opinion Daniel Kliman Opinion contributor Published 6:00 AM EST Nov 22, 2018 I lead a double life. Most of the month, I’m a national security expert in Washington, D.C., offering my views on how the United States can compete with China to shape the course of the 21st century. But one weekend each month, I wake up before sunrise, put on a uniform, and fulfill my duty as an officer in the Navy Reserve. I joined almost four years ago, motivated by a combination of family history and idealism. My maternal grandparents, German Jews, fled to the United States just before World War II. Without a refuge in America, they would have been annihilated in the Holocaust. None of their descendants had served in the U.S. military. Our debt to America remained unpaid. I also wanted to have skin in the game. As a civilian working in foreign policy, I could make recommendations for military action without fear of having my own life disrupted or, at worst, cut short. This … [Read more...] about Military service: Why I joined, what I learned from the Navy Reserve
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In 1867, Russia sold the territory of Alaska to the U.S. for $7.2 million. A mere 50 years later, the Americans had earned that amount back 100 times over. How could the imperial officials have given up such a choice parcel? RBTH sorts out the muddled story of the sale of Alaska. A petition calling for Russia’s annexation of Alaska that was posted on the White House website gathered more than 35,000 signatures before it was canceled. Many people still think that the Americans either stole Alaska from the Russians or leased it and did not return it. Despite the widespread myths, the deal was an honest one, and both sides had valid reasons to make it. Alaska before the sale In the 19th century, Russian Alaska was a center of international trade. In the capital, Novoarkhangelsk (now known as Sitka), merchants traded Chinese fabrics, tea and even ice, which the southern United States needed before the invention of the refrigerator. Ships and factories were built, and coal was … [Read more...] about Why did Russia sell Alaska to the United States?
Source: Focus Information Agency Washington. Iranian naval forces have increased activity near key oil shipping choke points in the Middle East, U.S. military officials said, USA Today reported. Iran recently threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a key passage for oil tankers from the Persian Gulf, a move the Pentagon said would be countered. "We are aware of the increase in Iranian naval operations within the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman," Navy Capt. Bill Urban, a spokesman for Central Command, said in a statement. "We are monitoring it closely, and will continue to work with our partners to ensure freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce in international waterways." Last week, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned Iran that shutting down the Strait of Hormuz, which narrows to 34 miles, would be considered an attack on international shipping. "Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz," Mattis told reporters. "They've done that previously … [Read more...] about USA Today: Iranian Navy increases activity near key oil choke point, prompts warning from Pentagon
Maureen Kenyon Treasure Coast Newspapers Published 12:07 p.m. UTC Jul 16, 2018 When you think of Florida, what comes to mind? Is it the miles and miles of coastline? University of Florida football? Florida State football? How about rocket launches? Do you think of alligators in the Everglades? Or do you dream about swimming with a sea cow? Luckily, because of the Sunshine State's near-perfect weather, it's easy to plan adventures around all of those things, in winter and summer. (If summer's too hot, don't worry. We've got a few ideas for you.) The following list contains some of the quintessential adventures and places — excluding the house that Mickey built because that's kind of a given — that every Floridian, as well as every winter resident, should experience at least once. It's a Sunshine State bucket list of sorts. It's narrowed to 20 but there are a lot more places to visit and many more ideas out there. Which places or … [Read more...] about Florida bucket list: 20 things you have to do in the Sunshine State
Picture: AFP London. Britain's Armed Forces will increase their presence in the North Atlantic to meet a growing threat from Russia, the head of the Royal Navy has said. In his first major television interview, the First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones told Sky News that a new Joint Area of Operations (JAO) will be created for the North Atlantic. It will mean the region becomes a priority for the UK government allowing Royal Navy ships and RAF aircraft to be deployed to the region much more regularly. Admiral Jones said it was in response to a growing Russian threat. Admiral Jones says the move is in response to 'an intensifying resurgence of capability and scale' "This is a resurgence that has come very quickly. "It is an intensifying resurgence of capability and scale that we didn't necessarily see coming maybe 10 years ago. We have had to respond to that - it is also very modern, it is very capable. "The signature of their vessels, their deploy-ability, their capability is … [Read more...] about Sky News: UK to expand navy in North Atlantic amid ‘growing Russian threat’