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Is America Getting Ready to Ship Its 'Big Guns' to the South China Sea?

A Chinese state-run Defense Times newspaper has said Norinco CS/AR-1 55mm anti-frogman rocket launcher defense systems with the capability to discover, identify and attack enemy combat divers had been installed on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands.

While Pentagon officials did not wish to specifically comment on this report, saying they do not discuss intelligence matters, officials are clear that the US military "watches the area closely," Cmdr. Gary Ross, Pentagon spokesman, told Scout Warrior. 

Why Does America Need Aircraft Carriers? Ask Hitler and Mussolini.

Dictators are not in the habit of admitting mistakes. But if Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini could talk from the flames of hell, they might have advice for today’s America: don’t give up your aircraft carriers.

Carriers today are being blown out of the water by critics who say they have become nothing more than expensive targets in an age of hypersonic ship-killer missiles. Should war erupt, say critics, U.S. carriers in the South China Sea would be overwhelmed by waves of missiles, aircraft and submarines.

Welcome to North Korean Missiles 101

North Korea’s ballistic missile program dates back to 1965, when leader Kim Il-sung decided that, were war to break out, North Korea would need a way to hit U.S. bases in Japan. Thus began a fifty-two-year quest for long-range missiles which culminated in the May 12 launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile.

Pearl Harbor Revenge: The Battleship Battle of Surigao Strait

At 2:43 pm on October 24, 1944, Rear Admiral Jesse B. Oldendorf received a dispatch from Vice Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid, commander of the Central Philippines Attack Force. The message was straightforward and direct: “Prepare for night engagement,” and was duly logged aboard Oldendorf’s flagship, the heavy cruiser USS Louisville. Admiral Oldendorf, commander of the Leyte invasion fire support warships, was not surprised by the order. Naval intelligence had already been apprised of the fact that a Japanese force was on its way toward Leyte Gulf.

The Air Force Still Hasn't Unleashed the Full Potential of the F-35 (Yet)

The United States Air Force is currently operating interim Block 3i configuration Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighters with limited capabilities.

To unlock the full warfighting capabilities of the new stealth fighter, the service will need to field the Block 3F configuration of the F-35—which is the fully operational configuration that Lockheed is contractually obligated to deliver. Lockheed is expected to deliver the first of those fully operational Block 3F jets later this year according the Air Force’s Air Combat Command (ACC).

Forget North Korea: This Is the Most Likely Place a Nuclear War Could Break Out

India and Pakistan have been rivals since 1947, when the two countries were born from the dissolution of the British Raj in India. The two countries have gone to war four times since then, in 1947, 1965, 1974 and 1999, and been on the brink of war as recently as 2008. The last war, the 1999 Kargil War, was particularly dangerous as both countries were avowed nuclear powers. If a war on the subcontinent went nuclear, how bad could it get?

The 5 Deadliest Weapons That Saudi Arabia Has In Its Military

The backbone of the Saudi air force is the F-15 fighter: a platform that the United States itself has used for generations and a plane that is capable of carrying out the kinds of short and long-distance air sorties that may be required for a mission to succeed.  According to public sources, Saudi Arabia possesses about 238 F-15 fighter planes—including a 2010 U.S. sale to Riyadh consisting of 84 F-15SA’s,  Boeing Corp’s newest F-15 variant.  This particular model is especially helpful for the Saudis, who are now engaged in two conflicts simultaneously.

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