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Dunford warns that Russia, China are near-peer military competition

Dunford warns that Russia, China are near-peer military competition

Business
Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told an audience at Duke University that Russia and China are near-peer competitors that the U.S. needs to match, according to the Pentagon. In comments on Tuesday, Dunford said that China's rise and Russia's resurgent activities mark the return of great power military competition even as the U.S. continues to face concerns from Iran, North Korea and rogue militant groups and terrorism. The concern is real, as Secretary of Defense James Mattis told Congress in February that the U.S. military's "competitive edge has eroded in every domain of warfare." The Government Accountability Office in October said in a report that "nearly all" weapons systems of the military under development in the last five years have criti...
New blow to GRU: More Russian military spies exposed

New blow to GRU: More Russian military spies exposed

World
It seems like open season on the GRU. The Russian military agency had its inner workings exposed again Friday as determined journalists and Kremlin critics remain focused on uncovering its secrets. A new report details the alleged misbehavior and bizarre bureaucratic decisions that allowed a Russian journalist to identify people he says are GRU officers. Journalist Sergei Kanev said he wants to call attention to problems within an organization he thinks has moved from traditional spying into unchecked violence and foreign interference. But his story portrays the agency as more sloppy than scary: one finding was that suspected GRU agents appeared to blow their own covers. None of the few dozen agents he wrote about is suspected of grave wrongdoing. However, governments in multiple countri...
South Korea ratifies Pyongyang Declaration, military agreement

South Korea ratifies Pyongyang Declaration, military agreement

World
SEOUL, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The South Korean government ratified Tuesday the inter-Korean agreements signed at the North-South Korea summit in Pyongyang last month. South Korean President Moon Jae-in signed and ratified the Pyongyang Declaration and the military agreement at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. The two agreements were signed with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the September summit in Pyongyang. Moon said the ratification will "improve inter-Korean relations and reduce military tensions," which will be necessary to "facilitate the process for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." "This will help rid the country of risks and protect the people's lives and safety. Moreover, it will benefit the residents living on the border areas," Moon said at the cabinet meeting. The govern...
ULA launches military comms satellite on Atlas V rocket

ULA launches military comms satellite on Atlas V rocket

Science
Oct. 16 (UPI) -- United Launch Alliance launched the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite into space for the U.S. Air Force a little after midnight on Wednesday morning. AEHF-4 launched atop an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 12:15 a.m. EDT. The rocket was rolled out to the launch pad Monday afternoon, preparing the 197-foot rocket for take-off. The Atlas V 551 variant was used for the launch, ULA said, which includes a kerosene-fueled common core booster and five solid rocket motors strapped on, as well as the Centaur upper stage and five-meter-diameter payload fairing. The first three AEHF satellites were launched in 2010, 2012 and 2013, with the system being declared at initial operational capability in 2015. The AEHF system is intended ...
Watch live: ULA to launch military comms satellite on Atlas V rocket

Watch live: ULA to launch military comms satellite on Atlas V rocket

Science
Oct. 16 (UPI) -- If weather permits, United Launch Alliance will launch the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite into space for the U.S. Air Force a little after midnight. AEHF-4 is scheduled to launch atop an Atlas V rocket early Wednesday morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch window opens at 12:15 a.m. EDT, with ULA giving the launch an 80 percent chance of happening on schedule. The rocket was rolled out to the launch pad Monday afternoon, preparing the 197-foot rocket for take-off. The Atlas V 551 variant will be used for the launch, ULA said, which includes a kerosene-fueled common core booster and five solid rocket motors strapped on, as well as the Centaur upper stage and five-meter-diameter payload fairing. The first three AEHF satellit...