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The threat from North Korea has been reduced even as it continues to produce fuel for nuclear weapons, says a new report cited by Reuters.  Spent fuel collected from the 5-MW reactor at Yongbyon from 2016 to 2018 appeared to have begun reprocessing in…
China and Russia are developing new technologies that could attack U.S. assets in space, according to a Defense Intelligence Agency report cited by NBC News.  Both countries are likely to use space as a battlefield in any future conflict, says the "…
The South Korean military has decided against a proposed strategic command focused on North Korean nuclear and missile threats, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). The defense ministry is considering giving that responsibility to a new division under the…
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize the development of artificial intelligence (AI), reports the Hill (Washington, D.C.). The executive order, designated Accelerating America’s Leadership in…
British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson says the U.K. will send its newest aircraft carrier to the South China Sea on her maiden deployment, reports CNBC. A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May quickly responded to the statement, emphasizing that HMS…
The Venezuelan military has cut off access to border crossings in the west in an attempt to block the delivery of humanitarian aid from the U.S., reports the Daily Telegraph (London). On Wednesday, troops and members of the national guard barricaded the…
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is believed to be alive after surviving a coup attempt in January, reports the Guardian (U.K.).  On Jan. 10, foreign fighters attacked the terror leader in a village near Hajin, resulting in a firefight with Baghdadi's…
Iranian officials say that an indigenous communications satellite has been successfully launched into orbit, reports Urdu Point (Pakistan). The Safir launch vehicle carried the Dusti communications satellite into orbit, Deputy Defense Minister Ghasem…
Turkey expects to take delivery of S-400 air defense systems ordered from Russia by the end of the year, reports Russia's Tass news agency.  Undersecretariat for Defense Industries Celal Sami Tufekci made the announcement on Thursday after an appearance at a…
China has sent naval, coast guard and fishing vessels to disrupt Philippine efforts to repair its facilities on the disputed Thitu Island in the South China Sea, reports the Philippine Star.  Beginning in July 2018, the number of Chinese ships at nearby Subi…
The U.S. Navy has cancelled a previously classified project to develop an anti-torpedo defense system for aircraft carriers, reports Business Insider. The five-year, $760 million program was suspended in September after it failed to make progress in testing…
Forces loyal to Libyan general Khalifa Haftar say they have taken control of the country's largest oil field, reports the Wall Street Journal.  The Libyan National Army (LNA) gained control of the Sharara oil field in southern Libya without resistance,…
Pakistan's supreme court has instructed the country's military, intelligence and law enforcement agencies to cease engaging in political activities and operate within their mandate, reports the Dawn (Pakistan). The directive from the two-justice bench was…
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says work to remove Kurdish fighters from northern Syria has accelerated, reports Turkey's Anadolu Agency. Implementation of a roadmap has made progress but Kurdish fighters remain in the northern city of Manbij,…
The U.S. Dept. of Defense could release its inaugural artificial intelligence (AI) strategy as soon as this week, reports Defense One. The document will focus on near-term operations and safety and will emphasize the formation and tailoring of tools to allow…
Four of the six aircraft carriers that China intends to deploy by 2035 will be nuclear powered, military experts tell the South China Morning Post.  The carriers will also employ an electromagnetic launch system similar to the U.S. EMALS, retired officer…
At least six people have been killed in a series of attacks in northeastern Nigeria, reports the Defense Post. On Monday, Boko Haram militants, believed to be from the Abubakar Shekau faction, opened fire on goat herders near Tubba, about 5 miles (8 km) from…
The U.S. Navy has recently completed the last developmental test for the new AN/SPY-6 Air and Missile Defense Radar, reports the Navy Newsstand.  On Jan. 31, the AN/SPY-6(V)1 radar searched for, detected and maintained track on a short-range ballistic…
Russian S-300 air defense systems supplied to Syria may be nearing operational status, reports the Jerusalem Post.  Three launchers have been erected at a base in Masyaf, in the northwestern Hama province, according to satellite imagery released on…
France and Germany are expected to formally award the initial contract for the joint Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program this week, reports Reuters.  The two-year, 65 million euro (US$74 million) contract is scheduled to be signed on Wednesday at a…