Climate change, extreme weather already threaten 50% of U.S. military sites

Military leaders are sounding another alarm about the dangers of climate change, saying in a new report that half of U.S. military sites have already been affected by floods, wildfires, droughts and other weather extremes that are exacerbated by rising global temperatures. Following a request from Congress, the Defense Department studied climate risks to all 3,500 U.S.

This Footage of a Russian Jet Intercepting an American Spy Plane is Wild

Watch as a Russian fighter jet skimmed just 5 feet away from a U.S. spy plane.

Waterspout moves to land, making it Eureka area’s first tornado since 1998

A waterspout over Humboldt Bay made its way onto land on Thursday, Jan. 25, turning it into Eureka County’s first tornado since 1998, the National Weather Service said. The waterspout developed around 4:40 p.m. and moved its way through the Woodley Island Marina, dissipating about a minute later.

Russian fighter jet buzzes US spy plane in Black Sea, Navy says

A Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Navy spy plane in the Black Sea on Monday, the first incident of its kind since a November incident. The Navy EP-3 reconnaissance plane was flying in international airspace at the time, according to the Pentagon. A Russian Su-27 jet came within five feet of the U.S.

China, Russia now outpace the threat of terrorism, Pentagon says

WASHINGTON – Countering China’s rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military’s top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, the Pentagon said Friday. A new national defense strategy says that competition with China and Russia has threatened America’s military advantage around the world.

Hawaii’s False Missile Alarm Exposed Critical Weaknesses. Here’s What Must Be Done.

Last week’s false missile attack alarm in Hawaii and the completely inadequate civil defense response deserve much more than snickers and head shakes. These problems must be fixed. The fiasco was indeed caused by a simple human error: A state operations-center worker hit the wrong button. That’s easy to fix.

North Korea’s nuclear program ‘ever closer’ to putting US at risk, CIA boss says

North Korea’s nuclear program is believed to be aimed coercion rather than defense and is moving “ever closer” to putting the U.S. at risk, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Tuesday. Pompeo, speaking at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, said the next logical step for Pyongyang would be to develop its program to be able to fire multiple weapons toward the U.S., according to Reuters.

Extreme weather is the biggest risk for humanity in 2018, say world leaders

Extreme weather events are the most likely and most severe threat facing humanity in 2018, according to the new Global Risks Report 2018 of the World Economic Forum (WEF). Every year, the report surveys a pool of 1000 experts and decision makers about the major risks the world will face in the coming months.

What happens during a government shutdown? 7 things you should know

It may be a new year, but Congress is returning to the same old challenge it left behind in 2017 – agreeing on a budget. And the clock is ticking. A temporary spending bill passed in the House of Representatives Thursday night, 230-197, but its fate in the Senate remains unclear.

America’s first tornado of 2018 hit Amelia County last Friday

A rare midwinter tornado uprooted trees and destroyed a carport in northern Amelia County on the evening of Friday, Jan. 12, but no one was injured. Though it was only in existence for about 2 minutes, it will go down as the first tornado to strike anywhere in the United States in 2018.