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

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

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

It’s Time To Learn To Love America’s F-35 Stealth Fighter

The F-35 has been a troubled program, technically and financially, and, as suggested above, it is not a silver bullet. Yet it remains the option we have.

by Giselle Donnelly | The National Interest

Back in November 2008, just after the election that brought Barack Obama to the White House, then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made what was arguably the worst decision of his long career, pulling his backing from the Air Force’s top-line fighter procurement, the F-22 Raptor. … Read more

The U.S. Submarine That Could Bring Nuclear Doomsday With It

One sub to end a country.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key Point: The Ohio-class could pull it off.

Nine years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Ishirō Honda’s Godzilla depicted a monster awakened from the depths of the ocean to wreak havoc on Japanese cities.… Read more

“B-52s for Israel”: One Really Bad Idea

Foreign governments still see the United States as responsible for the damage done by their weapons of war, even when they’re sold to third parties.

by Robert Farley Follow drfarls on TwitterL | The National Interest

Key Point: If the United States sold planes to Israel that then were used to attack Iran, the Iranians would probably still see the U.S.… Read more

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 more