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Past articles by Michael:

Will Ukraine’s Army Invade Russia?

Ukrainian troops are on the Russian border — but invading Russia would be a huge mistake. → Read More

Another Russian Warship Is Burning In The Black Sea

Ukrainian missiles may have hit another Russian warship. → Read More

Another Russian Warship Is Burning In The Black Sea

Ukrainian missiles may have hit another Russian warship. → Read More

Ukraine May Get U.S. MQ-9 Reaper Strike Drones

U.S.-made heavy attack drones could prove decisive against Russian forces invading Ukraine. → Read More

Why The Pentagon Wants Robot Subs That Swim Like Fish

Despite all the sophistication of modern technology, even simple creatures have developed more efficient ways of performing certain tasks than man. The U.S. Navy is seeking to mimic nature with a project to design fish-like underwater craft equipped with features such as flappable artificial fins. → Read More

The Fall Of Afghanistan Is Not The Fall Of South Vietnam

Different nations, different wars — yet U.S. power will survive both defeats. → Read More

Nuclear Sub Club: Do Rising Powers Like India Really Need Nuclear Attack Submarines?

Nuclear attack subs are awesome weapons. But are they too expensive? → Read More

The Pentagon Wants To Arm Drones With Non-Lethal Lasers And Microwave Cannon

Robots armed with non-lethal weapons could revolutionize warfare and law enforcement. → Read More

The Pentagon Fears That Deadly Microwave Weapons Are Undetectable

The Pentagon is seeking to develop a sensor that will alert soldiers when they are being attacked by the type of radio-frequency weapons suspected to be behind the mysterious illnesses suffered by U.S. diplomats and intelligence agents in Cuba, Russia and China. → Read More

The Germans Did Much Better at Legendary Kursk Tank Battle Than People Say

The title of Martin Caidin's 1974 history of the Battle of Kursk is still evocative, with its imagery of Nazi Germany's vaunted Tiger tanks in flames. Tigers burning brightly are just one legend of the epic July 1943 battle between Germany and Russia. There are many more: The Greatest Tank Battle in History, the Turning Point of World War II, The Death Ride of the Panzers, → Read More

China Claims The F-22 Is As Flawed As The Old F-4 Phantom

China says its J-20 stealth fighter is superior to America's F-22, claiming that it was optimized to fight Soviet aircraft over Europe, not for the vast reaches of the Pacific. Here's what's right and wrong about that argument. → Read More

5 Oil Wars That Should Never Have Been Started

So much wasted blood and treasure. → Read More

Britain Can’t Afford the Military It Wants

The current 2019 to 2029 equipment plan, despite a £181 billion (US$234.5 billion) budget allocation, is still far too small to meet defense needs over the next decade, warns a new report by the British government's National Audit Office (NAO). → Read More

Israel's F-35s Making Mockery of Iran's Air Defenses

Israel's F-35s Making Mockery of Iran's Air Defenses | RealClearDefense → Read More

Britain Can’t Afford New Weapons

In recent years, the words “Britain” and “defense budget” have been a depressing combination. Even as Britain's armed forces continue to shrink, the current plan to buy new equipment is so unrealistic that it could damage British military capabilities, according to government auditors. → Read More

The U.S. Navy Can’t Repair Its Ships Overseas

Maintenance isn’t the sexiest of topics, but its absence is keenly felt. A ship without adequate maintenance either can’t fight or will fight at reduced capability. The Navy wants to boost its... → Read More

This Deficiency Is Keeping European Naval Strategists Up At Night

Air defense. → Read More

Study: World War I Helmets Are As Good As Today’s 'Nazi-Style' U.S. Military Helmets

A new study concludes that the old helmets worn in the First World War – the first conflict where helmets became standard issue for soldiers – work just as well in some cases as the fancy new designs. → Read More

Is China’s Military Doing Enough to Fight the Coronavirus?

America might not be the real enemy after all. → Read More

Japan Is Following America's Lead In Getting Its Own Space Force

Key point: Multiple nations are considering getting their own Space Force. Japan is creating its own military space force. The new unit will apparently mirror many of the functions of the U.S. Space Force, a controversial new sixth branch of the U.S. military. Japan’s Space Domain Mission Unit will not be an independent branch of the Japan Self-Defense Forces. But like the U.S. Space Force,… → Read More