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  1. Would North Korea Use Old World War II Tanks to Fight America in a War?

    10.07 / 13:32 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    TNI Staff Security, Asia Yes, and they might get slaughtered.  While the T-34/85 medium tank might be have been instrumental in the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany’s Wehrmacht in World War Two, the vintage war machine is probably still in service in North Korea. The Soviet Union delivered some 250 T-34/85s to the nascent Democratic People’s Republic of Korea before March 1950. The Soviets delivered more of the tanks later over the course of the Korean War. The North Koreans lost…
  2. These 3 Nations Can Stop a Hypersonic Missile Arms Race

    10.07 / 03:25 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Zachary Keck Security, But will it happen? The world is on the cusp of a dangerous hypersonic missile arms race, but three nations—Russia, China and the United States—have the power to stop it. That is the main conclusion of a new report released by the Rand Corporation, entitled, “Hypersonic Missile Nonproliferation: Hindering the Spread of a New Class of Weapons.” Hypersonic missiles are defined as those traveling at speeds greater than Mach 5. That is, between 3,106 and 15,534 miles …
  3. America's M-1 Abrams Tank is Getting Anti-Missile Shields

    10.07 / 03:25 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Michael Peck Security, Russia, China or North Korea won't be happy. The announcement was cryptic, even garbled. On the federal government's contracts-awarded site was an item: defense firm General Dynamics had been awarded a $9.9 million addition to a previous contract. The literal words of the announcement were that General Dynamics will “support and [sic] urgent material release and have first unit equipped on trophy installed on an Armor Brigade Combat Team’s M1A2 SEPv2.” The langu…
  4. What the Great Scud Hunt Tells About a War With North Korea

    10.07 / 03:25 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Sebastien Roblin Security, Asia We might not be able to take out those missiles, after all. While assembling the coalition that would eject Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1990–1991, one thing American military planners weren’t worried about was Iraq’s Scud-B tactical ballistic missiles. True, Iraq had flung hundreds of the Soviet-designed missiles at Iranian cities during the Iran-Iraq war. But the weapons were derived from Nazi V-2 rockets dating back to World War II, and had difficulty hi…
  5. Why Trump Needs the Iran Deal

    10.07 / 03:25 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Daniel L. Davis Security, Middle East With important issues facing our country, the last thing the country needs is for the president to upend an agreement that is meeting U.S. security objectives. Diplomacy is supposed to be the vehicle by which U.S. leaders and officials secure American security and economic interests abroad. Trump’s threat to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, whatever flaws may legitimately exist, threatens to cause severe damage to America’s interests in the medium an…
  6. A Visit to Russia: Can Relations Be Improved?

    10.07 / 03:25 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Paul J. Saunders Security, Americas If the administration wants to work with Moscow, it will find a willing though admittedly difficult partner. After returning from a series of meeting with senior officials in Moscow, the degree to which Russian officials remain eager to improve the U.S.-Russia relationship is apparent. Russia’s leaders are certainly not desperate—nor are they prepared to accept American terms to resolve the many outstanding disputes between Washington and Moscow—yet th…
  7. Russia's Navy Has One Big Advantage Over America: Battlecruisers

    10.06 / 18:11 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Robert Farley Security, The last of the big ships?  The battlecruisers also served another strategic purpose; power projection. The Kirovs used an unusual combination of nuclear and steam propulsion to generate a speed of thirty knots, while at the same time providing a backup in case of technical failures. This gave the ships long legs, in addition to extraordinary firepower. The Kirovs were ideal platforms for projecting Soviet prestige, forming the core of task forces that could infl…
  8. NMDB and the JCPOA

    10.06 / 18:11 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Paul R. Pillar Iran Nuclear Proliferation, A major theme of those seeking to kill the Iran nuclear agreement, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is that Iran is doing lots of other things, especially in the Middle East, deemed undesirable.  Such rhetoric flows freely even though these other things are not covered by the JCPOA and are unrelated to the agreement.  Arguments based on this rhetoric are just as dishonest as many other arguments of opponents, w…
  9. A New Report Declares that the U.S. Army and Marines are "Weak"

    10.06 / 18:11 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Rachel del Guidice Security, And that is a huge problem.  The military posture of the United States is rated as marginal in a new report from The Heritage Foundation, and that worries the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. The nation has “not been resourcing our military commensurate with what we ask our military to do,” Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said at an event Thursday marking release of the report from the leading conservative think tank. “And maybe more distur…
  10. The U.S. Navy's Damaged Destroyer to Be Repaired in Japan

    10.06 / 18:11 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Dave Majumdar Security, But what can fix the U.S. Navy's bigger problem?  The U.S. Navy will repair the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) at Yokosuka, Japan, rather than bring the ship back to the continental United States for repairs. “Damage assessments conducted while the ship was moored in Singapore since the Aug. 21 collision revealed the scope of work could be completed in Japan at the lowest estimated cost and returns the ship to full se…
  11. The U.S. Navy Is About to Get a New Nuclear Attack Submarine

    10.06 / 18:11 nationalinterest.org Nationalinterest.org - Politics
    Dave Majumdar Security, And it has a big upgrade included.  The United States Navy will commission a new Virginia-class attack submarine—the future USS Washington (SSN 787) on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. Thomas Dee, who is performing the duties of the Under Secretary of the Navy, will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. “The future USS Washington is among the most technologically advanced platforms in the world,” Dee said in a statement. “This sub…