Miles Yu

China’s counter to GPS targets SE Asia en route to global market

China’s counter to GPS targets SE Asia en route to global market

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com China is aggressively pressing its global positioning service, known as the Beidou, into service throughout the entire Southeast Asia region. The goal is to extend coverage regionally, before achieving global coverage by 2020. China views Southeast Asia as key to countering the influence of the United States and […]

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After policy disasters, U.S. AFRICOM to deploy troops to 35 countries

After policy disasters, U.S. AFRICOM to deploy troops to 35 countries

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The United States will deploy troops to 35 African countries in 2013 to deal with increasing Al Qaida or Al Qaida-like terrorist threats. The total number of Africa-bound troops will be around 3,500 and they will come from the 2nd Brigade’s Heavy Combat Team of the First Infantry Division based […]

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U.S. Navy developing unmanned submarines for anti-sub warfare

U.S. Navy developing unmanned submarines for anti-sub warfare

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com As the U.S. transitions to littoral warfare in key parts the world, including the Western Pacific, Persian Gulf, Straits of Hormuz and the Caribbean, the threats posed by small, quiet, diesel-electric enemy submarines is growing. To deal with this, the Pentagon has developed a program to assemble an unmanned anti-submarine […]

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'Almost noiseless' 3rd Russian nuclear-powered sub begins sea trials

'Almost noiseless' 3rd Russian nuclear-powered sub begins sea trials

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Russia’s third Borei-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), the Vladimir Monomakh, recently began sea trials from the northern shipbuilding town of Severodvinsk. The official RIA Novosti news agency called the Vladimir Monomakh “super-modern, powerful and almost noiseless.” The Borei-class SSBN is Russia’s first post-Soviet designed nuclear submarine. Read complete article.

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Drone Wars: U.S. maintains tech advantage with carrier-based X-47B

Drone Wars: U.S. maintains tech advantage with carrier-based X-47B

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com A new arms race is heating up as major countries rush to develop their unmanned air surveillance and combat vehicles. On Dec. 1, a French-led multinational consortium launched the newest combat drone prototype from a French air base. The test of the UAV, called nEUROn, marks the entrance into the […]

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Former Navy cryptologist charged with attempted spying for Russia

Former Navy cryptologist charged with attempted spying for Russia

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Robert Patrick Hoffman II, 39, a former 20-year Navy submarine petty officer first class and cryptologist who retired last year, was arrested by the FBI on Dec. 6 on charges of attempted espionage for Russia. According to a federal indictment, on Oct. 21, Hoffman attempted to pass secret documents to […]

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Kremlin in spin mode about widespread reports on Putin health

Kremlin in spin mode about widespread reports on Putin health

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The Kremlin is adamant that rumors about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ill health are only rumors. But Putin has not been meeting his scheduled events over the past couple of months. In early November, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Putin suffered from some illness. He denied it was an […]

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Report: Hamas fired Chinese-made WS-1E rockets into Israel

Report: Hamas fired Chinese-made WS-1E rockets into Israel

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Among the thousands of rockets and mortar shells recently fired from Gaza by Hamas into Israel were Chinese-made WS-1E rockets. These and various types of Iranian-made Qassem rockets were identified as the main types that were fired from Gaza, according to the German magazine Der Spiegel. The WS-1E (Weishi-1E or […]

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U.S. helped Uzbekistan ship highly enriched uranium to Russia

U.S. helped Uzbekistan ship highly enriched uranium to Russia

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com A shipment of 160 pounds of highly enriched uranium (HEU) was successfully transported from Uzbekistan to Russia, the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced on Nov. 1. Immediately after 9/11, the U.S. government became increasingly concerned that international terrorists might gain possession of Russian-origin nuclear material. Washington and Moscow […]

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Critics contrast Obama's Syria policy with those for Libya, Egypt

Critics contrast Obama's Syria policy with those for Libya, Egypt

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com As civil war continues to rage in Syria, the Obama administration remains unwilling to openly declare military support to the rebels despite repeated denunciations of the Bashar Assad regime. This is in sharp contrast to Libya and Egypt, with President Barack Obama expressing a far more straightforward posture. Particularly disappointing […]