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In the Navy, a premier surface fleet faces new scrutiny after deadly disasters at sea

“The Navy’s recent disasters in the Pacific region have prompted scrutiny of what has long been considered one of the service’s premier fleets,” reports The Washington Post.


The department certainly agrees that climate change is having an impact on national security, whether by increasing global instability, by opening the Arctic or by increasing sea level and storm surge near our coastal installations… We are actively integrating climate considerations across the full spectrum of our activities to ensure a ready and resilient force.

— John Conger, the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment, reacting to a new report published by military researchers that calls the climate crisis a threat to America’s security.

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NATO general says he sees potent Russian threat

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s top military commander, General Philip Breedlove, assesses Russia’s intentions and capabilities in the wake of its military buildup on the Ukranian border. Breedlove is concerned that if the Russians made a move into eastern Ukraine, they would be hard to stop.

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Major General Paul D. Eaton, who served more than 30 years in the United States Army in combat and post-combat assignments in Iraq, Bosnia and Somalia, joined Ari Rabin-Havt on The Agenda on SiriusXM Progress early Wednesday morning to discuss proposed cuts to the military budget.