Why the Russian Navy Could Be in Serious Trouble


by The National Interest

The National Interest— David Axe Security, Europe How one recent events could help force some serious changes.  The sinking of the Russian navy's biggest drydock could spell trouble, and change, for the world's third-biggest navy. PD-50, a huge floating dry dock at the 82nd Repair Shipyard in Roslyakovo, Russia, accidentally sank on Oct. 29, 2018 after an electrical malfunction resulting in pumps overfilling the dock's ballast tanks. Four shipyard workers were hurt. Admiral Kuznetsov, Russia's sole aircraft carrier,...

The National Interest—Why France's Own 'Tomahawk' Missile Is In Serious Trouble. Charlie Gao Security, Middle East A bad performance in Syria was just the start. The jury is still out on how effective Russian and Syrian air defenses were in the April 18, 2018, missile strikes against Syria. While the United States claims that all missiles hit the targets and the Russian MoD claims that over 65 percent of the missiles were intercepted, the truth may not be known for some time. What is known is that some missiles suffered considerable technical difficulties during the...

The National Interest—Why the U.S. Military Is In Serious Trouble. Thomas Spoehr Security, "The report notes that the United States now faces five rising challenges—China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and transnational terrorism—yet has fewer military forces than at any time since the end of World War II." The report of the National Defense Strategy Commission, released Wednesday, reaches conclusions with profound implications for U.S. national security. The report itself is a rarity for Washington, presenting bipartisan consensus that reflects hard-hitting...

www.nytimes.com—‘Seriously, You Chose Her?’: U.S.A. Gymnastics’ Trouble at the Top. Less than a year after Larry Nassar’s sentencing, decisions by U.S.A. Gymnastics created a backlash among athletes that has left the federation teetering.