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Sorry, France: Russia to Build Powerful Mistral-Style Assault Ships

Zachary Keck Security, Eurasia With France cancelling the deal for two Mistral-class assualt ships, Moscow is building its own. Russia will build its own amphibious assault ship in the wake of France refusing to sell Moscow two Mistral-class...Show More Summary

Exposed: China Won't Place Nuclear Weapons in Cuba

Zachary Keck Security, Asia While sparking a crisis with the United States, they would be of no military value. Despite recent media reports, China would not deploy nuclear weapons to Cuba. This week, the Taiwan-based Want China Times...Show More Summary

Will Russia Really Build 24 Hypersonic Nuclear Missiles by 2020?

Zachary Keck Security, Eurasia Don't count on it... Russia will build 24 nuclear-capable hypersonic missiles over the next decade, according to a new report. This month, Jane’s Intelligence Review published a report revealing that Russia secretly tested its Yu-71 hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) from an SS-19 missile in February of this year. Show More Summary

Asia Beware: China Unveils New Island Storming Warships

Zachary Keck Security, Asia New images reveal China is building a mobile landing platform and roll on/roll off ship. China’s Navy is steadily improving its power projection capabilities by building new amphibious assault ships. According...Show More Summary

Brian Henderson dies at 77; USC cancer expert, medical school dean

Brian E. Henderson, a cancer researcher and former dean of USC's Keck School of Medicine, died earlier this month at his home in San Marino. He was 77.

Watch Out, India: China Just Sent First-Ever Submarine to Pakistan

Zachary Keck Security, Asia A Chinese diesel-electric submarine docked in Karachi, Pakistan last month. A Chinese submarine docked in Pakistan for the first time ever last month, According to numerous Indian media outlets, a People’s Liberation Army Navy conventional Yuan-class 335 submarine docked in Karachi, Pakistan on May 22. Show More Summary

South China Sea Boils: China Sends Oil Rig Near Vietnam Again

Zachary Keck Security, Asia China has moved an oil rig that was at the heart of a dispute with Vietnam last year to waters near Vietnam again. China has moved an oil rig that was at the heart of a dispute with Vietnam last year to waters...Show More Summary

Watch Out, America: Russia Sends Super Advanced S-400 to NATO's Borders

Zachary Keck Security, Eurasia Russia will send more S-400 to its Western Military District. Russia’s beefing up its air and missile defense systems near its borders with NATO countries, according to local media reports. This week, Sputnik...Show More Summary

Researchers Find Flavored Cigarettes Are Still Popular, Despite Ban

Think clove cigarettes are so six years ago? A new study from Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) researchers finds that despite a federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban in 2009, flavored cigarettes are still available for purchase over the Internet and are popular search targets.

U.S. Air Force Rehearses Bombing Iran's Buried Nuclear Targets

Zachary Keck Security, Middle East In the last year, the U.S. Air Force has conducted three trial runs of air strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities. In the last year, the U.S. Air Force has conducted at least three trial runs of a bombing...Show More Summary

Australia Begins Testing Largest Warship Ever

Zachary Keck Security, Asia The NUSHIP Adelaide is the second of two planned Canberra-class Amphibious Assault Ships (LHDs). Australia is set to begin testing its second Canberra-class Amphibious Assault Ship (LHD), which is also known...Show More Summary

Revealed: Why America Needs New, Super Usable Nuclear Weapons

Zachary Keck Security, Americas America's existing nuclear arsenal isn't enough... The United States needs to develop more “usable” nuclear weapons to deter future conflict, according to a new think tank report. This week, the Center...Show More Summary

Russia Is Already Developing New Fifth-Generation Submarines

Zachary Keck Security, Eurasia The Yasen-class submarines are still being built but Russia is already looking toward the future. Fresh off building the fourth-generation Yasen-class submarines, Russia is already developing a fifth-generation...Show More Summary

Henry Riggs dies at 80; former Harvey Mudd president founded Keck Institute

Henry E. Riggs, a former president of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont and founding president of the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, has died. He was 80.

China's New Trump Card in the South China Sea

Zachary Keck Security, Asia China is likely to deploy the J-11 to its new man-made islands in the South China Sea. China is likely to deploy the J-11 to its artificial islands once they are completed, according to a Hong Kong newspaper. On...Show More Summary

Russia's Su-35 Fighter: A Trump Card Up Beijing's Sleeve in South China Sea

Russia's Sukhoi Su-35 super-maneuverable multirole fighters will most likely become China's trump card in its longstanding geopolitical game in the South China Sea, US journalist Zachary Keck noted.

The Russian Plane China Needs to Rule the South China Sea

Zachary Keck Security, Asia The Su-35 would greatly enhance China's ability to project power in the South China Sea. Russia appears intent on selling China its most advanced fighter jet by the end of the year, a move that will greatly...Show More Summary

America's New Aircraft Carriers Will Use Lasers to Annihilate Missiles

Zachary Keck Security, Americas Directed-energy weapons will protect the U.S. Navy's Ford-class carriers. America’s next-generation aircraft carriers are likely to boast a variety of laser and directed energy weapons, according to U.S. Show More Summary

Russia's Massive Military Buildup Abroad: Should NATO Worry?

Zachary Keck Security, Eurasia Russia is sending S-300s, S-400s, and Su-27s to Belarus. As tensions between the United States and Russia continue to grow, Moscow is embarking on a massive military buildup in the country of Belarus. Speaking to Russian media outlets on Wednesday, Belarusian Defense Minister Gen. Show More Summary

China's Military Practices Invading Taiwan

Zachary Keck Security, Asia Over the last few weeks, the PLA has simulated an invasion of Taiwan using both military and civilian ships. China’s military is practicing invading Taiwan, IHS Jane’s notes. In a new analysis by Richard Fisher...Show More Summary

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