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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.

5 Weapons Russia Would Not Want to Face in a War with America

The allies’ own military capabilities also pose a threat to Russia. With some exceptions like China, India and Brazil, most of the top military spenders in the world are U.S. allies. Although the United States frequently (and justifiably) chides NATO members for not spending enough on defense, even without the United States, NATO still spends about three times as much on defense each year as Russia does. Indeed, any combination of Germany, France and the UK greatly outspends Russia on defense.

These are the 5 Most Fearsome Russian Weapons of War America Should Fear

As an air-superiority fighter, the Su-35’s major advantages are its combination of high altitude capability and blistering speed—which allow the fighter to impart the maximum possible amount of launch energy to its arsenal of long-range air-to-air missiles. During an air battle, the Su-35 would launch its missiles from high supersonic speeds around Mach 1.5 at altitudes greater than 45,000 ft. It also has three-dimensional thrust vectoring—which gives it exceptional maneuverability, advanced avionics and a powerful jamming capability.

The Su-22: Syria’s War-Weary Warhorse the U.S. Navy Just Took Out

The Sukhoi Design Bureau forged a reputation for big and powerful fighter-bombers. Today, the Russian company primarily builds different variants of the Su-27. Almost unnoticed, a dwindling number of much older Sukhoi Su-22s remain in service.

In Syria, together with much more powerful Su-24s, they form the backbone of an embattled air force.

Often overlooked, the Sukhoi Su-20/22 family was not only widely exported by the former Soviet Union, but saw considerable action in around two dozen different conflicts.

Is it Time for Australia to Buy Nuclear Submarines?

Australia’s decision to spend $50 billion on 12 French diesel-electric Shortfin Barracuda submarines reflects a long-established government preference for non-nuclear submarine forces. But will this preference remain strategically credible in future years if our strategic circumstances continue to deteriorate and if potential competitors continue to expand and to modernize their submarine fleets?