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More Details Emerge On The Al-Shabaab Attack In Kenya That Killed Three Americans When Militants Overran Airfield

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 05:00 PM PST



New York Times: Chaos as Militants Overran Airfield, Killing 3 Americans in Kenya

The brazen Shabab assault at Manda Bay, Kenya, a sleepy seaside base near the Somali border, on Jan. 5 left three Americans dead, raising complex questions about the military's mission in Africa.

WASHINGTON — Armed with rifles and explosives, about a dozen Shabab fighters destroyed an American surveillance plane as it was taking off and ignited an hourslong gunfight earlier this month on a sprawling military base in Kenya that houses United States troops. By the time the Shabab were done, portions of the airfield were burning and three Americans were dead.

Surprised by the attack, American commandos took around an hour to respond. Many of the local Kenyan forces, assigned to defend the base, hid in the grass while other American troops and support staff were corralled into tents, with little protection, to wait out the battle. It would require hours to evacuate one of the wounded to a military hospital in Djibouti, roughly 1,500 miles away.

The brazen assault at Manda Bay, a sleepy seaside base near the Somali border, on Jan. 5, was largely overshadowed by the crisis with Iran after the killing of that country's most important general two days earlier, and is only now drawing closer scrutiny from Congress and Pentagon officials.

But the storming of an airfield used by the American military so alarmed the Pentagon that it immediately sent about 100 troops from the 101st Airborne Division to establish security at the base. Army Green Berets from Germany also were shuttled to Djibouti, the Pentagon's major hub in Africa, in case the entire base was in danger of being taken by the Shabab, an East African terrorist group affiliated with Al Qaeda.

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WNU Editor: The local Kenyan security forces that were responsible for protecting the base fled. Everything went downhill after that.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 22, 2020

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 04:00 PM PST

Trump is seen speaking at the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland Wednesday

Piers Morgan, Daily Mail: President Trump's got Davos cheering the US economy, Hillary beating up a socialist heading the Dem polls, and an Impeachment farce heading towards another big win for him. No wonder he's laughing his way back to the White House

'Nobody likes him,' rages Hillary Clinton in a new documentary film. 'Nobody wants to work with him. He gets nothing done.'

She expanded on her vicious personal attack in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter: 'It's not only him, it's the culture around him. It's his leadership team. It's his prominent supporters….and their relentless attacks on lots of his competitors, particularly the women.'

She concluded: 'I think people need to pay attention because we want, hopefully, to elect a president who's going to try to bring us together and not either turn a blind eye, or actually reward the kind of insulting, attacking, degrading behavior that we've seen… it's all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.'

Wow.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 22, 2020

China halts Wuhan flights, trains amid WHO talks -- Dario Thuburn and Laurent Thomet, Asia Times

Factbox: What we know about the new coronavirus spreading in China and beyond -- Reuters

What's new in the China virus outbreak -- AP

What we know so far about the new China virus -- AFP

How Does Wuhan Coronavirus Compare With MERS, SARS And The Common Cold? -- Pien Huang, NPR

Red Line Rumble: Iran Tested the Boundaries of the Trump Administration and Got Burned -- Ari Heistein and Eldad Shavit, National Interest

Soleimani killing adds dangerous new dimension to Iraq unrest -- Aziz El Yaakoubi and Ahmed Rasheed, Reuters

Where Is the Iran Conflict Heading? -- John McLaughlin, OZY

Saudi ruler aimed to 'silence' Washington Post -- Alison Tahmizian Meuse, Asia Times

The Turkish-Qatari Axis Challenges Washington -- Aykan Erdemir, National Interest

Chinese Dreams, Russian Realities -- Michael McFaul & Kathryn Stoner, Moscow Times

Glenn Greenwald on Brazil's Charges Against Him -- Isaac Chotiner, New Yorker

Latin lessons: what the Romans can tell us about our age -- Helen Dale, CAP X

World News Briefs -- January 22, 2020 (Evening Edition)

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 03:27 PM PST

A tourist wearing a mask visits Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China January 22, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Reuters: WHO says will decide on Thursday if China virus is a global health emergency

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said it will decide on Thursday whether to declare a global emergency over the outbreak of a new flu-like virus spreading in and beyond China.

If it does so it will be only the sixth international public health emergency to be declared in the last decade.

"The decision is one I take extremely seriously and one I am only prepared to make with appropriate consideration of all the evidence," WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

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MIDDLE EAST

At least 12 killed in Russia-led air raids near Syria's Aleppo.

More U.S. troops leave Iraq over potential injuries as Trump downplays brain risk.

At least 10 killed in two days of violent protests across Iraq.

Iraq president warns against making Baghdad pick sides in US-Iran tensions.

Iran lashes out against Albania after Soleimani killing.

Lebanon forms new 20-minister government amid mass economic protests. Lebanon's new cabinet holds first meeting amid protests and economic 'catastrophe'.

Violent protests in Beirut follow Lebanon's cabinet meeting.

World leaders gather in Israel for the World Holocaust Forum.

UN links alleged Saudi hacking to effort to silence Washington Post. Saudis deny hacking phone of Amazon, Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos.

'Go outside': France's Macron berates Israeli police at Jerusalem church.

ASIA

U.S. Secretary of State cautions nations against taking 'easy money' from China.

Coronavirus: Deaths rise to 17; cases in China rise to 509.

Coronavirus: China advises against travel to Wuhan as deaths surge.

Asia taking no chances with new China virus as WHO meeting looms.

North Korea suspends foreign tourism over coronavirus fears: Tour companies.

China has 'no intention to participate' in arms talks.

Afghan conflict: Half a million people displaced in 2019.

India's Telangana to test facial recognition in local elections.

AFRICA

Morocco adds W. Sahara waters to its maritime territory.

32 killed in attack in disputed South Sudan border region: official.

Sahel faces surge in violence from terror attacks.

Tripoli's Mitiga airport reopens after coming under fire.

UN welcomes Libya peace commitments from Berlin summit.

Libya war costing $77m in oil revenue per day.

Algeria to host six African foreign ministers on Libya conflict.

Pierre Nkurunziza: Burundi leader to get $530,000 and luxury villa.

SA army drops charges against Muslim officer.

Driven out by drought: Farmland turns barren in Somalia.

EUROPE

Brexit bill clears final UK parliamentary hurdle ahead of January 31 exit.

Migrant smuggling ring who brought TEN THOUSAND Kurdish migrants into Britain in refrigerated lorries for £6,000 each is smashed by French and Dutch police.

Trump meets Pakistan, Iraq leaders before leaving Swiss summit for U.S..

Trump revives trade battle with Europe with threat to cars.

Russia: Putin announces new Cabinet after prime minister resigns.

Putin hoping to secure economic legacy with reshuffle: sources.

Greece elects Katerina Sakellaropoulou as first female president.

Greek islanders strike against migrant camps. Thousands of Greek protesters demand asylum seekers are removed from their islands, as locals claim: 'You can't walk alone after dark, people get stabbed'.

Prince Charles calls for green TAXES as he meets Greta Thunberg in Davos and pitches radical new world economy to tackle climate change - a day after Donald Trump rejected 'prophets of doom'.

AMERICAS

Trump sought to cheat to win re-election, Democrats charge at trial.

Democratic White House contender Gabbard sues Hillary Clinton for 'Russian asset' comment.

Senate Republicans muscle through rules for Trump trial.

Coronavirus reaches the US as China struggles with pandemic fears, mounting death toll.

Reports: U.S. planning to add Belarus, Kyrgyzstan to travel ban list.

Caribbean leaders boycott Pompeo talks as row grows over US relations.

Venezuela crisis: Secret service raids offices of opposition leader Guaidó.

Half of Americans don't know 6m Jews were killed in Holocaust, survey says.

'National travesty': report shows one third of Canada's prisoners are Indigenous.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

US military claimed 'success' in hacking ISIS: Documents.

Sahel faces surge in violence from terror attacks.

Ex-CIA contractor defends brutal post-9/11 interrogations.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Tech sector pushes the S&P 500 to slight gain.

US-China trade deal won't affect European firms in China, Xi Jinping tells Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron.

Boeing hit to US economy a worry for Trump reelection bid.

Meng Wanzhou 'irreplaceable' to company, says Huawei executive.

Is The World Ready For A Pandemic?

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 03:35 PM PST



Adam Minter, Bloomberg: Deadly Virus in China Should Scare World Leaders to Action

Countries need to spend more to prepare for the possibility of a pandemic.

China was completely unprepared when the virus now known as SARS emerged in the late autumn of 2002. Among other deficiencies, the government had almost no medical or administrative infrastructure in place to identify, monitor and respond to an epidemic, much less to notify the rest of the world of the impending danger. As a result, thousands of people were infected, almost 800 died, and the global economy suffered at least $40 billion in losses.

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WNU Editor: No one can ever be ready for a pandemic. As for the current crisis, China is now starting to quarantine Wuhan .... China quarantines Wuhan amid coronavirus outbreak (FOX News). I would take this as an admission by the Chinese authorities that they have lost control.

EU Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen Wants Europe To Be A Global Military Power

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 02:32 PM PST


DW: EU's von der Leyen: Europe needs 'credible military capabilities'

The EU has set up "the building blocks of a European defense union," EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen has said in Davos. She also hailed a "European open science cloud" aimed to boost research in the bloc.

In order to respond to crises, the EU needs "credible military capabilities," the leader of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen said at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday.

The bloc has already "set up the building blocks of a European defense union," the former German defense minister said in her speech.

"It is complementary to NATO and it is different," she added. "There is a European way to foreign policy and foreign security policy where hard power is an important tool […] but it is never the only one."

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WNU Editor: The EU chief is not the only one calling for an EU Army .... EU Army: Emmanuel Macron's close ally demands Europe become a global military power (Express).

French President Macron Argues With Israeli Police During Visit To Jerusalem

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 02:28 PM PST





Daily Mail: Furious Emmanuel Macron argues with Israeli police during visit to Jerusalem as they try to enter Church of St Anne - a French territory - sparking a row with French officials

* The French president shouted 'I don't like what you did in front of me!' and that 'everyone knows the rules'
* Jacques Chirac had a similar row at the church in 1996 and refused to enter until Israeli security guards left
* St Anne's Church was given to Napoleon in 1856 by the Ottomans as thanks for support in the Crimean war

French president Emmanuel Macron today launched a furious English language attack on heavily armed Israeli security guards for following him into a French church in Jerusalem.

The 42-year-old head of state erupted in anger after officers broke diplomatic protocol by walking into Saint Anne's, in the city's Old Town, on Wednesday.

'Everybody knows the rules,' Macron shouted. 'I don't like what you did in front of me. Go outside!'

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Update #1: 'Go outside': France's Macron berates Israeli police at Jerusalem church (BBC)
Update #2: Emmanuel Macron shouts at Israeli security officers in altercation in Jerusalem (CNN)

WNU Editor: French President Macron is visiting Israel for this .... World leaders gather in Israel for the World Holocaust Forum (UPI).

U.S. Space Command Passed Its First Combat Test By Detecting Iranian Missile Launches At US Bases In Iraq This Month

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 01:35 PM PST

Business Insider/Military.com: Officials say US Space Command passed its first combat test by detecting Iranian missiles

* Early warning capabilities belonging to US Space Command helped detect Iranian ballistic missile launches at US bases in Iraq this month, the new command said this week.
* The warning helped give US troops on the ground a chance to take cover, and the detection means the new command passed its initial combat test, officials and experts say.

The newly created US combatant command focused on space has passed its initial combat test, according to officials and experts.

Early warning capabilities belonging to the command helped detect recent Iranian ballistic missile launches at US bases in Iraq, contributing to an early warning advantage for troops on the ground.

In a statement to Military.com earlier this week, US Space Command officials pointed to the vast array of interlocking space and ground sensors, mostly inherited from the Air Force, that are now in the command's domain. The capabilities serve to detect and track ballistic missiles worldwide. Officials did not, however, specify which particular system first picked up the launches.

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WNU editor: Sending a message to everyone that US Space Command is now operational.

Would The U.S. Congress Cancel Constructing An Aircraft Carrier Named After A Black Hero?

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 01:22 PM PST

A future aircraft carrier will be named after Navy hero Doris "Dorie" Miller. U.S. Navy

Craig Hooper, Forbes: Naming An Aircraft Carrier After A Black Hero May Make It Untouchable

In a break with convention, the U.S. Navy said Monday it was naming an aircraft carrier after Ship's Cook Third Class Doris "Dorie" Miller, a humble, enlisted naval hero of no particular political achievement. In recent memory, naming honors for modern U.S. carriers—the centerpieces of the U.S. Fleet—were reserved for the maritime elite: U.S. Presidents, congressmen, or admirals. A few more were named for America's earliest aircraft carriers, the proud flat-tops that held the Pacific front in early World War II.

Why such a dramatic departure from established tradition?

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WNU Editor: Not going to happen.

Venezuela's Goernment Is Almost Out Of Cash

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 12:04 PM PST

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, September 30, 2019. Manaure Quintero/REUTERS

Business Insider: Venezuela reportedly has less than $1 billion in cash, which is less than rapper Jay-Z's net worth

* Venezuela's cash supply has dipped below $1 billion, according to a report by Bloomberg.
* That's less than the net worth of many entrepreneurs and celebrities, including rapper Jay-Z and reality star Kylie Jenner.
* The country has had limited access to funds since governments around the world enacted sanctions to try to force the country's embattled president, Nicolás Maduro, from power after he faced accusations of rigging elections.

Venezuela's cash supply has fallen below $1 billion as the country faces sanctions from governments around the world, limiting its ability to access funds and sell off the tons of gold it has in storage.

The South American country now has less than $800 million in cash and $200 million in other liquid assets, people familiar with the Venezuelan central bank's finances told Bloomberg.

The drop means Venezuela's cash balance has dropped below the net worth of many billionaire entrepreneurs, including Jay-Z, who is worth more than $1 billion, according to Forbes.

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Update: Venezuela has less cash in its coffers than Jay-Z is worth (NYPost)

WNU Editor: And here is an easy prediction. It is going to get worse.

President Trump's Impeachment Trial Live Updates -- News Updates January 22, 2020

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 11:53 AM PST

China Coronavirus Death Toll Doubles To 17 With 521 Cases Confirmed Worldwide

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 11:14 AM PST





Daily Mail: Mexico may have its first coronavirus case as the contagious illness that has killed 17 spreads from China to at least 531 people around the world

* Mexican officials are investigating the country's first possible case of the new coronavirus, President Andrews Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday
* As of Wednesday, 521 worldwide have caught the viral illness
* Cases have been confirmed in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the US, which reported its first patient, a man in his 30s in Washington state, on Tuesday
* One person in Australia is reportedly in isolation and may have the virus
* If the Mexico case is confirmed, it will be the sixth country outside of China -where all 17 deaths have occurred - bolstering fears of a pandemic

Health officials in Mexico are investigating the country's first possible case of the deadly coronavirus spreading from China, President Andrews Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday.

He said that the patient is located in Tamaulipas, a region that boarders the southern tip of Texas.

'It's being dealt with' President Obrador said in a press conference.

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More News On The China Coronavirus Outbreak

China coronavirus: death toll almost doubles in one day as Hong Kong reports its first two cases -- SCMP
Coronavirus: death toll doubles to 17 as China struggles to halt spread -- The Guardian
Global alarm mounts as China virus deaths hit 17 -- Reuters
China virus outbreak may wallop economy, financial markets -- AP
Coronavirus: Deaths rise to 17; cases in China rise to 509 -- UPI
Pandemic fears grow as new coronavirus spreads -- DW
Coronavirus reaches the US as China struggles with pandemic fears, mounting death toll -- France 24
Wuhan coronavirus: outbreak wreaks havoc on China's Lunar New Year travel plans, hitting family reunions -- SCMP
Coronavirus: China advises against travel to Wuhan as deaths surge -- BBC
Asia taking no chances with new China virus as WHO meeting looms -- Al Jazeera
US puts up shield as coronavirus MUTATES: ALL passengers from Wuhan will be 'funneled' to five major airports for screenings as deadly virus kils at least 17 and infects 10,000 -- Daily Mail
Coronavirus weaker than Sars but may share link to bats, Chinese scientists say -- SCMP
First patient to recover from China's killer coronavirus describes being treated in the ICU after going to the hospital because of headache -- Daily Mail
Inside the epicentre of the deadly Chinese coronavirus outbreak: First footage shows Wuhan doctors in hazmat suits treating patients who are struck down with the life-threatening infection -- Daily Mail
What we know so far about the new China virus -- France 24

World News Briefs -- January 22, 2020

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 03:09 PM PST



Daily Mail: Schumer vows to keep fighting for witnesses at Trump's impeachment trial but says Hunter Biden has 'nothing to do with this' as Democrats prepare to make their case to remove the president

* Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats will continue to push for the ability to call witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial
* He ruled out the potential of allowing Republicans to call Joe or Hunter Biden '[They] have nothing to do with this,' he asserted to reporters Wednesday
* Democrats have floated calling both acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton as new witnesses
* Republicans want to hear from both Joe and hunter if witnesses are permitted
* Trump has said he wants to hear from the anonymous whistle-blower whose report led to the launch of the impeachment inquiry in the first place
* Democrats will have the opportunity to begin presenting their opening arguments against Donald Trump in the Senate impeachment trial Wednesday
* The seven managers will argue, in part, that witnesses should be called
* Congressman Adam Schiff is leading the team prosecuting Trump in the Senate
* The prosecution and defense debated on Tuesday the rules set forth by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the trial

Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that Senate Democrats would continue to push for witnesses in Donald Trump's impeachment trial but ruled out the potential of Hunter Biden being one of those individuals called.

'Look the bottom line is that the witnesses should have something to do with and direct knowledge of the charges against the president,' The Senate minority leader told reporters gathered in the Capitol Wednesday morning.

'You know, we don't need to have witnesses that have nothing to do with this that are trying to distract Americans from the truth,' he said, suggesting that witnesses the president and Republicans have pushed for, including Hunter Biden, are not relevant to the case.

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MIDDLE EAST

At least 12 killed in Russia-led air raids near Syria's Aleppo.

At least 10 killed in two days of violent protests across Iraq.

Iraq president warns against making Baghdad pick sides in US-Iran tensions.

Iran lashes out against Albania after Soleimani killing.

Lebanon forms new 20-minister government amid mass economic protests. Lebanon's new cabinet holds first meeting amid protests and economic 'catastrophe'.

Violent protests in Beirut follow Lebanon's cabinet meeting.

World leaders gather in Israel for the World Holocaust Forum.

UN links alleged Saudi hacking to effort to silence Washington Post. Saudis deny hacking phone of Amazon, Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos.

'Go outside': France's Macron berates Israeli police at Jerusalem church.

ASIA

Coronavirus: Deaths rise to 17; cases in China rise to 509.

Coronavirus: China advises against travel to Wuhan as deaths surge.

Asia taking no chances with new China virus as WHO meeting looms.

North Korea suspends foreign tourism over coronavirus fears: Tour companies.

China has 'no intention to participate' in arms talks.

Afghan conflict: Half a million people displaced in 2019.

India's Telangana to test facial recognition in local elections.

AFRICA

Sahel faces surge in violence from terror attacks.

Tripoli's Mitiga airport reopens after coming under fire.

UN welcomes Libya peace commitments from Berlin summit.

Libya war costing $77m in oil revenue per day.

Algeria to host six African foreign ministers on Libya conflict.

Pierre Nkurunziza: Burundi leader to get $530,000 and luxury villa.

SA army drops charges against Muslim officer.

Driven out by drought: Farmland turns barren in Somalia.

EUROPE

Trump meets Pakistan, Iraq leaders before leaving Swiss summit for U.S..

Trump revives trade battle with Europe with threat to cars.

Russia: Putin announces new Cabinet after prime minister resigns.

Putin hoping to secure economic legacy with reshuffle: sources.

Greece elects Katerina Sakellaropoulou as first female president.

Greek islanders strike against migrant camps. Thousands of Greek protesters demand asylum seekers are removed from their islands, as locals claim: 'You can't walk alone after dark, people get stabbed'.

Prince Charles calls for green TAXES as he meets Greta Thunberg in Davos and pitches radical new world economy to tackle climate change - a day after Donald Trump rejected 'prophets of doom'.

AMERICAS

Senate Republicans muscle through rules for Trump trial.

Coronavirus reaches the US as China struggles with pandemic fears, mounting death toll.

Reports: U.S. planning to add Belarus, Kyrgyzstan to travel ban list.

Caribbean leaders boycott Pompeo talks as row grows over US relations.

Venezuela crisis: Secret service raids offices of opposition leader Guaidó.

Half of Americans don't know 6m Jews were killed in Holocaust, survey says.

'National travesty': report shows one third of Canada's prisoners are Indigenous.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

US military claimed 'success' in hacking ISIS: Documents.

Sahel faces surge in violence from terror attacks.

Ex-CIA contractor defends brutal post-9/11 interrogations.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

US-China trade deal won't affect European firms in China, Xi Jinping tells Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron.

Boeing hit to US economy a worry for Trump reelection bid.

Meng Wanzhou 'irreplaceable' to company, says Huawei executive.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 22, 2020

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 10:02 AM PST

The US says China's nuclear stockpile is expected to double over the next decade. Photo: Xinhua

SCMP/AFP: China says it has 'no intention' of joining arms talks with US and Russia

* Washington has held two rounds of negotiations with Moscow aiming to reduce misunderstandings around security issues
* Beijing accuses the US of using its involvement as 'a pretext to shirk and shift its own nuclear disarmament responsibilities'

China on Wednesday said it had "no intention to participate" in trilateral arms control negotiations, a day after Washington called on Beijing to join its nuclear arms talks with Moscow.

The United States has held two rounds of talks with Russia, aimed at reducing misunderstandings around critical security issues since the collapse of a Cold War nuclear pact last year, which triggered fears of a new arms race.

Washington has hinted that Beijing should also join the discussions.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 22, 2020

U.S. urges China to join nuclear arms talks with Russia -- Reuters

Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions -- The Hill

Iran is increasingly using missiles in its military operations — that's a problem -- Behnam Ben Taleblu, The Hill

Army's 10th Mountain Division Headed to Afghanistan as US Talks Withdrawal -- Military.com

BAE nabs $400.9M contract to deliver armored multi-purpose vehicles to Army -- UPI

U.S. Army begins movement for Europe's largest exercise -- Defence Blog

The Navy's new carrier is back at sea for more aircraft testing -- Business Insider/US Navy

Re-enlistment numbers down in 2019, but not by much, Navy says -- UPI

Naming An Aircraft Carrier After A Black Hero May Make It Untouchable -- Craig Hooper, Forbes

How Will the U.S. Navy Counter China and Russia's New Ship-Killer Missiles? -- Kris Osborn, The National Interest

How The U.S. Navy's Aging Sealift Fleet Could Lose America's Next War In Eurasia -- Loren Thompson, Forbes

The US Navy's Three Great Intellectual Challenges -- Defense One

Air Force hopes tablets could revolutionize basic training -- Air Force Times

CMV-22B Osprey completes first flight in Texas -- UPI

These camera-equipped dog goggles keep special-forces canines connected to their handlers -- Popular Science

Pentagon Racks Up $35 Trillion in Accounting Changes in One Year -- Bloomberg

Space Development Agency on track to become part of Space Force in 2022, director says -- Defense News

One military space agency's plan for 1,000 new satellites by 2026 -- C4ISRNet

Pentagon Gives Conditional OK to Resume Saudi Training in US -- Military.com/AP

Industry protest ensnares Germany's multibillion-dollar combat ship -- Defense News

Britain orders Airbus H145 helos amid scramble to fix pilot shortage -- Defense News

Seeing Half Of Russia's Su-57 Stealth Fighters Suddenly Go Airborne Was A Wakeup Call For Europe -- National Interest

Russia to create submillimeter radars to detect small drones -- TASS

AI to assist Russian military brass in decision-making, says hi-tech manufacturer -- TASS

China must make more J-20 stealth jets to meet air force demand, say military analysts -- SCMP

China begins tests for launch of space station module on Long March-5B rocket -- SCMP

South Korea military to discharge country's first known transgender soldier -- The Hill

Report: Japan's LDP discussed targeting enemy bases -- UPI

Analysis: Israeli Army Budget Falls Victim to Election Politics -- Hagai Amit, Haaretz

Russia's New Government Is Announced

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 08:43 AM PST


The Guardian: Top Russian ministers keep posts as Putin appoints new cabinet

Defence, foreign and interior ministers remain in place while sport and culture change hands

Vladimir Putin has appointed a new cabinet in the latest step of a broad government shake-up seen as the early groundwork for his eventual exit from the presidency, if not from Russian politics.

The lineup introduces a new stable of deputy prime ministers and shows considerable turnover among ministries tied to social affairs and cultural policy.

Prominent ministers tied to Russia's security and foreign policy have retained their positions, including the defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, and the foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, as well the interior minister, Vladimir Kolokoltsev. The economy minister, Anton Siluanov, has also retained his position in the cabinet, although not as a deputy prime minister.

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WNU Editor: No change in the key ministries. Not much of a shake-up in my opinion. But former Prime Minister Medvedev is definitely gone.

More News On Russia's New Government

Who's In, Who's Out, Who's Who of Russia's New Government -- Sputnik
Who Made It Into Russia's New Cabinet? -- Moscow Times
New Russian government: Lavrov & Shoigu remain, but PM Mishustin appoints many fresh faces -- RT
Who's who in Russia's new cabinet following the sweeping government reshuffle -- TASS
Russia gets new government in what Putin calls 'major shake-up' -- Reuters
Putin Appoints New Cabinet, but Keeps Key Ministers -- Wall Street Journal
Big Changes? Or Maybe Not. Putin's Plans Keep Russia Guessing. -- The New York Times
Putin names new Cabinet, keeps foreign, defense, finance ministers -- FOX News
Russia gets new government in what Putin calls 'major renewal' -- Al Jazeera

Russia's Zircon Hypersonic Missile Is Facing Serious Delays

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 08:30 AM PST

© Russia's Defense Ministry press service/TASS

Business Insider: Russia admits its deadly Zircon hypersonic missile is suffering from 'childhood diseases'

* Russia's deadly Zircon hypersonic missile is apparently suffering from unspecified "childhood diseases," the Russian Navy's top admiral revealed.
* Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov told RIA Novosti that the weapon is likely still years away from entering service.
* In February of last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted that the developmental missile can hit speeds up to Mach 9 and eliminate targets up to 620 miles away.

Russia is in the process of developing a new hypersonic cruise missile — the 3M22 Zircon (Tsirkon), but the weapon is currently suffering from "childhood diseases," the Russian navy's top admiral revealed to Russian media, The Drive first reported.

Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov told RIA Novosti that the Zircon hypersonic missile expected to eventually arm Russian frigates would be available to the fleet "in the coming years."

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WNU Editor: The U.S. has had trouble developing hypersonic missiles. I am not surprised to see the Russian military having the same problems.

Is There A Market For A Stealth F-15?

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 08:26 AM PST


National Interest: 'Stealth' F-15: Good Idea or Expensive Fantasy?

Key Point: That Silent Eagle would have to remain substantially lower than the much stealthier F-35A's projected $85 million cost, or there would little point to procuring them.

A recent article concerning Boeing's pitch to the U.S. Air Force of a cheap, modestly upgraded F-15X fighter elicited lamentations from some commenters that the Air Force was not enticed by a more ambitious proposal for the F-15SE Silent Eagle—an F-15 with a reduced radar cross section.

Reduced radar cross-sections (RCS) are a common feature in the cutting-edge o 4.5 generation fighters. Before reduced-RCS engineering was widely understood, manufacturers designed fighter like the F-15 or F-16 that had an RCS of around 3 to 5 m2 or greater.

By comparison, the U.S. military's newest fourth-generation fighter, the the FA-18E/F Super Hornet, might as well be called the Silent Hornet with an RCS ranging between .1 and 1 m2. The French Rafale has a 1m2 RCS, and the Swedish Gripen and Eurofighter Typhoon around half that at .5m2. Relatively small, RCS-optimized fighters also include the F-16C (1.2 m2) and Chinese J-10 (1.5 m2) Even Russia boasts that its longtime counterpart to the F-15, the Flanker, has been improved with an RCS between 1 to 3 m2 in the most advanced Su-35S model.

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WNU Editor: The Pentagon is focused on the F-35. I for one would be surprised if they (or anyone else) starts to buy an enhanced "stealth" F-15.

Aircraft Carrier USS Lincoln Arrives In San Diego After The Longest Aircraft Carrier Deployment Since The Cold War

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 06:14 AM PST





Daily Mail: 'I had to imagine what he looked like': Sailors meet their babies for the FIRST time as the USS Lincoln arrives in San Diego after the longest aircraft Carrier deployment since the Cold War due to Iran tensions

* Sailors and Marines aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln arrived in the US on Monday after 295-day deployment
* Deployment was longest since Cold War; they left from Virginia in April 2019 and were due back in October
* The deployment was extended for three months due to the escalating tension with Iran
* Some sailors and Marines missed pregnancies and births of their kids who they met for the first time Monday
* They also got a chance to see their new homes, after the Lincoln made a port-swap from Virginia to San Diego

The USS Abraham Lincoln has arrived home after a 295-day deployment - the longest since the Cold War - allowing some sailors to meet their children for the first time.

The Lincoln left it's former home port in Norfolk, Virginia, on April 1, 2019, and returned to its new home port in Coronado, California, following a 10-month deployment that took them around the world and covered 64,000 nautical miles.

The Lincoln was originally supposed to arrive in Coronado in October, but had its deployment extended three months due to escalating tension with Iran.

While at sea, the 3,000-person Carrier Strike Group it led participated in maritime security and combat missions with various US allies around the world.

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WNU Editor: Ten months at sea is one hell of a long deployment.

More News On The USS Lincoln Arriving In San Diego

USS Abraham Lincoln returns home after 10 months at sea -- CBS News
Navy Carrier Lincoln Back from Record-Setting 295-Day Deployment -- Military.com
Thousands of sailors welcomed home as carrier group arrives in San Diego -- FOX 5
'It's been a long time coming' — Hugs and tears as USS Abraham Lincoln returns from longest deployment since Cold War -- Task & Purpose/The San Diego Union-Tribune
Lincoln Strike Group CO: Record Deployment Marks New Uncertainty for Fleet -- USNI News

America's New B-21 Stealth Bomber Is Almost Here

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 06:04 AM PST

The B-21 Raider is expected to make its first flight in December 2021. Staff illustration by Mike Tsukamoto.

Air Force Magazine: B-21 to Fly in December 2021; More B-52s to Come Out of Boneyard

The new B-21 Raider stealth bomber is making good progress and should fly in December 2021, USAF Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen "Seve" Wilson said July 24.

Wilson, speaking at an AFA Mitchell Institute event in Washington, D.C., said the service continues to analyze its capacity for long-range strike. The Air Force still believes it is short, and is reviewing alternative force mixes.

Speaking on deterrence and the need to modernize the nuclear command, control, and communications network, Wilson said he was at Northrop Grumman's facilities in Melbourne, Fla. in the last few weeks, "looking at the B-21," and said the company is "moving out on that pretty fast." Wilson said he has an application on his phone "counting down the days and don't hold me to it, but it's something like 863 days to first flight."

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Update: America's New B-21 Stealth Bomber Is Almost Here (And The Air Force Couldn't Be Happier) (National Interest)

WNU Editor: Here are more details on the B-21 .... The Air Force's New B-21 Stealth Bomber Will Be a High-Tech Doomsday Machine (National Interest).