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Everything You Need to Know about North Korea's Nuclear and Missile Programs

If the United States ever seriously considered a pre-emptive strike against North Korea’s nuclear center and missile bases, it would have plenty of targets to choose from. Maybe too many. Times have changed since former president Bill Clinton contemplated a strike against the Yongbyon nuclear complex to put the reactor out of commission. At the time it was Pyongyang’s only source for plutonium.

The One Word the Russian Navy Fears More Than Anything Else

The underlying problem for Russia is that many of its shipyards—with the exception of those engaged in submarine construction—are an unmitigated disaster. On many occasions, ships are ordered simply for the sake of keeping a shipyard open or political patronage. “Russia’s shipbuilding industry is the worst of all its defense industries,” Kofman said—delays, technical problems and rampant corruption are commonplace.

Would America Really Send an Aircraft Carrier to Fight Russia or China?

But isn’t there a simple solution to all of this? Why not build an aircraft that can outrange Chinese, Russian or Iranian missiles? The ideal would be an aircraft that can travel at least 2500 miles, hit its targets, loiter at least for a short amount of time, and come back to the carrier. Why 2500 miles you ask? That is the possible maximum range of China’s new DF-26, or second generation carrier-killer missile.

What if Nazi Germany's Most Lethal Battleship Took on Imperial Japan's Yamato?

Before long, the Japanese begin to reply with their 18.1” guns. Both the Germans and the Japanese have excellent fire control, but the contest is unequal. The fifteen-inch guns of Bismarck and Tirpitz fire at a greater rate than the Japanese guns, but even when they hit, they do relatively little damage to the vitals of the Japanese ships (although they extensively scar the upper works). By contrast, the 18.1” hits begin to do serious damage immediately, plunging into the German ships at great range. Large and with effective subdivisions, neither German ship suffers lethal damage.

How the U.S. Navy Plans to Triple the Firepower of Its Stealth Submarines

The Navy's Virginia Payload Modules Will Triple the Virginia-Class Attack Submarine Missile-Firing Ability. First Prototypes Already Underway.

The Navy will soon finish initial prototyping of new weapons tubes for its Virginia-Class submarines designed to massively increase missile firepower, bring the platform well into future decades and increase the range of payloads launched or fired from the attack boats.

This Is How the U.S. Navy Will Stay Ahead of Russia and China

Future naval vessels will not only leverage networking technology and vastly improved information systems, the warships of tomorrow will also be modular so that they can be rapidly upgraded. Essentially, a vessel’s hull and propulsion system might be the only constant during the life of the ship.

“The hull and the powerplant are mostly likely going to be very persistent,” Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, told reporters during a roundtable on May 15. “They’ll last ostensibly the life of the ship.”