TOP NEWS

Liz Cheney to introduce legislation preventing Trump administration from renewing Iran sanctions waivers
The Hill

Iran to inject uranium gas to further break from nuclear deal
Axios

Japan to receive additional U.S. supersonic ballistic missile interceptors
The Diplomat

United States

Clock ticks down on defense policy bill
Defense News11/4/19
If Congress wants to pass the 2020 defense policy bill before the end of the year, lawmakers may have only three weeks to break a partisan deadlock between the House and Senate.

Liz Cheney to introduce legislation preventing Trump administration from renewing Iran sanctions waivers
The Hill11/4/19
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) will propose legislation barring the Trump administration from granting sanctions waivers to the Iranian government, the House Republican Conference chairwoman said on Monday.

Europe/Russia

E.U. set to allow U.S. participation in joint defense projects
Bloomberg11/4/19
The European Union is closing in on an accord that would allow the U.S. government and American companies to participate in joint defense projects, potentially removing a source of friction in transatlantic ties.

Middle East

Iran to inject uranium gas to further break from nuclear deal
Axios11/5/19
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced Tuesday Iran would “resume uranium enrichment” at its Fordow plant and begin injecting uranium gas into 1,044 centrifuges, Iranian state media reports.

U.S. sanctions nine Iranians linked to Khamenei; Tehran announces new violations of nuclear deal
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty11/4/19
The United States has slapped sanctions on nine people connected to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, among them his chief of staff, one of his sons, and the head of Iran’s judiciary.

East Asia

North Korea says Washington’s terrorism blacklist hinders nuclear diplomacy
TIME11/5/19
North Korea said Tuesday the U.S. redesignation of Pyongyang as a sponsor of terrorism is dimming prospects for nuclear diplomacy between the countries.

Japan to receive additional U.S. supersonic ballistic missile interceptors
The Diplomat11/5/19
Japan will take delivery of additional Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptors, according to the Pentagon.

Heading into 2020, Trump defends faltering North Korea talks as a win
Voice of America11/5/19
U.S. President Donald Trump is portraying his outreach to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a major foreign policy achievement as the 2020 U.S. presidential election campaign gains momentum.

Analysis/Commentary

Assessment of U.S. military power
Heritage Foundation10/30/19
The U.S. military is tasked first and foremost with defending America from attack. Beyond that, it must be capable of protecting Americans abroad, allies, and the freedom to use international sea, air, and space while retaining the ability to engage in more than one major contingency at a time.

Iran is doing just fine
Foreign AffairsHenry Rome
11/5/19
Tehran has survived U.S. sanctions. Its nuclear program and regional activities will, too.

Keep American skies open to Russia
New RepublicAnkit Panda
11/4/19
The Trump administration is poised to kill another useful treaty that contributes to trans-Atlantic peace.

The risk of entrapment by self-fulfilling nuclear prophecy
Japan TimesRamesh Thakur
11/5/19
The nuclear fates of Japan, South Korea, and North Korea are interconnected, in that moves by any one would have cascading consequences in the other two, and possibly also in Taiwan.

Improve F/A-18 Super Hornet training and readiness with more missiles and fewer missions
War on the RocksGraham Scarbro
11/5/19
Current Navy strike-fighter squadrons do not fire enough air-to-air missiles, and their training mission profiles are too fragmented between air-to-air, air-to-ground, and other mission areas.