Unthinkable: Why Israel Would Fire Nuclear Weapons at Iran

If a hostile power appeared to be on the verge of mating nuclear devices with the systems needed to deliver them, Israel might well consider a preventive nuclear attack.

by Robert Farley Follow drfarls on TwitterL | The National Interest

Main Point: If Israel ever does use nuclear weapons in anger, it will rewrite the diplomatic and security architecture of the Middle East, and also the nonproliferation architecture of the world as a whole.… read the full article

Saudi Arabia’s Energy Infrastructure Under Attack. What’s Next?

If a single armada of drones can make its way across the Saudi airspace undetected and successfully hit targets with surgical precision and maximum damage, then one must conclude the country’s vulnerability quota is quite high.

by Nicola De BlasioHenry Lee | The National Interest

When more than twenty drones and cruise missiles attacked Saudi Arabia’s energy infrastructure recently, they took down approximately half of the kingdom’s oil production.… read the full article

This Means War: Saudi Arabia Is Thinking About Attacking Iran

Where does this end?

by Stratfor Worldview Follow @Stratfor on TwitterL | The National Interest

Key point: Saudi Arabia might not strike back without full U.S. support, but Tehran is thinking about it.

Two weeks after a devastating attack on Saudi oil facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais, one major question remains up in the air: What are the United States and Saudi Arabia going to do in response?… read the full article

Iran’s Military Is a Total Joke

Here is something you may have missed amidst the incessant chatter about a possible military confrontation in the Persian Gulf: Iran is far less powerful and scary than the innuendo in Washington, D.C. would have you believe.

by Daniel R. DePetrisFollow @DanDePetris on TwitterL | The National Interest

Here is something you may have missed amidst the incessant chatter about a possible military confrontation in the Persian Gulf: Iran is far less powerful and scary than the innuendo in Washington, D.C.… read the full article

Iran’s Military: Everything President Trump Needs to Know

Can Tehran fight? Here is our complete guide on the subject. 

by TNI Staff | The National Interest

Key Point: Iran’s military might not be as tough as America’s…but it can kill.

Are Iran and America headed for war? It could happen, but at least for now, President Trump has chosen a course of restraint, choosing more sanctions as his preferred course of actions in response to a likely missile and drone strike by Tehran against Saudi Arabian oil facilities.… read the full article

Iran Might Need a Nuclear Weapon to Sink an Aircraft Carrier

5 reasons killing these warships would not be easy in a war.

by Loren B. Thompson | The National Interest

Key Point: The bottom line on aircraft carrier survivability is that only a handful of countries can credibly pose a threat to America’s most valuable warships, and short of using nuclear weapons none of those is likely to sink one. … read the full article

This Is How Donald Trump Would Wage War Against Iran

Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

By Zachary Keck | The National Interest

Key point: America would win, but hundreds of thousands would die.

The Islamic State of Iran was born in enmity toward the United States. Led by the fiery cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, revolutionary leaders animated crows in Iran by lambasting “Great Satan” for any number of crimes, both real and imagined.… read the full article

The U.S. Army’s Next Generation of Super Weapons Are Coming

And Iran, North Korea, Russia and China should be very afraid. 

by Kris Osborn | The National Interest

(Washington, D.C.) Streamlining multiple targeting sensors to destroy long-range targets, arming forward- positioned robots to penetrate enemy defenses and receiving organized weather-specific terrain mapping from nearby drones – are all emerging combat dynamics increasingly made possible by AI-enabled weapons and technologies.… read the full article