Eagles blow big 4th quarter lead to the Panthers after getting caught celebrating prematurely
- The Eagles were dominant to start the game, with the Philadelphia defense playing up to expectations to shut down Cam Newton and the Panthers.
- At halftime, the Eagles held a 10-0 lead and had all but bottled up Carolina, holding the Panthers to just 83 yards of offense and four first downs in the first half.
- After adding another touchdown to their lead, the Eagles entered the fourth quarter up 17-0 and feeling confident that they were 15 minutes away from another win.
- In the fourth quarter, Cam Newton and the Panthers offense would spring to life, scoring on two 80-yard touchdown drives to bring the Eagles lead down to a field goal.
- The Eagles would have a chance to come back and retake the lead but were stopped on a fourth down after quarterback Carson Wentz was caught in the backfield and fumbled the ball away.
Shifting military technology and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear treaty
- Russia tested and then deployed land-based missile with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers (300 and 3,400 miles).
- The US has authorized $58 million in funding for the development of active defenses to counter INF-range ground-launched missile systems; counterforce capabilities to prevent attacks from these missiles, and countervailing strike capabilities to enhance the capabilities of the United States.
- China has not signed onto this treaty and had mid-ranged land-based missiles, drones and is now developing railguns and electromagnetic launchers to boost the range of missiles.
- The United States and Soviet Union signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in December 1987.
- In the INF Treaty, the United States and Soviet Union agreed that they would ban all land-based ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers.
- There is a Congressional Research Service report – Russian Compliance with the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty : Background and Issues for Congress.
Meet Poland's new volunteer militia, which is ready to die to stop a Russian invasion
- Poland launched a volunteer militia called the Territorial Defense Forces in 2017, about a year after the nationalist Law and Justice party came to power in October 2015.
- The Polish government plans to spend $153 million on the Territoral Defense Forces this year, and expects to add 10,000 recruits annually, reaching a total of more than 50,000 by the end of 2021.
- Thus far, more than 12,000 volunteers and more than 2,000 professional soldiers have joined.
- And they're ready to die to protect Poland from a Russian incursion like what happened in Ukraine in 2014.
- Macierewicz said Poland modeled the WOT off of the US National Guard, which is made up mostly of civilians with part-time military duties.
- Wierzbicki said he does not expect to take part in battles, but to support the operational army, guard key assets, control road points and so on.
Trump threatens to pull US out of weapons pact with Russia, saying Moscow is violating the terms
- President Donald Trump says he will pull the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia.
- Trump says Moscow has violated the agreement, but provided no details.
- The 1987 pact helps protect the security of the U.S. and its allies in Europe and the Far East.
- It prohibits the United States and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of 300 to 3,400 miles.
- Trump made the announcement Saturday following a campaign stop in Elko, Nevada.
- National Security Adviser John Bolton was headed Saturday to Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.
- Said Trump: "We are going to terminate the agreement and then we are going to develop the weapons" unless Russia and China agree to a new deal.
NFL betting guide — Our best bets for Week 7 of the Westgate SuperContest
- In an attempt to remove human error from our picks, we decided to back five of the six home underdogs that played last Sunday, trusting a trend that had been hitting at a 14-7 clip so far on the season.
- This week, we're trusting another home dog — the New York Jets.
- The Jets are averaging 38 points per game over their past two outings, and while they might be a little overvalued in a sense that they've been playing hot of late, they're still getting points at home from the bookmakers in Las Vegas.
- Okay, so that thing I just said about backing home underdogs as one of the laws of gambling on football?
- Tampa Bay is far from the elite, but their passing game can beat teams in plenty of different ways, and running back Peyton Barber finally got going last week.
US reportedly considers new warship passage through Taiwan Strait
- The United States is considering a new operation to send warships through the Taiwan Strait, U.S. officials tell Reuters, a mission aimed at ensuring free passage through the strategic waterway but which risks heightening tensions with China.
- Taiwan is only one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which also include a bitter trade war, U.S. sanctions and China's increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea. Mattis told Wei on Thursday that the world's two largest economies needed to deepen high-level military ties so as to navigate tension and rein in the risk of inadvertent conflict.
- China has also alarmed Taiwan by ramping up military exercises this year, including flying bombers and other military aircraft around the island and sending its aircraft carrier through the narrow Taiwan Strait separating it from Taiwan.
- Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen said last week the island will increase its defense budget every year to ensure it can defend its sovereignty, including resuming domestic development of advanced training aircraft and submarines.
Trump says 'we have a tremendous order' with Saudi Arabia, doesn't want to cancel defense contracts 'as retribution' for Jamal Khashoggi's death
- Trump claimed that US jobs that could be created as a result of defense contracts with Saudi Arabia would be threatened if he took action against the Kingdom.
- President Donald Trump said Friday that he approves of Saudi Arabia's acknowledgement that the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi died inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
- On Friday, Saudi Arabia admitted that Khashoggi, a Saudi national who was had been living in Virginia as a legal US resident with a green card, was killed after an encounter with Saudi agents at the consulate "led to a quarrel and a physical confrontation." That admission on Friday followed nearly three weeks of conflicting statements from the Kingdom and from Turkish officials.
- Despite Saudi Arabia's admission, Trump stopped short of calling for swift action against the country.
Trump says Khashoggi arrests are 'a good first step,' adds he doesn't want to put arms deals at risk
- The president also said he would work with Congress on the matter, but that he would prefer not to hurt U.S. companies and jobs by cutting billions of dollars in arms sales to the kingdom.
- Trump has boasted of $110 billion in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, although the transactions have yet to come to fruition.
- Trump said that he wants to talk to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman before the next steps in the process.
- Through its state press, Saudi Arabia said arrested 18 Saudi nationals after preliminary investigations linked them to the Khashoggi case.
- However, the kingdom said the journalist and critic of the Saudi royal family was killed during an altercation with Saudi operatives at the nation's consulate in Istanbul.
- Media reports said that the team who allegedly killed Khashoggi included men linked to the Saudi crown prince, who has denied involvement in the matter.
The US and South Korea are canceling another major military exercise
- SINGAPORE (AP) — The Pentagon and South Korea are canceling another major military exercise this year, citing a push for diplomatic progress with North Korea.
- That word comes while Pentagon chief Jim Mattis is in Singapore for a meeting of Asian defense ministers.
- Vigilant Ace is an annual exercise.
- It was held last year in December with US and South Korean air forces.
- In June the Pentagon canceled this year's Freedom Guardian exercise after President Donald Trump abruptly announced that he disapproved of the maneuvers, calling them provocative and expensive.
- Trump made the announcement after meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trade war hostility may be keeping US-China military relations in a state of friction
- Despite defense being one of the more stable and predictable parts of the bilateral relationship, "the downward trend is likely to continue," added Green, a former senior Asia director at the U.S. National Security Council.
- Amid that impasse, Beijing may intensify its responses to the United States' so-called freedom of navigation patrols in the South China Sea. On October 1, the U.S. Pacific Fleet announced that a Chinese warship almost struck a U.S. destroyer that was near the disputed Spratly Islands.
- More risky encounters between U.S. and Chinese ships can be expected going forward, especially as Beijing's military assets in the South China Sea near operational capacity, according to Neill.
- Both sides seem determined to defend their respective 'core national interests' on sensitive matters such as the South China Sea and Taiwan, said Chengxin Pan, associate professor at Deakin University.