The Buzz

The Sad Story of Russia's Space Shuttle Program

The intense rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union pushed the two countries to compete, not only on Earth but throughout the solar system. Good ideas, or perhaps more accurately good ideas at the time, were frequently imitated as long as they garnered prestige for Washington or Moscow. Of all the ideas that were copied during the Space Race, none were as curious—and blatant—as the Soviet Space Shuttle.

How North Korean Ax Murderers Almost Triggered a Second Korean War (And Maybe World War III)

The American and South Korean soldiers went off to chop down a poplar tree.

Instead, they were chopped into pieces by ax-wielding North Korean soldiers. And what should have been a case of routine landscaping nearly triggered a second Korean War.

Thousands of lives could have been lost, and the Korean peninsula devastated as it had been in 1950. All because of a tree, a hot-tempered North Korean lieutenant and the most heavily armed border zone on Earth.

The One Super Simple Thing That Is Holding Back India's Military Might

The Indian government has framed the acquisition of 36 French Rafale Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a major event. It comes as part of a purported military build-up and wildfire expansion of military spending by the world’s largest importer of arms. But the acquisition represents an abject failure of India’s strategic planning—yet another worrying instance of India’s deficiencies in defense acquisitions.

The U.S. Army Is Getting Ready for A Big Test: Killing Russian and Chinese Weapons

After more than a decade of counterinsurgency warfare, the Army is now emphasizing major force-on-force mechanized warfare against Russia or Chinese weapons around the world.

The global proliferation of Russian and Chinese weapons massively increases the likelihood that US Army forces will confront tanks, drones, electronic warfare systems, precision munitions, armored vehicles and artillery made by near-peer competitors. 

The U.S. Military Has a Plan to 'Unstealth' Some of the World's Most Lethal Enemy Submarines

The Pentagon’s research arm is extending testing of its sub-hunting drone able to travel autonomously for up to 90 days using sensors and sonar technology to search for enemy submarines and other airborne and undersea threats.

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, or DARPA, has awarded an $8.5 million contract extension to Reston, Virginia-based Leidos for continued test phase development of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel, or ACTUV program.

What Germany Can Learn From the U.S. on Counterterrorism

President Obama’s visit to Europe is highlighting the continent’s many woes—first among them is the ongoing migrant crisis and growing threat of terrorism. The discussion surrounding these issues has reached a fevered pitch in Germany in particular, as the country recently owned up to multiple blunders in identifying and thwarting terror attacks within its borders.