US Weapons Sales to Get Stricter Human Rights Review Under Biden
U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration unveiled on Feb. 23 a long-awaited overhaul of arms export policy with increased emphasis on human rights, backing off a Trump-era policy of giving more weight to commercial concerns.
Prigozhin’s Feud With Russia’s Military Leaves Questions About Battlefield Results
The leader of Wagner appears to have backed down from his latest criticism of Russia’s senior command. But his vitriolic remarks suggested more discord in Russia’s war effort.
Putin Suspending Nuclear Treaty With US is 'Big Mistake,' Biden Tells David Muir
President Joe Biden told ABC News anchor David Muir in a new interview that it was a "big mistake" for Russian President Vladimir Putin to temporarily suspend Russia's participation in the last remaining nuclear arms treaty between the two countries.
DOD IG: Officials Failed to Identify Security Risks When Authorizing Cloud Services
Department of Defense officials who authorized the use of commercial cloud services across components of the agency did not review all required documentation needed to determine potential security concerns, leaving DOD’s armed forces unaware of vulnerabilities and cybersecurity risks across their systems, according to an audit publicly released by the agency’s Office of Inspector General on Feb. 16.
China and Japan Meet for Formal Security Talks to Stabilize Tensions
Chinese and Japanese officials met in Tokyo on Feb. 22 for formal security talks for the first time in four years, in a meeting aimed at stabilizing increasingly strained relations. In Japan’s national security strategy, released in December, China was described as “the greatest strategic challenge” to Japan’s peace and security.
Boeing Will Close Super Hornet Production Line in 2025
Boeing will end the F/A-18E-F Super Hornet production line in 2025 and will not accept any more U.S. orders beyond the eight aircraft Congress added to the fiscal 2023 budget.
White House Advisory Group to Explore DOD Use of Commercial Space
The National Space Council’s new Users Advisory Group (UAG) met for the first time Feb. 23, with its national security subcommittee focusing largely on how the Pentagon can better take advantage of the booming commercial space sector.
VA Police Shortages Leave Medical Center Patients, Staff Vulnerable, Watchdog Finds
Staffing shortages at Veterans Affairs Police Services and security deficiencies at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers put the facilities, their staffs, and patients at risk for theft, assault, or other serious crimes, the VA's Office of the Inspector General has found.
US Considers Release of Intelligence on China’s Potential Arms Transfer to Russia
The Biden administration is considering releasing intelligence it believes shows that China is weighing whether to supply weapons to support Russia’s war in Ukraine, U.S. officials said.
UN Approves Resolution Calling for Russia to Leave Ukraine
The U.N. General Assembly approved a nonbinding resolution Feb. 23 that calls for Russia to end hostilities in Ukraine and withdraw its forces, sending a strong message on the eve of the first anniversary of the invasion that Moscow’s aggression must stop.
OPINION: The Chinese Balloon Was a Necessary Wake-Up Call
Despite widespread expressions of concern, some warranted and some hyperbolic, the Chinese surveillance balloon spotted over Montana (and tracked across the country before a fighter jet shot it down over the Atlantic) did not represent a crisis. In fact, it was a gift from Beijing: a necessary wake-up call about the shortcomings in the United States’ national defense.
US to Expand Troop Presence in Taiwan for Training Against China Threat
The U.S. is markedly increasing the number of troops deployed to Taiwan, more than quadrupling the current number to bolster a training program for the island’s military amid a rising threat from China.
Two Former House GOP Candidates Alerted to Improper Requests for Air Force Records
Sam Peters and Kevin Dellicker are the fourth and fifth known recipients of letters regarding the records releases, which have sparked an investigation by House Republicans.
Get Inspired by These Trailblazing Women in the US Space Force
Their impressive resumes pale only in comparison to their character.