Is Another Nation Going to Buy the S-400 from Russia?

Is Serbia next?

by Charlie Gao | The National Interest

In September 2019, Russia and Serbia held their first joint air-defense exercise, Slavic Shield. In this exercise, Serbian air-defense troops learned how to use the S-400 air defense system, practicing its employment against a variety of targets, both simulated and real.… read the full article

Is the Philippines Becoming Russia’s Newest Ally?

What happens to the U.S. alliance?

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

Why is the Philippines suddenly interested in buying Russian aircraft?

Not warplanes, but civilian planes for commercial purposes. Yet it suggests that Manila is eyeing a closer relationship with Moscow.… read the full article

Enough Nuclear: All of the Reasons the U.S. Navy Needs Diesel Submarines

They’re cheap, defensible, and punch above their weight in the right setting—what’s not to love?

by James Holmes | The National Interest

For the past five years or so these pixels have been arguing—nay, clamoring—for the U.S. Navy to build or buy a contingent of diesel attack submarines (SSKs) to fill out its undersea inventory.… read the full article

Alfa: Russia’s ‘Race Car’ Submarines Were Faster and Could Out-dive Anything

But were easy to kill for one simple reason: they were noisy. 

by David Axe | The National Interest

In 1969, the Soviet navy shocked the U.S. and NATO militaries with a new and incredibly capable submarine—one that could swim faster and dive deeper than could anything else under the sea.… read the full article

China’s New H-20 Stealth Bomber: America’s Worst Nightmare?

Should the Pentagon be concerned?

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key point: We won’t know how well it performs until it is fielded in the mid-2020s.

In October 2018, Chinese media announced that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) would publicly unveil its new H-20 stealth bomber during a parade celebrating the air arm’s seventieth anniversary in 2019.… read the full article

Quote for the Day, Saturday September 21, 2019

It’s whispered cautiously in Russia, by the very imprudent and/or the very daring, about President Vladimir Putin, that Vlad likes to follow the “advice” of a former Russian leader.

“Death is the solution to all problems. No man, no problems.” — Joseph Stalin.… read the full article

Russia Is Angry That China Stole and Copied Its Jet Fighter Designs

But what will they do about it?

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

Key point: China has often stolen foreign military technology but there are risks to doing so.

Remember that Russian carrier-based jet that China copied without permission?… read the full article

Meet Russia’s Shkval Supercavitating Torpedoes (The U.S. Has Nothing Like Them)

They move at incredible speed. 

by Kyle Mizokami | The National Interest

Key point: A single innovation can drastically affect the military balance. 

Imagine the sudden revelation of a weapon that can suddenly go six times faster than its predecessors. The shock of such a breakthrough system would turn an entire field of warfare on its head, as potential adversaries scrambled to deploy countermeasures to a new weapon they are defenseless against.… read the full article

Exclusive: Russia carried out a ‘stunning’ breach of FBI communications system, escalating the spy game on U.S. soil

By Zach Dorfman, Jenna McLaughlin and Sean D. Naylor, Reporters |Yahoo News

On Dec. 29, 2016, the Obama administration announced that it was giving nearly three dozen Russian diplomats just 72 hours to leave the United States and was seizing two rural East Coast estates owned by the Russian government.… read the full article

Russia’s T-90 Tank Was Considered One of the Best (Until It Went to Syria)

Here is what happened. 

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key Point: Ultimately, the losses in Syria show that any tank—whether T-90, M-1 or Leopard 2—is vulnerable on a battlefield in which long-range ATGMs have proliferated.

The interconnected conflicts raging across the Middle East today have amounted to a dreadful human catastrophe with spiraling global consequence.… read the full article