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Watch as a Russian Fighter Jet Intercepts U.S. Bombers Over Baltic Sea During NATO Exercise

KRZESINY AIR BASE, Poland—A Russian fighter jet last week intercepted a formation of 11 NATO aircraft, including U.S. bombers, as they flew within international airspace over the Baltic Sea as part of a military exercise.

This correspondent for The Daily Signal was onboard a U.S. Air Force KC-135 aerial refueling tanker, part of the formation June 9, and witnessed the intercept by the Russian Su-27 fighter jet.

How the U.S. Navy Plans to Keep Its Edge Underwater Edge

As the United States Navy scrambles to bolster its dwindling attack submarine fleet, the service will have to rely more on unmanned underwater vehicles. Boeing and Huntington Ingalls Industries are working on one such option for the Navy. The two companies are teaming up to design and produce an Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUVs) for the Navy’s Extra Large UUV program.

All the Terrifying Ways ISIS Is Dangerous (Hint: Others Will Use Their Tactics)

U.S. and allied forces operating in the Middle East and around the globe are increasingly facing off against advanced systems such as drones, airborne improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other weapons that are being built by insurgent and terrorist groups. But the Pentagon does not yet have a cost effective way to counter such systems. Almost inevitably, the cost-exchange ratio favors the enemy.

Iraqi forces—and their American advisors—have faced off against a range of such systems in the fight to retake the city of Mosul from ISIS, for example.

A North Korean Mystery: Where Did Its Rockets and Missiles Come From?

In the quarter century since the end of the Cold War, much of North Korea’s conventional-weapons capability has quietly aged into obsolescence. Abandoned by the now-defunct Soviet Union and China, Pyongyang’s arsenal of tanks, ships, planes and artillery appears trapped in the 1980s—or earlier. A few weapons, however, including a new antiship missile fired just last week, are fairly new, prompting questions as to exactly where they came from.