Russia’s Invasion Of Imperial Japan Created Modern East Asia

With both Russia and Japan increasingly wary of Chinese power in the Asia-Pacific, four sparsely populated outposts at the edge of the Sea of Okhotsk remain in many ways the biggest impediment to a rapprochement between Moscow and Tokyo that could reshape Asian geopolitics.

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Could Russia’s S-500 Air Defense System Be A Real F-35 ‘Silver Bullet’?

It was recently tested in Syria.

by Mark Episkopos | The National Interest

Key point: Unsurprisingly, the S-500 is being branded as a silver bullet against stealth fighters in general and the F-35 in particular.

Russia’s next-generation air and missile defense system is on the verge of entering serial production, according to the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov.… Read more

Military Nightmare: Is the United States Being Outmatched by Russia and China?

America may not be able to compete in future wars.

by Dan Goure | The National Interest

Key Point: It’s been decades since the U.S. army has had to prepare to fight a peer competitor. 

The U.S. Army once was superior to every potential adversary in terms of combat power, what it called overmatch.… Read more

Iran’s Military Is About to Be Transformed: Should Trump Be Worried?

What does this mean for America and its Middle Eastern allies?

by Michael Rubin | The National Interest

Key Point: How will Iranian acquisition of robotics and artificial intelligence technologies impact basic assumptions about Iranian behavior and alter the regional military balance?… Read more

This Is The Reason China’s J-20 Can’t Beat the F-22 or F-35

One word: engines.

by Zachary Keck | The National Interest

Key Point: Engine problems with the J-20 will be a hiccup the Chinese will have to overcome before they can compete in military technology.

China’s first fifth-generation aircraft is having a major issue.… Read more

Russia and China Could Destroy America’s New Aircraft Carriers. Are They Obsolete Already?

The answer may surprise you…

by Robert Farley Follow drfarls on TwitterL | The National Interest

Key Point: Aircraft carriers’ main job is not to penetrate A2/AD systems, and “obsolete” ships are still useful for decades.

The United States has decided to spend many billions of dollars on the CVN-78 (“Ford”) class of aircraft carriers to replace the venerable Nimitz class.… Read more

Could the F-35 Smash Through Chinese and Russian Air Defenses?

Theirs are state-of-the-art.

by Kris Osborn | The National Interest

Key Point: Stealth is the fifth-generation fighter’s most powerful defense.

The Air Force F-35 is using “open air” ranges and computer simulation to practice combat missions against the best Chinese and Russian-made air-defense technologies – as a way to prepare to enemy threats anticipated in the mid-2020s and beyond.… Read more

Russia’s Tank Forces Got A Really Rude Awakening In Syria

Maybe the T-90 should have stayed out of the desert.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key point: TOW missiles used by Syrian rebels blew holes through Russia’s armored tanks.

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

America’s Lethal F-15, Meet Russia’s Su-35, PAK-FA and China’s J-20

Will the battle-tested Cold War veteran fighter become obsolete?

by Kyle Mizokami | The National Interest

Key Point: America might soon be playing catch-up with Russia and China.

The United States Air Force is in the midst of a transformational shift.… Read more