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Are Purported ‘Sonic Attacks’ at Embassies in Havana an Elaborate Intelligence Operation?

The Canadian government pulled families of diplomats from its embassy in Cuba on April 16, 2018 after 10 Canadians reported symptoms similar to those afflicting Americans on the island. In 2017, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson alleged that a “targeted attack” sickened 24 people at the U.S. embassy — recently downgraded to an “unaccompanied post” with reduced personnel.

What Happens If Taiwan Doesn't Get the F-35?

Washington’s indecision on whether to sell its ace F-35 stealth fighters to Taiwan, despite the latter’s persistent call for more arms deals, is said to be a big letdown not only to Taiwan’s leaders but also to Chinese spies on the island.

Pentagon is concerned that cutting-edge weaponry and defense technology sold to help Taiwan stave off Beijing may eventually end up in the latter’s hands, given the island’s allegedly lax counter-espionage and suspicion that state agencies are infested with Chinese spies.

Did China Just 'Activate' Its Latest Carrier-Killer (or Guam Express) Missile?

The US-led coordinated strikes on Syria last week, in response to the Assad regime’s suspected use of chemical weapons, has given the Chinese military more impetus to develop its own precision airborne strike systems.

The Pentagon once again showcased its highly sophisticated weapons capabilities when targeted missile strikes allegedly crippled Assad’s chemical weapon facilities in the Syrian capital of Damascus and elsewhere.

Is the F-35 Now the Ultimate Drone Killer?

Previous test data and observers have confirmed the F-35 identified and targeted the drone with its mission systems sensors, passed the target ‘track’ information to the missile, enabled the pilot to verify targeting information using the high off-boresight capability of the helmet mounted display and launched the AIM-9X from the aircraft to engage the target drone, a statement from the F-35 JPO said.

The Army's Armored Weapons Will Soon Have 'Shields' from Small Arms Fire

The advantages of this kind of interoperability are multi-faceted. Given that RPGs and ATGMs are often fired from the same location as enemy small arms fire, an ability to track one, the other, or both in real time greatly improves situational awareness and targeting possibilities.

The Army is engineering new Hostile Fire Detection sensors for its fleet of armored combat vehicles to identify, track and target enemy small arms fire.

Superpower: China Claims This Is Biggest Naval Parade in 600 Years

More than 10,000 People’s Liberation Army airmen, marines and sailors boarded 48 naval vessels and 76 aircraft for a major show of force with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the South China Sea on Thursday.

During his rallying cry for loyalty and devotion, the Communist Party leader was greeted by a resounding chorus of platitudes from soldiers in front of the TV cameras.

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