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In 1938, Russia and Japan Almost Went to War (And History Would Have Been Changed Forever)

Tactically, the battle highlighted the weaknesses of an infantry-centric army fighting a conventional battle against mechanized forces in open terrain. It also broke the comforting myth that morale beats firepower (though the reverse isn't always true, either, as the U.S. discovered in Vietnam). "Doctrine could only carry it so far when there were too few Japanese tanks and too few artillery pieces to influence decisively the outcome of the battle," Drea writes.

Did Israel's Arrow Really Shoot Down a Syrian Rocket?

Last week’s report that Israel’s Arrow missile-defense system shot down a Syrian missile was remarkable on two levels.

It was the first time that the Arrow had shot down a missile in combat. And, the target the Arrow destroyed wasn’t a ballistic missile like a Scud—it was a Russian-made surface-to-air missile. This would mark the first time that a missile-defense interceptor shot down a SAM.

How Russia Gave Birth to THAAD

The antiballistic missile that promises to defend South Korea from North Korean nukes has its origins in a Cold War requirement to defend U.S. forces from Soviet tactical missiles. Despite a rocky development history, the Terminal High Altitude Area Air Defense (THAAD) missile defense system now appears to be Seoul’s best defense against a similar attack from the north.

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