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The costs of cutting steel

In 2013, the early replacement of the Anzac frigates was proposed as a way to bridge the shipbuilding ‘valley of death’. The idea was to continue building AWD hulls and equip them with a...

Is a Top American Diplomat a Russian Agent?

November 3, 2014 – Today the Ukrainian news website GORDON ran an interview with the Russian businessman and sometime politician Konstantin Borovoy. A harsh critic of Vladimir Putin — he recently said Russia’s president...

UK to Sign Deals to Help Improve Acquisition Performance

Deals to improve key recruitment and project management skills at Britain’sdefense procurement and support agency have been signed with three major private-sector companies, the government announced Tuesday. …read more

China plans a global bullet-train dynasty

It is often observed in China that, the worse the economy, the more active the nation’s railway building becomes. A flurry of new high speed rail (HSR) announcements, domestic and international, might suggest that...

Software is Eating the War

Economically Unsustainable Spending Requires a Thorough Rethinking of Defense-Industrial Strategy Software, Josh Marcuse told us, is eating the war. An advisor on innovation to the under secretary of defense for policy, Marcuse was speaking...

New Zealand’s weeks of risk aversion on ISIS

Tomorrow, New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key, now entering a third term after September’s general election, is going to do something very rare in his leadership: he’ll be delivering a major speech on security....

Hasan Nasrallah on ISIS

It is the month of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and time of Ashoura, the Shi’a tradition of remembering the death of Hussein (son of Ali, cousin of the Prophet) at Karbala at the...

F-35C Lands First Time on Carrier

The Navy’s F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter conducted its first arrested landing Nov. 3. …read more

Islam and tolerance in Indonesia

Indonesia is commonly observed to be more visibly ‘Islamic’ than in previous decades. Women are donning the headscarf in greater numbers, more Indonesians are making the hajj pilgramage to Mecca, many are opening sharia...

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