Winning the hypersonic race is a national imperative

By Tom Bussing | Defense News

Winning the hypersonic race is a national imperative

Hypersonic weapons have grabbed the attention of the defense industry, with Pentagon Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin calling hypersonic capabilities “the highest technical priority.”… Read more

World War II Has Wise Lessons for the F-35 and F-22

There’s a lot to learn in history.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key Point: The U.S. Air Force needs to relearn hit and run tactics.

In Len Deighton’s book Fighter, he describes the tactics used by the outnumbered English fighter pilots defending against German Luftwaffe bombers in the Battle of Britain:

The professional fighter pilot gained height as quickly as he was permitted, and treasured possession of that benefit.Read more

Meet The Army’s ‘Suicide Squad’ That Was Meant To Take Down Russia’s Special Forces

Luckily they weren’t needed.

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

Key point: It was a desperate plan to slow the Soviet advance through postwar Germany.

Had the Cold War turned hot, there would have been no escape for the U.S.… Read more

Russia Has Reclassified The Tu-22 As A Heavy Bomber (And They Are Heavily Armed)

What does this mean for the New START treaty?

by Mark Episkopos | The National Interest

Key point: Obsolete bomber or reborn? 

The official reclassification of the Tu-22’s updated models from tactical bombers to heavy, nuclear-capable strategic bomber could lead to a new round of accusations concerning Russia’s potential non-compliance.… Read more

America’s Next Super Weapon: ‘Electromagnetic’ Artillery Shells?

It could paralyze enemy cities.

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

Key point: Conventional weapons, such as bombs and missiles, can also generate EMP bursts.

If the U.S. Army has its way, America’s next secret weapon may be an electromagnetic pulse artillery shell that paralyzes an enemy city.… Read more

Putin’s Big Lie

In a series of comments in late December, the Russian president appeared to blame Poland for the outbreak of the Second World War.

By Anne Applebaum, Senior fellow of the Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University | The Atlantic

Protestors hold up a photograph of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Polish flags during a demonstration outside the Russian Embassy in Warsaw April 9, 2013, a day before the third anniversary of the crash of the Polish government plane in Smolensk, Russia, that killed 96 people on board including the late President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria.
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Commanders of Chaos: The 5 Worst Generals in U.S. History

These American commanders have lost the battle for history.

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

It would be nice if all American generals were great. How might Vietnam or Iraq have turned out if a George Washington, a Ulysses Grant or a George Patton had been in command?… Read more

5 Reasons No One Can Beat the U.S. Army in a War

And put fear into its enemies.

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

Key point: Today’s U.S. Army can generate an astonishing amount of firepower.

When it comes to lethal weapons, the U.S. Army has no shortage. Some may be too expensive, some too complex and others may be desired by politicians and defense contractors, but not the troops on the field.… Read more

Putin’s Russia Is 20 Years Old and Stronger Than Ever. Or Is It?

By Henry Meyer | Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) — A few months after his astonishing rise to power, Vladimir Putin, then 47, was eager to please at his first Kremlin summit with an American counterpart: Bill Clinton. 

The retired KGB colonel’s charm offensive started with an elaborate dinner of wild boar and goose, followed by a tour of his private quarters and a jazz concert that entertained his saxophone-playing guest until midnight.… Read more

China’s Air Force Is Completely Enormous (But Can it Beat America?)

Although it is catching up.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key point: China has a lot of old jets to replace.

The People’s Liberation Army Air Force of China and its sister branch, the PLA Naval Air Force, operate a huge fleet of around 1,700 combat aircraft—defined here as fighters, bombers and attack planes.… Read more