Post-War Syria: The Next Big Crisis Between Russia and America?

Two years before the final defeat of Adolf Hitler—at a time when German armies still occupied a significant portion of the European part of the USSR and Festung Europa seemed to be impenetrable to the Western Allies—Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin had already begun discussions about the fate of postwar Europe. Even…

Putin says that Trump should be treated with respect as the legitimately elected leader of the United States and that Congress and the courts have obstructed his ability to implement his legislative agenda.

At Valdai Putin Treats Trump Respectfully

Last week’s fourteenth annual Valdai Club meeting in Sochi had the ambitious title “The World of the Future: Moving Through Conflict to Cooperation.” During its first few years, the Valdai Discussion Club—initially founded to provide foreign experts on Russia insights into Russian domestic and foreign policy—focused primarily on Russian developments. But, for the past few…

Study: Bigger Aircraft Carriers Are Better

Study: Bigger Aircraft Carriers Are Better

A new RAND Corporation study has concluded that bigger aircraft carriers such as the Gerald R. Ford-class are more effective and more survivable than smaller carriers. While a slightly smaller 70,000-ton design would be cheaper to operate, such a vessel would be less effective and less survivable. It would also extra cost money to develop…

Is Iran's Navy a Threat to America?

Is Iran’s Navy a Threat to America?

Iran’s naval forces are some of the smallest but most aggressive in the region. Decades of sanctions and embargoes have strangled the navy’s attempts to modernize, leaving a smaller than expected naval force whose most intimidating features are homebrewed frigates, coastal missile batteries and swarms of fast, lightly armed fast-attack craft. Despite their size, the…

A flight of F-35 stealth fighters conduct a training mission in this undated photo. PHOTO FROM FACEBOOK PAGE OF SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE DEBORAH LEE JAMES

F-35 stealth fighter data stolen in Australia defense hack

SYDNEY, Australia — Sensitive data about Australia’s F-35 stealth fighter and P-8 surveillance aircraft programs were stolen when a defense subcontractor was hacked using a tool widely used by Chinese cyber criminals, officials said Thursday. The 50-person aerospace engineering firm was compromised in July last year but the national cyber security agency, the Australian Signals…