Let’s review what we know of such situations from actual historical episodes rather than from the idealized fantasy world of defense intellectuals. A good place to begin is with Hiroshima itself. Those who have read John Hersey’s Hiroshima, or Robert Jay Lifton’s Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima, will see the absurdity in the depiction [...]
Israel has come out in support of a multi-billion dollar U.S. arms deal to Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries. I can’t remember the last time Israel supported a deal like this. Probably because it never has. So what exactly is going on this time?
MOSCOW. (Nikita Petrov for RIA Novosti) – The Russian Navy will become the world’s second largest in 20 years’ time, said its commander-in-chief, Admiral Vladimir Masorin, speaking ahead of Navy Day.
He said the navy’s core would consist of the newest strategic nuclear-powered submarines and six squadrons of aircraft carriers.
For Russia’s navy, this will [...]
Today, the United States and Russia are engaged in a tug of war that is coming close to matching the rhetoric between the two nations from decades ago.
Today’s threats are even more dangerous with many nuclear nations and many other rogue entities with no geographic base, no leader to engage and no reasonable [...]
As a Kremlin-backed Arctic expedition led by a Russian legislator closed in Monday on the North Pole – with plans to send a submersible craft and a flag to the ocean bottom to assert Russian sovereignty over an Ontario-sized swath of the polar seafloor – a leading Canadian expert on the Arctic urged Canada’s leaders [...]
CHINA’S 2.3-million strong People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is celebrating its 80th anniversary with new uniforms, lavish exhibitions and a degree of transparency unusual for a force long swathed in secrecy.
China’s not-so-secret army
Scotsman, United Kingdom – [...]
WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) — As disagreements over NATO’s eastward expansion, ballistic missile defense deployments in Eastern Europe, the status of Kosovo and others continue to strain NATO-Russian relations, Russia has shown an increasing willingness to re-examine its arms-control obligations with the alleged intent of guarding its national interests.
Kanwa, a Hong Kong defense news agency, said Friday purchases by China of Russian aircraft carrier components suggested that Beijing was planning to build one or two aircraft carriers, possibly by 2015. The agency cited a senior source in the Russian Navy, saying that Russia and China have an agreement to purchase four deck landing [...]
The U.S. Air Force has unveiled a 25-year program for developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The document lays out a strategy for the project and lists the necessary technologies for this new field of aviation. Military experts say UAVs will mainly carry air-to-air and air-to-surface guided missiles, as well as smart aviation bombs and cluster [...]