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13th March 2017 –

Dawn of the Jihadi Drone Wars

John Cappello

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported February 23 that it had downed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over the Mediterranean after it was launched from the Gaza Strip. more...

11th October 2016 –

Iranian-Backed Houthis Fire a Shot at the U.S. Navy

While the United States was fixated on the second presidential debate on Sunday night, one of its ships was under fire in the Middle East. Details remain few, but reports suggest that the Houthis, a Yemeni militant group backed by Iran, fired two anti-ship missiles at the USS Mason as it patrolled the Bab el-Mandeb Strait. more...

6th October 2016 – Military Edge

Discerning Iran’s Role in Expanding Houthi Rocket Capabilities

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Yemen’s Houthi rebels tested a new rocket last Thursday, marking the fourth new projectile they unveiled this year. Dubbed the Somoud, or “steadfastness,” the projectile’s launch was broadcast late last week across Arab and Iranian media. more...

15th September 2016 – The Huffington Post

Cash Rich, Aggressive

Mark Dubowitz, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Two American reconnaissance planes flew one mile wide of Iran’s airspace over the weekend, and according to a U.S. Navy official, kept a safe distance from known surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites. Iran warned the planes if they remained on course, they would be shot down, according to U.S. defense officials who called the threat “unprofessional.” more...

28th April 2016 –

Crowded Skies Over Syria Raise Risk of Unintended Clashes

John Cappello

Russian forces in Syria have fired upon Israel Air Force (IAF) aircraft on at least two different occasions, the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported last week. Officials in Moscow unsurprisingly dismissed the report, but the possibility of Russian-Israeli clashes over Syria is actually more plausible than it may seem. more...

26th April 2016 –

The Saudi-Led Coalition Is Not Ready To Fight The Islamic State

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited Saudi Arabia last week hoping to reassure nervous Gulf allies that American security commitments remain in force in the wake of last year’s Iran nuclear deal. In exchange, the White House was hoping to encourage the Gulf states to play a more active role in the fight against the Islamic State (IS). more...

2nd March 2016 –

The Mideast’s Precision Guided Arms Race

Precision guided munitions (PGMs) encompass a growing range of bombs and missiles designed to destroy targets on land, at sea, or in the air. While platforms like fighters, armored vehicles, and warships often receive more attention, their lethality is almost negligible if not bolstered by advanced munitions. With minor updates, today’s PGMs allow even older platforms, such as the 60-year-old B-52 bomber, to remain relevant on the modern battlefield. more...

5th January 2016 –

Europe’s Missile Shield and Iran’s Capabilities

On December 18, the same week UN experts declared that Iran’s October test launch of a medium-range ballistic missile was a violation of this summer’s nuclear deal, Washington announced the completion of an advanced missile defense facility in Romania. It is designed, among other things, to defend Europe against Tehran’s increasing missile capabilities. more...

28th December 2015 –

Israel Bolsters Its Sinai Border Amid ISIS Threats

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released an audio message this weekend threatening Israel with a devastating attack. more...

4th December 2015 –

Putin’s S-400 Power-Play in Syria

Russia is upping the ante in the Eastern Mediterranean in response to the downing of its fighter jet by Turkish F-16s last week. more...

24th November 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Putin’s Belligerence Reaches a Tipping Point

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet today after it violated the country’s airspace. more...

19th November 2015 –

Israel’s Military Wish List

Since Congress first mandated military aid to Israel in 1971, the United States has provided the country nearly $100 billion in military aid. more...

4th November 2015 –

The Saudis’ New Warships Are Missing Something

The U.S. State Department approved an $11.25-billion sale last month of four Lockheed Martin “Multi-Mission Surface Combatants,” or MMSCs, for the Royal Saudi Navy. more...

16th October 2015 – Real Clear Defense

Is Israel About to Lose Its Edge in the Air?

In a September 2 letter to Congress, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that Washington would ensure Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge (QME) in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal. more...

14th October 2015 –

Russian Forces Shield Hezbollah’s Arms Supply From Israeli Strikes

The sudden appearance of Russian forces in Syria in recent weeks is raising concerns about inadvertent conflicts with the U.S.-led coalition. But while much of the spotlight may be on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bid to prop up the Assad regime and the escalating diplomatic tensions with Washington, Russia’s gambit presents a challenge for another regional country trying to enforce its own red lines: Israel. more...

6th October 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Russian Forays Into Turkish Airspace Challenge Ankara’s Syria Policy… And NATO

Merve Tahiroglu

Russian warplanes entered Turkish airspace from Syria twice over the weekend, sending Turkish F-16s scrambling. more...

21st August 2015 –

Iran’s Military Is No Match for Its Rivals – But That Could Soon Change

Iran, despite its belligerent behavior and support for terrorism, is not a formidable conventional military force. The Islamic Republic has a handful of weapon systems that make it asymmetrically dangerous, but its military is largely outdated thanks to years of international sanctions and arms embargos. more...

11th August 2015 – The National Interest

The Perils of Joining Turkey in the Fight against ISIS

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey’s cabinet last week announced that the United States and coalition members targeting the Islamic State (ISIS) would be permitted to fly combat missions from Incirlik air base in south Turkey. This U.S.-Turkish facility is well positioned near the Syrian front, and offers the coalition greater tactical flexibility. It could certainly help in the effort, as President Barack Obama describes it, “to degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS. more...

5th August 2015 –

Putting Iran’s Arms Proliferation Back in Business

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Barack Obama, defending the recent Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), insists that his negotiators are providing an alternative to war. more...

29th July 2015 –

Turkey at War: A New, Complicated, Phase in the Fight Against ISIS

Merve Tahiroglu

The Turkish cabinet formally approved opening the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey on Wednesday to the coalition fighting Islamic State (ISIS). The U.S. has been pressuring Turkey to allow operations from Incirlik for months, but the deadly suicide bombing in the Turkish border town of Suruç last week, and a fatal attack on a soldier three days later, seem to have hardened Ankara’s resolve. more...

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