Vernuccio’s View

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands during their joint press conference, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Benjamin D. Applebaum)

U.S.-Israel Mutual Defense Pact?

President Donald Trump and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)  are advocating a “Mutual Defense” pact with Israel. Senator Graham has stated that “This would be a game-changer for Israel’s security and would be sending the right message to Iran and other […]

by · December 22, 2019 · Military, Vernuccio's View
A boilerplate CST-100 Starliner is lifted skyward by a balloon for a drop test of the Starliner's parachute system. Photo credit: Boeing

Vernuccio’s View: U.S. Manned Space Program Returns

The American space program is moving into high gear. An uncrewed Starliner, designated CST-100, built by Boeing as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, is over 16 feet tall. It is scheduled to be launched, unmanned, from Florida’s Kennedy Center […]

by · December 14, 2019 · Technology, Vernuccio's View
President Trump Attends the NATO Plenary Session (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Vernuccio’s View: NATO’s Future Plans

NATO Foreign Ministers met in Brussels on November 20 to address a wide range of security challenges. “We all agree that NATO remains indispensable for our security, and that despite our differences, we are stronger as we face the future […]

by · December 5, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) representatives listen during the special meeting to consider the "Situation in Bolivia" at OAS headquarters in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Vernuccio’s View: Bolivians Reject Dictatorship

Bolivians have rejected attempts to destroy democracy and set their nation on a path towards dictatorship.  Clearly, they did not want to become another Venezuela. The situation, according to the U.S. State Department, unfolded over the course of several years. The […]

by · December 1, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Flag of Mexico

Vernuccio’s View: Dangers from the Failed State of Mexico

The massacre of nine U.S. citizens, including three women and six children, makes it increasingly difficult to ignore a disturbing fact: Mexico is a failed state, in which the government has essentially surrendered authority to the drug cartels. The policies […]

by · November 24, 2019 · Government, Vernuccio's View
Vernuccio’s View: US Dangerously Lags in Military R&D

Vernuccio’s View: US Dangerously Lags in Military R&D

Since the middle of the last century, The United States has relied on advanced technology to defend itself. Today, faced with giant adversaries (Russia has larger geography, China has a greater population and a vast industrial base) that need is […]

by · November 14, 2019 · Military, Vernuccio's View

Vernuccio’s View: Global Censorship Increases

America’s First Amendment set a standard and a goal for the rest of the planet, establishing freedom of speech as a key standard of an advanced civilized society. However, as appreciation within the United States continues for this achievement wanes, […]

by · November 10, 2019 · Military, Vernuccio's View
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (Crediit: VOA)

Vernuccio’s View: Venezuela Elected to UN Human Rights Council

Venezuela has won a contested seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council.  Countries, such as Cuba and China, blatant and severe violators of human rights, have also served on the UN body. There can be little doubt that Venezuela’s […]

by · November 1, 2019 · Opinion, Vernuccio's View

Vernuccio’s View: Ebola Hits Children Hardest

According to the United Nations,almost 600 children have now lost their lives to the Ebola outbreak in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) out of almost 850 who have caught the deadly virus since the epidemic started […]

by · October 27, 2019 · Health, Opinion, Vernuccio's View
Vernucio’s View: China Displays Massive Military Power

Vernucio’s View: China Displays Massive Military Power

Speaking at a Brookings Institution event earlier this month, Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Indo-Pacific region Randall Schriver sounded an alarm about China, and warned that the U.S. military needed to prepare for the significant challenge. Schriver noted that “We […]

by · October 16, 2019 · Opinion, Vernuccio's View
President Donald J. Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on stage in the Grand Ballroom of the InterContinental New York Barclay in New York City. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Vernuccio’s View: U.S. Emphasizes Religious Freedom at U.N. Opening

As the U.N. opened its latest session, the United States co-sponsored with Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom a panel discussion on “The Human Rights Crisis in Xinjiang.” The BBC has reported that evidence of the camps first […]

NATO Summit 2018

Vernuccio’s View: US, German Relations Reach Low Point

German-U.S. relations have reached their lowest point since East and West Germany were united. Issues including Berlin’s inadequate contribution to NATO, its Middle Eastern policies, and its growing energy dependence on Russia are the key concerns. NATO American Military News recently […]

by · September 29, 2019 · Opinion, Vernuccio's View
NATO Summit 2018

International Danger Grows

American national security is at greater risk now than during the Cold War. Russia, China, Iran and North Korea as well as terrorist forces present an extraordinary danger to the United States. Russia now has the planet’s largest nuclear arsenal, […]

by · September 22, 2019 · Opinion, Vernuccio's View
President Vladimir Putin, Russia.

Vernuccio’s View: Foreign Affairs in 2020 Campaign

President Trump has had a distinctly different set of foreign policies towards Russia, China, Iran and North Korea than his predecessors.  Those nations, more accustomed to administrations that do not place a greater emphasis on U.S. national security in return […]

by · September 11, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Predator drone (US Army photo)

America Lags in New Tech War

Just as industrialization, the advent of flight and nuclear power dramatically changed warfare, cutting-edge technologies are now altering how the world will soon fight. America’s adversaries are making significant headway in this. Science fiction readers may recognize some of the […]

by · September 11, 2019 · Military, Opinion, Vernuccio's View