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    The U.S. Military’s Greatest Enemy Isn’t Russia or China
    Mar23

    The U.S. Military’s Greatest Enemy Isn’t Russia or China

    Robert Farley Security, More like past success and mega dominance on the battlefield. A wise man once pointed out that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view. Relative to the 1970s and 1980s, the United States is almost incomparably powerful and secure, enjoying presumptive military advantage over any opponent or...

    Is Russia Getting Ready to Build a Massive Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier?
    Mar23

    Is Russia Getting Ready to Build a Massive Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier?

    Dave Majumdar Security, Or sell one to India? Russia’s Krylov State Research Center is lobbying the Kremlin hard to build a new aircraft carrier called the Project 23000E Storm. If built, the massive vessel would be comparable in size and capability to one of the U.S. Navy’s Nimitz or Ford-class super carriers. The Russian Ministry of...

    The U.S. Army Can’t Get Ambushed by the Future
    Mar23

    The U.S. Army Can’t Get Ambushed by the Future

    Douglas Macgregor Security, Middle East More money without new leadership won’t fix the Army. When U.S. forces begin the destruction of the Islamic State, it will defend its territory—its so-called caliphate—and “hold ground.” Without air and missile defenses, or rocket artillery and mobile armored forces with accurate, devastating...

    Get Ready, Russia: Ukraine Wants to Build Its Very Own MiG-29 (Sort of)
    Mar21

    Get Ready, Russia: Ukraine Wants to Build Its Very Own MiG-29 (Sort of)

    Dave Majumdar Security, Europe Chances are its not going to happen. Ukraine is developing a new indigenous lightweight fighter aircraft fighter according to a new report. However, the project has existed in some form for more than ten years. According to a report in Jane’s, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that Kiev would...

    All Quiet on the German American Front
    Mar18

    All Quiet on the German American Front

    Jacob Heilbrunn Politics, Europe For now, Merkel is maintaining a stiff upper lip when it comes to the Trump administration. Angela Merkel was dubbed the leader of the free world on the eve of her visit to see Donald Trump. The stakes, we were told, could not be higher. The Atlantic alliance was at stake. The future of NATO in peril....

    Russia vs. Nazi Germany: How Hitler Launched the Most Horrific War of All Time
    Mar17

    Russia vs. Nazi Germany: How Hitler Launched the Most Horrific War of All Time

    Robert Farley Security, Europe And millions paid the price. The end of the War in the East left the Soviet Union in control of a vast portion of the Eurasian continent. Red Army forces occupied Germany, Poland, Czechosolvakia, parts of the Balkans, the Baltic states, and parts of Finland. The Western allies remained in control of Greece and much...

    How to Push Back Against China in the South China Sea
    Mar16

    How to Push Back Against China in the South China Sea

    Andrew Davies, Mark Thomson Security, Asia A recent conference reveals a very important idea. We were in Washington recently for the latest annual track-2 ‘Quad Plus’ dialogue. The meeting brings together participants from think tanks in Australia, India, Japan and the United States, as well as invited “plus” nations—this year we had...

    Get Ready, America: Russia Has Its Own Deadly ‘Delta Force’
    Mar16

    Get Ready, America: Russia Has Its Own Deadly ‘Delta Force’

    Dave Majumdar Security, Europe And they have an impressive history in just a short time. Incorporating lessons from Western special operations forces (SOF), the Kremlin had established its own equivalent of the U.S. Army’s elite 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta—better known as Delta Force. This new force is called Special...

    The Bizarre Reason Ukraine Could Be Facing a Legitimacy Crisis
    Mar16

    The Bizarre Reason Ukraine Could Be Facing a Legitimacy Crisis

    Nicolai N. Petro, Josh Cohen Politics, Eurasia A blockade has revealed the government’s unwillingness to enforce state authority against unsanctioned vigilantism. While political Washington is absorbed in its quest to figure out how Vladimir Putin managed to get Donald Trump elected president of the United States, Ukraine is facing a dire...

    Urban Security Is National Security
    Mar15

    Urban Security Is National Security

    Raymond Odierno, Michael O’Hanlon Security, Americas Violent crime rates are rising and should be treated as a matter of national security. While news coverage about national security understandably focuses on issues such as the Syria and Ukraine crises, even bigger and broader forces are at work in today’s world. They are, in fact,...

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