Alert Board

  • Arctic outpost becomes hotbed of Russian military activity
    3:24 AM

    A TINY stretch of Arctic water has become a hotbed of military activity amid fears it could become the next flashpoint in a global conflict between the US and Russia. Locals on the tiny Norwegian island of Vardo have seen an increase in military action through the upgrade of a critical radar system, Globus III,

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  • 6:19 PM

    An extended shutdown of the nation’s only scientific laboratory for producing and testing the plutonium cores for its nuclear weapons has taken a toll on America’s arsenal, with key work postponed and delays looming in the production of components for new nuclear warheads, according to government documents and officials. The unique research and production facility

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  • Specialists Think North Korea Poses Nuclear Threat to Hawaii
    5:26 PM

    Nuclear arms experts think North Korea already has, or soon will have, the ability to target Hawaii with a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile with possibly about the same destructive force as the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Warnings are mounting apace with that growing threat. “North Korea’s unprecedented level of nuclear testing and ballistic

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  • Taking the Edge off U.S.-Russia Strategic Relations
    8:55 PM

    Secretary of State Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov have agreed in principle to resume strategic stability talks.  The United States and Russia should begin the talks expeditiously, and the first agenda items they should tackle include measures to reduce the risk of accident or miscalculation, preservation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

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  • On a Tiny Norwegian Island, America Keeps an Eye on Russia
    8:18 PM

    The population of the Arctic island of Vardo has shrunk to half of what it was 20 years ago, and the fishing industry that sustained its residents for generations has mostly collapsed. But the local power company, citing a mysterious surge in electricity demand, began work last month to increase energy supplies, laying a thick

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  • DEFCON Warning System – Update 6/13/2017
    1:50 AM

    This is the DEFCON Warning System. Alert status for 7 P.M., Tuesday, June 13th, 2017. Condition code is Green. DEFCON 5. There are currently no imminent nuclear threats against the United States at this time. While the Korean theater continues to be an area of significant tension, South Korea currently is in no mood for

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  • Under the radar, Russia plays a double game in tense Korean crisis
    6:08 PM

    President Trump has made a big deal since his election about his new relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, insisting Beijing is “working very hard” to pressure North Korea since the two leaders’ meetings at Mar-a-Lago earlier in the year. Mr. Trump seems to be combining China’s newfound sympathy to the U.S. position with a

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  • North Korea Dreams of Turning Out the Lights
    6:53 PM

    Conventional wisdom holds that it will be years before North Korea can credibly threaten the United States with a nuclear attack. Kim Jong Un’s scientists are still testing only low-yield nuclear weapons, the thinking goes, and have yet to place them on ballistic missiles capable of reaching America’s West Coast. While its technological shortcomings have

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  • US Swipes at China Signal a Micro Policy Shift in Disputed Sea
    9:53 PM

    The U.S. government is challenging China over its dominant position in Asia’s major maritime sovereignty dispute, but those moves, after months of silence, are seen as aimed at reassuring nervous Southeast Asian countries rather than as a major anti-Beijing pivot. President Donald Trump has shelved the South China Sea issue for most of his nearly

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