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The U.S. Air Force's Master Plan to Replace the F-22 Raptor Could be a Shocker

Four years after the 195th and final F-22 Raptor stealth fighter rolled out of Lockheed Martin’s factory in Marietta, Georgia, the U.S. Air Force still hasn’t committed to developing a new manned air-superiority fighter.

But the world’s leading air arm is proposing to develop some kind of new aircraft to complement, and perhaps replace, the F-22 on the most dangerous air-dominance missions in heavily-defended territory.

America and India: Aligned but not Allied

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US last week imparted new energy into the Indo-US relationship with consolidation of relations in areas such as nuclear, defense, clean energy and counter terrorism. However, with no great breakthroughs announced, much was also left unsaid.

Lethal Alliance Under the Sea: Why France Is Helping Australia Build Attack Subs

After all of the fanfare and chest beating on April 26 about how 12 submarines will be built in Adelaide: silence. By all appearances—or rather the lack of them—it seems that the Department of Defense is in no rush and little, if any, activity on Australia’s largest naval shipbuilding project is expected until well after the Federal election. Contract negotiations for the detailed design phase haven’t been scheduled and are unlikely to begin for some months.

ISIS Has Struck in Europe Again

ISIS has struck in Europe again. Yet with media attention focused on the terrorist attack in Orlando, it has gone somewhat under the radar.

Larossi Abballa stabbed to death a French policeman, Jean-Baptise Salvaing, outside his own home in Magnanville, France. He then went inside and stabbed his (as yet unnamed) partner to death.

The couple’s son, just three years old, was held hostage throughout. Abballa, who had already been jailed in 2013 for past terror offences, declared his loyalty to the Islamic State (ISIS) before police stormed the home and killed him.

Russia's New Tanks, Lethal Stealth Fighters (and More) vs. NATO: Who Wins?

How much of a threat do Russia's emerging 5th-generation stealth fighter, nuclear arsenal, high-tech air defenses, anti-satellite weapons, conventional army and submarines pose to NATO and the U.S.?

Current tensions between Russia and NATO are leading many to carefully assess this question and examine the current state of weaponry and technological sophistication of the Russian military -- with a mind to better understanding the extent of the kinds of threats they may pose. 

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