Surprise: Russia's Lethal T-14 Armata Tank Is in Production
Russia’s T-14 main battle tank—which is part of the Armata family of combat vehicles—is already in production.
While Moscow displayed early developmental models of the new the combat vehicles in public during the 2015 Victory Day parade, most Western analysts had believed that the Armata family was still in its developmental stages. However, according to a top Russian defense industry executive, the Armata family is already in serial production.
China's Greatest Fear: Dead and Buried Like the Soviet Union
Twenty-five years ago, the mighty Soviet Union was finally thrown onto the ash heap of history—never to rise again. And yet, the fall of one of the most powerful empires in human history, we often forget, was never a sure thing. Indeed, looking back just ten years’ time, to 1981, very few people foresaw the demise of the USSR. In fact, many made predictions that it was America who was in for a rough patch in the years to come.
Every War Is a Cyber War—Starting With ISIS
At the end of February, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter told a House subcommittee that U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) is conducting offensive operations against the Islamic State. This statement went viral.
Latest in Iran-Russia Arms Deals: Delivery Date Set for S-300
Russia is set to deliver the powerful Almaz Antey S-300PMU-1 surface-to-air missile system to Iran later this year. While Moscow had offered to supply Tehran with the more advanced Antey 2500—also known as the S-300VM—Iran is sticking with the cheaper and less capable PMU-1 variant.
Pentagon Mad Scientists Have Made the F-16 Even More Lethal
In the middle of June 2015, a U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter took off from an air base in Alaska and flew over a military training range at 430 miles per hour. On command, something burst from the fighter’s flare dispenser—a drone roughly the size of a soda can and weighing just one pound.
The Li Keqiang Index Is Dead, Long Live the New Li Keqiang Index
Paul Krugman says all economic data is best viewed as a peculiarly boring genre of science fiction, but Chinese data is even more fictional than most. The Nobel laureate is not the first, and certainly will not be the last, to point out the unreliability of Chinese data.
Russian Ballistic Missile Sub Spotted Off French Coast
As tensions between Russia and the West ratchet up, Moscow’s submarine fleet has increased its activity to levels not seen since before the end of the Cold War. Indeed, since the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, a Russian ballistic missile submarine has been spotted in the Atlantic near the French coast in the Bay of Biscay, reports the French newspaper L’Obs.
It’s Time We Talked About War With China
Whether Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull intended it or not, his new Defence White Paper has been widely interpreted as sending a clear message that Australia is willing to join our allies in using armed force if necessary to defend the “rules based global order” from China’s strategic ambitions in Asia. Moreover, most people apparently think that’s a good message to send.
The Festering Leadership Problem in Africa
It is no secret that bad leadership at the top has long been a brake on the economic, political, and social development of certain African countries. Many years the Mo Ibrahim Prize for leadership by an African president who leaves office at the end of his term goes unrewarded. There have been numerous, egregious examples of bad presidential leadership over the past few weeks.