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Could the U.S. Navy Destroy North Korea?

James Holmes Security, Asia The navy can contribute to a joint or multinational campaign that destroys the Northern regime or its armed forces. But even that would involve perils, hardships and steep costs. How can the U.S. Navy destroy North Korea should Washington give the word? It can’t. Show More Summary

The USS Akron: America's Flying Aircraft Carrier

Kyle Mizokami Security, Yes, this was a real thing.  Nearly a hundred years ago the U.S. Navy asked a question: if airplanes can fly through the air, why couldn’t a vessel carrying them fly through the air as well? The result was the Akron-class airships, the only flying aircraft carriers put into service in any country. Show More Summary

No Plane Has Made More History Than the U-2 (And It Never Fired a Shot)

Sebastien Roblin Security, Though the airframe may be old, the U-2’s sensors are not, allowing the Dragon Lady to provide Washington keep a detailed eye on what’s happening on the ground from high up in the sky. With the conclusion of...Show More Summary

Israel declares the entire village of Nabi Saleh, home to Tamimi family, a closed military zone

Ma'an News reports the Israeli army declared the central occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh -- home to imprisoned teenage activist Ahed al-Tamimi -- a closed military zone on Saturday, closing off all entrances and exits.

Trump’s line on ‘shithole countries’ is a mainstream view in Israel

If you think Trump's "shithole countries" statement is bad, consider that such statements are routine in Israel, whose leaders have likened Palestinians to "cancer" and snakes and cockroaches, said that disloyal Palestinians should be decapitated with an "axe" or drowned, and have actually had a Muslim ban since the country was established.

Sweden Had 'Big Gun' Artillery That Could Fire 15 Shells within 45 Seconds

Charlie Gao Security, But not anymore During the twentieth century, Sweden developed many weapons at the top of their class despite not being a superpower. From the Swedish K SMG to the AT4, Swedish weapons have won American orders and proven themselves to be excellent in the field. Show More Summary

How Just One Simple Human Error Almost Destroyed a Missile Submarine

Task and Purpose, Jared Keller Security, Asia It could have been a tragedy...all because someone left a hatch open.  The modern submarine is not a simple machine. A loss of propulsion, unexpected flooding, or trouble with reactors or...Show More Summary

5 Ways a Nuclear War Could Go Down (And Billions of People Would Die)

Tom Nichols Security, Yes, it could still happen.  Military establishments are supposed to be full of worst-case pessimists. Nuclear warfighting ideas, however, rely on incredibly optimistic assumptions about universal rationality, near-perfect...Show More Summary

I Rebuilt America's Nuclear Arsenal from Scratch. This Is What It Would Look Like

Tom Nichols Security, A thought experiment.  When I worked for the late John Heinz in 1991 when he was the senior senator from Pennsylvania, he voted against continuing funding for the B-2 strategic bomber. The B-2 advocates came toShow More Summary

Ahed Tamimi offers Israelis a lesson worthy of Gandhi

Ahed Tamimi and Nabi Saleh have shown that popular unarmed resistance – if it is to discomfort Israel and the world – cannot afford to be passive or polite. It must be fearless, antagonistic and disruptive. Most of all, it must hold up a mirror to the oppressor. Show More Summary

Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as capital of ‘Jewish people’ is assault on my religion — Queens rabbi

Trump could have recognized Miami Beach as the capital of Israel, says Queens rabbi David Shapiro; but that is a political decision that has nothing to do with Judaism. "We have nothing to do with Israel. We are religious Jews... Israel is not my nation state in the slightest. This is a unilateral claim of the Zionists, and it's an assault on my religion."

A Freak Accident of Chemistry Destroyed Russia's Aircraft-Killer Submarine

Kyle Mizokami Security, A real tragedy.  Kursk had suffered two massive explosions and sank in 354 feet of water at a twenty-degree vertical angle. An explosion had ripped through the front of the hull, tearing a terrible gash along the upper bow. Show More Summary

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir: How China Saved North Korea from Extinction

Daniel L. Davis History, Asia If only U.S. military planners had thought a little differently.  On June 25, 1950, the North Korean People’s Army (NKPA) under Marshal Kim Il-sung launched a no-notice invasion of South Korea. Many areShow More Summary

Ukraine Is Building Its Own Tank-Killer Missiles to Fight Russia

Sebastien Roblin Security, But will they work?  In June 2015, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko famously requested exactly 1,240 Javelin missiles—one for every former Soviet nuclear warhead that Ukraine voluntarily decommissioned in the 1990s. Show More Summary

In a War with North Korea We Might Not Be Able to Destory Kim's Nuclear Missiles

Sebastien Roblin Security, Asia History tells us so--via Saddam Hussein.  The failure to destroy the launchers highlights how easy it can be to overestimate damage inflicted upon an enemy, and how difficult it is to hunt down an opponent intent on using hit-and-run tactics. Show More Summary

North Korea Has Smuggled In U.S. Military Equipment

Sebastien Roblin Security, Asia How did they do that?  However, in February 1985, the U.S. Commerce Department revealed it had discovered some hair-raising anomalies in the company’s operations—and some fraudulent claims about the shipments’ destination. Show More Summary

FACT: Germany Could Have Won World War One If It Had Done This

Michael Peck Security, Europe And the world would be a very different place.  Was it worth it? The all-out U-boat offensive did sink 880,000 tons of shipping in April 1917 alone and endangered the seaborne trade that Britain depended on. Show More Summary

Ahed and Nour Tamimi charged with assault, Norman Tamimi charged with incitement for broadcasting encounter on Facebook

The Palestinian prisoner's network Samidoun reports the Tamimi women have been charged in Israeli military court: "Palestinian teen and youth activist Ahed Tamimi, 16, whose arrest and detention by the Israeli occupation military has drawn worldwide attention, was charged in an Israeli military court with multiple allegations on Monday, 1 January. Show More Summary

How a 'Water Dragon' Could Help China Dominate the South China Sea

Sebastien Roblin Security, Asia This plane might not be a stealth fighter, but it has a purpose.  On December 24, China test flew the largest amphibious plane currently in production—the thirty-seven-meter long AG600 Kunlong or Jiaolong ( “Water Dragon’). Show More Summary

How Ahed Tamimi was slapped first, and why no one is talking about it

Jonathan Ofir explains why the slap that was delivered to Ahed Tamimi before she slapped back, is hardly mentioned at all - and how it represents a grand pathology of denial.

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