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On Wednesday, the head of US Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) announced a new partnership with private space firms SpaceX and XArc to develop space-based cargo transport, something the Pentagon says has “the potential to be one of the greatest revolutions in transportation since the airplane.”

“Think about moving the equivalent of a C-17 payload anywhere on the globe in less than an hour,” TRANSCOM chief US Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons said at a virtual Wednesday meeting at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

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SOURCE: Defensenews.com

China has been successfully exploiting the disarray caused by COVID-19 to coerce neighbors, project power, and expand its global influence. There must be a coordinated global response to China’s accelerated aggression, lest Beijing become even more emboldened, further threatening the security of countries in the region and the international system as a whole.

China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI) investments already give them unfettered access and leverage with a host of developing countries desperate for funding and infrastructure development. Many of those countries are run by corrupt authoritarians that prop up their own regimes by skimming off funds provided by China, thus perpetuating China’s preferred authoritarian model of government.

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SOURCE: TNN

A U.S. Air Force F-35B fighter jet crashed after it collided with an aerial refueling tanker on Tuesday, a U.S. marines unit said. The pilot of the F-35B jet ejected and was being treated, while the crew of the KC-130J refueling aircraft had landed safely, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said.

The crash occurred over Imperial County, California, ABC News reported.

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SOURCE: AFP

A US fighter jet on a training mission from a British Royal Air Force base in eastern England crashed in the North Sea on Monday. “A US Air Force F-15C Eagle crashed at approximately 0940 (0840 GMT) today (Monday) in the North Sea,” said USAF Captain Miranda T. Simmons, from RAF Lakenheath.

“The cause of the crash, as well as the status of the pilot, are unknown at this time, and UK Search and Rescue have been called to support.” The plane took off from the RAF Lakenheath base, near Mildenhall, in Suffolk, which hosts the 48th Fighter Wing of the US Air Force. The BBC said the plane was believed to have gone down 74 nautical miles (137 kilometres) off the East Yorkshire coast. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ATUL KUMAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

As time passing , tussle between US and Iran getting advance. After ending many waivers to buyers of Iranian oil now Donald Trump posted a threatening tweet against Iran which is really a matter of serious concern. On the other side Iran government has vowed to protect its territory at any cost. Tensions between Washington DC and Tehran gets heat when a unknown rocket was fired into the Iraqi capital Baghdad’s highly protected green zone on 19th June at night, falling near the American Embassy but causing no casualties. Although there are tensions in the gulf but it seems US is not in the mood of war and Trump publicly appealed to Iran to call him, the white house contacted the Swiss on 9th may to share a phone number the Iranians could call the white house.

But Swiss likely won’t hand over the number unless the Tehran asked for it. Well US asked Swiss for this help because since 1980 after Islamic Revolution in Iran there are no diplomatic relation between US and Iran. But on 10th may Iranian Islamic revolutionary guards head said Iran would not talk to US. Continue reading