Relative to the 1970s and 1980s, the United States is almost incomparably powerful and secure, enjoying presumptive military advantage over any opponent or plausible coalition of opponents. Noting that Russia, China, and others have the growing capability to act independently in their regions does not imply that they will act justly, or that they have any special right to torture their neighbors. Back in Sept. 2015, Air Force General Frank Gorenc argued that the airpower advantage the United States has enjoyed over Russia and China is shrinking. This warning comes as part of a deluge of commentary on the waning international position of the United States.
The suspect in the fatal shooting of a Chicago police officer reportedly had a lengthy criminal record and was carrying a semiautomatic handgun and a bulletproof vest. Commander Paul Bauer was shot and killed after attempting to help apprehend a person of interest in downtown Chicago who matched a description sent out over police radio. After initially saying Mr Bauer was off duty, authorities clarified that he was working at the time of the incident.
Russia and China are developing “destructive counterspace weapons” which could be ready to use in “the next few years”, according to a US intelligence report. New “anti-satellite” (ASAT) weapons could be used in future potential wars against the US, the report warns. The Director of National Intelligence's report, which is based on information gathering by the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency, says recent military reforms in both China and Russia “indicate an increased focus on establishing operational forces designed to integrate attacks against space systems”.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In a rambling nearly 3,000-word letter issued Wednesday, the Taliban urged the "American people" to press their government to withdraw from Afghanistan, reminding them that the Afghan war is the longest conflict in which they have been embroiled — and at a cost of "trillions of dollars."