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U.S., British Militaries May Deploy Flying Saucers

Researchers in England have developed their own flying saucer — and it might be going to work for the U.S. and British militaries.

GFS Projects’ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can soar high in the air, hover, bank and fly over any terrain, making it ideal for military surveillance.

• Click here to see video of the craft in flight.

It uses an aerodynamic principle known as the Coanda effect to take off vertically from any solid surface.

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New Cold War: Simultaneously, Russia and America Conduct Major War Games

There has been a virtual media blackout on the conduct of major military exercises by both Russia and the US. .

Reminiscent of the Cold War, Russia and America are conducting major war games simultaneously.

The Russian Air Force will be conducting major military exercises over a large part of its territory from the 16th to the 30th of October.

The US exercise code named Vigilant Shield 2008 (VS-08) is casually presented as an “anti-terrorist drill”. While under the joint auspices of the Pentagon and the Department of Defense, US Northern Command in liaison with NORAD is in charge of the operation.

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Boeing Conducts Successful Avenger-Mounted Laser Tests

Boeing has successfully demonstrated that its Avenger-mounted laser system can neutralize the kinds of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and unexploded ordnance (UXO) that threaten U.S. troops deployed in war zones. During laser firings Sept. 26-27 at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., the Laser Avenger engaged and destroyed five targets representing IED and UXO threats. Laser Avenger … read more

A Closer Look at China’s New SSBNs

The two new Jin-class SSBNs I discovered on Google Earth earlier this month have now been photographed in port by an anonymous photographer. The photograph, which has appeared on several Chinese web sites (here and here) and sent to me by David, clearly shows the features of what I estimated to be the Jin-class submarine.

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Check out the close-up of the Jin-class submarine.

Tale of the Tape: USAF vs China

Only the stealthy F-22 or the Joint Strike Fighter still under development could carry out missions over China, he said. “Our planes are much older than the planes they would be matched against,” Mr. Wright said, the Associated Press reported.

“For the first time in history, we are seeing another nation, in this case China, with newer fighters than we have.”

All of which sounds extremely ominous–but just how ominous is it?

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Rice: Russia’s Military Moves ‘a Problem’

In an interview with ABC News, Secretary of State of Condoleezza Rice expressed concern about Russia’s increasing military assertiveness.

“I think the rapid growth in Russian military spending definitely bears watching,” Rice said. “And frankly, some of the efforts — for instance, Bear flights in areas that we haven’t seen for a while — are really not helpful to security.”

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China’s Hu Pushes Modern Military

China’s sprawling military will speed up its modernization during the next five years, increasingly adopting high-tech battle systems and upgrading training, Chinese President Hu Jintao said Monday.

In his keynote speech at the opening of the Communist Party Congress, held every five years, Hu said he was committed to making China’s military more modern.

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Hu says Chinese military to modernize
United Press International - 2 hours ago
He said China’s military policy is defensive in nature and it doesn’t represent an arms race or pose a military threat to any other country,
Hu: China to modernize army for self-defense, world peace People’s Daily Online
Taiwan rejects Chinese call for peace accord International Herald Tribune
Give Chinese citizens more say, Hu Jintao tells congress Guardian Unlimited
China Daily – The Associated Press
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Reaper Aids Commanders On Battlefield

The Air Force announced Oct. 11 that the MQ-9 Reaper, the service’s new hunter-killer unmanned aerial vehicle, is now flying operational missions in Afghanistan. The Reaper has completed 12 missions since its inaugural flight there Sept. 25, averaging about one sortie per day. Capable of striking enemy targets with on-board weapons, the Reaper has conducted close-air support and intelligence, su … read more

U.S. Military Technology Being Exported Illegally Is a Growing Concern

But when agents descended on the Orange County, Calif., home of Reza Tabib, the 51-year-old former flight instructor at John Wayne Airport who sent the shipment, they were astonished to discover 13,000 other aircraft parts, worth an estimated $540,000, as well as a list of additional requests by an Iranian military officer and two airplane tickets for Tehran.

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World War II: Victory of Steel and Ice

The title of Nagorski’s book, The Greatest Battle, is likely to raise eyebrows, but it shouldn’t. As he points out, the fighting around Moscow was “inarguably the largest battle between two armies of all time,” involving a total of 7 million soldiers. If casualties are the standard, the Battle of Moscow — where 1.9 million Soviets and 600,000 Germans were killed, captured or badly wounded — surpasses Stalingrad, Gallipoli, the Somme or El Alamein. Strategically, it was when the German juggernaut came to a halt, “the first turning point” of World War II, in Nagorski’s words, if not the war’s most decisive encounter.

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