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Bigger, Faster, Stronger: China’s Ever-Evolving Military Tech

February 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just ahead of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, Chinese president Xi Jinping visited a satellite launch site in the southwest Sichuan province, where he cheered the modernization and technological advances of China’s military. The setting was appropriate: Beidou 3 satellites were about to be sent into orbit, part of...

Bigger, Faster, Stronger: China’s Ever-Evolving Military Tech

February 20, 2018 Just ahead of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, Chinese president Xi Jinping visited a satellite launch site in the southwest Sichuan province, where he cheered the modernization and technological advances of China’s military. The setting was appropriate: Beidou 3 satellites were about to be sent into orbit, part of...

Security at the Winter Olympics Includes Drones That Catch Drones

January 31, 2018 Organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea have plenty to deal with, including the late addition of North Korea as a participant. But it’s not just events on the ground they have to worry about. Security personnel will be looking skyward, as well—for suspicious drones. As part of...

North Korea-Bound Ships Could Soon Be Routinely Intercepted by the US and Allies

January 15, 2018 In December, North Korea warned that a naval blockade would be considered an “act of war.” This week, foreign ministers from the US and about 20 other countries will discuss the possibility of intercepting vessels headed to North Korea, as part of expanding efforts to pressure Pyongyang into abandoning its...

Tillerson’s New North Korea Strategy is at Odds With Trump — Again

December 13, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has laid out a new strategy on North Korea, by saying this on Tuesday: “We are ready to talk anytime North Korea would like to talk. We are ready to have the first meeting without preconditions. Let’s just meet, and then we can begin to...

A Former U.S. Diplomat Is Visiting North Korea To 'Test The Waters' For Diplomacy

December 5, 2017 A visit to North Korea this week by a top United Nations official is something of a landmark affair. Jeffrey Feltman, the chief diplomat and undersecretary general for political affairs at the UN, will be in Pyongyang until Friday, Dec. 8 for political discussions (paywall). It’s the highest-level visit in...

North Korea Is Boasting On TV That Its Missiles Can Hit Anywhere In the U.S.

November 29, 2017 North Korea is trumpeting through state media today its ability to reach anywhere in the mainland United States with its increasingly sophisticated missiles. The announcement follows its third test of an intercontinental ballistic missile early this morning local time (Nov. 29). The news was delivered on national television and through...

For U.S. Defense Contractors, North Korean Hostilities Are Good For Business

September 20, 2017 North Korea is making the world uneasy with its missile launches. It’s also driving business for defense contractors. Take, for example, US defense giant Northrop Grumman’s planned $7.8 billion purchase of Orbital ATK, a smaller contractor focused on aerospace and missiles. As part of the deal—announced Monday (Sept. 18) and...

Booming Miami Is Littered with Tower Cranes Not Built to Withstand a Massive Hurricane

September 6, 2017 The most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, Hurricane Irma, could wreak havoc on Florida this weekend, depending on its still-uncertain path. While it will create bigger problems to worry about if it does, the booming city of Miami is already warning residents about the potential danger posed by...

Beijing's Latest Moves in the South China Sea Spark Fears of a New Land Grab

August 25, 2017 In 2012, China wrested control of Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea from the Philippines. With the shoal—reefs, rocks, and a vast lagoon—located just 220 km (137 miles) from the Philippines’ main island Luzon, the incident heightened tensions and embarrassed Manila, which the following year opened a case in...