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.
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
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.
Check out the close-up of the Jin-class submarine.
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?
The usual criticism against the teaching of military history is that it in some way encourages bellicosity, that it is somehow morally questionable and actually undesirable in the academy at any level. However, war, though undesirable in many of its attributes, and while it involves people killing and being willing or prepared to be killed, can in fact serve purposes which we regard as necessaryâ€”for example, liberty, civic patriotism, and international order. Indeed, nobody, including the UN, doubts that just war properly conceived is an appropriate recourse in international law and the maintenance of international order. War cannot be wished away. It has played a major role in the formation of individual states and societies and in maintaining international order.
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 â€” for instance, Bear flights in areas that we haven’t seen for a while â€” are really not helpful to security.”
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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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
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.
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.