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How Russia and China Almost Started a Nuclear War

China’s manpower advantage didn’t mean that the PLA could sustain an offensive into the USSR. The Chinese lacked the logistics and airpower necessary to seize substantial amounts of Soviet territory. Moreover, the extremely long Sino-Soviet border gave the Soviets ample opportunity for response. With a NATO attack unlikely, the Soviets could have transferred substantial forces from Europe, attacking into Xinjiang and points west.

The U.S. Navy Is Arming Its F/A-18s and F-35s with Ship-Killer Missiles

The Navy is arming its entire fleet with a new air-launched, precision-guided missile able to use a two-way data-link to identify and destroy moving targets at sea, service officials said. 

Called the AMG-154 Joint Standoff Weapon, or JSOW, the Raytheon-built attack bomb uses GPS technology, inertial measurement unit guidance technology and an imaging infrared seeker in the final phase of flight to find and attack enemy targets.

Fact: America's Military Might Peaked in the 1990s (And Its Not Coming Back)

A wise man once pointed out that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view. Relative to the 1970s and 1980s, the United States is almost incomparably powerful and secure, enjoying presumptive military advantage over any opponent or plausible coalition of opponents. We sometimes forget, for example, that there is some history to the idea of Russian troops freely operating in Ukraine.

It Might Not Be Iron Man or Halo, but Lockheed Martin Is Slowly Making Exoskeletons a Reality

Soldiers wearing exoskeletons have long been the purview of science fiction, but in recent years, the technology has slowly started to move from the realm of videogames to reality.

One new product that helps further that trend is Lockheed Martin’s new FORTIS Knee Stress Release Device (K-SRD). While it’s not quite the MJOLNIR combat exoskeleton system worn by the character “Master Chief” from Microsoft’s HALO series of X-box games, the FORTIS K-SRD is a step in that direction.

This Is How the U.S. Navy Plans to Crush China and Russia's Air Defenses

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has completed a critical design review for the first increment of the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ).

The new Raytheon-built AN/ALQ-249 jammer will be an essential tool for the Navy’s Boeing EA-18G Growler fleet to counter the growing threat from advanced Russian and Chinese-built air defenses such as the S-400 and HQ-9. The existing 40-year-old ALQ-99 jammers are not particularly useful against those advanced threat systems.