Jordan’s king says he would support a Middle East version of NATO

Jordan’s King Abdullah said he would support the formation of a Middle East military alliance similar to NATO, and that it can be done with countries that are like-minded. Thomas Kronsteiner | Getty Images News | Getty Images Jordan’s King Abdullah II said he would support the formation of a Middle East military alliance similar … Read more

SpaceX employees say Elon Musk’s behavior is a ‘distraction and embarrassment’: report

A group of SpaceX employees reportedly wrote a letter to the company’s executives that detailed frustrations over the recent behavior and public statements of the company’s founder and chief executive, Elon Musk. According to the Verge, the publication that first reported on the letter’s existence, employees referred to Musk’s behavior as a “distraction and embarrassment” … Read more

Chinese defense minister on US-China tensions, Taiwan

An F-16V jet fighter taxis on the runway in January for an emergency takeoff as part of a Taiwanese military drill in Chiayi, Taiwan, as China increased overflights by PLA fighter jets over the self-governed island in 2022. Nurphoto | Nurphoto | Getty Images SINGAPORE – China’s defense minister accused the US of “smearing” Beijing … Read more

China’s defense minister on the country’s nuclear weapons arsenal

China’s Defense Minister Wei Fenghe speaks at the Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore on June 12, 2022. Roslan Rahman | Afp | Getty Images China has made “impressive progress” in developing new nuclear weapons, but will only use them for self-defense, and never use them first, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe told delegates at the … Read more

Fighting in Severodonetsk; Zelenskyy asks for weapons

Heavy fighting between Ukrainian and Russian troops is taking place in the strategically important Donbas city of Severodonetsk. Aris Messinis | Afp | Getty Images Intense fighting is ongoing in the streets of a critical eastern Ukrainian city now at the heart of Moscow’s invasion, as Kyiv implored the West to deliver more weapons to … Read more

Quad’s maritime initiative could spur militarization of Indo-Pacific

The Quad’s MDA program may further militarize the Indo-Pacific region, where US aircraft carrier USS Nimitz is seen here in a file photo leading a formation. Stocktrek Images | Stocktrek Images | Getty Images The Quad countries want to jointly monitor movements of ships and submarines in the Indo-Pacific using satellites, a move analysts warn … Read more