May 2, 2016                            
Dossier: A New F-35


U.S. braces for F-35 redesign after tech thefts, software disasters


B A C K G R O U N D E R

Saudis forced by events into aggressive foreign policy, risky reforms

President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Saudi Arabia did little to allay the growing U.S.-Saudi rift but the kingdom’s younger generation realizes that neither U.S. support nor oil guarantees the future.

So the country is preparing to take a series of significant political and economic measures, that if fully completed, will transform the country.

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left at the White House in May 2015.

Likewise, Saudi foreign policy has become increasingly aggressive in the region with ongoing air strikes against Iranian-backed insurgents in Yemen.

Despite being equipped with advanced U.S. origin jet fighters and weapons platforms, the Saudi military lacks combat experience.



Japan blames China for loss of geostrategic sub deal to France
Australia's decision to abandon what seemed to be a done deal with Japan for the acquisition of advanced diesel electric submarines worth close to $40 billion has stunned the world. Now Japan is blaming China for the Australian about-face. In 2014, then Prime Minister Tony Abbott reached out to Japan and expressed interest in Tokyo exporting Japanese submarines. Abbott and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan immediately hit it off.
Technology Wars
Silicon Valley firms take tech elsewhere as Pentagon dawdles


“We’re in almost every country in Asia. And they make decisions, rapid decisions."



Wave Glider SV3 is said to be “the world’s first hybrid wave and solar propelled unmanned ocean robot.”  Liquid Robotics

Inside North Korea
N. Korea plans extended SLBM range, large subs for nuclear attacks
Inside Iran
Iran's vulnerable economy compels top leaders to forge an alliance
Focus on Terrorism
ISIL drapes Raqqa streets in bedsheets in bid to stop drone strikes
Inside China
Xi consolidates power, elevates 6th Generation Zhejiang protégés
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