Boeing Co’s X-51A Waverider made history this week when it achieved the longest hypersonic flight by a jet-fuel powered aircraft, flying for 3-1/2 minutes at five times the speed of sound, the U.S. Air Force said on Friday.
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Syrian government forces have used chemical weapons – probably nerve gas – in their fight against rebels trying to force out President Bashar al-Assad, the Israeli military’s top intelligence analyst said on Tuesday.
Brigadier-General Itai Brun made the comments at a Tel Aviv security conference a day after U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on a visit to Israel that U.S. intelligence agencies were still assessing whether such weapons had been employed.
U.S. President Barack Obama has called the use of chemical weapons a “red line” for the United States that would trigger unspecified U.S. action.
Scientists are struggling to explain a slowdown in climate change that has exposed gaps in their understanding and defies a rise in global greenhouse gas emissions.
Often focused on century-long trends, most climate models failed to predict that the temperature rise would slow, starting around 2000. Scientists are now intent on figuring out the causes and determining whether the respite will be brief or a more lasting phenomenon.
So there are modeling problems. As I said a couple of years ago, when you calibrate a model based on data within a certain range, and then go outside of that range, then your model might not work correctly. When I heard scientists confidently explain how good their climate models were, I knew we were in for trouble. Because a real scientist would understand that moving into new territory is always dangerous.
Several dozen Chinese soldiers have set up a remote camp some 10 km (6 miles) inside territory claimed by India in the high altitude Himalayan desert of Ladakh, Indian police sources said, in a possible return to border tension between the Asian giants.
An Indian foreign ministry spokesman said the two countries were in touch with each other to resolve the row. The ill-defined border has fuelled 50 years of mistrust despite blossoming economic ties.
China’s defense ministry said on Tuesday that “some countries” are increasing tension in Asia and the Pacific, in thinly veiled criticism of U.S. efforts to ramp up its military presence and alliances in the region.
China is uneasy with what the United States has called the “rebalancing” of forces as the United States winds down the war in Afghanistan and pays renewed attention to the Asia-Pacific region.
China says the policy has emboldened Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam in longstanding territorial disputes.
Chinese President Xi Jinping warned against foreign interference in the affairs of other nations during a speech in Moscow on Saturday, sending a signal to the West and echoing a message often repeated by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This is a reoccurring theme we keep hearing over and over. Russian leaders have issued implied threats of nuclear war over this issue. Now it looks like both China and Russia are ganging up on the West to put a stop to western interference in other countries.
A North Korean general said on Tuesday that Pyongyang was scrapping the armistice. But the two sides remain technically at war as the civil war did not end with a treaty.
North Korea threatens the United States and its “puppet,” South Korea, on an almost daily basis.
“Since the United States is about to ignite a nuclear war, we will be exercising our right to preemptive nuclear attack against the headquarters of the aggressor in order to protect our supreme interest,” the North’s foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.
Vladimir Putin ordered military leaders on Wednesday to make urgent improvements to the armed forces during his new presidential term, saying Russia must thwart attempts by the West to tip the strategic balance of power.
Putin’s remarks, to rows of uniformed officers and defense officials, reflected increasing hawkishness since he returned to the Kremlin for a six-year term last May, and a growing readiness to cite foreign threats and use anti-Western rhetoric to rally support.
“Attempts are being made to tip the strategic balance,” said Putin, who as president is commander-in-chief of the armed forces, told his audience at the General Staff academy on Moscow’s outskirts. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, sat in the front row.
Both Russia and China seem to be pushing the same foreign threats button. Russia’s focus is the US. China’s focus is both Japan and the US. Perhaps the US should take a hint from this and start preparing.
Prepare for war in 2013, PLA forces told
A directive has reportedly been issued by the General Staff Department of the People’s Liberation Army to armed forces personnel for them to prepare for war in 2013, reports the Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao.
The order was issued through the PLA Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese military. Though not directly mentioned, Japan is clearly the adversary due to the territorial dispute between the two countries over the Diaoyutai islands (Diaoyu in China or Senkaku in Japan) in the East China Sea. Official newspapers in China, especially the PLA Daily, rarely use the word “war” in their commentaries.
When Xi Jinping, the new general secretary of the Communist Party and chairman of the Central Military Commission, visited Guangzhou Military Region in December, he encouraged officers to prepare for victory in the leading and training of the soldiers under their command. Xis aid it is important for all officers and enlisted personnel to be mentally ready to go to war.
China and Japan engaged on Friday in a fresh round of invective over military movements near a disputed group of uninhabited islands, fuelling tension that for months has bedeviled relations between the Asian powers.
An increasingly muscular China has been repeatedly at odds with others in the region over rival claims to small clusters of islands, most recently with fellow economic giant Japan which accused a Chinese navy vessel of locking radar normally used to aim weapons on a Japanese naval ship in the East China Sea.