Statues of Kim Il Sung (left) and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang. J.A. DE ROO / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Early Monday morning, in the country’s latest display of aggression toward the West, North Korea fired four intermediate range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan. Jeremi Suri, a professor at The University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs has warned about the North Korean threat before. He says it’s no surprise this is happening now. 


 — OBAMA TAPS DAVID BERTEAU FOR DoD POST: The president intends to nominate David Berteau of the Center for Strategic and International Studies to be assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness. At CSIS, Berteau is senior vice president and director of the national security program on industry and resources. Berteau held several senior positions at the Pentagon in the 1980s and 1990s, including acting assistant secretary of defense for production and logistics.