The U.S. Army’s Laser Weapons Future Has Arrived

The Army is preparing to incinerate enemy weapons “targets” in an upcoming in a “laser-off” firing of its emerging Stryker-armed 50-kilowatt laser weapon designed to destroy drones, helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft and incoming enemy missiles.

by Kris Osborn | The National Interest

(Washington, D.C.) The Army is preparing to incinerate enemy weapons “targets” in an upcoming in a “laser-off” firing of its emerging Stryker-armed 50-kilowatt laser weapon designed to destroy drones, helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft and incoming enemy missiles.… Read the full article.

Did Hitler Have Any Chance of Beating Russia During World War II?

Operation Barbarossa was a disaster for Nazi Germany. Could things have gone differently?

by Robert Farley Follow drfarls on TwitterL | The National Interest

Even by the standards of World War II, the Eastern Front stands out as a cauldron of horror.  Over four years of war, millions of soldiers and civilians died as Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union pummeled each other relentlessly.… Read the full article.

Train Wreck: This Was Russia’s First Attempt to Build Their Very Own ‘F-35’

Meet the MiG 1.44 stealth fighter.

by Mark Episkopos | The National Interest

Key point: Expensive R&D can go nowhere in the development of new hardware.

Over the prior decade, Russia’s foray into fifth-generation jet fighter development has become synonymous with the upcoming Su-57.… Read the full article.

We Don’t Fear Your F-35s: Russia Says It Has Too Many “Bugs”

Surprise! America’s F-35 stealth fighter is too complicated and expensive, claims a Russian military expert interviewed by Russian media.

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

Key point: Moscow is forced to make the best with a lower budget, but that means that Russian weapons are usually very reliable.… Read the full article.

World War III Could Start Here: The Most Dangerous Border on the Planet

World War III Could Start Here: The Most Dangerous Border on the Planet

by Kyle Mizokami | The National Interest

Key Point: India and Pakistan remain in a precarious stand-off with no end in sight. 

India and Pakistan have been rivals since 1947, when the two countries were born from the dissolution of the British Raj in India.… Read the full article.

How a Freak Chemistry Accident Sunk One of Russia’s Most Powerful Submarines

In the end, the sinking of the Kursk appears to have been caused by a simple, freak accident of chemistry. The tragedy only reinforces how dangerous life aboard a submarine really is, and how important safety is in the underwater realm.

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“The F-35 Redefines How You Go to War”: How an F-35 Took on 60 ‘Enemy’ Fighters

As 60 enemy fighters closed in on a US Air Force 4th Generation fighter aircraft, blinding the jet with electronic warfare attacks, an experienced pilot faced unseen life-threatening attackers closing in — during an air-combat Red Flag exercise closely replicating actual warfare scenarios.

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Russia is finding new islands in the Arctic, while the US is still trying to figure out how to get up there

By Christopher Woody | Business Insider

A Russian solder guards a Pansyr-S1 air-defense system on Kotelny Island, part of the New Siberian Islands archipelago between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea, April 3, 2019. 
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  • Russian explorers recently mapped five new Arctic islands that have appeared as ice recedes and interest grows in expanded shipping, resource extraction, and military operations in the region.
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The Seawolf-Class Submarine Is Incredible (As in the F-22 of Submarines)

But the costs were too much to keep building them. 

by Kyle Mizokami | The National Interest

Key point: The collapse of the Soviet Union changed the Navy’s calculations.

The Seawolf-class submarines were envisioned as the best submarines ever built. Designed to succeed the Los Angeles–class attack submarines and maintain America’s edge in the underwater domain, the class suffered from cost overruns and the collapse of the Soviet Union.… Read the full article.

Why It Would Be Hard to Stop World War III Once It Starts

A war China and America want to avoid.

by Robert Farley Follow drfarls on TwitterL | The National Interest

Key point: Once blood is shed it is hard for superpowers to back down from a fight even if they don’t want one.… Read the full article.