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A look inside the AC-130 — one of the most powerful military aircraft of all time

The AC-130 has humble origins. Essentially it is a 1950s cargo plane, the C-130 Hercules, decked out with guns, advanced avionics, guns, and more guns.<p>Able to fly faster and higher than a helicopter, but with excellent range and loiter time, the AC-130 is one of the most effective platforms for …

Donald Trump is right about NATO, alliance burden sharing

As a former Pentagon spokesman who’s been stationed in both Europe and Asia over a 20-year military career, I believe Donald Trump is 100 percent correct to insist that our allies share the burden of collective defense.<p>While Americans should be proud of our historical role to advance global freedom …

This Map Visualizes China's Growing Military Capabilities In The South China Sea

This awesome interactive map shows China’s emerging area denial and anti-access military capabilities in the South China Sea. It is useful in …

Vladimir Putin finds much to celebrate about Russia’s role in Syria truce

By Michael Birnbaum<p>Michael Birnbaum<p>Brussels bureau chief covering Europe<p>Email Bio Follow<p>MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin was in a cheerful mood this week when he told his nation that he had just sealed a deal with President Obama on a limited truce in Syria going into effect midnight …

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China angered by Australia military spending boost

<b>China has responded angrily to Australia's Defence White Paper which outlines a surge in military spending.</b><p>A boost of A$29.9b ($21.4b, £15.4b) over the next decade reflects concern over military expansion in the region.<p>The white paper reiterates Australia's objection to the reclamation of land in …

U.S.-China Showdown Keeps Inching Closer

China is playing a game of chicken with the United States in the South China Sea. All signs suggest that Beijing is betting the U.S. will blink and …

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Search continues for American missing for weeks in Slovenia<p>Heat wave across Europe<p>Investigators hope to find answers in Mexico plane crash<p>People …

Russia commits to sending Iran fighter jets in violation of U.N. resolution

Russia announced Wednesday it will sign a contract to supply a batch of fighter jets to Iran in violation of a U.N. ban, Russia’s News Agency RIA reports.<p>A U.N. resolution passed on July 20, just days after the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, including the U.S., forbids …

Russia Plans to Sell Iran Up to $8B Worth of Weapons: Reports

World<p>MOSCOW — Moscow plans to sell Iran state-of-the-art warplanes, tanks and missile systems, Russian state media said Wednesday — a haul that could reportedly total up to $8 billion.<p>The deal to sell an unspecified number of Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jets to Tehran could be sealed by the end of the …

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The new Cold War in the Mediterranean

Russia is already winning a new Cold War in the Mediterranean by re-establishing a permanent air and naval base on the Syrian coast under the guise of helping Bashar Assad fight terrorism.<p>That bold move is a geostrategic disaster for the U.S. and its allies, and President Obama has shown only very …

Beijing is completely dominating the South China Sea

The HQ-9 air defense missiles now parked on Woody Island, a sliver of land claimed by Vietnam, Taiwan and China, is the most recent provocative move from Beijing.<p>Meanwhile, China is continuing to construct bases throughout the South China Sea.<p>And through these constructions, Beijing is absolutely …

Reporter to Obama: Are you being 'outfoxed' by Putin in Syria?

Obama was also confronted over whether the US would step up its assistance to Western-backed rebels to prevent the impending fall of Aleppo, the country's largest city, to Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces.<p>Finally, he was asked to respond to criticisms that Russian President Vladimir Putin had …

U.S. F-22s fly low in a show of force over South Korea

<b>(CNN) —</b> The U.S. military flew four of its most advanced fighter jets low over South Korea on Wednesday in a show of force after recent North Korean actions that have heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula.<p>The four U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors landed at Osan Air Base after the flyover, joining …

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Russia presses air blitz in Syria to dictate peace terms

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow joined the fight in Syria to return to relevance in international diplomacy. It has succeeded by anyone's measure — and Russia hopes to use its air power to dictate the terms of a cease-fire and prospective peace talks.<p>Russian warplanes have helped the Syrian army make broad …

Exclusive: Russia's Prime Minister on Syria, Sanctions and a New Cold War

On Feb. 13, Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev sat down for an interview with TIME on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, an annual …

Send Putin a Message in Eastern Europe

About 5,000 U.S. troops and some heavy armor is a good start.

Exclusive: Russian Premier Remains Defiant on Bombing of Syrian Rebels

Russia has no plans to stop its bombing campaign against rebel positions in Syria until Moscow’s allies in Damascus can achieve peace on favorable …

Obama tells Putin to stop hitting opposition forces in Syria

<b>Rancho Mirage, California (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his air campaign against Syrian opposition forces during a phone call Saturday, the White House said, a day after Putin's deputy described relations between Moscow and Washington sinking to Cold …

Russian PM: West is rekindling the Cold War with NATO moves

MUNICH (AP) — Russia's prime minister accused NATO on Saturday of restarting the Cold War amid increased military maneuvers and troop deployments to countries neighboring Russia, moves the alliance's top official defended as a necessary response to aggression from Moscow.<p>Russian Prime Minister …

John Kerry condemns Russia's 'repeated aggression' in Syria and Ukraine

• ‘Vast majority of Russia’s attacks have been against legitimate opposition’<br>• Russia must abide by Ukraine deal or continue to face sanctions, says Kerry<p>John Kerry on Saturday sharply criticized Russia for its actions in Ukraine and Syria, accusing Moscow of “repeated aggression” in both …

US Senate votes to rename street outside Chinese Embassy 'Liu Xiaobo Plaza'

The move would honour a jailed Chinese dissident and embarrass Beijing<p>The US Senate has voted in favour of giving Chinese diplomats in Washington a daily reminder of the fate of Liu Xiaobo, a jailed pro-democracy activist.<p>The Senate has unanimously approved a bill to rename a the stretch of road in …

Pentagon: North Korean special forces 'highly trained, well-equipped'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A new Pentagon report concludes that North Korea "is committed to developing a long-range, nuclear-armed missile that is capable of posing a direct threat to the United States."<p>The report, required by law, updates Congress regularly on the status of and changes in North Korea's …

Why it would be tough for Trump to bring jobs back from China

It's one of Donald Trump's favorite campaign promises.<p>"I will bring jobs back from China. I will bring jobs back from Japan. I will bring jobs back from Mexico," he said in last week's Republican debate. "I'm going to bring jobs back and I'll start bringing them back very fast."<p>That's not likely to …

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The Pentagon Is Betting Big on Space Warfare — Against China and Russia | VICE News

The US Defense Department has asked Congress for $108 million to fund a new facility in Colorado dedicated to drawing up plans and running experiments for war in outer space, as anxiety grows about the possibility of extraterrestrial conflict with China or Russia.<p>"Potential adversaries are rapidly …

White House to Cruz: We’ll veto your China bill

The Obama administration has a message for Ted Cruz: Thanks for lifting your holds on our State Department nominees, but we won't be insulting the Chinese to show our gratitude.<p>The Texas senator, a leading GOP presidential candidate and critic of President Barack Obama, apparently set aside his …

Life on the Island at the Center of Tensions Between the US and China

The efforts to expand a US Marine Corps base on the island of Okinawa has drawn ongoing protests from wary locals, while a potential conflict with China looms in the future.<p>They gather at the gate by the dozens and wait in the dim predawn light for a convoy of trucks to rumble toward them. After …

The world's largest military will not join the fight against ISIS

China wants to develop deeper defense and anti-terrorism ties with the Arab world, including joint exercises, intelligence sharing, and training, the government said in a policy document released last month.<p>While relying on the region for oil supplies, China has tended to leave Middle Eastern …