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. 

The Pentagon's Third Offset: Just a Smoke Screen for a Shrinking US Military?

When he became Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter found himself with a seemingly insoluble dilemma. He needed simultaneously to maintain high readiness of existing forces that are in continuous use around the world fighting Islamic jihadists and deterring state adversaries while also preparing for future conflicts involving near-peer nation states. These new competitors have closed the gap with the U.S. military in a number of key technology areas and, in some cases such as electronic warfare, cyber and long-range missiles, has exceeded our own capabilities.