Russia is strengthening its links with North Korea in order to position itself as an indispensable interlocutor between Washington and Pyongyang. But the cost Russia could demand for regional cooperation may prove prohibitive for the US.
The US has long overvalued the military and undervalued the State Department, but President Donald Trump’s winnowing of the diplomatic corps is extreme, and it comes at a time when diplomats are needed more than ever.
North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test shows that it is determined to create an effective nuclear deterrent. But what is the likelihood of a single North Korean warhead successfully hitting a target in the US?
Despite delays and continuing software problems, the US Army’s planned integrated air and missile defence command construct remains a priority for the Pentagon as it looks to proliferating threats in the coming decades