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Past articles by Joel:

Russia's war hawks say attrition has backfired in Ukraine: 'We have no rounds'

Russia suffers from an ammunition shortage that extends beyond the Wagner Group mercenary forces, according to Russian complaints from the front that express anxiety about a Ukrainian counteroffensive. → Read More

UN nuclear watchdog hints at reviving Iran nuclear deal: 'Spirit of collaboration'

Iran has offered pledges that could “pave the way” for the renewal of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, according to the top United Nations nuclear watchdog, despite ambiguity about how Tehran will fulfill those hopes. → Read More

'Urban warfare is unavoidable,' US general fears

Russia’s war in Ukraine suggests that “urban warfare is unavoidable," according to a senior U.S. general tasked with prepare the U.S. Army for potential future wars. → Read More

China will target the US homeland in war over Taiwan, Army leader predicts

China will attack the American homeland if “a major war” erupts over Taiwan or elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific, the U.S. Army’s top civilian expects. → Read More

Kremlin brushes off China's peace proposal for Ukraine

Russia doesn’t want to proceed with China’s peace proposal “for now,” according to the Kremlin, as Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to pursue his original "goals" for the war in Ukraine. → Read More

Ukraine war raises specter of nuclear crisis between US and China

Russia's invasion of Ukraine could spark a nuclear arms race in the Indo-Pacific if the Kremlin emerges victorious from the war, according to current and former Western officials. → Read More

Russia interrupts moment of silence for Ukraine invasion victims

Russia interrupted a moment of silence “in memory of the victims” of the war in Ukraine at the outset of a United Nations Security Council meeting on the anniversary of the invasion. → Read More

US seeks strategy for Ukraine war that manages fear of Crimea showdown

A few weeks before launching his campaign to overthrow the Ukrainian government, Russian President Vladimir Putin implied that he would use nuclear weapons to repel a NATO-backed effort by Ukraine to retake Crimea from Russian occupation. → Read More

Artificial intelligence should not control nuclear weapons use, officials say

Artificial intelligence systems should not control “actions critical” to the use of nuclear weapons, according to a new U.S. proposal on the military applications of the emerging technology. → Read More

China and Mexico refuse to cooperate with US against fentanyl suppliers, federal officials say

China and Mexico have stonewalled “information-sharing” and other “basic" steps to counteract the fentanyl crisis in the United States, according to federal officials. → Read More

NATO discusses major increase in defense spending across alliance

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has spurred U.S. allies across NATO to consider major increases in defense spending obligations, trans-Atlantic officials announced Wednesday. → Read More

Japan mulls policy to shoot down China's spy balloons

Japanese defense officials are “reviewing the rules for the use of weapons” in light of alleged violations of Japan’s airspace by China's spy balloon program, according to reports. → Read More

Laser incident points to risk of clash between China and US treaty ally

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos condemned the “increasing frequency and intensity” of China's maritime aggression following a laser incident that underscores the security fears driving a new alignment of U.S. and allied democracies in the Indo-Pacific. → Read More

Air Force interested in ‘experimenting’ with spy balloons: 'We haven't done any of that yet'

U.S. military leaders may develop a high-altitude surveillance balloon program, a top Air Force general said, as the Biden administration dismissed allegations from China. → Read More

White House says flying objects present 'real potential risk to civilian air traffic'

President Joe Biden ordered the downing of a series of mysterious “objects” in U.S. and Canadian airspace in part to avoid the risk of a midair collision with passenger jets, according to a senior White House official. → Read More

Air Force detected high-altitude balloons across Middle East over the last year

U.S. military officials have detected high-altitude balloons across the Middle East on multiple occasions over the last year, according to a senior Air Force general. → Read More

Xi Jinping fumes at US efforts to rally allies against China

Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping fumed at U.S. efforts to restrict Beijing’s access to advanced Western technology as a week of tensions over a downed Chinese balloon punctuated a wider diplomatic struggle for influence and cooperation. → Read More

Pentagon hopes to avoid war with China this decade

Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping wants to subjugate Taiwan this decade, according to a senior Pentagon official who expressed confidence that the United States can deter an invasion. → Read More

Chinese balloon was designed for intelligence surveillance, not weather, US says

The Chinese balloon that was destroyed off the coast of South Carolina was built for spying and had sophisticated communications equipment, U.S. officials said, based on information about the balloon gathered by a U-2 spy plane. → Read More

Ukrainian pilots to receive fighter jet training under new plan, UK prime minister says

Ukrainian pilots will begin to receive training to operate “NATO-standard” fighter jets, according to British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appealed for weapons to prevent "stagnation" in the face of the Russian invasion. → Read More