SEOUL, Jan. 23 (Yonhap) — North Korea has completed all technical preparations for a nuclear test and can carry it out in a few days if it makes a decision, a South Korean intelligence source said Wednesday.
North Korea had dug up a tunnel for a test at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site, but the tunnel has now been plugged with dirt and concrete, the source said, suggesting that all measuring [...]
Interesting. A lot sooner than I thought they would..
IMF projects China will become the world’s biggest economy by 2016.
The second largest economy in the world, China’s promising to increase its influence all across the globe. And as RT’s Lucy Kafanov reports, its ambitions are solidly based on its growing economic and military power.
America’s days of economic dominance aren’t over just yet, but one international thinktank says it might come [...]
A Chinese warship recently ran aground in the South China Sea, an embarrassing incident that has highlighted international tensions over Beijing’s increasing military power and disputes among China’s neighbors.
Inside the Ring obtained the first photograph of the Chinese ship that was beached July 7 and stranded for 10 days. The photo was taken by a Philippines military photographer during a flight over the disputed HalfMoon Shoal that both Beijing and Manila claim [...]
The US says Iran is developing advanced anti-ship missiles and has enhanced its missile arsenal over the past few years.
According to the report entitled “Annual Report on Military Power of Iran”, the US intelligence community said the Iranian-produced weapons, particularly its anti-ship missiles, are increasing in range and accuracy, the World Tribune weekly newspaper reported.
“Short-range ballistic missiles provide Tehran with an effective mobile capability to strike partner forces in the region,” the [...]
July 3, 2012
So this year I again missed the Aspen Ideas Festival; and it’s a bit of a shame. Had I gone I would have been deeply reassured (once again) about the extraordinarily safe global security environment in which the United States resides.
Case in point: this little nugget from Nicholas Burns – a former under secretary of state for political affairs at State Department, U.S. ambassador to NATO and State Department spokesman. [...]
The American Dream
June 20, 2012
Everyone knows that the Obama administration has been steadily gearing up for a military campaign against Syria. Everyone also knows that Russia and China do not want to see this happen. Now Russia and China are sending military forces to Syria. It is being reported that Russia, China, Iran and Syria will be conducting the “Middle East’s largest ever military exercise” next month. Apparently tens [...]
Everyone knows that the Obama administration has been steadily gearing up for a military campaign against Syria. Everyone also knows that Russia and China do not want to see this happen. Now Russia and China are sending military forces to Syria. It is being reported that Russia, China, Iran and Syria will be conducting the “Middle East’s largest ever military exercise” next month. Apparently tens of thousands of troops [...]
An Attack on Iran is Pearl Harbor Redux
When the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor, they did so on the basis of assumptions that were all false.
First, the Japanese assumed that Americans who were in the majority opposed to war with Germany and Italy would decline to mobilize and fight the Japanese. Given the passage of the military draft by on only one vote in 1939, the Japanese also assumed the American [...]
Wednesday, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Cartergave a talk to the American Enterprise Institute, the conservative think tank that develops an immense amount of defense policy in D.C.
While he was there and speaking to a room full of defense insiders, wonks, academics and professionals, Carter opened up about the future of the Department of Defense, specifically what’s getting the axe with recent budget cuts, which branches are getting slimmed, where the [...]
Houla massacre: US military warns Syria as pressure builds on Obama
Top US general urges increased diplomatic pressure on Bashar al-Assad but warns military is prepared to act if necessary
Syria: Russia refuses to change stance despite William Hague’s efforts
I highly doubt Russia is going to give up their strategic interests in the ME.
Romney knows that chest pounding is good for polls.
Romney tells vets dangerous world demands powerful military:
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee [...]
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney chose Veterans Day to proclaim to the American people his conviction that the world is a dangerous place, and the United States must remain its most formidable military power.
“The world is not safe,” Romney told veterans on Memorial Day. He was joined by Senator John McCain, in a speech to honor the veterans of America’s wars.
The United States now has two paths forward, Romney [...]
By Associated Press, Published: May 19
BEIJING — China on Saturday rejected an annual Pentagon report that said Beijing is aggressively modernizing its military forces.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the report made irresponsible statements about China’s legitimate defense development and falsely claimed that the country presented a military threat.
“China is developing its limited military forces only to protect its national independence and sovereignty,” Hong said. “No country needs to worry if it harbors [...]
SIPRI REPORT:Russia is now the third-biggest spender on arms after the US and China, but Washington outspends Beijing five to one, and Moscow’s spending is half China’s
Global spending on weapons now totals more than US$1.7 trillion, and Russia has overtaken Britain and France to take third place in the world league table, according to research figures released yesterday.
While military expenditure fell last year in most Western countries, including the US, [...]
The B52 Stratofortress, the colossal bomber which was one of the defining pieces of Cold War military technology, yesterday celebrated 60 years of military service.
The aircraft took its maiden flight in April 15, 1952, and until 1991 a flotilla of nuclear armed B52s patrolled the skies constantly, ready for nuclear armageddon.
And there is no end in sight for the iconic war machine. With upgrades slated for between 2013 and 2015, [...]
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Argentina’s president, used the 30th anniversary of her country’s invasion of the Falkland Islands to rubbish Britain’s claims to the south Atlantic territory, saying: “It is absurd to pretend dominion more than 14,000km across the sea.”
“It is an injustice in the 21st century that there are still colonial enclaves,” Ms Fernández said in a sobre speech in Ushuaia, the capital of the province of Tierra [...]
The anger arises I suspect becaause the US and the rest of the world work from very different premises. They believe in, as we say, distinct narratives.
The American narrative holds that the United States is a light to the world, the freest, richest, most productive country the world has ever seen, the greatest military power, the most prolific producer of technlogy and of Nobel laureates. America is a force for [...]
February 19, 2012
Iranian state television IRIB showed footage of the soldiers carrying out the exercises in the province of Yazd.
The IRGC naval forces held 10 days of exercises in the Gulf earlier in January, which came after days after President Barack Obama approved sanctions aimed at stopping countries buying Iranian oil.
The drills, called Val Fajr, included shooting and artillery practice.
Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the ground forces said the drills [...]
The announcement of Obama’s recognition by the Nobel Peace Prize committee in 2009 seemed, to many, more like an ‘Onion-worthy’ headline than reality but now, as The Associated Press reports, it seems the officials face a formal inquiry over the selection criteria that could rescind the last three years’ awards. The accusations at the root of the inquiry stem from persistent complaints by a Norwegian peace researcher that cites the original purpose of the prize [...]
China calling for greater efforts towards “peace and stability” in the region, despite aggressive US moves along its perimeter
January 31, 2012
Manila said Friday it planned to hold more joint exercises and to let more US troops rotate through the Southeast Asian country – an offer welcomed by the United States as it seeks to expand its military power in Asia.
“We hope that relevant parties will make more effort towards [...]