Layers of Defense

Layers of Defense

As discussed in the previous issue, a confluence of factors raises the prospect that the United States could be targeted by a terrorist group employing and/or threatening the use of portable nuclear devices, radiological bombs or other WMDs. In response to this threat, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) notes that Washington has tried to develop a layered defense. These layers …

Pentagon: No Decision on US Troop Numbers in Afghanistan

Pentagon: No Decision on US Troop Numbers in Afghanistan

The Pentagon said Friday that the defense secretary has not yet decided how many U.S. troops to commit to the fight in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary James Mattis “has made no decisions on a troop increase for Afghanistan,” wrote Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White. “As he said throughout the week in testimony, the revised Afghanistan strategy will be presented to the president …

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald

U.S. Navy destroyer, Philippines merchant vessel collide off Japan

The U.S. Navy said on Friday one of its destroyers collided with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, in the dead of night and the Japanese Coast Guard reported seven U.S. crew members were missing. The Japanese coast guard also said the U.S. ship was experiencing some flooding but was not in danger of sinking, while the merchant …