Vernuccio’s View

Vernuccio’s View: U.S.-Japan Coordinate Pacific Defense Vs. China

Vernuccio’s View: U.S.-Japan Coordinate Pacific Defense Vs. China

In contrast to the Trump Administration’s concerns about some NATO members, notably Germany, not doing their fair share for mutual defense, the White House has been pleased with Japan’s efforts to counter the growing threats from China.  Japan’s 2019 defense […]

by · May 12, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Vernuccio’s View: NASA’s Budget and Earth’s Survival

Vernuccio’s View: NASA’s Budget and Earth’s Survival

If financial arguments prove unconvincing to NASA’s detractors, perhaps saving the planet from destruction may be a more powerful persuader. NASA’s budget is relatively sparse, at less than one-half of one percent of federal spending. It is, however, continuously attacked […]

by · May 10, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena visited the recently bombed St. Sebastian’s Church, Katuwapitiya, Negombo Tuesday morning to inspect damages caused to the church. (Courtesy Government  of Sri Lanka)

Vernuccio’s View: Can a Sri Lanka-style Attack Happen in U.S.?

Can the type of terrorist attack that occurred in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday happen here in the United States? Last October, eleven people were killed and seven were injured at the Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation in […]

by · April 24, 2019 · Opinion, Vernuccio's View
Vernuccio’s View: China’s Dangerous Presence in the Caribbean

Vernuccio’s View: China’s Dangerous Presence in the Caribbean

The Gatestone Institute’s Gordon Chang reports that “About 55 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida on Grand Bahama Island, a Hong Kong-based business is spending about $3 billion on a deep-water container facility, the Freeport Container Port. The concern is that the […]

by · April 22, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project.

Vernuccio’s View: White House Moves to Protect US From EMP

A White House Executive Order signed in March addresses the long-neglected threat of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) disaster which could devastate the United States. An “Electromagnetic pulse” is a burst of electromagnetic energy.  A single EMP has the potential to […]

NATO Summit 2018

Vernuccio’s View: Is Turkey Still an Ally?

There is a deeper significance in the move by The United States to suspend delivery of its premier fighter planes to ostensible NATO ally Turkey. The move is in response to that nation’s purchase of a sophisticated air defense system, […]

President Trump Welcomes the President of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the White House.  (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

Vernuccio’s View: U.S., Brazil Build New Relationship

The rapidly growing relationship between Brazil and the United States since the election of Jair Bolsonaro in October 2018 was emphasized in the March meeting at the White House of the two leaders.  They are said to have a common […]

Vernuccio’s View: Is the U.S. Military Strong Enough?

Vernuccio’s View: Is the U.S. Military Strong Enough?

Is America adequately protected? Unlike other federal programs, determining the adequacy of the military depends not on internal factors, but on foreign challenges. Comparing the budgets of various nations is an ineffective way of determining strength. Countries with “command economies” […]

by · March 27, 2019 · Opinion, Vernuccio's View
Source: Us State Department Fact Book.

Vernuccio’s View: Negotiations and the Larger Threat

Should Venezuela’s Chavistas and Afghanistan’s Taliban have a role in the new governments that will soon take power? That’s the thinking of the foreign policy establishment, as well as the mantra of the chattering classes.  They may both be wrong. Put the […]

by · March 22, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
United Kingdom Parliament in  session. Source: parliament.uk

European Union Faces Severe Challenges

The European Union (EU) suffered a major setback as the British Parliament defeated, by a vote of 432 to 202, a “Brexit” deal which sought to negate the actual effect of the June 2016 vote by the British people to leave the […]

Vernuccio’s View: Space Force Established

Vernuccio’s View: Space Force Established

More than any other nation, America is dependent on its orbital assets for vital military and civilian endeavors. The nations’ adversaries have noticed, and are taking steps to threaten that high frontier. Last August, Daniel Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, […]

by · March 18, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Vernuccio’s View: America’s Vulnerable Satellites

Vernuccio’s View: America’s Vulnerable Satellites

For several decades, the bedrock foundation of U.S. military superiority has been the Pentagon’s ability to employ data derived from satellites to make U.S. weaponry more accurate and more deadly. This strategy also led to significant cost savings.  Guided by […]

by · March 9, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
NATO Summit 2018

Vernuccio’s View: North Macedonia Joins NATO

At NATO Headquarters in Brussels on February Sixth, the Permanent Representatives to NATO of the 29 members of the Alliance signed the Accession Protocol for the future Republic of North Macedonia. The signing ceremony took place in the presence of […]

by · March 6, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Vernuccio’s View: Listening to Putin

Vernuccio’s View: Listening to Putin

Vladimir Putin has clearly sent a worrisome message to the West. It’s a heightened continuation of the aggressive policies he has pursued for well over a decade. In the aftermath of the First Cold War, there was a brief “honeymoon” […]

by · March 3, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Vernuccio’s View: Funding America’s Nuclear Deterrent

Vernuccio’s View: Funding America’s Nuclear Deterrent

What will it cost to deter a nuclear attack against the United States? The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is required by law to project the 10-year costs of nuclear forces every two years, and has recently released its analysis. The […]

by · February 27, 2019 · Military, Opinion, Vernuccio's View