenge in 2016. I have trouble believing he would say that a woman could not win a Presidential election, especially in view of his past public and favourable comments on women in politics. In the case of Senator Elizabeth Warren, she has lied and/or exaggerated certain thing about her past. So when I look at the two and I had to make a choice, her accusations against Senator Sanders just do not ring true.

Iran Military Is Suggesting That US Disruption Of Iran's Radar Network And Cyber-Attacks Is What Caused The Ukraine Passenger Jet To Crash

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 04:00 PM PST

Body bags after Ukrainian plane crash outside Tehran. January 8, 2020

RFE: Iran Military Suggests US Disruption Of Radar Caused Downing Of Airliner Despite New Video

Several high-ranking officials have made statements about possible American "disruption of Iran's radar network" and "cyberattacks" that appear to be in preparation of a new official scenario to explain the missile attack on a Ukrainian airliner on January 8.

Ahmad Jannati, the hardliner Chairman of the Guardian Council on Wednesday said the possibility of "enemy sabotage" is being investigated by authorities.

Brigadier General Ali Abdollahi, the Coordinating Deputy Commander of the Armed Forces General Headquarters, on Wednesday said a team has been formed to probe the possibility of an American cyberattack that could have disabled the Iranian radar system.

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Update: Iran probing possible U.S. disruption in radar system that caused the downing of Ukrainian plane: military (Tehran Times).

WNU Editor: No one is going to buy this excuse.

French President Macron: If President Trump Pulls U.S. Military Out Of Africa, It Would Be 'Bad News'

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 03:22 PM PST

FOX News: France's Macron: If Trump pulls US military out of Africa, it would be 'bad news'

French President Emmanuel Macron urged the Trump administration not to withdraw troops from Africa after U.S. military officials announced they were contemplating a shift in focus to threats from Russia and China.

"If the U.S. decided to withdraw from Africa, it would be bad news for us," Macron said at a news conference Monday. He was speaking after a summit in Pau, France, with the presidents of the five African countries that make up the G5 Sahel coalition: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

"I would like to be able to convince President Trump that the fight against terrorism to which he is deeply committed is playing out also in this region," Macron continued.

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WNU Editor: A sobering assessment on France's current military situation in the Sahel .... French forces face military trap in Sahel region (Euractiv).

Sudan Military Crushes Mutiny By Pro-Bashir Troops

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 03:04 PM PST

BBC: Sudan army quells Khartoum mutiny by pro-Bashir troops

Sudan's army has quelled a rebellion by former elite troops loyal to ousted leader Omar al-Bashir.

Shooting broke out on Tuesday in the capital Khartoum and the city's airport was briefly closed amid the clashes.

The violence was sparked by a row over severance pay for officers in a much-feared intelligence agency that is being overhauled.

Two soldiers were killed and four were injured in the worst unrest since Bashir was overthrown last April.

Officials say 40 of the mutineers surrendered and intelligence chief Abu Bakr Mustafa handed in his resignation after he was blamed for failing to collect weapons from the pro-Bashir forces.

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More News On The Sudanese Military Crushing A Mutiny By Pro-Bashir Troops

Sudan reopens airspace after military crushes armed revolt -- France 24
Sudan government forces quell armed protest by security agents -- Al Jazeera
Head of Sudan's ruling council calls revolt by members of country's intelligence agency a 'coup' -- CNN
Sudan reopens airspace after 'rebellion' by former security agents quelled -- Middle East Eye
Shootings Underscore Fragile Transition in Sudan -- VOA

Russian Government Resigns. President Putin Signals That He Wants To Change The Constitution

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 02:18 PM PST

RT: Russian government resigns after President Putin's state-of-the-nation address proposes changes to the constitution

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has announced that the entire government is resigning in a surprise statement released shortly after President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual state-of-the-nation address.

Accepting the resignation, Putin thanked the ministers for their hard work and asked them to function as a caretaker government until a new one can be formed.

Medvedev and Putin had met for a work meeting to discuss the state-of-the-nation address earlier on Wednesday, the Kremlin said. Medvedev explained that the cabinet is resigning in accordance with Article 117 of the Russian Constitution, which states that the government can offer its resignation to the president, who can either accept or reject it.

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WNU Editor: This move by Russian President Putin has surprised a lot of people in Russia. He is also breaking a promise to those who make up Russia's establishment that he was not going to manipulate or alter the constitution to stay in power after 2024. He lied. There is going to be a lot of blow-back in Russia against this, and I predict very little if any public support. They will see it for what it is .... a power grab. If he puts this to a referendum today and it is done fairly, it will be easily defeated with a sizable majority. So why did he make this announcement today with four years left in his mandate? I think it is a message telling everyone that he is not a "lame duck". For the past year Russian political parties and leaders have been positioning themselves to be ready to run for the Russian Presidency in 2024. They are influencing policy, government legislation, and public debate on what should be the future of Russia. While all of this was happening, Russian President Putin was being ignored, and my guess is that he decided it was in his interest to put a stop to it now before it gets out of hand. But the problem is that I could tell that this proposal to change the constitution was done very quickly, and the sudden resignation of the government was done at the last moment. Even President Putin's statement that Prime Minister Medvedev's government was a failure was also out of character. They have known each other for years, and I detected a certain amount of animosity from Putin directed at his now former Prime Minister. And as for ex-Prime Minister Medvedev, he is the big loser in this power shift, and from what I saw he definitely did not look happy on what was happening.

More News On The Russian Government Resigning

Highlights of Putin's State of the Nation Address -- TASS
Russian government resigns -- TASS
Putin proposes major amendments to Russia's constitution incl. about his own post, says people should vote on changes -- RT
Russian government resigns as Vladimir Putin plans future -- BBC
Russian PM and government quit as Putin proposes constitutional changes -- The Guardian
Russian prime minister submits resignation to Putin -- AP
Putin uses state of nation speech to flag referendum on constitutional change -- France 24
Putin engineers shakeup that could keep him in power longer -- AP
Russia to get new prime minister after government resigns -- DW
Russian Government resigns after Putin calls for constitutional overhaul -- ABC News Online
Putin appoints Mishustin as PM after Medvedev's resignation -- France 24
Putin names successor to Medvedev as Russian prime minister -- The Hill
Russian gov't resigns to clear path for Putin's major constitutional changes -- UPI
Russian gov't quits after Putin proposes constitutional reform -- Al Jazeera
Putin proposes Federal Tax Service head Mishustin as next Prime Minister -- RT
Putin puts forward little-known tax chief as new Russian PM: Kremlin -- Reuters
'Technocratic placeholder'? Putin picks low-profile tax chief as Russian PM -- Reuters
Putin shake-up could keep him in power past 2024 as cabinet steps aside -- Reuters
Putin proposes vesting Russia's lower house with power to nominate PM, cabinet -- TASS
Putin to introduce office of Security Council deputy head, appoint Medvedev -- TASS
Outgoing PM Medvedev to become deputy head of Russia's Security Council -- RT
Putin to introduce office of Security Council deputy head, appoint Medvedev -- TASS
Russia's parliament to consider new PM's candidacy on Thursday: RIA -- Reuters
Putin's power grab: Russian government RESIGNS after president unveils reforms which would weaken Vladimir's successor and allow him to pull the strings as PM after presidential term ends -- Daily Mail
Putin consolidates power as Russian government resigns -- CNBC
Putin is sending a message to the world with his shock announcement -- CNN
'A Bloodless Revolution.' Putin's Plan to Rewrite Russia's Constitution Could Allow Him to Lead for Years to Come -- Time

U.S. - China Sign 'Phase One' Of Trade Deal

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 01:10 PM PST

Daily Mail: Donald Trump signs 'phase one' of trade deal with China which ends escalation of his trade war—and complains about the 'impeachment hoax' at White House ceremony with Xi Jinping's deputy looking on

  * Donald Trump took a victory lap as he signed a trade deal with China at the White House - as his impeachment sped ahead at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue
  * He touted his economy and launched attack after attack on his enemies at packed East Room ceremony, railing against the 'impeachment hoax'
  * Trump has vowed that he would ink a trade deal with China for more than two years and imposed steep tariffs to bring Beijing to the table
  * Signing is for 'phase one' and the White House promises more segments in the future
  * Xi Jinping didn't come for the signing but sent a lower-level official, vice-premier Liu He and Trump said he will go back to China soon to 'reciprocate'
  * It's unclear what he's reciprocating for, since Xi didn't come
  * East Room press credentials didn't have a date printed on them, suggesting the White House wasn't confident the event would happen on schedule
  * President urged House members in the audience to leave early if they needed to cast a vote on sending impeachment articles to the Senate

Donald Trump took a victory lap on Wednesday as he signed a trade deal with China at the White House as his impeachment sped towards the Senate on Capitol Hill.

He boasted to an audience of dignitaries that a new trade deal with China will bring 'a future of fair and reciprocal trade,' then complained about the 'impeachment hoax,' and praised a string of Republican senators who he needs to vote for his acquittal.

The president has long complained about a massive trade deficit between Washington and Beijing. He pledged during the 2016 campaign to come down hard on China.

'We are righting the wrongs of the past,' he said Wednesday, observing that 'our negotiations were tough, honest, open and respectful.'

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WNU Editor: China has now officially committed to buying hundreds of billions in goods from the US. Lets see if they honour their commitments. My prediction .... they will not. Their economic projections and expectations are based on having large trade deficits with the U.S.. This "agreement" runs completely contrary to China's long term economic plans and goals. So what I expect next are delays, excuses, and accusations from Beijing when the goals of this agreement are not met.

More News On The U.S. And China Signing 'Phase One' Of Their Trade Deal

U.S., China reset trade relationship with Phase 1 agreement -- Reuters
US, China deal aims to simmer long-running trade tensions -- AP
US and China sign 'phase one' deal -- BBC
Watch as Donald Trump and Liu He sign phase one trade war deal in White House's East Room -- SCMP
Trump signs China trade pact and boasts of 'the biggest deal ever seen' -- The Guardian
US-China pact signing to ease tension but leaves much undone -- Paul Wiseman and Joe McDonald, AP
US-China trade deal: Winners and losers -- Natalie Sherman, BBC

US House Votes 228-193 To Send The Articles Of Impeachment Against President Trump To The Senate

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 12:58 PM PST

Daily Mail: House votes 228-193 to send the articles of impeachment against Donal Trump to the Senate TODAY with just one Democrat voting against while Republicans stay united in opposition

* The House of Representatives passed a resolution Wednesday that named House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's seven impeachment managers
* The vote kicked off the process of officially sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate
* Pelosi and the impeachment managers will participate in an Engrossment Ceremony later Wednesday
* There will then be a procession through the U.S. Capitol as the two articles are delivered to the Senate side of the building
* Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he expects President Trump's Senate impeachment trial to begin Tuesday

The House of Representatives passed a resolution 228 to 193 Wednesday that kicks off the process of sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

Only one Democrat defected from the party, with Rep. Collin Peterson from Minnesota voting with Republicans. Peterson has been against President Trump's impeachment from day one. Rep. Justin Amash, a Republican-turned-Democrat- voted alongside the Democrats.

At 5 p.m., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will hold an Engrossment Ceremony with the newly announced impeachment managers and then there will be a procession through the Capitol as the articles are officially delivered to the Senate side of the buildilng.

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WNU Editor: The fight begins .... Democrats say they're 'prepared' to fight against Republicans calling Hunter Biden as a witness hinting they'll ask Chief Justice John Roberts to rule him as 'irrelevant and inadmissible' (Daily Mail).

More News On The Articles Of Impeachment Against President Trump Being Sent To The Senate

Live: US House votes to send Trump impeachment articles to Senate -- France 24
Trump impeachment: House votes to send articles to the Senate – live -- The Guardian
House votes to send Trump impeachment to Senate for trial -- AP
U.S. House votes to send Trump impeachment charges to Senate for trial -- Reuters
House triggers impeachment trial with vote approving articles -- Politico
Pelosi names Schiff lead impeachment manager -- The Hill
Pelosi names impeachment managers -- The Hill
Nancy Pelosi names the seven Democrats who will manage Donald Trump's Senate trial and puts Adam Schiff in the lead, saying it will be 'an impeachment that lasts forever' -- Daily Mail
Pelosi names impeachment trial managers ahead of key House vote -- UPI
Pelosi announces impeachment managers before House votes to send articles to Senate for trial (VIDEO) -- RT
Trump impeachment: House lawmakers appointed to prosecute case -- BBC
Trump impeachment trial: Who are the House managers? -- Al Jazeera
US House votes to send Trump impeachment articles to Senate -- Al Jazeera
Roberts, senators to be sworn in Thursday for impeachment trial -- The Hill
Trump accuses Democrats of a 'con job' as impeachment managers are announced -- The Hill
Trump taps 'strong, silent type' to lead impeachment defense -- AP
Meet the 'strong silent type' Donald Trump is relying on to defend him in the Senate: White House counsel Pat Cipollone, a millionaire father-of-10, will come out of the shadows to make case for the president -- Daily Mail
McConnell makes case for Trump acquittal ahead of trial -- The Hill
Trump impeachment: What you need to know about the Senate trial -- BBC
The Crossing: What to watch as impeachment heads to Senate -- AP

Daily World News Briefs -- January 15, 2020

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 11:41 AM PST

Reuters: U.S. House votes to send Trump impeachment charges to Senate for trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-led House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to send two formal charges against President Donald Trump to the Senate, clearing the way for only the third impeachment trial of a U.S. president to begin in earnest next week.

Lawmakers voted 228 to 193 to give the Senate, controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, the task of putting him on trial on charges of abuse of power for asking Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden and of obstruction of Congress for blocking testimony and documents sought by Democratic lawmakers.

The vote, which also approved a team of seven Democratic lawmakers named by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve as prosecutors in the trial, was largely along party lines.

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Iran rejects idea of 'strange' new 'Trump deal' to end nuclear dispute. Iran rejects UK's call for 'Trump deal' to replace nuclear accord.

Iranian leader: Nuclear accusations putting European troops in danger. European troops may be at risk after dispute process triggered – Iran.

Iranians were 'lied to' over downed plane, foreign minister admits.

Donald Trump's assassination of Qassem Soleimani: illegal, says Russia, helped Isis, says Iran.

'A ceasefire never lasts': Idlib bombing resumes after brief lull.

Syrian army says Israeli jets struck military air base in Homs.

Libya's Haftar wants military solution: Turkey.

Yemeni army kills Houthi commander in Al-Dhale province.

Demonstrators in Beirut target banks in continued protests.

Saudi Arabia's north-west desert covered in snow after unusual winter storm.


China's growing influence rattles Southeast Asia as U.S. retreats, survey shows.

China sees Myanmar as stepping stone to Indian Ocean, energy security.

China is global threat to individual freedoms, says new Human Rights Watch report.

Kashmir blackout eases but restrictions remain.

Cambodia begins treason trial of Opposition Leader Kem Sokha as criticism mounts.

Tsai Ing-wen says Beijing must face reality that Taiwan is 'an independent country already'.

South Korea ruling party offers free nationwide Wi-Fi ahead of elections.

UN court to rule next week in Rohingya genocide case.


Sahel chaos: How terrorists are taking power in Mali, Niger and the region as a whole.

Sudan army quells Khartoum mutiny by pro-Bashir troops. Sudan reopens airspace after military crushes armed revolt.

Exclusive: 2,000 Syrian fighters deployed to Libya to support government.

EU prepares for migration wave amid Libya crisis.

US calls for cut in UN peacekeeping forces in Mali.

Egyptian security forces raid Turkish news agency in Cairo.

A year after DusitD2 attack, grief and pain still linger.


Russian gov't resigns to clear path for Putin's major constitutional changes. Putin names successor to Medvedev as Russian prime minister.

Five nuclear-armed states must work together to neutralize threat of 'global war' – Putin.

Russia's Putin seeks to stimulate birth rate.

German economic growth saw major drop in 2019.

Germany investigates 3 people suspected of spying for China.

Thousands of asylum seekers waiting in streets, makeshift camps around Paris.

Pope Francis names first woman to manage Vatican diplomatic office.

Explosions at Spain chemical plant kills 2.


House votes to send Trump impeachment to Senate for trial.

Pelosi names impeachment managers.

Roberts, senators to be sworn in Thursday for impeachment trial.

'Even Hillary and Trump shook hands': Warren snubs Sanders handshake after tense Democratic debate (VIDEO).

Venezuela's Maduro gives State of the Union address.

Venezuela opposition convoy attacked outside parliament.

Peru's top court says dissolution of parliament was legal.


Islamic State kills almost 100 soldiers in Niger.

Israeli army 'had no role in Soleimani killing,' IDF spokesperson tells FRANCE 24.

Apple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones.


Microsoft issues urgent Windows security fix after US intelligence tip-off.

U.S. oil production hits estimated record 13 million barrels per day.

Global debt hits new record of $253 trillion and is set to grow even more this year.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 15, 2020

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 09:45 AM PST

BBC: Iran plane downing: President Rouhani calls on military to explain

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said the country's military should elaborate more on how it shot down a passenger plane by mistake last week.

Separately, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif acknowledged that Iranians "were lied to" for days afterwards.

He insisted that he and the president were also kept in the dark.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards killed 176 people when they "unintentionally" shot down the Ukrainian aircraft amid escalating tensions with the US.

Hours before, Iranian missiles had targeted two airbases in Iraq housing US forces.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 15, 2020

Iran foreign minister: Military 'lied' about downing of Ukrainian plane -- National Post/Washington Post

Soleimani Awarded Syria's Medal of Honor, Posthumously Promoted After US Strike --

Analysis Israeli Army Sees Chance to Escalate Attacks Against Iran and Its Allies -- Haaretz

U.S. Looks at Cuts to Military Aid to Iraq if Troops Are Asked to Leave -- Wall Street Journal

U.S. Could Cut Iraqi Military Assistance -- Defense and Security Monitor

US military presence in the Middle East and Afghanistan -- Al Jazeera

Counting the cost of US military bases around the world -- Al Jazeera

Unmanned Vessels Won't Count as Warships in Next Navy Force Assessment: CNO --

U.S. Navy: We're Gonna Need a Bigger Budget (and More Boats) -- Popular Mechanics

Navy Littoral Combat Ship Will Soon Be Armed With A Laser Weapon System -- Warzone/The Drive

Navy's Top Admiral Has No Apologies Over Carrier Lincoln's Extra-Long Deployment --

The Navy cryptically says it has top-secret UFO briefings that would cause 'exceptionally grave damage' to US national security if published -- Business Insider

Russia's hypersonic missiles are not 'game changing,' says U.S. Army Chief of Staff -- Yahoo News

How the Army uses tech to balance awareness with battlefield distractions -- Army Times

Army Selects Sig's .300 Win Mag sniper ammunition -- Military Times

U.S. soldier killed in parachute training exercise in Arizona, Army says -- CBS/AP

Amid Iran tensions, Democratic hopefuls joust over military plans -- Military Times

3-Star: We Must Combat Russian Attempts to Influence Troops Online --

Pompeo warns Silicon Valley execs not to work with Chinese military -- Washington Times

How the Army Is Training European Militias to Stop a Russian Invasion -- National Interest

France's Macron: If Trump pulls US military out of Africa, it would be 'bad news' -- FOX News

French forces face military trap in Sahel region -- Euractiv

French military selects Blackhawk T-series holster -- Military Times

Swedish military duped by 'officer' with faked diploma -- France 24

How a Swedish military man forged his CV and landed a job at Nato's HQ -- The Local

Is Germany Considering Maritime Missions in Asia? -- Markus Kaim, The Diplomat

Prince Harry's Military Friends Come to His Defense -- Harper's Bazaar

Libya's Haftar wants military solution: Turkey -- Anadalu Agency

China Figured Out The Secret To Closing The Gap With America's Military -- National Interest

Thai Army Chief Signs Intelligence Pact With Indonesia -- The Diplomat

Russian President Putin Floats Another Idea To Change The Russian Constitution

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 09:48 AM PST

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the State Council in Moscow, Russia, January 15, 2020. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERS

Reuters: Putin proposes vote on constitutional shake-up that could extend his rule

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday proposed a nationwide vote on sweeping constitutional changes that would shift power from the presidency to parliament and the prime minister, a move that could allow him to extend his rule after leaving the Kremlin.

In power as either president or prime minister since 1999, Putin, 67, is due to step down in 2024 when his fourth presidential term ends.

He has not yet said what he plans to do when his term expires, but under the current constitution, which bans anyone from serving more than two successive presidential terms, Putin is barred from immediately running again.

Putin told the country's political elite in his annual state-of-the-nation speech on Wednesday that he favored changing the constitution to hand the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, the power to choose Russia's prime minister and other key positions.

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WNU Editor: This Kremlin talk about changing the constitution is repeating a cycle that I have noticed in the past year. Every two or three months a new idea is floated on how to change the constitution so that Russian President Putin can stay in power in some capacity. And like all the other proposals, within a week they are shot down by everyone, including those within Putin's inner circle who want to replace him.

Update: I may have spoken too soon .... Russian gov't resigns to clear path for Putin's major constitutional changes (UPI). This is catching everyone by surprise, and everyone that I have spoke to in Russia are not happy. I will be updating this story later.

The U.S. Navy's Newest Radar Will Give It The Ability 'To See' Three Times Further Than Previous Radars

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 07:00 AM PST

SPY-6 is the U.S. Navy family of radars that perform air and missile defense on seven classes of ships.

Breaking Defense: New Radar Stretches Navy's Reach To Track More Threats, Faster Threats & Smaller Threats

Commanders have been asking for the new SPY-6 radars on ships now, and the Navy is working on making it happen.

WASHINGTON: In the coming weeks, the Navy is slated to unveil a new plan for what ships plans to put to sea in the coming decades, and how it wants those hulls configured. One of the "must haves" in the emerging era of small drones, ballistic missiles, stealthy aircraft and unmanned ships is the ability to see further and react faster, as countries from China to Iran to North Korea throw a dizzying array of advanced weapons into the mix.

In November, the Navy laid down the keel for its first Flight III destroyer, one of the ships at the forefront of this modernization plan. The USS Jack H. Lucas will take to sea armed with new weapons, advanced sensors and a more powerful AN/SPY-6 radar system that can see three times further than previous radars.

The Raytheon-made system is capable of tracking incoming missiles, small drones and ships at distances, and at a volume, that existing radars can't, the Navy and company representatives say.

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Update: Navy accelerates new ship radar to support emerging 'sea-attack' strategy (FOX News/Warrior Maven)

WNU Editor: The tech and software behind this radar must be incredible. It also adds to this Russian military expert's analysis on why the US Navy will defeat the Chinese Navy in any confrontation .... This Russian Expert Believes That The US Carrier Fleet Will Defeat The Chinese Carier Fleet Due to Its Superior Reconnaissance Capabilities (January 13, 2020).

The U.S. Navy's Future Large Surface Combatant Pushed Has Been Pushed To The Late 2020s

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 05:28 AM PST

The guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG-96) sails in the Arabian Sea. Bainbridge is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region. US Navy photo

USNI News: Future Large Surface Combatant Pushed to Late 2020s, Navy Takes 'Measured' Development Approach

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy is now taking a "measured" approach to developing its next large combatant, with the director of surface warfare saying he expects to buy the first ones in the late 2020s after certain technologies mature, following previous plans to begin the ship program as early as 2023.

The Navy has acknowledged for several years that it is outgrowing its Arleigh Burke destroyer design, with the Flight III design essentially consuming all remaining space and power in the design.

The future surface force will rely more heavily on small combatants like the frigate and unmanned surface vessels – an idea that Rear Adm. Gene Black (OPNAV N96) said was re-validated by a recent Future Surface Combatant Force analysis of alternatives – but a large combatant force will still be needed to haul large radars and large missiles.

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WNU Editor: So much for the US Navy saying only a year and a half ago that they need to develop and deploy this ship ASAP.

The Next Frontier In The China-US Struggle Will Be The Arctic

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 05:19 AM PST

Members of a Chinese research team set up an ocean profiling float at a short-term data acquisition location near the icebreaker Xuelong in the Arctic Ocean in 2016. Photo: Xinhua

SCMP: Trade, tech … and now the Arctic? The next frontier in the China-US struggle for global control

* Beijing has defined itself as a 'near-Arctic state' and is taking a growing interest in shipping and economic development of other countries in the area
* But Washington is wary of its rival's ambitions and the potential for Chinese science and commerce to morph into a security threat

China and the United States have been diplomatically banging heads over trade disputes for the best part of the last 18 months, while elsewhere their rivalry is playing out as a global grappling match for power and influence from the South China Sea to Africa. The Arctic may be next on the list.

This month is the second anniversary of China's announcement of a policy to include the polar region in its Belt and Road Initiative, an ambitious effort to build land and maritime trading routes across the globe.

Beijing's release of the Arctic white paper in 2018, in which it referred to itself as a "near-Arctic state", caused something of a sceptical stir in Washington, not for what it contained, but what it lacked: military ambition.

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WNU Editor: This is not happening in a vacuum. China's intentions toward the Arctic have been known for years .... China Wants To Lay Claim To The Arctic (April 5, 2014).

China Wants To Use Its 'Biggest And Most Powerful Destroyer' To Deter The U.S.

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 05:13 AM PST

Daily Mail: China wants to use its 'biggest and most powerful destroyer' to deter the U.S. from undermining Beijing's 'core interests', expert says

* The commissioning of the Nanchang is meant to 'deter the Americans'
* It reflects the rivalry between Beijing and Washington, the expert adds
* The type 055 guided missile destroyer entered active service on Sunday
* Beijing hopes to use the ship to 'impress upon its perceived aggressors'

China wants to use the commissioning of its 'biggest and most powerful destroyer' to prevent the United State from undermining its 'core interests', an expert claims.

The official delivery of the Nanchang, the country's first Type 055 guided missile destroyer, is meant to deter the Americans, he says.

The ceremony is an attempt from Beijing to 'demonstrate its sufficient political will and military capability to the U.S. Government, especially under the present Trump Administration', the Asia-based researcher adds.

The message from Beijing is that 'any effort to undermine or subvert Beijing's "core interests" concerning territorial and sovereignty issues - such as the case of Taiwan, and the South China Sea - could be met with military response.'

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