Russia 'theoretically' ready to change position on Syria

MOSCOW, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Russian officials said Saturday they are prepared to change their stance on Syria if President Bashar Assad is found to be "cheating" on chemical weapons.

If you're looking for a cut-rate F-16 or a Merkava tank...

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 15 (UPI) -- Israel's military is planning to hold a bargain basement sale of aircraft, tanks and navy missile ships that are being made redundant under a revolutionary, multi-year program to restructure the Jewish state's armed forces to meet new challenges.

Israel slashes armor, air units in $1.9B defense cuts

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 12 (UPI) -- Israel test-fired a new rocket propulsion system Friday as part of its drive to boost its missile capabilities, while the military prepared to retire much of the army's vaunted tank force and several air force squadrons to save $1.9 billion in defense spending over the next five years.

Hezbollah braces for big Syria battle, but takes losses

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 25 (UPI) -- Hezbollah is reportedly massing 2,000-4,000 fighters near the divided northern city of Aleppo for the next major battle in Syria's civil war, but it's believed to have paid a high price in blood for its support of longtime ally President Bashar Assad.

Hollande seeks Rafale jet deal with Qatar

DOHA, Qatar, June 24 (UPI) -- French President Francois Hollande has sought to press the gas-rich Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar to buy 24-36 Dassault Rafale combat jets during a weekend visit amid a defense build-up by the region's Arab monarchies to counter Iran.

East Med gas complicates regional rivalries

BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 5 (UPI) -- Energy Minister Gebran Bassil gleefully boasts every chance he gets of the 30 trillion cubic feet of gas he says lie in just 10 percent of Lebanese waters.
Hagel promises new military technology to Asia

Hagel promises new military technology to Asia

SINGAPORE, June 1 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Saturday reaffirmed the United States' commitment to deploying more advanced military technology to Asia.

Nasrallah pledge to aid Syria will widen war

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 1 (UPI) -- The pledge by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah to stand by embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad points to an escalation in the Syrian civil war.

Mideast: Arms buys soar with $10 billion U.S. deal

BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. sale of $10 billion in weapons to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates underlines the scale of arms purchases in the region.

Pipeline boosts Iran, Pakistan defiance

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, April 4 (UPI) -- The Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline recently inaugurated in the face of stiff U.S. opposition has bolstered an emerging partnership between two Muslim states.

When French troops to leave Mali in doubt

BAMAKO, Mali, March 18 (UPI) -- As French troops prepare to leave Mali, Western and African officials say soldiers who will continue the fight against al-Qaida militants may be ill-equipped.
Syrian air force, vital for regime, sags

Syrian air force, vital for regime, sags

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 13 (UPI) -- Syrian warplanes have bombed the cities and even the outskirts of Damascus, showing the critical role the air force in the Assad's regime battle to keep power.

Richardson: N. Korea showing 'defiance'

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) -- Some experts analyzing North Korea's threats of war and pre-emptive strikes said they need not be taken literally but also didn't dismiss them.
Report: Iranians at N. Korea nuclear test

Report: Iranians at N. Korea nuclear test

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- North Korea's recent underground nuclear test may have been witnessed at the site by Iranian scientists, a Western diplomatic source told Japan's Kyodo News.
Iran monkey in space 'masks missile plan'

Iran monkey in space 'masks missile plan'

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Iran's claim to have lofted a monkey into space is making headlines but Western experts worry it's part of a quest for powerful ballistic missiles.
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Strategic Studies

Strategic studies is an interdisciplinary academic field devoted to topics concerning the relationship between politics, geography and natural resources, economics, and military power. The curriculum would also include the role of diplomacy and threats in the preparation and use of force.

Centers for strategic studies are found at such institutions as Australian National University, Johns Hopkins University, Missouri State University, Temple University, the U.S. Army War College, and the National Defense University.

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