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Pentagon More Than Doubles Cost Estimate for B61 Nuclear Bomb

Kate Brannen/Defense News

According to a new estimate from the Pentagon, the life-extension program for the B61 nuclear bomb will now cost roughly $10 billion, two-and-a-half times the original cost proposed.

China indicts Bo’s wife for murder


China will try Gu Kailai, the wife of ousted Politburo member Bo Xilai, on charges of murdering a British man, state media said on Thursday in the latest turn in a scandal that has rocked the government in Beijing and could bring Gu the death penalty.

New Satellites Could Make GPS Harder to Jam

Lorenzo Francheschi-Bicchieri/Danger Room/Wired

Lockheed Martin believes that next generation of GPS satellites it is developing, known as GPS III, will not only improve the accuracy of GPS signals, they will be more resistant to jamming.

Dubai police chief warns of Muslim Brotherhood, Iran threat


The comments from Dahi Khalfan, one of the most outspoken security officials in the United Arab Emirates, follow the detention in the UAE since April of at least 20 dissidents, according to relatives of the detainees and activists.

Bombing kills 11 in Pakistan, NATO route hampered

Anwarullah Khan/Associated Press

A truck packed with explosives blew up in a crowded market in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing 11 people, as security concerns led officials to temporarily close a supply route to NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Defected Assad confidant seeks Syrian unity

Paul Schemm/Associated Press

Syria’s most prominent defector has put himself forward as someone to unite the fractured opposition as the disparate factions were set to gather in Qatar Thursday to try to agree on a transitional leadership if Bashar Assad’s regime is toppled.

Global warming is about to make your burger more expensive

Ty McCormick/Foreign Policy

The first six months of this year have been the hottest on record since 1895. In June alone, we smashed more than 3,000 temperature records across the United States. It was the 328th consecutive month in which the average global temperature exceeded the 20th century mean.

Firms split on danger of Defense cuts

Carlos Munoz/The Hill

Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman have begun to break ranks with other top-tier defense firms warning that $500 billion in automatic defense cuts would hurt national security and lead to devastating job losses.

On Our Flashpoint Blog


National Security Leaders Call for Support for DoD Energy Security Efforts

Andrew Holland

The Pew Project on National Security, Energy, and Climate hosted a media briefing to mark the release of a letter signed by retired military and civilian national security leaders that called for support of energy innovation at the Department of Defense.

Senator Lugar and Bipartisanship in National Security

Mary Kaszynski

Senator Richard Lugar’s leadership on national security issues is unparalleled.

Tidal Energy Comes to the US

Catherine Foley

The nation’s first commercial tidal energy project was dedicated on Tuesday in Eastport, Maine, marking a milestone for the future of renewable energy in the US.

Geoengineering: A Far Off Solution to Climate Change

Carl Grote

With further research needed for geoengineering techniques, curbing carbon emissions remains our best bet for combating climate change.

The Biggest Challenge to American Solar Manufacturing

Matthew Baker

Chinese competitors have been accused of selling modules below production costs. In selling modules at what American producers claim are unreasonably low prices, Chinese manufacturers are unfairly reducing the ability for American manufacturers to compete.

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