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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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The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) sails in formation ahead of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) as the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) simulates a strait transit.

Fleet Weak: Navy’s shipbuilding plan could lose a war in the Pacific

The Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan reveals a broader fight within the Defense Department. The issue is not simply strategic, but operational and force-structural — how to transform the Navy to ensure it can deter and defeat China in a large-scale Indo-Pacific war. As in World War II, a vital issue is the role of …

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Orlan-10

US-Made Parts Keep Russia’s Artillery Firing in Ukraine

As the US prepares to deliver its HIMARS mobile precision rocket system to Ukraine, the latest bid to fortify its forces with advanced war-fighting equipment against Russia’s offensive push, few have noticed how much Russia’s artillery systems rely on US and Western-made electronic parts and components. So while Ukraine is receiving highly …

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Erdogan addresses UN

The Turkish Question on NATO: A larger strategic opportunity in the Black Sea

Swedish and Finnish NATO membership would be a strategic gain for the Atlantic Alliance and the United States, both to counter Russian aggression and to ensure a united front on Eurasian policy. However, there is dissent within NATO about whether Sweden and Finland should be accepted, with Turkish President Recep …

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Russia's ERA cryptophone system

The Fatal Failure of Russia’s ERA Cyptophone System

Russia’s military-secure ERA cryptophone system has failed in the Ukraine war, raising crucial questions about why Moscow committed to a system that was so badly flawed from the start. Cell phones have played an outsized role in the Ukraine war. In particular, they have been used to geolocate sensitive military …

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Joe Biden speaking

Beyond the Pledge

During a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on 23 May, President Biden again stated that the United States would defend Taiwan if the CCP attacked the island-republic. Predictably, the White House walked back Mr. Biden’s statement, much as it did when he effectively called for regime change …

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PLAN aircraft carrier

China Is Telegraphing Its Military Intent. Time to Listen.

A military exercises in the manner it plans to fight. This was true for Russia before the Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, true of the United States before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and is true of China today. A missile test range the People’s Liberation Army is using in western China …

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Russian s-350

Technical Fixation

The Russian invasion of Ukraine demonstrates the relevance of air defenses in modern high-end combat. Indeed, the United States should take warning, and recognize the danger cruise missiles, whether traditional or hypersonic, pose to its positions in the Indo-Pacific and the U.S. homeland. Ballistic missiles dominate headlines, but cruise missiles …

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Russian black sea fleet exercise

War at Sea is Critical to Ukraine’s Survival against Russia

Public focus on the Russo-Ukrainian war remains fixated on the conflict’s ground operations. This is reasonable, considering the frightening images of Russian airstrikes throughout Ukraine, Russian brutality in Bucha, Mariupol and elsewhere, and the developing battle for the Donbas region. However, the long-term strategic situation suggests that the naval balance will decide the …

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Vladimir Putin at victory parade

In Ukraine, West should Expect Extended Confrontation

As the Russo-Ukrainian War grinds into its third month, the full scope of Vladimir Putin’s failure has emerged. His initial strategy, a lightning strike on Kyiv that would destroy the Ukrainian state, failed. His second strategy, a grinding assault on the capital, also miscarried. His third strategy, a refocus on the Donbas, currently …

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