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This amazing graphic shows all of the Russian navy's submarines

Russia's submarine fleet is one of the most capable in the world, perhaps second only to that of the US. And it is only getting better. Although the subs are holdovers from the Cold War, Russia has been steadily investing in and modernizing its fleet in capabilities and range. Russian President …

Military

The Game of Thrones in the South China Sea may have a new player: India

The already hot waters of the South China Sea seem to be heading for boiling point.<p>The US and India have held talks to conduct joint naval patrols in the Indian Ocean and in the South China Sea by the end of the year, Reuters reported. Joint naval patrols involve two countries working together to …

China

San Diego backs off ban of 'gender-biased' term 'Founding Fathers'

San Diego officials have walked back a warning to city workers ahead of President's Day not to drop any F-bombs -- as in the phrase "Founding Fathers."<p>The traditional reference to America's patriotic patriarchs was an example of "gender biased" language in a city manual, and the admonition not to …

Revealed: America’s ‘Soft’ Operation in the South China Sea

The United States has conducted another freedom of navigation operation ( FONOP) in the South China Sea. On January 30, the guided-missile destroyer …

China

9 timeless lessons from the great Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius

Marcus has remained relevant for 1,800 years largely due to his writings collected as "Meditations," which President Bill Clinton has said is one of his favorite books.<p>"Meditations" is closer to a diary than a philosophical treatise. Marcus wrote its 12 books sometime during the tumultuous last …

Bill Clinton

The Latest: MSF says 23,000 flee Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria and the tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence (all times local):<p>11:29 p.m.<p>Doctors …

A Badass Army Ranger Reportedly Took Out a Terrorist Using Nothing But a Spoon

3.9K<p>SHARES<p>Don't mess with a U.S. Army Ranger.<p>That truism was backed up by veteran-staffed website <i>Grunt Stuff,</i> which spun a riveting tale of an …

In the Pentagon’s new budget, the Air Force won and the Navy and Army lost

The U.S. government released its proposed $4 trillion budget for fiscal 2017 on Tuesday, and the Pentagon’s slice of the pie is about $582.7 billion. That represents less than a 1 percent increase over the $580.3 billion budget for fiscal 2016 at a time when the U.S. military is balancing …

The west’s decades-long advantage in military technology is being eroded

The west's decades-long advantage in military technology is being eroded as defense spending in the rest of the world, notably Asia, soars, an authoritative survey has warned.<p>The latest annual Military Balance by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) shows advances in …

125-year mini ice age linked to the plague and fall of empires

Winter was coming. In AD 536, the first of three massive volcanic eruptions ushered in a mini ice age. It coincided with an epidemic of the plague, …

Russia 'dominated' global defence budget increases in 2015, says think tank

The Kremlin accounted for 20 per cent of the world's extra defence spending last year, says IISS, and Russia is developing a "revolutionary" new tank<p>Russia “dominated” global defence budget increases last year, accounting for 20 per cent of the world’s extra military spending, the International …

One Weird Trick That Makes a Novel Addictive

In January, Adelle Waldman wrote an excellent essay for the New Yorker’s Page Turner blog called “The Ideal Marriage, According to Novels.” In it, …

U.S. Air Force Arsenal Plane Could Help Outgun China

The U.S. military is considering developing a so-called “arsenal plane” to accompany stealth fighters into combat, hauling large numbers of munitions …

The crazy story of the man who fought for Finland, the Nazis, and the US Army Special Forces

Larry Thorne enlisted in the US Army as a private in 1954, but he was already a war hero. That's because his real name was Lauri Törni, and he had been fighting the Soviets for much of his adult life.<p>Born in Finland in 1919, Törni enlisted at age 19 in his country's army and fought against the …

What makes a conservative?

Charles Krauthammer pointed out in his Feb. 5 op-ed, “The ‘establishment’ nonsense,” that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as president would be detrimental not because he is anti-establishment but because he is not a conservative.<p>Many, if not most, Republican voters are not …

How Lasers Will Change The Way We Fight Wars

When war changes, it usually changes slowly. We’re used to military technology advancing in predictable, plodding steps – incremental advances on …

Military

The Air Force's most beloved fighter jet was rescued by ISIS

After years of battling with Capitol Hill lawmakers, the U.S. Air Force has given up on its request to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt II attack …

Islamic State is no longer so formidable on the battlefield

BEIRUT — The Islamic State’s recent defeats on the battlefield signal that its once-vaunted militia army has been hobbled by worsening money problems, desertions and a dwindling pool of fighters, analysts and monitoring groups say.<p>U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab forces have seized significant amounts …

Three British special forces soldiers injured in fight against Isil

The SAS troops are said to have been injured in an ambush on the ground by Isil fighters in Iraq<p>Three British special forces soldiers were reportedly wounded in an ambush by Isil fighters in Iraq.<p>The men from the SAS and its naval counterpart, the SBS, were part of a 25-strong unit of allied troops …

Hercules Mulligan: The Spy Who Saved George Washington—Twice

Hercules Mulligan not only had one of the Revolutionary War’s greatest names, this cunning haberdasher was also one of its best spies.<p>A year ago, …

A Letter to My Creative-Writing Class

To my creative-writing classmates,<p>I am submitting this letter to you in lieu of a short story, which was the assignment for this week. When I enrolled in this creative-writing course, I knew to expect some criticism, but I'm still a little shaken up about what happened last time we met. I think …

Creative Writing

Unconventional Warfare Is the Key to Defeating ISIS

I’m tired of hearing people speak of ISIS as if it just sprang up in the desert yesterday. The clash between Islamic extremists and the U.S. has been …

War

Is It Immoral to Watch the Super Bowl?

There is mounting evidence and public awareness that playing football is bad for your brain. And now, to dramatize the statistics and grim anecdotes about ex-players succumbing to dementia and early deaths, we have <i>Concussion</i> -- a major Hollywood movie starring Will Smith.<p>But is this having any …

Syrian war: Who next to intervene?

<b>With Syrian government forces, backed up by Russian air power, making headway around Aleppo, there are warnings that more countries may seek to weigh in on the rebel side.</b><p>So who might intervene? And what, if any, difference would it make to the already complicated dynamics of the fighting in …

Can We Forgive Hillary Clinton For Her Past War On Video Games?

I’m currently watching the internet wage a meme war on Hillary Clinton, as Bernie Sanders supporters try to paint her as an out of touch robot, while he’s instead a cool, hip grandpa. It’s much more civilized than the Republican dogfight, given its distinct lack of Trump, and certainly nowhere near …

NATO is planning its largest military build-up in eastern Europe since the Cold War

Worried since Russia's seizure of Crimea that Moscow could rapidly invade Poland or the Baltic states, the Western military alliance wants to bolster defenses on its eastern flank without provoking the Kremlin by stationing large forces permanently.<p>North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) defense …

War Or Peace In The South China Sea?

Last week, Taiwan’s president Ma Ying-jeou made a visit to Itu Aba, a disputed island in the South China Sea. Itu Aba, also known in Chinese as “Taiping Island,” is under Taiwan’s control. Taiwan has recently finished upgrading a port and built a lighthouse. The island has an airstrip and a …

Iraq divisions undermine battle against IS

<b>More than in any other country, Iraq's future is intimately bound up with the fate of self-styled Islamic State (IS).</b><p>Militants from the group swept virtually unopposed into large swathes of the country, including the second city Mosul, in June 2014.<p>Their gradual expulsion from Iraq seems at the …

German spy chief: ISIS is sending terrorists to Europe disguised as refugees

Hans-Georg Maassen said the terrorist attacks in Paris last November had shown that Islamic State was deliberately planting terrorists among the refugees flowing into Europe.<p>"Then we have repeatedly seen that terrorists ... have slipped in camouflaged or disguised as refugees. This is a fact that …

Terrorism

Tuskegee Airman Reunites With 'Best Plane in the World'

When he was 24, Tuskegee Airman Howard Baugh didn't care about what went into designing and building his beloved North American P-51 Mustang. What he …