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Venezuelan Jet Shadowed U.S. Military Plane

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The U.S. military accused a Venezuelan fighter aircraft for “unsafely approaching” and “aggressively shadowing” a U.S. navy plane in international airspace on Friday (BBC). The U.S. EP-3 plane was on a multi-nationally approved reconnaissance mission to counter illicit trafficking over the Caribbean Sea (BBC; AP). U.S. authorities said the Venezuelan SU-30 fighter jet closely trailed […]

U.S. Military Recognizes Threat of Climate Change

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Top U.S. defense officials released a series of documents that affirm that climate change “presents a strategically-significant risk to U.S. national security” (Reuters). The report also notes, “Inaction is not a viable option” (Reuters). Risks range from the impact of flood and extreme weather on coastal installations, to disruption in fragile states with limited resources […]

Okinawa Base Faces Anti-American Sentiment

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Citizens of Okinawa are becoming more opposed to the presence of American military installations (Reuters 1). Recently, American military personnel and contractors have been involved in a wave of crime (Shanghai Daily). An American soldier raped a young Japanese schoolgirl, an American contractor murdered a Japanese woman and an American sailor caused a car accident […]

U.S. Weighs Increasing European Military Presence

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The U.S. military is considering locating heavy weaponry in Poland as a response to increased Russian militarism, according to Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak on Sunday (AP 1). The effort would store armored vehicles and weapons, enough to supply 5,000 troops, in several Eastern European countries, including Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania […]