5 Weapons of War Russia Would Not Want to Battle in a War with NATO

The 31-pound Spike is a fiber-optic wire-guided anti-tank missile with a tandem warhead that uses two shaped charges to first detonate a tank's reactive armor, and then penetrate the vehicle's own armor. Available in short, medium and long-range and extended range versions, the various Spikes can hit targets at ranges from 800 meters to 8 kilometers.

The Russians have had much experience in pitting their tanks against Israeli weapons, usually with unfavorable results. A NATO-Russia conflict would test whether this still holds true.

Are America and Russia Headed for a Tragic Showdown in Syria?

A United States Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force Sukhoi Su-22 Fitter strike aircraft on June 18 over south of the Syrian town of Tabqah. But the downing of the Assad regime’s Su-22 has provoked a strong response from Moscow, which promised to treat any allied aircraft operating west of the Euphrates River as hostile.

The Lesson of the USS Fitzgerald Tragedy: U.S. Navy Warships Need More Armor?

On June 17, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) was involved in a collision with a Philippines-flagged cargo ship named ACX Crystal 56 nautical miles off the coast of Japan. The collision severely damaged the multibillion-dollar warship, killing seven members of her crew while injuring several others including her captain, Cmdr. Bryce Benson.

Indeed, the ship nearly sank during the incident.

A New Cold War in the Indian Ocean?

A new Cold War is brewing in the Indian Ocean, with an informal alliance of the United States, India, Australia, Japan on one side and China on the other. While tensions in the ocean are not yet as pitched as in the hotly contested South China Sea, the potential for conflict is unmistakably rising in the high stakes strategic theater.