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China's First Nuclear Powered 'Boomer' Submarine Was a Total Disaster

During the early 1980s, the People’s Republic of China attempted to modernize its nuclear deterrent force. One concrete results of the effort was the construction of a single nuclear ballistic missile submarine, a “boomer” in arms-control parlance. Constructed at enormous cost, the Xia class of submarines was such a disappointment that a follow-on class was not fielded for twenty years.

Hitler's Superweapon: Nazi Germany Built the Largest 'Gun' Ever

War trains dominated combat for more than 100 years. Massive rail-borne artillery shelled the enemy while trains unloaded troops and supplies. For a brief moment, the terrifying machines were the most powerful weapon on the battlefield. But technology advanced.
Improvements to tanks, cars and planes during World War II marked the twilight of the war train. The great trains of the First World War still dominated the imagination, however, and the Nazis built impressive — but impractical — railborne cannons.

Why America’s Space Launch Must be Competitive

The Sept. 1 pad explosion that resulted in SpaceX losing a Falcon 9 rocket and the associated commercial communications satellite may have been frustrating to those responsible for the mission or financial costs, but looking at the data and trend analysis associated with space launches gives a reason to have confidence that SpaceX will successfully return to space with a launch on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Why Donald Trump is the U.S. Army’s Once in A Lifetime Opportunity

The stars may be aligning in favor of the U.S. Army. There is a recognition in all quarters – Congress, the military, the American people and even President-elect Trump’s nominees for national security cabinet posts – that the United States faces a range of serious security threats, foremost among them Russia. This leads, naturally, to the need for a U.S. military capable of fighting and prevailing in high-end, high-tech conventional conflicts. There is growing concern among these same stakeholders that the U.S.

In 1961, Russia's Tested the Most Powerful Nuclear Weapon Ever (But Was Completely Unusable)

The ‘Tsar Bomba’ Was a 50-Megaton Monster Nuke (but it was far too big to ever be a practical weapon).

Maj. Andrei Durnovtsev, a Soviet air force pilot and commander of a Tu-95 Bear bomber, holds a dubious honor in the history of the Cold War.

Durnovtsev flew the aircraft that dropped the most powerful nuclear bomb ever. It had an explosive force of 50 megatons, or more than 3,000 times more powerful than the Hiroshima weapon.

Over the years, historians identified many names for the test bomb.

Desert Storm: The War That Changed Everything (Think Stealth and Smart Bombs)

The Air War lasted 6 weeks to clear the way for a successful 100-hour ground invasion and brought new technology to air attacks?

As laser-guided bombs incinerated Iraqi tanks from the sky, surveillance aircraft monitored enemy troop movements and stealth bombers eluded radar tracking from air defenses in the opening days of Operation Desert Strom decades ago – very few of those involved were likely considering how their attacks signified a new era in modern warfare.