Hypersonic weapons: here’s what they are and why the US can’t stop them

For reference, commercial airliners fly subsonically, just below Mach 1 whereas modern fighter jets can travel supersonically at Mach 2 or Mach 3. What are some technical requirements needed for hypersonic weapons? “Once you reach Mach 5 you can’t use your traditional jets and just make them go faster,” Carrie Lee, a Rand Stanton Nuclear Fellow, explained.

Hurricane Michael’s Deadly Strike Leaves Florida Panhandle Reeling

Follow our live updates on the aftermath of Hurricane Michael here] The storm’s rage spread across six states, and well more than a million homes and businesses were without electricity on Thursday as Michael made its way seaward as a tropical storm. At least 11 people were confirmed dead, and officials appeared resigned that the toll would rise.

Foiled Paris bomb plot raises fears that Iran is planning attacks in Europe

October 12 On the evening of July 1, police in Bavaria surrounded the rented van of an Iranian diplomat after he pulled over at a gas station on the autobahn. Fearing he might be transporting explosives, the authorities summoned the bomb squad.

China is the “broadest threat” facing the U.S., while Russia is “fighting to stay relevant,” FBI director warns

FBI Director Christopher Wray has warned that China presents a “very significant threat” to the United States and its interests while testifying before the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday. Asked to highlight which nations present the greatest counterintelligence threat to the U.S., Wray initially said he was “reluctant to rank threats,” before going into an assessment of the serious nature of China’s efforts to thwart the U.S.

FBI director warns that terrorist drones pose an ‘escalating threat’

The director of the FBI has warned of the increasing risk posed by terrorists using commercial drones to carry out attacks. He is concerned that terrorist organisations, criminal groups and drug cartels are progressively looking at drones as a new way of committing an assault.

 

 

 

Scared of MS-13 Gang, Hampton’s Jet Set Dropping Thousands on Panic Rooms

Worried about the notorious MS-13 gang posing a threat to the wealthy vacation enclave of the Hamptons, outside New York City, some homeowners are sparing no expense on safe rooms, according to the New York Post.

Russia’s submarines are showing they can strike deep inside Europe, and they’ve got the US Navy on edge

NATO officials have repeatedly warned about the rising threat posed by Russian submarines. A major concern is those subs’ land-attack capabilities, which now allow them to strike deep in Europe. NATO navies have ramped up anti-submarine-warfare tactics, but those land-attack missiles may mean ASW needs to change.

China inserted surveillance microchip in servers used by Amazon and Apple, report says

October 4 Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional reporting on the views of U.S. officials about the Bloomberg Businessweek report. One official who previously had conveyed confidence in the report later expressed uncertainty. The story also includes additional denials from Apple and Amazon.

Florida Governor to Declare State of Emergency Ahead of Potential Hurricane Threat | The Weather Channel

With a potential hurricane threatening the state, Florida Gov. Rick Scott prepared to declare a state of emergency Sunday for counties in North Florida. By Wednesday, Tropical Storm Michael could become a hurricane as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast. The storm could sweep across much of North Florida to the East Coast.

Top US admiral warns of Russian submarine threat

America’s most senior naval officer in Europe, Adm. James Foggo, said Friday that he was “concerned” about some of Russia’s newer and more advanced fleet of submarines.