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|What the NATO Summit overlooked: the financing of the energy security shift
NATO members on both sides of the Atlantic are increasingly realizing that business as usual in energy security policy may no longer be possible. So why was this not discussed at the recent Chicago Summit? Read about it here.
|Missile Defense System Negotiations: Washington-Warsaw-Moscow Triangle
The NATO missile defense shield, a fierce point of contention between the U.S. and Russia, could change the strategic balance of the whole of Eurasia. Read about the situation here.
|Union Without Unity: the Collapse of Greece
“I have the sense that Greece is in a Cold War-like state with its debtors… We all lose.” – Alexis Tsipras, head of Greece’s Syriza party. Will Greece become the crypt of the Euro? Read about it here.
|North Korean Rocket Science: They’re Playing Us
Homer Hickam Jr., bestselling author of Rocket Boys and his most recent book, Crater, discusses the future of space travel and the latest North Korean rocket launch. Read his piece here.
|Women in Special Forces: the Debate on Combat Exclusion
The realities of modern day warfare have women fighting on the front lines in specialty positions such as medics, mechanics, and military police. Is the final frontier of eliminating the Combat Exclusion Policy is allowing women to serve in the Special Forces? Read about it here.
|Should Afghanistan Legalize Bribes?
The Afghan government needs to deal with rampant corruption in Afghanistan. Could a simple change in the law be the solution? Read about it here.
Around the Web
North Korea’s missile program is apparently not the only thing to fear from the country. According to a South Korean Information Security expert, the Hermit Kingdom is currently only outpaced by the United States and Russia in its cyber warfare techniques, and it has South Korea in its sights. Since 2009, North Korea has been sustaining a targeted program against South Korea’s defense systems, from Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks to hacking.
This Week in History
1893: In a seminal moment, Mohandas Gandhi staged his first act of civil disobedience. A young lawyer working in South Africa at the time, he refused to comply with racial segregation laws that forbade him from being in the first-class car of a train, and was forcibly evicted. From that moment, he chose to spend his life fighting injustice and defending his rights as an Indian and a man.
1944: General Dwight Eisenhower orders a massive invasion of Europe, under the name of Operation Overlord. After years of planning, and miles of harrowing and deadly landings on the beaches of Normandy, D-Day was ultimately successful in turning the tide of the second World War.
1967: During the Six-Day War, a lightly-armed intelligence ship, the USS Liberty is attacked by Israeli forces in international waters off Egypt’s Gaza Strip. Initially, Israeli aircraft attacked with rockets and napalm bombs, killing nine and wounding 60 of the vessel’s 294 crewmembers. Then Israeli torpedo boats fired artillery and launched torpedos, one of which struck the Liberty at the waterline. Three lifeboats launched due to the condition of the Liberty were also attacked, a violation of international law. Ultimately, 34 Americans were killed and 171 were wounded in the two-hour attack. Israel later apologized and compensated the victims, saying they had mistaken the ship for an Egyptian one; however, many Liberty survivors believe the attack was intentional, staged to conceal plans the controversial seizure of the Golan Heights, scheduled to occur the next day.