Flying Blind

Russia Blocks U.S. from Treaty-Approved Spy Flights
An US F16 fighter jet takes off from a Romanian air base

The Russian government this week canceled a planned U.S. surveillance flight over Russian territory in a bid to limit spying on massed troops facing off against Ukraine and Eastern Europe, according to U.S. officials.

Latin America the World’s Most Violent Region

Receives least U.S. military aid, financial assistance
Children gather near police in Rio, Brazil / AP

Latin America is now the world’s most violent region but is receiving less U.S. military and financial assistance, according to a recent report and other figures.

Administration Urged to Lift Restrictions on Non-Lethal Military Aid to Ukraine

Body armor, night vision gear, radios, and fuel urgently sought by Ukrainian military
Ukrainian helicopters grounded to save fuel

The Obama administration is withholding urgently needed non-lethal military equipment to Ukraine under restrictions that view body armor, night vision goggles, radios, and fuel as destabilizing “force multipliers,” according to a bipartisan assessment of Ukraine’s military needs.

DISARMAMENT

U.S. to Cut Nuclear Launchers Under Treaty with Russia
Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin / AP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will scale back its nuclear bombers, submarine launchers and ballistic missiles in the first cuts to its leftover cold war nuclear arsenal since ratifying a landmark treaty with Russia in 2011, officials said on Tuesday.