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Forget the S-500 or Su-57 PAK-FA. Russia's Military Has Big Plans for the Future.

Russia has started planning for the development of a series of next-generation weapons to follow-on to systems such as the Sukhoi Su-57 PAK-FA and the S-500 surface-to-air missile (SAM) battery. These new systems—which the Russian government has not named—will be developed under future advanced State Armament Program.



“An important and key issue on our agenda is to define the beginning of the creation of yet another advanced state armament program,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a meeting of the Kremlin’s Military Industrial Commission . Putin said that Russia has to start planning for its future defense needs now as it completes developmental programs that were funded under the current State Armament Plan (GPV-2027). “It is important for us to move further and start planning today the future development and production of advanced weapons and equipment that will define the image of the Russian Armed Forces in the long-term, for the next few decades,” Putin said. Putin …

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How much do NATO member nations spend on defense?

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced on Friday that NATO member countries that are seeking exemptions from U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs might be asked to step up their contributions to the organization.

President Trump has long sought to get NATO allies to spend at least 2 percent of their GDP on defense.

But how close are NATO members to that 2 percent threshold? Use the arrows in the chart below to scroll through the years:

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China and the Undermining of Global Rules

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More Chinese assertiveness and unilateralism are coming. Recently, worrying developments have emerged that oblige the United States to further challenge China to become a more responsible global stakeholder that contributes positively to the international system. Otherwise, passivity and acquiescence undermine the new U.S. National Security Strategy; reinforce Beijing’s growing belief that Washington is a declining power; and may further embolden China – a self-perceived rising power – to execute unchallenged and unhindered its strategic roadmap (grand strategy) for national rejuvenation (the Chinese Dream).  Near-Arctic State On January 26, Beijing followed up last year’s policy paper “Vision for Maritime Cooperation Under the BRI” that outlined its ambitious plan to advance its developing global sea corridors (blue economic passages connected to the greater Belt and Road network) – with its first white paper on the Arctic. The white paper boldly proclaimed China’s strategic intent t…
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When a Trillion Dollars' Worth of Bombs Is Not Enough

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U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles drop 2,000-pound bombs in Afghanistan in 2009. (DVIDSHUB / CC BY 2.0) For the New York Times, the US is always lagging behind the Russian menace. Previously, the Times has told us how America was losing the “scramble for the Arctic” (8/30/15) and falling behind in election-meddling (3/4/18). Now it’s in the realms of cyber and nuclear war that the Times sees dangerous gaps. In “A Russian Threat on Two Fronts Meets an American Strategic Void” (3/5/18), reporters David Sanger and William Broad passed along the worries of Washington—as expressed by a few military higher-ups, some guy from the arms industry mouthpiece known as the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a disembodied “The United States”—that Trump didn’t have a coherent strategy for dealing with cyber and nuclear threats from Russia. The front-page subhead warned, “Russia has ramped up its arsenal, US has done little in response.” So what does a “little” response look like? S…
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US might tie NATO contributions to tariff exemptions

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WASHINGTON — U.S. allies seeking to avoid the steel and aluminum tariffs approved by President Donald Trump might be asked to step up their financial commitments to NATO.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told CNBC in a Friday interview that the president will consider national security, noting that Trump wants to be sure that NATO gets more funding from European allies who Trump has previously criticized for not contributing enough.
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Boeing’s Play for the MQ-25 ‘Stingray’

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On the tarmac of St. Louis' historic Lambert Field, the future of aircraft carrier aviation may be taking shape. Phantom Works, Boeing's shadowy advanced prototyping group, has painted part of the tarmac to resemble the flight deck of a carrier.
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Marines Headed to Norway, Keeping Eyes on a Cold-Weather Fight

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A new rotation of Marines is expected in Norway in the coming weeks as the Corps continues to prep its forces for a potential cold-weather fight with North Korea or Russia.
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Ten Ways to Fix the U.S. Military’s Close Combat Lethality

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Last month, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis directed the establishment of a Close Combat Lethality Task Force. The task force's mission is to improve the “combat preparedness, lethality, survivability, and resiliency of our Nation's ground close-combat formations.” This encompasses U.S.
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Mix of Deployments, Exercises Showcase Future of Amphibious Warfare

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The future of amphibious warfare was on display this week as three Wasp-class ships were underway in significant training and operations actions around the globe.
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Navy 'Fully Invested' in Electromagnetic Railgun

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Following a flurry of reports in December predicting the Navy's $500 million electromagnetic railgun experiment was dead on arrival, the chief of Naval Operations told lawmakers this week that the death of the program was greatly exaggerated.
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Russia Considering Course Change After New Challenges in Syria

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MOSCOW — A Russian An-26 military transport plane crashed March 6 while approaching Khmeimim air base in Syria, killing everyone on board — six crew members and 33 passengers.
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Revitalizing the Air Force’s Aging Four Horsemen

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Today's battlefield requires a fully interoperable grid and near instantaneous data sharing. Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information sharing and exploitation with strike platforms has become a mainstay of the modern battlefield.
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Congress Grills Marines Over M27

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Marine commanders were grilled by members of Congress on Tuesday over their decision to seek a single-source contract from a foreign company to procure the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle, or IAR. The Corps is seeking to procure nearly 15,000 Heckler & Koch M27 rifles to field to the infantry.
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The Air Force's Aircraft And Their Mission Capable Rates

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The reliability of various USAF aircraft has always been a hot topic within defense circles, but the reality of keeping different platforms in the air has made mainstream news as of late.
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Army Looks to Raytheon and Palantir to Fix Intel Analysis System

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army has made good on a new push to buy commercially available products by issuing a contract to both Raytheon and Palantir Technologies to provide solutions for its struggling intelligence analysis system, the Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A), according to a March 8 contract announcement posted to the Pentagon's website.
The Army has been criticized in recent years for not buying enough commercial off-the-shelf technology and instead spending billions and many years to build the capabilities itself.
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Russian Spy: Military Deployed After Poisoning

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About 180 military personnel have been deployed to Salisbury to help in the investigation into the attempted murder of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter. The personnel - from the Army, Royal Marines and RAF - are experts in chemical warfare and decontamination.http://bit.ly/2GdU2q2
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Multi-Domain Battle, 1781: The Lessons of Yorktown

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"America's strategic position today bears a stronger resemblance to that of Great Britain in 1781 than to any other actor in the Yorktown campaign." Today's U.S.http://bit.ly/2Fvww6H
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Pentagon Proposes Scaled-down Military Parade

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Pressed by President Trump, the Pentagon is proposing to stage a military parade in November with veterans in historic uniforms and warplanes, but no tanks — a scaled-down version of the grand display of military might the president envisioned, according to a memo released by the Pentagon on Fridhttps://http://bit.ly/2FpQN1A
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New F-35 Modernization Plan Could Come With Hefty $16b Price Tag

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WASHINGTON — Under the F-35 joint program office's latest plan, follow-on modernization for the Joint Strike Fighter could add up to a total of $16 billion, the Defense Department's program head confirmed Wednesday.http://bit.ly/2FvwuM7
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Theater Strategic and Operational Levels of War

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Imagine a scenario where you are a joint planner at a combatant command headquarters. Your boss called you in early for a new and important task.http://bit.ly/2Gd772F
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The Military Keeps Encountering UFOs. Why Doesn’t the Pentagon Care?

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In December, the Defense Department declassified two videos documenting encounters between U.S. Navy F-18 fighters and unidentified aircraft.http://bit.ly/2FxauAt
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DF-16 MRBM "unshelled"

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I believe this is the first ever publicly released PR photos showing this Chinese MRBM missile inside of its protective "shell".  It also confirms that a China Rocket Force launch battery commands six missiles.   While a six-missile battery format is not a secret per se, it is still nice to have a confirmation.


Looks like a giant bullet. does not it?
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Asean military chiefs reaffirm security pledge, Singapore News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

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Asean military chiefs reaffirm security pledge, Singapore News & Top Stories - The Straits Times: "Against a backdrop of rising terrorism and the growing sophistication of terrorists' tactics and capabilities, Asean defence forces chiefs reaffirmed their commitment to work together to maintain peace, security and stability in the region yesterday.

They were in Singapore for the annual 15th Asean Chiefs of Defence Forces' Informal Meeting (ACDFIM), chaired by the Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant-General Perry Lim.

A key focus of the discussion was enhancing regional counter-terrorism and cooperation. In particular, they discussed improving Asean's collective capability to respond to chemical, biological and radiological threats from terrorist groups and rogue states, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said. They also discussed the development of a code for unplanned encounters in the maritime and air domains."



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USAF Officially Retires MQ-1 Predator While MQ-9 Reaper Set To Gain Air-To-Air Missiles

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The Reaper is set to gain new capabilities just as its iconic progenitor is pulled from service, but arming drones with air-to-air missiles isn't new.

Courtesy Photo—U.S. Air Force SHARE The Reaper has come for the USAF's long-serving MQ-1 Predator drone fleet, literally. Today, March 9th, 2018, the flying service will officially retire Predator, a platform that ushered in a new era of unmanned air warfare—most notably the ability to rain down precision death as its controllers sat halfway around the globe in dark trailers. The decision to pull the Predator fleet is a previously preempted and controversial one, but its legacy is secured in the form of its super-sized cousin, the MQ-9 Reaper, an aircraft that will become the backbone of USAF drone operations. And with its elevated importance within the USAF's inventory, the Reaper is going to gain new capabilities and an expanded mission set, including the ability to fire air-to-air missiles. You can read all about how the …
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