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The Strange Tale of Nazi Germany's Super Submarines (That Never Fired a Shot)

On May 4, 1945 one of the most advanced submarines in the world crept up to a British Royal Navy cruiser. U-2511 was one of Germany’s new Type XXI-class “wonder” submarines, and she was hunting for Allied ships.

She also represented one of the Third Reich’s biggest failures.

More than 250 feet long and displacing 1,620 tons, the Type XXI packed six hydraulically-reloaded torpedo tubes capable of firing more than 23 stored torpedoes. This arsenal could turn a convoy into sinking, burning wreckage.

One of Asia's Most Powerful Countries Has Been Rocked by Scandal After Scandal

South Korea has been rocked by a number of scandals in recent years: the sinking of the Sewol ferry in 2014, the recent banning of Samsung’s Galaxy 7 phones on US commercial airlines, and the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping, the world’s seventh-largest container shipping company. And now South Korea’s first female president Park Geun-hye is embroiled in accusations that she relied on a close friend, Choi Soon-sil, for advice on state matters. There are allegations that Park is complicit in extortions carried out by Choi. What has led to South Korea’s current predicaments?

The Stealth F-22 Raptor Is One of the World's Best Fighter Jets (And America Needs to Build More)

Donald Trump’s election changes everything, including building new F-22s. With a higher defense budget planned, American defense strategy can now move away from being budget driven to instead focus on combat effectiveness. Best value for money alternatives can now win over the lowest cost options. And in keeping America’s air dominance, the best ‘bang for the buck’ is in building new F-22s.

Will General Mattis Have a Back Seat on the Trump Train?

The election of Donald Trump as US president is the second strategic surprise of the 21st century. It shocked the financial markets, political community (especially inside the Washington Beltway) and polling industry. Like 9-11, everything was different when we woke up on November 9th, assuming anyone got any sleep. Overnight the almost universally expected victory of Hillary Clinton, and the likely Democratic Party capture of a US Senate majority, disappeared.

The Case for David Petraeus as Secretary of State

This week, President-elect Donald Trump met with retired general and former CIA director David Petraeus. They reportedly discussed the possibility of General Petraeus joining the Trump administration.

General Petraeus would, in my judgment, be an outstanding candidate for a high-level position in the Trump administration. Full disclosure: I am a big David Petraeus fan and a close, long-standing friend. But I believe the substance of the case for him is objectively rock solid.

Battlefield Qualifications and Beyond

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