Israel sees ‘Adir’ F-35, with indigenous cyber defenses, as ‘upgrade’

Israel sees ‘Adir’ F-35, with indigenous cyber defenses, as ‘upgrade’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct Israel celebrated its version of the F-35 Joint Strike Figher, named “Adir” (“Mighty”) in Hebrew, at the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth, Texas on June 22. Israel will increase the number of F-35 Adir fighters it receives from the United States and plans to install its own cyber defenses […]

Small wars focus has undermined the U.S. Army’s readiness for major conflicts

Small wars focus has undermined the U.S. Army’s readiness for major conflicts

Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct Since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. military has been engaged in a series of “small wars,” conducting low level combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. This style of warfare has been focused on close combat and small unit operations, often supported by air […]

Assad’s survival, Iran’s ‘radical axis’ called ‘most concrete’ threat to Israel

Assad’s survival, Iran’s ‘radical axis’ called ‘most concrete’ threat to Israel

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct Israel must seek the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad and take a stand against “the radical axis led by Iran that runs through Assad-controlled Syria to Hizbullah in Lebanon,” a former Israeli Air Force general said. That axis “embraces the strategic goal of putting an end to Israel,” and […]

China’s largest-ever paramilitary games tied to unemployment, crackdown

China’s largest-ever paramilitary games tied to unemployment, crackdown

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, ‘Inside China’, Geostrategy-Direct.com President and Commander-in-Chief Xi Jinping launched the largest-ever war game involving the nation’s People’s Armed Police late last month. Official news agencies said more than 30,000 commanding officers and “a few hundred thousand” troops in all 31 major administrative districts were involved. This was the largest […]

Pentagon gives Beijing ultimatum on militarizing the South China Sea

Pentagon gives Beijing ultimatum on militarizing the South China Sea

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct.com U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter told the Chinese defense delegation in Singapore that the U.S. will take appropriate action if China crosses the red line, i.e. further reclamation and militarization of the Scarborough Shoal in the Spratlys chain. The Philippines and China have fiercely clashed over the Scarborough Shoal […]

Tech wars: Obama took no action to stop advanced Russian arms sales to Iran

Tech wars: Obama took no action to stop advanced Russian arms sales to Iran

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct.com Though he could contest the sale of Russia’s advanced S-300 missile system to Iran, U.S. President Barack Obama has not. Analysts see Obama’s hesitancy as another in a long line of capitulations to Iran and at least one congressman has launched an official inquiry into the matter. Administration officials declined […]

Off the record in Beijing: China’s growth rate is non-negotiable

Off the record in Beijing: China’s growth rate is non-negotiable

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Who is in charge of China’s macro-level financial and economic policy? Most observers will say President Xi Jinping, who is head of the two highest-level decision-making bodies: the Central Leading Group on Finance and Economics (CLGFE) and the newly set up Central Leading Group on Comprehensively Deepening Reforms […]

Russian air defense system sale to Iran will tilt military balance

Russian air defense system sale to Iran will tilt military balance

Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct Iran has begun receiving one of Russia’s most advanced and capable air defense system, the S-300 after years-long delays due to international pressures. At present it is assessed by NATO to be able to attack aircraft flying as high as 90,000 feet or at ranges of about […]

Israel to use precision capabilities for faster battlefield victories

Israel to use precision capabilities for faster battlefield victories

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct Israel’s precision strike and intelligence capabilities will enable quicker victories on the battlefield in future conflicts, former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said. [Ya’alon resigned on May 19 after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved to replace him with Avigdor Lieberman.] Speaking at the 4th International Fire Conference in Zichron Ya’acov on […]

Hardliner named to head group that will pick Khamenei’s successor

Hardliner named to head group that will pick Khamenei’s successor

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct Iran’s Assembly of Experts which is responsible for electing and overseeing the work of Iran’s supreme leader has chosen hard-liner Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati as its leader. The 88-member Assembly of Experts elected Jannati with 51 votes on May 24, according to media reports. Jannati is a critic of President Hassan […]