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Russia just put its military on high alert ahead of massive war games that’ll be ‘unprecedented in scale’

China and Mongolia will also participate in Vostok-2018, which will be the largest war games since the Zapad-81 exercises in 1981, which were the largest Soviet war games ever held.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during a visit to the Monument to the Dead of World War II in Rio de Janeiro, August 14, 2018.

Mattis gave a blunt warning against generals becoming politicians, and in neighboring country where this is happening

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is traveling through South America to boost US ties, and while in Brazil, he was about the military's role in politics — a touchy subject in Latin America's biggest country.
Turkish soldiers watch over the Syrian town of Kobani during the height of the conflict with ISIS.

Turkey’s president threatened a major blow to the US — but Trump looks to have called his bluff

It's Turkey's mismanaged economy, reliant on huge influxes of outside cash, that made it fundamentally weak and helped bring about the present crisis. Countries outside NATO can't really help Ankara find that kind of cash.
NASA Astronaut Nick Hague, a Flight Engineer, reviews a computer model during his Robotics training in the Systems Engineering Simulator in preparation for his upcoming mission Expedition 57/58 to space this fall aboard the International Space Center, at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, U.S., May 14, 2018

Trump’s Space Force is about beating China, as Beijing is talking as if it already owns space

"While other nations increasingly possess the capability to operate in space, not all of them share our commitment to freedom, to private property, and the rule of law," Vice President Mike Pence said in a clear dig at China that forebodes space conflicts.

‘Peace behind me, war in front of me’: China’s new Army propaganda video is chilling and viral

Released on August 1 for China's Army Day, the video emotionally underscores the sacrifices made by service members of the People's Liberation Army and shows off some of the country's latest weaponry.
Children treated for injuries after a Saudi-led coalition hit a school bus.

Saudi Arabia’s human rights nightmare continues with bombing of school bus in Yemen

The air strike "conformed to international and humanitarian laws," Saudi spokesman Col Turki al-Malki said in a statement during a week where Saudi Arabia has made a lot of claims about its human rights.

Russia upgraded a nuclear bomber — and its missiles are a nightmare for US Navy aircraft carriers

The upgraded Tu-22M3M focuses on modernizing the avionics, communications, and controls on the Cold War era bomber. But the Tu-22M3M's integration with some of Russia's deadlier missiles, and role as a nuclear-capable maritime strike jet pose a serious challenge.
The 8,200-ton, 170-meter--long destroyers are equipped with the Aegis Baseline J7 combat system. (

Beijing’s response to Japan’s new destroyer shows its authoritarian endgame in the South China Sea

Since World War II, the US, particularly the US Navy, has enforced free and open seas and a rules-based world order. This order, imposed at a massive cost to the US, has enriched the world and specifically China by enforcing safe shipping in open waters.

Trump drops the sanctions hammer on Iran — but Putin could come to Tehran’s rescue

A summit with President Donald Trump would greatly shame the theocratic rulers of Iran, as they frame their government as a revolutionary act opposing US hegemony and cry "death to America." That's where Russian President Vladimir Putin may come into play.

Iran is training tiny speedboats to seize a key waterway — and it could actually cripple the US Navy

The US Navy stands unmatched on earth in terms of size and ability, but Iran has formed a "guerrilla army at sea" that is small, fast, deadly, and designed specifically to present an asymmetrical threat to the toughest ships on earth.