Middle East News – Iran Hijacks a Korean Ship and a Saudi Arabia-Qatar Deal Unifies Arabs Against Iran

There are two major events in the middle east today. Iran hijacked a South Korean ship and Saudi Arabia and Qatar have a new diplomatic deal that creates a unified Arab front against Iran. 1. Iran seized a South Korean-flagged tanker in Gulf waters and detained its crew. $7 billion in Iranian funds are frozen …

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DARPA Gremlin Drone Tests

In November, DARPA X-61A Gremlins Air Vehicle (GAV) flew for more than two hours, successfully validating all autonomous formation flying positions and safety features. Nine attempts were made at mechanical engagement of the GAVs to the docking bullet extended from a C-130 aircraft, but relative movement was more dynamic than expected and each GAV ultimately, …

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Next Generation Army Drones

The US Army is making new drones to replace the RQ-7B Shadow which will give brigade commanders’ primary day/night, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition system. Commanders will see and understand the battlespace and gain situational awareness on the battlefield. They will takeoff like helicopters and will not need a runway. The new drones will be …

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Indonesia Could Justify Molten Salt Nuclear Reactor Development to Get a Nuclear Navy

In July, 2020, ThorCon and Indonesia’s Defense Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to study developing a 50 MW thorium molten salt reactor (TMSR) for either power generation or marine vehicle propulsion. Indonesia could justify additional costs for a modular molten salt nuclear reactor to get a nuclear navy. Nuclear reactors for a nuclear …

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Arab League Morocco Will Have Peace Deal With Israel

Morocco joins Bahrain, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates in joining peace deals and economic normalization with Israel. Morocco has a population of over 37 million people and is a member of the Arab League. The Arab League has 22 member states. It was founded in Cairo in March 1945 with six members. Oman, Comoros, …

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US Air Force Should Buy SpaceX Starship as a Hypersonic Platform for Missiles and Bombs

The US Congress is looking to spend $6 billion in 2021 for a Pacific Deterrence Initiative which would be funding for operations in the Pacific to counter China. The general in charge of the U.S. Air Force in the Pacific would like to see some of it spent on hypersonic weapons. General Wilsbach has no …

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Iran Nuclear Program Has a Potential 3 Month Breakout But Loses a Lead Scientist

A top Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was killed by five gunmen. There have been successful assassinations of leading Iranian nuclear scientists since 2010. This is the first successful assassination since 2012. The Iranian government has difficulty recruiting scientists for nuclear research. Arms Control Report on Iran’s Nuclear Program The IAEA concluded that Iran’s uranium …

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Great Power Nations of the 2050s

Great powers has been a designation given to countries since the time of Napoleon. This is for countries that have have military and economic strength and diplomatic and soft power influence. Italy has ranked as a great power since 2000. Italy seems like the weakest of the nations classified as great powers. Italy has a …

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