The U.S. Military Now Has a Permanent Base in Israel
On Sept. 18, 2017, the United States established its first permanent manned military base in Israel at Mashabim Air Base in the Negev Desert. Brig. Gen. Tzvika Haimovich, the head of the Israeli Air Force’s Aerial Defense Command, hailed the event as “nothing short of historic,” adding that it demonstrates... Read more
‘Classic Rio Gangster Battle’ Leaves Brazil Favela in State of Siege
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. One of Brazil‘s largest favelas has been under siege for more than a week as two rival crime groups battle for territorial control, illustrating shifting criminal dynamics in the city and raising questions about whether or not security forces will be able to... Read more
Ya sabemos cuántos carros de combate T-14 Armata va a fabricar Rusia
Según un alto cargo de su Ministerio de Defensa, Moscú va a fabricar 100 carros de combate T-14 Armata para el año 2020, lo cual desmiente la rocambolesca idea de que para entonces el Kremlin iba a contar con una flota de 2.300 imponentes nuevas máquinas. «Actualmente se están... Read more
In Pictures — Sweden and America’s Big War Games
The United States and several NATO member states are participating in Sweden’s Aurora-17 military exercises. The war games are the largest military maneuvers Sweden has undertaken in more than two decades. Some 19,000 Swedish military personnel from all service branches are participating in the exercise, as are people from... Read more
Russia Will Have 6,000 More Tanks in Its Army
Russia is sharply curtailing the number of Soviet-era tanks that is planning to scrap. In previous years, Moscow had planned to send some 10,000 of its older model tanks to the junk yard for disposal, now that figure could be reduced to as few as 4,000. “Initially, when the... Read more
India Wants to Match China’s Mountain Tank
The Indian Army is in the early planning stages for a new light tank capable of traversing the rugged conditions of India’s mountainous northern borders. A directive from the Army setting requirements for the machine comes soon after China tested its own mountain tank in Tibet. India and China... Read more
Military Exercises Are Tearing Up Russia’s Infrastructure
Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin has been racing to bolster the Russian military’s fighting abilities with frequent, large-scale exercises near his country’s western borders. But one recent story from Glavny, which covers western Russia, indicates that the exercises are taking a toll on infrastructure and local governments which are swarmed... Read more
We Now Know How Many T-14 Armata Tanks Russia Will Build
Moscow will build 100 T-14 Armata main battle tanks by 2020 according to a senior Russian defense official, putting to rest the fanciful notion that the Kremlin would build a fleet of 2,300 of fearsome new machines by that time. “The designed models are currently undergoing operational testing,” Russian... Read more
New Urban Camo Won’t Save British Tanks
The British Army has painted some of its Challenger 2 tanks in a new camouflage scheme that planners hope will help the 62-ton machines hide on city streets. But the government has withheld other, more important enhancements. The tanks’ blocky, white, gray and brown scheme is actually a throwback... Read more
El fusil Baker convirtió a los soldados en letales tiradores a larga distancia
Un gélido día de enero de 1809, Thomas Plunkett ─ fusilero del 95º Regimiento de Fusiles británico ─ se encontraba fuera de la ciudad española de Cacabelos tumbado en el suelo con la espalda sobre la nieve. Cualquiera diría que no era lugar para un irlandés, pero... Read more