Concept art of a laser-armed aircraft destroying a missile. Photo Credit: Defense One. North Korea remains a clear threat to American security. Despite demonstrating a willingness to carry out major diplomatic spectacles and “dismantle” satellite launch sites such as the Sohae facility, North Korea continues to develop its ballistic missile and nuclear arsenal. The Kim … Continue reading Beam Us Up Donnie: The Future of Boost Phase Missile Defense
Photo By: Getty Images By: Alexander Begej, Columnist Precision Agriculture (PA) is a growing practice that is transforming labor-intensive farms into data generating hubs. Although it aims to maximize crop yield and save on time and labor, it simultaneously widens the agriculture industry’s vulnerabilities to cyber threats from criminals and nation states alike. The Precision … Continue reading Precision Agriculture: A Fruitful Target for Cyber Adversaries
By: Alexander Begej, Columnist Photo Credit: Getty Images The US-China trade war is fundamentally irresolvable as the terms of a potential agreement directly threaten each party’s own strategic interests. However, President Trump is slowly rebuilding alliances, and quite possibly a coalition, by reconciling trade disputes with other nations. President Donald Trump’s trade war with China … Continue reading Trump’s Tariffs: A Tactic for Allies but a Strategy for China
Russian soldiers on patrol in Crimea in 2014. Photo Credit: Getty Images By: Alexander Begej Universal recognition of a Russian Crimea would benefit both Kyiv and Moscow. Russia would see annexation sanctions lifted from its economy, providing disgruntled Russians with much needed economic relief. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government would be free from the shackles of … Continue reading Ukraine’s Grand Bargain
By Alexander Begej, Columnist Photo by: Ukraine Defense and Security Council The Ukrainian defense industry is on the verge of implementing several independently developed missile projects, which will enhance Ukraine’s tactical capabilities, strategic deterrence, and defense of maritime assets in the Black and Azov Seas. Advancements in Ukraine’s missile program Ukraine’s domestic missile program remained … Continue reading Ukraine Set to Go Ballistic
By: Alexander Begej, Columnist Photo by: Presidential Press and Information Office, Kremlin President Vladimir Putin’s popularity in Russia is not nearly as strong as it once was. Though Putin will unquestionably win the 2018 presidential election in March, civilian unrest can soon graduate to a regime threatening uprising if it is not kept in check … Continue reading Is a Russian Invasion of Kazakhstan on the Horizon?