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America and India: Aligned but not Allied

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US last week imparted new energy into the Indo-US relationship with consolidation of relations in areas such as nuclear, defense, clean energy and counter terrorism. However, with no great breakthroughs announced, much was also left unsaid.

Lethal Alliance Under the Sea: Why France Is Helping Australia Build Attack Subs

After all of the fanfare and chest beating on April 26 about how 12 submarines will be built in Adelaide: silence. By all appearances—or rather the lack of them—it seems that the Department of Defense is in no rush and little, if any, activity on Australia’s largest naval shipbuilding project is expected until well after the Federal election. Contract negotiations for the detailed design phase haven’t been scheduled and are unlikely to begin for some months.

ISIS Has Struck in Europe Again

ISIS has struck in Europe again. Yet with media attention focused on the terrorist attack in Orlando, it has gone somewhat under the radar.

Larossi Abballa stabbed to death a French policeman, Jean-Baptise Salvaing, outside his own home in Magnanville, France. He then went inside and stabbed his (as yet unnamed) partner to death.

The couple’s son, just three years old, was held hostage throughout. Abballa, who had already been jailed in 2013 for past terror offences, declared his loyalty to the Islamic State (ISIS) before police stormed the home and killed him.

Russia's New Tanks, Lethal Stealth Fighters (and More) vs. NATO: Who Wins?

How much of a threat do Russia's emerging 5th-generation stealth fighter, nuclear arsenal, high-tech air defenses, anti-satellite weapons, conventional army and submarines pose to NATO and the U.S.?

Current tensions between Russia and NATO are leading many to carefully assess this question and examine the current state of weaponry and technological sophistication of the Russian military -- with a mind to better understanding the extent of the kinds of threats they may pose. 

The Pentagon's Third Offset: Just a Smoke Screen for a Shrinking US Military?

When he became Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter found himself with a seemingly insoluble dilemma. He needed simultaneously to maintain high readiness of existing forces that are in continuous use around the world fighting Islamic jihadists and deterring state adversaries while also preparing for future conflicts involving near-peer nation states. These new competitors have closed the gap with the U.S. military in a number of key technology areas and, in some cases such as electronic warfare, cyber and long-range missiles, has exceeded our own capabilities.

America's Real Debt Shocker: $100 Trillion Owed in Unfunded Liabilities

Before he made his first million, before he did business on six continents, and before he became a Fortune 500 CEO, David Perdue got his start picking peaches for about 40 cents an hour while growing up in Macon, Georgia.

There his father taught him always “to add value,” Perdue says while recalling the stifling summer work from his air-conditioned office in Washington, D.C.

“He told me years ago, ‘David, don’t ever worry about the job ahead of you; just take care of the one you’ve got now.’”

The U.S. Air Force's Most Lethal Weapon of War Is Getting a Massive Upgrade

The Air Force is upgrading its entire fleet of MQ-9 Reaper drones in order to give them much more endurance to stay above key strategic areas and conduct surveillance and strike missions, service officials told Scout Warrior.

The Reaper is a large, armed drone with a 66-foot wingspan in service around the globe. The upgrades, called the Reaper Extended Range, in include the addition of two 1,350-pound fuel tanks.

“The added fuel capacity increases MQ-9 endurance from 16 hours to more than 22 hours,” Capt. Trisha Guillebeau, an Air Force spokeswoman, told Scout Warrior.