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Lessons from the Cold War: Why Man’s First Trip to Mars is a Matter of National Security

A manned trip to Mars has the ability to captivate the American imagination and produce an emotional connection to and a broader appreciation of space. Harvesting the American public’s appreciation for space—and the technology’s based within it—will be vital if the U.S. is to improve its national security. Without broad public support for increases in space-based national security investments, the U.S. is likely to fall behind strategic competitors putting Washington’s military preeminence in jeopardy.

China’s South China Sea Island Buildup ‘For Military Purposes’

The head of one of America’s secret spy agencies recently disclosed that China is seeking to control the South China Sea through the covert development of military facilities on thousands of acres of reclaimed islands.

Robert Cardillo, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), told a recent US congressional hearing that spy satellites and aircraft have been closely monitoring the island-building program by Beijing.

The Paradox of a European Army: A Force That Won't Fight

In the past month, the real specter of a European Union-controlled army has finally appeared. At his European State of the Union address in Strasbourg on September 14th, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker declared that Europe needs to “toughen up.” He proposed that Europe create a single headquarters for military operations, and consider common military forces one of the aims of the “ever closer union” which is the EU’s longstanding goal.

Don’t Kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

As US, Iraqi, and Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish forces close in on Mosul and Raqqa, talk is increasing about the imminent defeat of the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh). During the first presidential debate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “We’re hoping that within the year, will be able to push ISIS out of Iraq, and then, you know, really squeeze them in Syria.”

The U.S. Air Force Wants to Build Killer 'Swarms'

The Air Force's Small UAS Roadmap is expected to increase use of small drones as explosives to attack enemy targets.

The Air Force is advancing plans to retire its Predator drone by transitioning more missions to the larger Reaper and rapidly increasing its fleet of small drones to blanket enemy areas with Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance assets, jam enemy air defenses and potentially use drones as small explosives designed to overwhelm enemy targets with fire power.

America's Nuclear Powered Attack Submarines Are Getting a Powerful New Weapon

The Navy's emerging drone strategy envisions a scenario where multiple drones can conduct ISR, search for mines and even find and attack targets.

Groups of underwater drones will soon simultaneously use sonar and different sensors to identify and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships, search for mines, collect oceanographic data and conduct reconnaissance missions – all while a single human performs command and control functions aboard a Navy ship or submarine, senior service officials explained.

Why Russia's Cold War Monster Tank Was 60 Tons of Total Failure

In a war that never happened, formations of heavy and rather odd-looking Soviet tanks would have powered through atomic explosions in breakthrough attacks into West Germany.

Enter the Object 279 tank, a curious oddity from the late 1950s which was obsolete — despite its design principles deliberately reflecting the fear of a nuclear battlefield — by the time it was produced.

It was certainly not a success, as the Soviet Union only manufactured a handful of prototypes.

Air Force Pilot Proclaims the A-10 Warthog the Most "Rugged" He Had Ever Flown

An A-10 pilot told Scout Warrior the aircraft was the most "rugged" he had ever flown. The Air Force now plans to keep the A-10 flying well into the next-decade.

Known for an ability to keep flying after taking multiple rounds of enemy machine gun fire, land and operate in rugged terrain, destroy groups of enemy fighters with a 30mm cannon and unleash a wide arsenal of attack weapons, the A-10 is described by pilots as a “flying tank” in the sky -- able to hover over ground war and provide life-saving close air support in high-threat combat environments.