What’s Down There? China’s Tunnels and Nuclear Capabilities

Recent news reports have highlighted Chinese construction of a system of underground tunnels and raised serious questions about what they might imply regarding China’s nuclear capabilities. One story highlighted that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) may have some 3,000 miles of tunnels, sufficient to move systems underground across the breadth of the country. Much […]

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Germany Will Not Procure MEADS

The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) took a hit when the German government decided to withdraw its support for the system. MEADS is a ground-based terminal ballistic missile defense (BMD) system developed jointly by the United States, Italy, and Germany. Germany’s step is not surprising. In February, the U.S. Department of Defense decided to […]

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Gaddafi’s Murder Breached International Law, Says Russia

(Moscow)  As politicians in Western capitals were taking quiet pleasure in the capture and killing of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi yesterday, opinions elsewhere were divided. In Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Geneva Conventions had been breached with the killing of Colonel Gaddafi. “We have to lean on facts and international laws,” Mr Lavrov […]

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Protect and Defend the U.S. from EMP Threat

The United States could find itself in a precarious position much worse than the recent D.C. earthquake if attacked by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon. An EMP would cause current and voltage surges and burn out the semi-conductor chips of all electronic devices within the line of sight. A single nuclear weapon detonated at a […]

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The Club-K: A Deadly “Pandora’s Box” of Cruise Missiles

Russia’s military-industrial complex is offering an ominous weapons system in the international arms market called the Club-K cruise missile system. It consists of a quadruple launcher for Club cruise missiles hidden inside an innocuous-looking cargo container that serves as cover for the missiles’ Transporter-Erector-Launcher (TEL) and the control cabin, where two operators would handle the […]

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China Tests New Aircraft Carrier

China began on Wednesday to test its first aircraft carrier, The Washington Post reported. The carrier is a retrofitted former Soviet ship called the Varyag. It is considered the first step in China’s plan to eventually build a handful of carriers as part of a wider development of naval might. China bought the carrier from […]

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Tymoshenko Arrest Hurts Ukraine, Benefits Russia

On August 5, Yulia Tymoshenko, the former prime minister and heroine of Ukraine’s 2004 pro-western Orange Revolution, was arrested during her trial. Tymoshenko was in court defending herself against charges of overstepping her authority and allegedly making an illegal gas price deal with Russia in 2009. The presiding judge, Rodion Kireyev, accused her of systematically […]

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Iran Blames Russia for Bushehr Delays

Iranian lawmakers blamed Russia for the latest delay in activating its the Bushehr nuclear plant. “The Russians keep making bad promises,” lawmaker Asgar Jalalian told Aftab Yazd daily. “One of reasons for continued payment to the Russians is that our contract with them does not have a financial ceiling and lacks clear timing on contract […]

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