USS Zumwalt, Baltimore and Freedom of the Seas

Last week’s celebration of Fleet Week in Baltimore, including the commissioning ceremony for the Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), provides a useful opportunity to consider the unique and outsized role that the Navy plays in this nation’s security and prosperity. No better example exists than the impact that maritime traffic through the Port of Baltimore has on the economic vitality of the State of Maryland.

Russia's World War II KV-1 Tank Blundered Its Way Into History

A day after the German blitzkrieg into the Soviet Union in June 1941, more than 200 Nazi tanks were powering through Lithuania on a race northward to Leningrad.
The Luftwaffe knocked out the Soviets’ nearby air bases, leaving counter-attacking armored columns easy prey for German bombers.
Desperate to staunch the bleeding, on June 23 the Red Army sprang its KV-1 and KV-2 tanks — which at the time packed some of the heaviest tank armor in the world — on the advancing Germans near Raseiniai.

Russia Plans to Turn Cell Phone Towers Into Cruise Missile Jammers

Here’s a nightmare scenario that keeps Russian generals up at night: American submarines and aircraft launching precision-guided cruise missiles by the hundreds. Within minutes, they slam into bases, communications nodes and the Kremlin’s own missile launchers.

Implausible as it may seem, Russia is freaked out enough about this possibility — in the event of a major war — that it’s taking steps to militarize its civilian communications infrastructure.