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How Lethal Flying Robots Will Revolutionize the U.S. Navy Surface Fleet

The U.S. Navy will need to develop a new ship-based medium-altitude unmanned aircraft to properly implement its distributed lethality concept.

Under the Navy’s concept, firepower—like long-range land attack cruise missiles and other weapons—would be distributed to many more types of ships. But in order for the concept to work, the ships will need targeting data from extended ranges—especially if enemy forces deny the fleet access to space. That data could come from a revolutionary new drone.

Will Russia Nuke ISIS in Syria?

Russian president Vladimir Putin seemed to raise the possibility this week that Moscow might consider using nuclear weapons to combat Daesh terrorists in Syria. But Putin quickly added that he hopes such weapons will never be used and are not needed for use against terrorists.

Call it ‘Islamic Terrorism.’ Call it ‘Islamist Terrorism.’ But Do Something About it.

On February 25, 1994, Baruch Goldstein entered the Ibrahimi Mosque, also known as the Cave of the Patriarchs, during dawn prayers and murdered twenty-nine Palestinians. He derived justification for this violence in the way he read sacred Jewish texts. Goldstein was a radical Jewish terrorist. So was Yigal Amir, the man who murdered Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 based on a particular interpretation of a concept found in the Babylonian Talmud that allows for the murder of someone who puts Jewish lives in danger.

New Plan: Ditch Next Gen U.S. Bomber Hopes. Drones and Missiles Work Fine.

Seven years ago, Robert Haffa and Michael Isherwood of Northrop Grumman’s Analysis Center argued that the U.S. Air Force urgently needed a new bomber—indeed, by 2018. Enemy missiles, they thought, could shut down the remaining forward airfields from which American fighter-bombers could fly. Those fighters were already fewer in number, and thus not so available to escort B-52s and B-1s. Rumors of forthcoming Chinese stealth fighters seemed threatening enough at the time.