Stephen Bryen

US President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin are tilting the world towards a disastrous crisis.

Shocking Behavior by Putin and Biden

Anyone who listened to Vladimir Putin’s TV broadcast to his nation on September 21 had to be shocked by the Russian leader’s tone, incoherence and threat. US President Joe Biden, in a speech to the UN General Assembly, only made matters worse, not better, by putting all of the burden …

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Iron Dome

Iron Dome Passes Another Gaza War Missile Test

If there is one thing clear as war breaks out in southern Israel and the Gaza strip, it is that Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system works and works in spectacular fashion. Faced with the launch of over 70 missiles, many of them simultaneously, the Iron Dome interceptors picked them off quickly, …

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Semiconductors

CHIPS Act No Panacea for US Chip Woes

There are at least two big missing pieces in the CHIPS Act of 2022, the US$52 billion subsidy for US-based semiconductor manufacturers that has just been sent to President Joe Biden for his signature. The first missing piece is definitional. There is no statement in the Act of what constitutes an “advanced” semiconductor. …

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Destroyed Russian Tank in Ukraine

Does Ukraine Herald End of Tank Warfare? Not Yet

While estimates differ, Russia has lost around 1,000 tanks in Ukraine since its invasion on February 24, according to the Oryx database. There are no reliable figures on how many tanks the Ukrainians have lost, but it would be significantly fewer because they have been used in more limited ways during the …

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Kherson

Ukraine War: The Crucial Coming Fight for Kherson

Russian troops today occupy Kherson and have carried out some limited assaults on Odesa. The Russian army occupies most of the territory from Kherson and due east, including Mariupol. While Russia has said little about its long-term intentions, there is a growing awareness that Russia wants to consolidate the cities and towns, …

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NASAMS

US Air Defense System Delivery Hopes to Save Kiev

The Biden administration has announced that Ukraine will receive the National/Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) to shore up Ukraine’s air defenses, which are being systematically destroyed by Russia. The NASAMS is the same system that protects the air space around the White House in the United States. There is no word yet from Ukraine where NASAMS will …

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Elon Musk Starlink

Musk’s Tech Put to Deadly Weapon Effect in Ukraine

Two technologies have helped Ukraine fend off a huge Russian onslaught. One of them is imported; the other is homegrown. Perhaps the more important, overall, is Elon Musk’s Starlink system. Starlink is made up of thousands of satellites in low earth orbit that provide internet service. Last February, Musk initially provided 5,000 receiver sets to Ukraine. Now …

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Rosie the Riveter

US and NATO Lack Capability to Supply a Long War

The long and short of it is that, while the US and NATO can fight a short conflict, neither can support a long war because there’s insufficient equipment in the now-depleted inventory and the timelines to build replacement hardware are long. Despite a history of having done so before, starting in …

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Bayeux Tapestry Scene 57

King Harold’s Death and the Importance of Technology

No one is entirely sure if the Battle of Hastings in October 1066 was fought at Hastings, but we know two things for sure: that the Anglo-Saxon king of England Harold II  (Harold Godwinson) was defeated by William, Duke of Normandy, and that Harold was killed with an arrow that struck him above his …

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Destroyed T-72 in Mariupol

Russia’s Tanks in Ukraine are Old, Obsolete and Failing

Russia’s main battle tanks have been chewed up in the Ukraine war. Many of them have been destroyed and left clustered on roadways, some by modern weapons such as the US Javelin, some by Ukraine’s indigenously produced man-portable anti-tank weapons such as the Stugna-P and still others taken out by drones like Turkey’s Bayraktar. By …

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