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Significance of Ayman al-Zawahiri drone strike

On July 30, the United States killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man who helped plot multiple terror attacks, including 9/11. al-Zawahiri had been involved with the global jihad for decades and held the reigns for al-Qaeda for the last 11 years, according to Bill Roggio, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of […]


Iran inches closer to longer range strike capabilities, FDD senior fellow says

Satellite imagery shows an Iranian rocket launch could be imminent. The purpose would be to launch satellites into space, but that same long-range ballistic technology could also allow Tehran to launch nuclear warheads and other weapons. Behnam Ben Taleblu, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said these kinds of tests help the […]


US ‘putting a smaller lid on the cauldron of Somalia’ with troop deployment, says news editor

President Biden has just authorized the deployment of hundreds of troops to Somalia, reversing former President Trump’s withdrawal of forces from the area. Biden also approved the Pentagon’s request to target specific leaders of the Somali terror group al-Shabab. There were around 750 troops before Trump withdrew them and will be around 450 this time, […]


Russian missile test highlights need for nuclear triad modernization, says strategy expert

Russia conducted its first flight test of the RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, the “Satan 2,” last month. Brad Bowman, senior director at the Center on Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, writes that this underscores the need for the United States to modernize its nuclear triad. The Sarmat, with […]


Analyst has three recommendations for US to encourage Turkey to align with NATO

Turkey has been called a “frenemy” of the United States, sometimes friendly and other times hostile. It is a NATO member located strategically on the Black Sea, but it seems to be on the fence with Russia’s war on Ukraine. Ryan Brobst, research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the United States […]


Water supply cyber threat ‘a national security emergency,’ warns cybersecurity expert

Cybersecurity risks threaten virtually every part of critical infrastructure in the United States, including the water supply. Four government agencies jointly issued an advisory that malicious actors are targeting the water system. Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery (USN, ret.), senior director of the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies […]


Report shows some American universities unwittingly support China’s military

China has been using its relationships with U.S. universities to get the technology and talent it needs to support its military-industrial complex and win the strategic competition with the United States. A new report from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) details Chinese government influence on American universities. Craig Singleton, adjunct fellow at FDD, […]


“Very hard to tell” what will come out of indirect talks with Iran, defense strategy expert says

Iran announced on Monday that it wants sanctions to be permanently lifted immediately. This comes as President Biden’s envoy joins indirect talks in Vienna with the Iranians on their nuclear program, the first since the new, more conservative regime took power in August. Richard Goldberg, senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said […]

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