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Does India Really Want to Go to War?

We are going through a strange time in India. Even as we live it we are rewriting history. It isn’t that we transformed overnight into another kind of country. We didn’t change in isolation. The world around us continues to change and it is inevitable that we will change with it, especially when it comes to international relations and how we approach them.

War is a malaise. Like avian flu or HIV or dengue fever, it is born of a beast and there is a beast in both citizen and nation which we keep wrapped and leashed with clothes and flag, societal norms and the constitution.

Russia Says It Never Invaded Poland in 1939

Did you know that Hitler invaded China in 1956? Or that America dropped the first atomic bomb on Paris in 1924?

You didn't? Well, that's because these are taradiddles. Historical events that never actually happened. Yet it is also a lie -- and a crime -- to state that the Soviet Union invaded Poland in 1939, according to a Russian court.

Report: Social Security Could Be Doomed in As Little As 13 Years

Millions of Americans depend on Social Security, and the government program is going broke. If Congress doesn’t take action to reform the nation’s largest entitlement program, its looming insolvency likely will lead to large benefit cuts along with large payroll tax increases.

The Congressional Budget Office and the Social Security Trustees each year report on long-term projections for the program and its financial solvency. Their predictions have deviated drastically from each other over the past couple of years.

U.S. Navy Task Force Fights Back Against Cyber Intrusions

Fire-control systems that track targets and launch missiles, manned-unmanned teaming between fighter-jets and drones, algorithms for F-35 “sensor fusion” or mini-swarms of integrated drones designed to overwhelm enemy air defenses - are all examples or larger weapons systems and platforms increasingly reliant upon computer systems.

Lessons from the Cold War: Why Man’s First Trip to Mars is a Matter of National Security

A manned trip to Mars has the ability to captivate the American imagination and produce an emotional connection to and a broader appreciation of space. Harvesting the American public’s appreciation for space—and the technology’s based within it—will be vital if the U.S. is to improve its national security. Without broad public support for increases in space-based national security investments, the U.S. is likely to fall behind strategic competitors putting Washington’s military preeminence in jeopardy.

China’s South China Sea Island Buildup ‘For Military Purposes’

The head of one of America’s secret spy agencies recently disclosed that China is seeking to control the South China Sea through the covert development of military facilities on thousands of acres of reclaimed islands.

Robert Cardillo, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), told a recent US congressional hearing that spy satellites and aircraft have been closely monitoring the island-building program by Beijing.

The Paradox of a European Army: A Force That Won't Fight

In the past month, the real specter of a European Union-controlled army has finally appeared. At his European State of the Union address in Strasbourg on September 14th, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker declared that Europe needs to “toughen up.” He proposed that Europe create a single headquarters for military operations, and consider common military forces one of the aims of the “ever closer union” which is the EU’s longstanding goal.