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NATO’s Russia Problem: The Alliance’s Tough Road Ahead Post-Warsaw Summit

The meeting of NATO leaders in Warsaw over the weekend was partially overshadowed in the U.S. press by the tragic events in Dallas. But its significance shouldn’t be lost – least of all on Russia.

There were few dramatic new initiatives and Warsaw was not the “historic” summit that some leaders wished to make of it afterward. But it clarified that NATO is ready to pay the cost of enhancing the security of its eastern flank in the face of growing aggression from Moscow. The alliance also took several lesser steps to defend its interests in other areas.

Air Force Fixes Faltering Control System For Leap-Ahead GPS III

The Global Positioning System is a central feature of the critical infrastructure supporting modern civilization.  Without the precise positioning, navigation and timing information that the satellite constellation provides -- about 40 satellites are currently in orbit -- transportation grids, financial markets, and cellular networks would be crippled.  Soldiers would get lost in the fog of war, smart bombs would miss their targets, and military campaigns would founder for lack of synchronization.

Judgement Day in the South China Sea: So What Happens Now?

Today was a day that I never thought I would see—the issue of issues when it comes to Asia, the always potentially explosive South China Sea, was trending on Twitter this morning at roughly 5am EST, and I was actually awake with coffee in hand to witness this historic event. That can only mean one thing–Judgement Day in “Asia’s Cauldron” has arrived.

The EU Must Act Now on Migration to Save Itself

European ministers met in Brussels in late June to address a range of urgent issues and cool tensions over Brexit. But they gave short shrift to what caused Brexit to begin with. The twenty-eight member states still lack comprehensive policies to manage the migration crisis. Brexit is widely perceived to have been a vote against migration to and within the EU. Brexit has triggered shock waves across Europe’s center-left and center-right governments, who now fear that right-wing parties are feeling emboldened by the British referendum and the xenophobic campaign that preceded it.