The ‘Alfa’ Attack Submarine Was Ahead of Its Time
The Soviet Union began the Cold War well behind the United States in submarine technology. Although the Soviets acquired several of the most advanced German submarine types towards the end of the war, the United States had amassed a wealth of experience in submarine and antisubmarine practice from the... Read more
The Russian Navy Is in a Death Spiral
Over the past year, the Russian navy has undertaken several high visibility operations, most notably the deployment of the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov off the coast of Syria, and the launch of cruise missiles from ships based in the Caspian Sea. Russian submarine activity has also increased, although not... Read more
China’s Military Has Greatly Benefited From Stolen Technology
As the People’s Republic of China emerged from war and revolution in 1949, it became apparent that the Chinese economy lacked the capacity to compete with the United States or the Soviet Union in the production of advanced military technology. Transfers from the Soviet Union helped remedy the gap... Read more
¿Realmente podría haber ganado EE.UU. la guerra de Vietnam?
Mark Moyar, una eminencia en política exterior y militar de EE.UU., tuvo hace poco la oportunidad de actualizar un antiguo argumento sobre la viabilidad de la guerra de Vietnam. Moyar sostiene que la postura histórica sobre la guerra es errónea en varios aspectos y que realmente Estados Unidos podría... Read more
The Battlecruiser That Wouldn’t Die
On Aug. 1, 1914, the German battlecruiser Goeben was taking on coal, preparing to flee the Italian port of Brindisi in order to escape a pursuing British Royal Navy squadron. Thus began an epic pursuit across the Mediterranean, with effects that reverberated across World War I. In the years... Read more
How North Korea Could Go to War
The most intense period of fighting in Korea ended some 64 years ago, but the divide across the peninsula remains the world’s most visible legacy of the Cold War. While the Republic of Korea has become economically successful and democratic, North Korea has become a punchline. Nevertheless, the Democratic People’s Republic of... Read more
The Avro Arrow Was Canada’s Awesome, Pointless Jet Fighter
This story originally appeared on June 18, 2016. In the early 1950s, the Canadian government began to solicit orders for a new high-speed interceptor. The explosion in jet technology had rendered Canada’s first- and second-generation interceptors obsolete. In order to patrol Canada’s vast airspace, the Royal Canadian Air Force... Read more
The HMS ‘Queen Elizabeth’ Was an Unlucky Battleship
Earlier this week HMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest aircraft carrier ever built for the Royal Navy, began sea trials. The Queen Elizabeth class represents a massive leap forward for the Royal Navy, and the success or failure of the class will structure British seapower for the rest of the 21st century.... Read more
The Carrier USS ‘Enterprise’ Helped Destroy the Core of the Japanese Fleet
In May 1938, the U.S. Navy commissioned the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, the seventh ship to bear the name in American service. The second of three sisters, Enterprise made a central — perhaps the central — contribution to the war effort in 1942. The U.S. Navy began 1942 with six fleet carriers — excluding... Read more
Could the United States Have Really Won the Vietnam War?
Mark Moyar, the scholar of U.S. foreign and military policy, recently had the opportunity to update an older argument on the viability of the Vietnam War. Moyar argues that the historical consensus on the war is wrong on several points, and that in fact the United States could have... Read more
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