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Vernuccio’s View: Should National Security be a Bargaining Chip?

Vernuccio’s View: Should National Security be a Bargaining Chip?

US national security and the provision of an adequate defense budget for America’s diminished armed forces (since 1991, the naval forces dropped from 546 ships to 285; the Army fell from 76 brigades to 45; and the Air Force lost […]

by · February 14, 2018 · Military, Opinion, Vernuccio's View
Vernuccio’s View: Civil Defense Neglected

Vernuccio’s View: Civil Defense Neglected

The utter confusion and ill-preparedness that was evident in the aftermath of Hawaii’s mistaken alert about an incoming North Korean missile highlighted the irresponsible and dangerous abandonment of civil defense preparedness throughout the nation. Americans who grew up during the […]

Grappling with Ocean Plastic Pollution: Past, Present and Future. (Monterey Bay Aquarium)

Vernuccio’s View: Oceans Under Seige

The hyperbolic  claims of some environmental extremists causes many challenges facing the planet to receive less credence than they deserve. One of the most significant of these is the pollution of the oceans. The Oceanic Society reports that “Plastic pollution is one […]

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Vernuccio’s View: America Under Threat: A New Assessment

The Department of Defense has just released its new National Defense Strategy. In essence, it formally announces that the cold war is back in full swing, with a disturbing difference: this time, U.S. enemies extend far beyond just Moscow. To add to […]

Hawaii residents received false emergency alert about an incoming missile - Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Vernuccio’s View: Past U.S. Policy Failures Led to Current Crises

Hawaii’s recent “false alarm” about an inbound missile created so much panic due to the credibility of an actual nuclear attack. The reality that the entire U.S. mainland, and indeed, much of the world, is now in range of North […]

by · January 17, 2018 · Vernuccio's View
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Vernuccio’s View: Cutting Aid to Pakistan Long Overdue

President Donald Trump’s decision to cut aid to Pakistan was long overdue. Legitimate questions had been raised in the past concerning U.S. financial assistance to Pakistan. The Islamabad government has continued to turn a blind eye towards terrorist activities within […]

by · January 10, 2018 · Opinion, Vernuccio's View
Vernuccio’s View: Russia’s Heightened Military Threat

Vernuccio’s View: Russia’s Heightened Military Threat

The Trump Administration is levying sanctions on Russia for violating a nuclear arms pact. It’s a response the Obama Administration failed to make. The White House move is part of its attitude of realism in dealing with international threats. Todd […]

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Vernuccio’s View: 2018’s Key Resolutions

The fresh attitude brought about by a New Year should lead to resolutions effectively addressing the most serious and long-standing problems affecting the nation.   There are several issues that, if effectively dealt with, could dramatically improve the nation. Health care […]

by · December 26, 2017 · Opinion, Vernuccio's View
NASA astronaut and Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth Tuesday after a historic 340-day mission aboard the International Space Station.

Vernuccio’s View: America to Return to Moon, Economy to Benefit

The New Year will see a new start for America’s manned space program, and the U.S. economy President Trump has signed a Presidential Memorandum designed to “Reinvigorate America’s Human Space Exploration Program.  The document proclaims “Beginning with missions beyond low-Earth orbit, the […]

by · December 20, 2017 · News, Opinion, Science, Vernuccio's View
Vernuccio’s View: Kurdish Independence: A Forgotten Story?

Vernuccio’s View: Kurdish Independence: A Forgotten Story?

Recently, Iraqi Kurdistan held a referendum on independence. According to Hndren Muhammad, the head of the Kurdistan Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission, the pro-independence side won an overwhelming victory. There were 4,581,255 eligible voters, of which 3,305,925  cast ballots,  a […]

by · December 13, 2017 · Vernuccio's View
Vernuccio’s View: NATO Responds to Russia

Vernuccio’s View: NATO Responds to Russia

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and Georgia, its vast military modernization program, its violation of the INF treaty, and Vladimir Putin’s clear nostalgia for the former Soviet Union have made it clear that a new Cold War has emerged. In response, […]

by · December 6, 2017 · Vernuccio's View
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Vernuccio’s View: Tax Debate Reveals Fundamental Differences

In a very late night vote last Friday, the Senate passed its version of the $1.5 trillion tax bill. What did the vote demonstrate about the state of U.S. politics, economy and, indeed, the culture of the nation? The deeply […]

by · December 4, 2017 · Vernuccio's View

DHS, FBI Issue Cyber Attack Alert

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI haves issued an alert  on a threat involving an “advanced persistent threat (APT)…targeting government entities and organizations in the energy, nuclear, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors. Working with U.S. and […]

by · November 4, 2017 · Vernuccio's View

The American Military Role in Africa

The recent loss of four American soldiers in Niger, (Staff Sergeants La David Johnson, Dustin Wright, Bryan Black, and Jeremiah Johnson) killed during an attack by approximately fifty Islamic extremists has focused attention to the presence of the U.S. military […]

by · November 4, 2017 · Vernuccio's View
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Europe’s Separatist Movements

Catalonia’s independence movement may be the focus of this month’s news about separatist movements, but Europe has a number of regions that are considering going it alone. These movements tend to feed off of each other, supporting independence claims. Even […]

by · October 18, 2017 · Vernuccio's View