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China's Nuclear Weapons Arsenal Could Grow Massively in the Coming Years

This isn’t meant to suggest that China is going to substantially overhaul the size of its nuclear arsenal overnight. If history is any guide, China is likely to build up its arsenal in a cautious, methodical manner. Nonetheless, it is undeniable that China’s nuclear arsenal is going to get larger in the years ahead, and U.S. nuclear and arms-control strategy must account for this fact.

Forget North Korea: This Is What a Chinese Nuclear Attack on America Would Look Like

As one can see from this discussion, there is ample reason for anxiety with many new Chinese nuclear systems now coming online, as well as substantial reason for optimism. As an author who frequently rides China’s high-speed rail, I am acutely aware that astronomical sums of money spent on that system could just as easily have been spent building an enormous arsenal of nuclear weaponry. That was not done and it’s certainly good that Chinese leaders have their priorities straight.

FACT: The U.S. Military Considered Using Nuclear Weapons on North Korea and China

Nuclear escalation on the Korean Peninsula would have gone terribly for everyone involved. The United States would have caused dreadful pain to uncertain strategic advantage, potentially pushing the Communist powers to escalate.  The physical and human terrain of Korea would have endured awful suffering. And perhaps most importantly, the world would have lost the nascent nuclear taboo, a sense among policymakers that atomic weapons differed in some meaningful sense from other kinds of explosives, and that their practical use portended something momentous.

The U.S. Military Is Arming To the Teeth with Lasers and Missiles Because of One Reason

The US Army is accelerating a number of emerging counter-drone weapons in response to a warzone request from US Central Command - to counter  a massive uptick in enemy small-drone attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Theater has asked for a solution, so we are looking at what we can apply as an interim solution," Col. John Lanier Ward, Director Army Rapid Equipping Force, told Scout Warrior in an interview.

U.S. Army: We Will Increase Hellfire Missile Production by 50-Percent by 2019

"We will increase HELLFIRE production by 50-percent by 2019," Brig. Gen. Robert Rasch, Deputy Program Executive Officer, Missiles and Space, told Scout Warrior in an interview.

The US Army is massively increasing production and delivery of  HELLFIRE missiles to keep pace with upgrades to the weapon and a continued fast-growing use of the weapon around the globe, senior Army officials said.

Fact: Some of Russia and America's Best Tanks Might Be Going to War (On the Same Side)

Russia’s Uralvagonzavod has started to “implement” a contract to deliver 73 T-90S and T-90SK main battle tanks to Iraq. The Russian tanks would augment Iraq’s existing fleet of about 150 U.S.-built M1A1M Abrams main battle tanks and roughly 400 older model Soviet-built T-72s.

"The contract is being implemented in accordance with the schedule approved by the parties," Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation told the TASS news agency at the Dubai Airshow 2017.

This Russian Company Built Some of the World's Most Lethal Jets (And Has Big Plans)

Russia’s RSK-MiG is developing a host of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) including strike and reconnaissance models, some of which could be fighter-sized aircraft. If the project goes as planned, the company hopes to build and fly prototypes over the next several years.

“These are reconnaissance and strike targets, different classes for different tasks,” MiG spokesperson Anastasia Kravchenko told the Russian TASS news agency in Dubai.