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Iran calls new U.S. sanctions ‘outrageous and idiotic,’ warns that path to diplomacy is permanently closed

Iranian officials slammed the Trump administration Tuesday for new sanctions targeting the country’s leadership, saying the measures permanently closed the path to diplomacy and that the White House had “become mentally crippled” under the current president.

By |2019-06-25T06:25:17-05:00June 25th, 2019|Defense, Foreign Policy|0 Comments

Simple economics show how Trump is beating up on Iran without firing a shot

President Donald Trump on Monday announced new sanctions targeted at Iran's top leadership and those thought responsible for downing a US drone flying near the country.

By |2019-06-24T17:14:30-05:00June 24th, 2019|Defense, Foreign Policy|0 Comments

Iranian official warns more US spy drones can be blown out of the sky

An Iranian military official said Monday that Tehran is capable of shooting down more American spy drones as tensions between the two countries continue to simmer, according to a report out of the country.

By |2019-06-24T05:51:05-05:00June 24th, 2019|Defense, Foreign Policy|0 Comments

US struck Iranian military computers this week

U.S. military cyber forces launched a strike against Iranian military computer systems on Thursday as President Donald Trump backed away from plans for a more conventional military strike in response to Iran’s downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, U.S. officials said Saturday.

By |2019-06-24T15:34:07-05:00June 23rd, 2019|Defense, Foreign Policy|0 Comments

Do We Need a Cabinet-Level Department of Cybersecurity?

The United States faces a national security threat unlike anything we have faced in our history. It’s a threat from hostile foreign governments and nefarious non-state actors abroad who have the potential to severely cripple our infrastructure.

By |2019-06-21T12:24:43-05:00June 21st, 2019|Defense, U.S. Politics|0 Comments

Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, but Then Abruptly Pulls Back

President Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing an American surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them on Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions.

By |2019-06-21T06:19:06-05:00June 21st, 2019|Defense, Foreign Policy|0 Comments

Iran Shoots Down a U.S. Drone, Escalating Tensions

Iran shot down a United States surveillance drone early Thursday, both nations said, but they differed on the crucial issue of whether the aircraft had violated Iranian airspace, in the latest escalation in tensions that have raised fears of war between the two countries.

By |2019-06-20T09:13:25-05:00June 20th, 2019|Defense, Foreign Policy|0 Comments

Mixed US signals on Iran muddy the path forward, may increase risk of war: Analysis

President Donald Trump has made clear in public statements that he does not seek war with Iran. But with conflicting signals from his advisers and military movements in the region, the question is whether he may stumble into one anyway.

By |2019-06-19T05:58:56-05:00June 19th, 2019|Defense, Foreign Policy|0 Comments