Nuclear-Armed Drones? They May be Closer Than You Think
The US military increasingly relies on drones to carry out a multitude of tasks, usually those deemed too “dull, dirty, or dangerous” for manned missions. Most unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) carry out routine reconnaissance. They also act as decoys, serve as communication relays, and even deliver light cargoes. But a growing number of drones are armed, such as the US Predator and MQ-9 Reaper, which are used mostly in tactical situations, such as targeting terrorists or insurgents.
Raytheon's Master Plan to Protect the U.S. Navy from Threats "Beyond-the Horizon"
The Navy is accelerating efforts to better network sensors to weapons systems so that missiles, drones and ship-based weapons systems can locate and destroy targets at distances “beyond-the-horizon.”
Raytheon will further develop sensor, radar and “detect-control-engage” technology through a second extension of its Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) contract.
What Boris Johnson Should Have Said About Syria
There’s obviously a lot of questions on whether Boris Johnson is a buffoon or is actually an astute political schemer and foreign policy maven, the likes of which British diplomacy was famed for centuries. He has obviously cleared up his act since he was offered the post of Her Majesty’s senior diplomat, and his actions during the live parliamentary debate over Syria were curious to watch. However, in diplomacy, it is often the case that the unsaid is more important than what’s uttered.
Rodrigo Duterte Could Tear a Giant Hole in America's 'Pivot' To Asia
Beijing and Manila may be moving towards an accommodation that could tear a gigantic hole in the US ‘pivot’ to East Asia. Manila’s newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to turn away from the United States and towards China if he can regain Filipino rights to Scarborough Shoal. A mercurial personality, Duterte recently cursed President Obama and demanded the removal of US anti-terrorist trainers.
New Study Confirms Marijuana Use Up Drastically in Workforce
This November, there are a record number of ballot initiatives in at least nine states regarding so-called medical marijuana or outright legalization of the Schedule I drug. The pot pushers, both small businesses and large, want more people smoking, eating, and consuming more pot because it is good for their bottom line.
Before voting yes, voters—and, in particular, employers—should take a look at more disturbing data that was released two weeks ago at a national conference.
One of the U.S. Navy's Most Powerful Warships Just Came Under Missile Attack (Again)
U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87) came under missile attack from Houthi rebel-held territory in Yemen while steaming in international waters in the Red Sea earlier today. The incident is the second such attack on the 9,200-ton Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in four days.
Russia's T-14 Armata Tank vs. Japan's Type 10 and America's M1 Abrams: Who Wins?
Almost all major military powers today field some sort of powerful main battle tank. But what would be considered the best of the best?
Take for example the U.S. Army's M1 Abrams. A powerful tank that has been upgraded dramatically over the years, but can it compete with the best say Russia has to offer?
Speaking of Moscow, the T-14 sports some very interesting features, but some question if Moscow can afford to produce the new tank in numbers that would make a difference on the battlefield.
First U.S. Offshore Wind Plant Costs a Shocking $17,600 Per Home Powered
America’s first offshore wind power plant will cost about $17,600 dollars to build per home it will power.
Three miles off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, the wind farm is supposed to generate enough energy to power 17,000 homes, but will cost $300 million to build five turbines. This cost is just to build the turbines, not to operate them.
Yes, Japan Could Build Nuclear Weapons (But at What Cost?)
George Shultz’s axiom that “proliferation begets proliferation” appears to be contested in East Asia.