Russia and China have both offered Iraq advanced weaponry and other military aid as its relations with the United States are now in doubt.
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued emergency restrictions on civilian aircraft flying over portions of the Middle East, citing a "potential for miscalculation or misidentification."
The escalating shows of force between the United States and Iran could soon take a theatrical turn. Satellite photos from Planet Labs, obtained exclusively by Defense One, show that Iran has recently completed repairs on a mock aircraft carrier that it could destroy as part of an elaborate military exercise, later in the spring.
NASA and Boeing will cooperate on an investigation into a timer anomaly that cut short December’s uncrewed test flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft as NASA weighs whether to require another such test flight.
Since the fall of 2018, a total of four Chinese nationals have been arrested on charges of shooting pictures of military facilities in Key West, drawing the sharp interest of US counterintelligence investigators who have been probing suspected Beijing-led spying activities in South Florida, including visitors to President Donald Trump’s private club, Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla.
Near the US-Canadian border, US Air Defense Command noticed a blip on the radar where it shouldn’t have been: an unidentified object in restricted air space over Lake Superior, not far from Soo Locks, the Great Lakes’ most vital commercial gateway. An F-89C Scorpion jet from Truax AFB, Wis., took off from nearby Kinross AFB, Mich., to investigate, with two crew members on board. First Lt. Felix Moncla—who had clocked 811 flying hours, including 121 in a similar aircraft—took the pilot’s seat, while Second Lt. Robert Wilson was observing radar. The men would not return from their intercept mission.