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L. Todd Wood

L. Todd Wood

L. Todd Wood, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, flew special operations helicopters supporting SEAL Team 6, Delta Force and others. After leaving the military, he pursued his other passion, finance, spending 18 years on Wall Street trading emerging market debt, and later, writing. The first of his many thrillers is "Currency." Todd is a contributor to Fox Business, Newsmax TV, Moscow Times, the New York Post, the National Review, Zero Hedge and others. For more information about L. Todd Wood, visit LToddWood.com.

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A man passes by a TV news program showing a photo published in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper of North Korea's new type of cruise missile launch, at Seoul Railway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 9, 2017. North Korea said Friday it has tested a new type of cruise missile that could strike U.S. and South Korean warships "at will" if it is attacked, in an apparent reference to the projectiles detected by Seoul when they were launched a day earlier. The signs read "Can hit on the ground." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) ** FILE **

North Korea tests rocket engine for ICBM

If there was ever a deadly challenge designed for newly elected President Donald Trump, North Korea is it. The hermit regime, which is hell-bent on threatening the United States and its allies in the Pacific with destruction, has just tested a large rocket engine that analysts believe is designed to power an intercontinental ballistic missile, you know, the kind that can destroy a U.S. city in 20 minutes. Published June 23, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis appear at news conference following a Diplomatic and Security Dialogue Meeting with a Chinese delegation including State Counselor Yang Jiechi and military Chief of Joint Staff Fang Fenghui, at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

U.S. lays down gauntlet to China on N. Korea regime

A day after President Donald Trump tweeted that "China tried" to fix the North Korean problem but "it wasn't working," a high-level meeting was held between the Chinese and American officials. Published June 21, 2017

Philippine National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa walks after an anti-terror simulation exercise at a bus terminal in Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Dela Rosa said at least several people have been killed in battle between government forces and suspected Abu Sayyaf militants on a central resort island, far from the extremists' southern jungle bases and in a region where the U.S. government has warned the gunmen may be conducting kidnappings. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippines' Duterte seeks U.S. help against Islamic State

Philippine President Duterte, after making big noise over the last year slamming the United States and cozying up to China and Russia, even looking to buy arms from the PRC and Moscow, and offering up possible basing opportunities, seems to have figured out that the Americans are the only ones who will help him defeats the Islamic State which has metastasized on the Philippine island of Mindanao and morphed into a full blown insurgency. Published June 20, 2017

Seal of the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, from the embassy's official Facebook page (Facebook) **FILE**

Explosion at U.S. embassy in Kiev investigated as terrorism

Although the U.S. embassy in Kiev denies an explosive device thrown over the fence just after midnight Wednesday evening was a terrorist act, the Ukrainian police are not so sure. There were no injuries in the blast. U.S. officials consider the explosion too small to be considered terrorism. Published June 9, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a joint news conference with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan after their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (Vasily Maximov/Pool Photo via AP)

Under the radar, Russia plays a double game in tense Korean crisis

President Trump has made a big deal since his election about his new relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, insisting Beijing is "working very hard" to pressure North Korea since the two leaders' meetings at Mar-a-Lago earlier in the year. Mr. Trump seems to be combining China's newfound sympathy to the U.S. position with a "big stick" — three U.S. aircraft carrier battle groups, which rotate off the North Korean coast. Published June 8, 2017

A South Korean protester sits next to a poster with an illustration of U.S. President Donald Trump to oppose a plan to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul Monday, June 5, 2017. South Korea's presidential office says a senior defense official has been suspended for deliberately failing to report the arrival of several more launchers for a contentious U.S. missile defense system meant to deal with North Korean threats. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

N. Korea lashes out at China for cooperating with U.S.

The North Korean regime lashed out Monday at China for cooperating with the United States in its attempts to apply pressure against Kim Jong-un's quest for a nuclear capability to threaten its enemies. Published June 5, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with representatives of Russian major animation studios in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin takes an Orthodox route to cement power

Because of radical Islamic terrorism, your religious affiliation has become an existential issue across the globe. Whether you are a Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or Jew can literally mean life or death, no matter what country you are in. Western nations are not excluded from this scourge. Published June 1, 2017

This image made from video of an undated still image broadcasted in a news bulletin on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, by North Korea's KRT shows a missile launch. North Korean state television (KRT) aired on Tuesday video of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apparently giving field guidance at the test fire of a Scud-type ballistic missile, which reportedly took place the previous day. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo.  (KRT via AP Video) **FILE**

North Korea tests missile possibly similar to China's carrier killer

North Korea has joined the fray and tested a missile this week that could possibly be an ABSM, or anti-ship ballistic missile. The KN-17 is Kim Jong-un's attempt to replicate the Chinese weapon, a ballistic missile that hits a moving target at high velocity with associated massive damage. Published May 31, 2017

FILE - This May 11, 2015, file photo, shows land reclamation of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands by China in the South China Sea. China is protesting a U.S. Navy patrol that brought a guided missile destroyer near a group of manmade islands including Mischief Reef in the South China Sea that are controlled by Beijing. (Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool Photo via AP, File) **FILE**

China threatening and building in South China Sea

China has suggested Japan "speak cautiously" when discussing the South China Sea, in a veiled threat to the former bitter enemies during the second World War. The comments came yesterday when Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Japanese National Security Adviser Shotaro Yachi ended a round of talks on the region. Published May 30, 2017

In this Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 photo, traditional Russian nesting dolls depicting US President Donald Trump, center left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale at a souvenir street shop in St.Petersburg, Russia. While their country has become a daily source of headlines and political intrigue in the United States, most Russians are watching the drama over President Donald Trump's relationship with Moscow with resignation, even indifference. Russian media, state-owned and private, chronicle Mr. Trump's troubles matter-of-factly. Regular citizens generally care little about them. Many share the view that what's unfolded in Washington has dimmed prospects for the mended Russia-U.S. ties his candidacy represented here and thus have lost interest. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, file)

Russophobia is about blocking the Trump agenda

The current wave of Russophobia sweeping Washington and the halls of power in the Leftist, corrupt media is not about Russia. It is about stopping the Trump agenda. Democrats had no problem cozying up the Kremlin in the past. They still don't. Published May 26, 2017

Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Sedat Onal, left, and Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov shake hands, as Russia's special envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev and Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaber Ansari, right, shake hands and UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura stand after the final statement following the talks on Syrian peace in Astana, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Russia, Iran and Turkey _ sponsors of talks in Kazakhstan between Syria and rebel factions _ pledged Tuesday to consolidate the country's nearly month-old cease-fire and set up a three-way mechanism to ensure compliance of all sides. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Kazakhstan, an unlikely purveyor of peace

With North Korea and Iran pushing the world towards Armageddon, there is one former nuclear power that has shown a measure of responsibility in the nuclear arena, and continues to be a catalyst for peace in the violent region of Central Asia. Published May 25, 2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for photographers prior to their bilateral meeting held on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Monday, May 15, 2017. (Etienne Oliveau/Pool Photo via AP)

China to Philippines: 'We'll go to war' over South China Sea

After winning a United Nations tribunal ruling last year over the South China Sea, Philippine President Duterte promptly made friends with China and Russia in an afront to the United States and Obama, due to U.S. criticism over Duterte's war on drug dealers and other human rights issues. It seems this newfound lovefest between the two South Asian nations is built on shaky ground. Published May 23, 2017

CORRECTS TO UNDATED PHOTO - In this undated photo distributed by the North Korean government Monday, May 22, 2017, a solid-fuel "Pukguksong-2" missile lifts off during its launch test at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea fired a solid-fuel ballistic missile Sunday that can be harder for outsiders to detect before launch and later said the test was hailed as perfect by leader Kim Jong Un. The official Korean Central News Agency confirmed Monday the missile was a Pukguksong-2, a medium-to-long range ballistic missile also launched in February. The missile flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles) and reached a height of 560 kilometers (350 miles) Sunday before plunging into the Pacific Ocean. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

N. Korea boasts of nuclear warhead capable to reach U.S.

The regime of Kim Jong-un conducted its second successful missile test recently after several failures on the launch pad or immediately after launch. North Korea now says it is ready to mass produce the Pukguksong-2 intermediate-range missile and boasts it can now target the U.S. mainland with a projectile large enough to carry a nuclear warhead. Published May 22, 2017