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The Navy Wants 2 New Aircraft Carriers (But There's A Big Catch)

Dave Majumdar Security, The Navy could eventually build as many as 10 Ford-class carriers if the service fully realizes its long-range plans. The United States Navy is hoping to buy two Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers under a single contract in hopes that such a plan will save money on the massive 100,000-ton vessels. Show More Summary

We Now Know How Russia's New Avangard Hypersonic Boost-Glide Weapon Will Launch

Dave Majumdar Security, Everything we know so far.  Russia will apparently use surplus UR-100UTTKh (NATO: SS-19 Stiletto) and the RS-28 Sarmat liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) as the launch vehicle for its Avangard...Show More Summary

The Navy Just Commissioned Its Most Powerful Nuclear Submarine Ever

Dave Majumdar Security, As great power rivalry between the United States, Russia and China continues to heat up, submarines like  The United States Navy commissioned its news attack submarine, USS Colorado (SSN-788) into service this weekend. Show More Summary

Japan Could Buy F-35Bs and Put Them on Their Sort of Aircraft Carriers

Dave Majumdar Security, China and North Korea won't like this one bit.  Japan is reportedly considering the purchase of short takeoff vertical landing (STOVL) Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter stealth aircraft for its Izumo-class...Show More Summary

Inside the USS Gerald Ford, the Navy's Most Powerful Aircraft Carrier Ever

Dave Majumdar Security, The navy let us aboard. Here is what we saw.  As McCormack explained, the Navy will use the post-commissioning shakedown to test all of the new systems onboard Ford to identify any deficiencies or fixes that might...Show More Summary

The Story of the Real 'F-52' Fighter

Dave Majumdar Security, Trump misspoke when he used the F-52. But there is more to the story.  There might one day be an F-52, but technology has advanced a long way since the days of the YF-22 and YF-23. Thus, tomorrow’s aircraft will look very different from today’s planes. Show More Summary

DNI Coats: Russia and China are Top "State Intelligence Threats" to America

Dave Majumdar Security, The major targets for foreign intelligence services remain more or less unchanged. Russian and Chinese foreign intelligence services continue to be the leading threats to the United States. However, a host ofShow More Summary

5 Reasons No Nation Can Beat the Marines in a War

Dave Majumdar Security, The U.S. Marine Corps prides itself on being America’s 911 force—a fire brigade that the president can call upon to fight the nation’s battles in an emergency.  The AH-1Z also shares many common parts with the Marines’ Bell UH-1Y Venom version of the UH-1 Huey, which helps with the services logistics. Show More Summary

Is McMaster Breaking with Trump's Foreign Policy Vision?

Dave Majumdar Politics, North America In contrast to the president’s own prior statements, McMaster recently championed international institutions that form the basis of the liberal institutional world order. National security adviser Lt. Show More Summary

U.S. Military Battle with Possible Russian Mercenaries: 'Our Strikes Were Done out of Self-Defense'

Dave Majumdar Security, Middle East Both the Pentagon and the Russian government are deemphasizing the Feb. 7 incident because a wider conflict that is spiraling out of control does not benefit anyone. The Pentagon is reiterating that...Show More Summary

Russia's Su-57 Stealth Fighter in Syria: “This Is Testing in Actual War"

Dave Majumdar Security, The most likely reason for the Russian deployment is to refine the Su-57 design for production and to gain as much operational wartime experience as possible. Russia appears to have deployed two prototype Sukhoi...Show More Summary

Sweden Wants Lockheed Martin’s Patriot PAC-3 Missile Defense System

Dave Majumdar Security, Any thoughts as to why?  As tensions with Russia continue to rise, Sweden has requested that the United States supply it with Lockheed Martin’s Patriot PAC-3 missile defense system. Stockholm would use the weapons...Show More Summary

How to Solve the Ukraine Crisis: Peacekeepers?

Dave Majumdar Security, The issue of UN peacekeepers inside the Donbas region in Ukraine is a contentious one. The Ukraine crisis continues to be the main source of tension in the NATO-Russia relationship according to the alliance’s top official. Show More Summary

America Is Selling More Arms to the Netherlands, Finland and Kuwait. Here is the Rundown.

Dave Majumdar Security, Of the three potential deals, the Dutch AH-64E is probably the most prominent. The U.S. State Department has notified the Congress of several potential new defense sales to the Netherlands, Finland and Kuwait....Show More Summary

Here Is How the Military Hopes to Be a More Effective Fighting Force

Dave Majumdar Security, Americas The idea is to deploy or get out. The Pentagon is actively working to reduce the number of non-deployable troops on its rolls so that the burden of combat is shared more evenly amongst the force. “The...Show More Summary

Mattis: "NATO Remains our Number-One Alliance"

Dave Majumdar Security, Thus, at the end of the day, despite the early rhetoric from the Trump Administration, the NATO alliance is more or less conducting business as usual. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is reaffirming that NATO remains the United States’ most important alliance. Show More Summary

Did a Russian Built Stealth Submarine 'Sink' a Navy Nuclear Attack Sub?

Dave Majumdar Security, Fact or fiction?  While diesel-electric boats are generally quieter than nuclear submarines, the U.S. Navy prefers atomic powered vessels because of their range, speed and endurance. The U.S. Navy’s global mission essentially mandates a vessel that can operate independently far from home waters for extended periods. Show More Summary

Here Is How Russia Hopes to Dominate the Drone Market

Dave Majumdar Security, Europe Moscow showed off some of its newest tech earlier this month. Russia is starting to innovate smaller-scale unmanned aerial vehicles that are roughly in the size and weight class as Insitu’s Scan Eagle series drones. Show More Summary

Can the Army Get Ready for War with Russia and China and Fight Terror Too?

Dave Majumdar Security, North America The challenge of our times: too many challenges? The United States Army will receive increased funding in the President’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal as the service struggles to modernize while simultaneously fighting wars in current conflicts. Show More Summary

Why China's J-20 Is No Match for the F-22 of F-35

Zachary Keck Security, Asia The engines are the problem  China’s first fifth-generation aircraft is having a major issue. As Dave Majumdar previously covered, China recently declared that its J-20 fighter jet had attained initial operational capability. Show More Summary

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