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B-1 Bombers Attacked “Multiple Moving Maritime Targets” in Test of New Missile

Dave Majumdar Security, The LRASM is coming.  The United States Navy has simultaneously test launched a pair of its new Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM) from a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer supersonic strategic bomber over its Point Mugu Sea Test Range in California. Show More Summary

A New Report Reveals Why the U.S. Navy Is in Big Trouble (And Offers a Solution)

Dave Majumdar Security, Over the years, due to a brutal operations tempo and a shrinking fleet, the Navy has reached the breaking point. The United States Navy has released its new Strategic Readiness Review (SSR), which was ordered by Navy Secretary Richard Spencer earlier this year in September. Show More Summary

Russia's New Su-57 Stealth Fighter Has A Big Problem That Won't Be Fixed Until 2025

Dave Majumdar Security, It won't have a premier engine fully tested until then--and that spells trouble.  Russia has started testing its new Sukhoi Su-57 PAK-FA fifth-generation fighter with its new next-generation Saturn izdeliye 30 engines. Show More Summary

America's F-35s, F/A-18s and F-15s are Getting New Bombs to Kill Enemy Armies

Dave Majumdar Security, The weapon should be operational onboard the F-15E by 2019. It will next be introduced onboard the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F fleet in 2020 and subsequent will be integrated on the F-35 in 2022. Raytheon has completed...Show More Summary

Russia's New Su-35 vs. America's F-15 Eagle: Which Plane Would Win in a Dogfight?

Dave Majumdar Security, What would you choose?  More likely to happen is that a F-15 would run into a Su-35 operated by some Third World despot. The pilots are not likely to have the training, tactics or experience to fight against an American aviator with a realistic chance of winning. Show More Summary

Could Russia and Japan Finally Settle Their Island Dispute?

Dave Majumdar Security, Asia Yes, Moscow and Tokyo have their own bit of island drama.  Russia and Japan are moving towards a rapprochement after a long period of mutual antipathy. In recent days, Moscow and Tokyo have started to discuss increased cooperation in the naval arena. Show More Summary

Newly Declassified Documents: Gorbachev Told NATO Wouldn't Move Past East German Border

Dave Majumdar Security, Europe So what happenned?  Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was given a host of assurances that the NATO alliance would not expand past what was then the East German border in 1990 according to new declassified...Show More Summary

Russia's F-22 and F-35 Killer: 6th Generation Plane Armed with Hypersonic Weapons

Dave Majumdar Security, One system under development for the potential new plane is a so-called radio-photonic radar. According to Mikheyev, the new “radio-photonic radar” will operate over a much wider band than conventional radars and should be far more resistant to enemy jamming. Show More Summary

Russia and China Are Doing Joint Air Defense Drills to Prepare for a Surprise Attack

Dave Majumdar Security, Asia Any idea who they fear?  Russia and China are kicking off a series of joint air defense exercises called Aerospace Security-2017, highlighting the growing strategic partnership between the two great powers. Show More Summary

CHAMP: America's EMP Missile That Might Be Able to Fry North Korea's Nukes

Dave Majumdar Security, Or start World War III.  One of the options that the United States is looking at to counter North Korea’s nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles is an experimental weapon called CHAMP. CHAMP stands for Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP). Show More Summary

America Might Build a New Cruise Missile (And We Can Thank Russia)

Dave Majumdar Security, And a dying treaty.  The United States remains committed to preserving the landmark 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which is marking its 30th anniversary on December 8. However, the United...Show More Summary

Beware, North Korea: Japan Wants New Cruise Missiles For Its F-35s and F-15s

Dave Majumdar Security, Asia The addition of the new medium range air launched cruise missiles is a break with Japan’s traditional post-World War II defense policy.  Japan is responding to North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclearShow More Summary

F-22 vs. F-23: Why the Ultimate Stealth Air Duel Won't Happen

Dave Majumdar Security, But it would have been epic.  “Interestingly the YF-22 and YF-23 had exactly the same trimmed AoA of 60°. The YF-23 could do it without thrust vectoring. Those V-tails were very powerful especially when coupled to an unstable airframe,” said one source who is intimately familiar with both the YF-23 and the Raptor. Show More Summary

China Claims to Have Developed a Radical New Stealth Technology for Its Submarines

Dave Majumdar Security, Asia Unlike a conventional propulsor design—which is turned by a mechanical drive shaft—China’s rim-driven system is powered by an electrical motor embedded in the propulsor’s shroud. Thus, if the Chinese have...Show More Summary

Russia's Mig-29SMT May Soon Be Getting Some New Weapons

Dave Majumdar Security, Europe Any guess where they will test them out?  Russia expects to test new weapons onboard its upgraded Mikoyan Mig-29SMT Fulcrum aircraft in Syria. The lessons learned from operations in Syria will be used to...Show More Summary

Novator 9M729: The Russian Missile that Broke INF Treaty's Back?

Dave Majumdar Security, Europe What you need to know.  The United States has revealed which Russian cruise missile Washington believes is in violation of the landmark 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. Speaking at the...Show More Summary

The One North Korea Threat The World Has Forgotten About

Dave Majumdar Security, Asia The Kim regime’s intelligence apparatus is ruthless and effective and could be used to good effect during any conflict on the Korean peninsula. North Korean intelligence apparatus is one of Pyongyang’s strong...Show More Summary

The XB-70 Valkyrie: The Sad Story of the Biggest and Fastest U.S. Bomber Ever

Dave Majumdar Security, But it never, ever dropped a single bomb.  With the growing realization that Soviet SAMs posed an increasing threat to American bombers, the Pentagon started to explore low-level penetration as an alternative....Show More Summary

North Korea's Last ICBM Test Leaves Us with a Big Question

Dave Majumdar Security, Asia There are some indications that North Korea is not quite at the point where they have an operational RV, but Pyongyang is very close The United States national security community should not infer anything...Show More Summary

America is Training F-22, F-35, F-15 and F-16 Pilots to Destroy North Korea's Nuclear Weapons

Dave Majumdar Security, Asia Vigilant Ace 18 is here.  The United States Air Force and the Republic of Korea Air Force are kicking off their massive Vigilant Ace 18 annual wargames just days after the North Korea tested its Hwasong-15...Show More Summary

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