Global News of Interest

A collection of weekly must-read external news, reports and insights

Russia, China find payments workaround as US sanctions net widens, sources say

July 1, 2024

Russia-China trade options have narrowed since the U.S. imposed sanctions last week on the only Russian bank branch in China, but President Vladimir Putin’s Chinese visit last month has helped…

$2 billion Baltimore bridge rebuild is test case for new national debate over infrastructure spending

July 1, 2024

Three months after Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed – killing six people, shutting a major port and disrupting vehicle traffic along the Eastern Seaboard — local, state and federal officials began…

NATO’s New Leader Was Planning This the Whole Time

July 1, 2024

When Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte visited U.S. President Joe Biden in the White House in January 2023, he told Biden: “You have asked me twice to become secretary-general of…

Batteries as a Military Enabler

July 1, 2024

Batteries, often overlooked, could quietly tilt the balance of military power. Yes, it’s true. Batteries have military implications, creating difficult tradeoffs for policymakers balancing strategic, economic, and decarbonization priorities. While…

China’s New Information Warrior: The Information Support Force Emerges

July 1, 2024

Xi Jinping has tried to remake the People’s Liberation Army, but he’s recently been forced to undo part of his own creation. In April, China’s military underwent its largest reorganization this…

When will China have a sixth-gen fighter jet?

July 1, 2024

Despite China’s notorious secrecy surrounding all things defense, there are indications it is making progress on a sixth-generation fighter.

Pentagon tech hub to launch dozens of new projects with FY24 funding

July 1, 2024

The Defense Innovation Unit plans to spend most of its nearly $1 billion fiscal 2024 budget to accelerate existing projects and add new ones in technology areas like counter uncrewed…

No Quick Solutions: A Different Approach To Hypersonic Arms Control

July 1, 2024

The hypersonic arms race is in full swing: Countries around the world are investing staggering amounts of money into hypersonic weapons. And these are no longer limited to Russia, China, and the United…

Attacks against defense industrial base increasing, NSA chief warns

July 1, 2024

China, Russia, and others are taking aim more frequently at companies that serve the U.S. military, Gen. Timothy Haugh, the head of U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, told…

Israel’s many conflicts could soon crack its Iron Dome

July 1, 2024

Tensions are high along Israel’s border with Lebanon, where Israeli forces have been trading fire with the militia group Hezbollah. In a speech last week, Hezbollah’s leader warned that if…