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Why the Islamic State is surging in Africa

December 11, 2023

An African branch of the Islamic State that for years was an afterthought for the main organization is surging in strength, expanding the ranks of its fighters and controlling more…

Sahel Military Governments Seek Confederation

December 11, 2023

Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger’s foreign ministers on Friday recommended that the countries form a confederation following a two-day meeting in Mali’s capital, Bamako. The meeting aimed to flesh out…

The U.S. Can Afford a Bigger Military. We Just Can’t Build It

December 11, 2023

When the Center for Strategic and International Studies simulated a war between the U.S. and China over Taiwan, the wargame ended with Taiwan still free, at grievous cost. The U.S. loses two…

Building the Base Episode 41: Dana Deasy

December 6, 2023

In this episode of “Building the Base,” hosts Lauren Bedula and Hondo Geurts welcome special guest Dana Deasy, former DOD Chief Information Officer with extensive experience in both the private…

Israel, Hamas reach deal to extend Gaza cease-fire for seventh day despite violence in Jerusalem, West Bank

December 4, 2023

Israel and Hamas reached an agreement to extend the temporary cease-fire in Gaza for a seventh day, the Qatari government announced early Thursday, not long before the previous two-day extension…

US Navy Has A Maintenance Problem

December 4, 2023

While the U.S. Navy may still dominate the world’s seas, it is coming under increasing pressure to keep its assets ship-shape in the face of China’s’ growing ocean prowess.

Beijing frets over Taiwan opposition split as parties go on the attack over China ties

December 4, 2023

Beijing is fretting that a split in Taiwan’s opposition could pave the way for the island’s ruling party – which the Chinese government despises – to stay in power, as…

Pentagon seeks to rapidly build up information-warfare force

December 4, 2023

The U.S. military lacks the ability to quickly deploy personnel that can fend off malevolent actors trying to shape public opinion and must act now to build up such “information…

Netherlands wants to join Europe’s OCCAR joint armament project

December 4, 2023

The Netherlands wants to join Europe’s Organisation for Joint Armament Co-Operation, as it seeks to be a driver of European defense cooperation and better position its industry, the Dutch Defense…