Transatlantic divide; NATO then and now

Transatlantic divide; NATO then and now

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Donald Trump’s rhetorical thunderclap at the start of the NATO Summit sent political reverberations throughout allied capitals and put the pundits into overdrive as to what immeasurable damage the American president had caused while in Brussels. Indeed while chiding European allies on their woeful shortfalls […]

Back to basics: Army shifts priorities from transgenders to combat readiness

Back to basics: Army shifts priorities from transgenders to combat readiness

by WorldTribune Staff, July 15, 2018 The U.S. Army is abandoning the politically correct mandates of the Obama administration and will focus on “readiness and lethality” within combat units. The Army is making previously mandatory training on transgender transition, pre-deployment cultural awareness skills and courses on media awareness optional, according to a series of service-wide […]

Google boosts China military’s AI program; Objected to Pentagon’s

Google boosts China military’s AI program; Objected to Pentagon’s

by WorldTribune Staff, July 11, 2018 A former U.S. defense official called out Google for withdrawing from a Pentagon artificial intelligence program while the tech giant continues to aid China’s military. Google, after thousands of its employees voiced their objection, withdrew from the Pentagon’s Project Maven, which is developing artificial intelligence to help military analysts […]

Senate, critics of Turkey’s Erdogan press U.S. to stop sale of 100 F-35s

Senate, critics of Turkey’s Erdogan press U.S. to stop sale of 100 F-35s

by WorldTribune Staff, July 10, 2018 U.S. senators, Israeli officials and other critics of Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are calling on the U.S. to halt the sale of up to 100 F-35 stealth fighter jets to Turkey. Lockheed Martin on June 21 announced the roll-out of Turkey’s first two F-35s in an official ceremony […]

U.S. warships answer China with pass through Taiwan Strait

U.S. warships answer China with pass through Taiwan Strait

by WorldTribune Staff, July 9, 2018 The United States on July 7 sent two warships through the Taiwan Strait in a move that follows a series of Chinese military drills around Taiwan that have stoked tensions between Beijing and Taipei. U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the guided-missile destroyers USS Mustin and […]

Report: U.S. aircraft carrier in Atlantic amid increased Russia submarine activity

Report: U.S. aircraft carrier in Atlantic amid increased Russia submarine activity

by WorldTribune Staff, July 1, 2018 The United States has deployed the USS Harry S. Truman to the Atlantic Ocean amid “growing evidence that Russia continues to push its newest attack submarines to operate the North Atlantic at a pace not seen since the Cold War,” a report said. The Truman Strike Group embarked with […]

Time of transition for U.S. forces in Korea awaiting Mattis visit

Time of transition for U.S. forces in Korea awaiting Mattis visit

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) is going through agonizing changes. Cancellation of joint U.S.-South Korean war games is not the only sign of the shifting U.S. military role. The USFK and the United Nations Command have just staged a colorful ceremony at Camp Humphreys, an expanding base that now […]

On same day as summit U.S. rattled China, dedicated massive new Taipei compound

On same day as summit U.S. rattled China, dedicated massive new Taipei compound

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct The largest U.S. diplomatic compound in all of Asia opened this month in a country with whom Washington does not even have an official diplomatic relationship. On June 12, when the world was transfixed on the Trump-Kim Nuclear Summit in Singapore, a major ceremony was taking place in Taiwan’s capital […]

Mayday: Navy study finds ‘concerns’ with most officers’ seamanship skills

Mayday: Navy study finds ‘concerns’ with most officers’ seamanship skills

by WorldTribune Staff, June 17, 2018 An internal review conducted by the U.S. Navy following two deadly collisions last year found that only a small number of junior officers fully passed competency checks, a report said. The review, written by Vice Adm. Richard Brown, commander of Naval Surface Force Pacific, identified concerns with 137 of […]

Newly-designated U.S. envoy to Seoul: ‘We are in a dramatically different place’ after summit

Newly-designated U.S. envoy to Seoul: ‘We are in a dramatically different place’ after summit

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SINGAPORE – U.S. and South Korean military people are deeply concerned about the prospect of giving up joint military exercises while the presidents of both their countries remain convinced that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un is really going to get rid of his nuclear program. Senior members of the […]

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