Eric Michael Luffy

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China’s New Five-Year Plan: Be a Man

Not quite, but that doesn’t mean we all couldn’t use a refresher in masculine virtues.<p>Two days before the temperature in my town dropped to -9°F, my …

China lays out its vision to become a tech power

BEIJING (Reuters) - China aims to become a world leader in advanced industries such as semiconductors and in the next generation of chip materials, robotics, aviation equipment and satellites, the government said in its blueprint for development between 2016 and 2020.<p>A computer mouse is illuminated …

China

‘Lightning Strike’: US military’s new fan-powered war plane revealed

Set-up shortly after Russia’s successful Sputnik mission, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has the job of making sure the US …

U.S. aircraft carrier patrols South China Sea as Beijing keeps watch

<b>(CNN) —</b> A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike group is operating in the South China Sea, with the Chinese Navy apparently keeping close watch.<p>The Navy's Seventh Fleet said in a press release Friday that the USS John S. Stennis, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, as well as the guided-missile destroyers …

Forcing China’s hand on North Korea sanctions

By Editorial Board<p>SECRETARY OF State John F. Kerry emerged frustrated from a meeting with China’s foreign minister in late January after proposing new U.N. sanctions on North Korea. Beijing balked, saying it was not willing to take steps that risked destabilizing the regime of Kim Jong Un even …

CPS to prosecute 'trolls' who use fake online profiles

<b>Lawyers will be advised to prosecute "trolls" who use fake online profiles to harass others, under guidelines being proposed in England and Wales.</b><p>The Crown Prosecution Service says adults should be charged if, for example, they make a profile in the name of a victim with fake information which …

Internet

Harvard Goes To The Himalayas – Monks With ‘Superhuman’ Abilities Show Scientists What We Can All Do

It’s fascinating to consider just how many ancient teachings tell us that humans have the capacity to gain extraordinary powers through various …

Russia trying to make Syrians weapons against Europe, top U.S. general warns

The top U.S. commander in Europe testified on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir’s forces are deliberately bombing civilians in Syria to uproot …

The Army's Fast Stryker Vehicles Get a Big Weapons Upgrade

The lightly armed wheeled vehicles are getting more power, in case they ever come up against Russian tanks.<p>The U.S. Army's Stryker vehicles, originally envisioned as lightly armed infantry fighting vehicles, are getting a much-needed firepower upgrade. The Strykers will be equipped with new …

“Here’s what I’ve learned so far dogfighting in the F-35”: a JSF pilot’s first-hand account

A Norwegian pilot shared his experience flying mock aerial combat with the F-35.<p>As we reported last year, the debate between F-35 supporters and …

The director of the FBI just admitted that a 'mistake was made' with the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

Comey and the FBI are seeking to force Apple to build custom software to access encrypted data on a terrorist's iPhone.<p>New York Democrat Jerrold Nadler asked Comey about whether the San Bernardino iPhone had its iCloud password changed, preventing the device from backing up to accessible Apple …

Swarm Wars At Sea: China's Cats vs. America's Dogs

<b>REPRINTED BY PERMISSION OF REAL CLEAR DEFENSE</b><p><b>China's New "Cat" -- Type 022 Houbei Fast Attack Catamaran</b><p><b>Source: US Navy</b><p>In an era in which Chinese hackers have stolen almost every major weapons system from the Pentagon - Aegis, Black Hawk, F-22, F-35, V-22, PAC-3, THAAD -- the Navy brass apparently …

Associated Press News

Life after Ukraine: the ‘invisible’ Russian fighters struggling to return to normal

Volunteers say they’ve been left to cope with physical and psychological scars without any state support. Meduza reports<p>Russian volunteers returning home after fighting alongside separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine say they have not received any support from the state, despite many suffering from …

Russia

What Vladimir Putin’s really up to

Jamie Seidel News Corp Australia Network<p><b>RUSSIA has changed the game in the Middle East. It’s no longer about crushing Islamic State. It’s about</b> …

Middle East

Iran briefly overstepped a limit set by nuclear deal, IAEA says

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran briefly exceeded a limit set by a deal with major powers under which sanctions against it were lifted, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday, but Tehran then came back within the permitted bounds.<p>A staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture …

South Asia

New sub Navy's 'most lethal warship'

<b>NORFOLK, Virginia (CNN) —</b> It's 7,800 tons, 337 feet and $2 billion worth of steel and stealth, with war-fighting controls that look like a big arcade video game.<p>That new-boat smell may have worn off a bit during sea trials, but the man in charge was pumped with pride as the U.S. Navy's newest …

Military

What is America doing in the South China Sea?

While the Russians, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, seemed willing to accept a sort of vassal statehood, it is increasingly today clear …

NATO can’t fight Russians in Europe, says leading US think tank

A report by influential US-based think tank the Atlantic Council says NATO’s European members can’t fight a war against Russia. Earlier, the …

Air Force reveals first image of B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's an image that's being picked apart by military aviation experts around the world: the first official drawing of the U.S. Air Force's B-21 bomber.<p>Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James unveiled the artist rendering February 26 based on the initial design concept.<p>Black, sleek, with …

Military

China says 'really needs' South China Sea defenses in face of United States

BEIJING (Reuters) - China “really needs” its defenses in the South China Sea in the face of a militarization process being pushed by the United States, and can deploy whatever equipment it wants on its own soil, China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday.<p>Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army …

Turkish troops taking on Isil in 'secret battle' in Iraq

Exclusive: More than 1,000 soldiers are engaged in covert ground war with the Islamic State near their stronghold of Mosul, against Iraq's<p>Turkish troops are locked in a covert fight against the Islamic State in north Iraq, the Telegraph has learned, despite Baghdad’s insistence that they leave the …

See inside the underground bunker that could launch a nuclear war

MINOT, N.D. — During the Cold War, the United States developed a vast nuclear arsenal with weapons on aircraft, submarines and land-based missiles. …

'China is clearly militarizing the South China Sea and you’d have to believe in the flat Earth to think otherwise'

"I believe China seeks hegemony in East Asia. Simple as that," Adm. Harry Harris told the Senate Armed Services Committee.<p>Harris said tensions with China are escalating as Beijing moves ahead with military deployments on new islands in the South China Sea, a strategic waterway through which some …

Obama: Guantanamo Bay undermines security, must be closed

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's plan to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba slammed into a wall of Republican opposition on Tuesday, stopping cold Obama's hope for a bipartisan effort to "close a chapter" that began in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.<p>The long-awaited …

Chinese 'carrier killer' missiles are 'changing operational landscape' in South China Sea

China was "clearly militarizing the South China (Sea)," Admiral Harry Harris told the US Senate Armed Services Committee, adding: "You'd have to believe in a flat earth to think otherwise."<p>Speaking ahead of a meeting in Washington between China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US Secretary of State …

Will Saudi Arabia be sucked into Syria?

<b>(CNN) —</b> To understand Northern Thunder, the biggest war games exercise in the Middle East, which is taking place this month, you have to start much further north -- above the Arctic Circle. So dangerous has the Syrian civil war become, and so desperate the millions of people displaced by it, that …

Middle East

The US military may put more weapons in the South China Sea

Alongside the South China Sea, more mobile artillery weapons used for air defense could also prove useful in areas such as the Middle East and Eastern Europe, officials said.<p>Having mobile counter-air weapons such as the M109 Paladin, able to fire 155m precision rounds on-the-move, could prove to be …

Military