Estonia Holds Independence Day Parade

Today the small Baltic state of Estonia held a parade to mark its independence from Russia. During the parade Estonia showed off some of its military hardware. Now, for obvious reasons I was not able to attend in person but the U.S Mission to NATO’s social media team was kind enough to provide a link to a live feed.
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King Salman’s War

 

 

Saudi Arabia has hinted that it will begin supplying surface to air missiles to the moderate rebels in Syria. The Saudi foreign minister stated that it could “change the balance of power on the ground” in the war torn nation.This brings up a number the questions;what are these weapons? And after years of war in Syria why would Saudi Arabia only now start supplying these weapons?
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Response to Human Rights Watch’s Cluster Bomb Report

             

Recently Human Rights Watch reported that Saudi Arabia had deployed cluster bombs in Yemen. HRW accused the Saudis of using “indiscriminate”, “banned” and ”illegal” weapons against civilian areas.Several publications, including the New York Times have picked up the story where they describe the munitions in a similar manner. In the following post I intend to point out the flaws of the report.
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North Korea: Blackmail the Universe

The only difference between a civilian satellite launch and an ICBM is the payload. Yesterday, North Korea attempted to launch an ICBM. No, it was not simple satellite test. No, it was not innocent. This has been true throughout history and today. The technology used to launch a rocket and fire a nuclear missile is identical. The Soyuz space vehicle that the Russians use to launch supplies to the International Space Station today is the same vehicle they used to launch sputnik in 1957. It is also the same rocket that became the R-7; the first Soviet Intercontinental Ballistic Missile.
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Russia’s PAK FA: More propaganda than Capability

If you listen to Russian media coverage of the PAK-FA. You will hear nothing but good things. Russia has spent time sending prototypes to airshows to perform tricks and stunts. It has used it’s propaganda platforms like Sputnik and RT to cast the F-22 and F-35 as incapable, slow and lacking. The new Sukhoi is being framed as a serious challenge for American fifth generation fighters and air superiority, a weapon that could truly upset the balance of power. In reality, the program is a modern day Potemkin village. It’s a warplane that looks impressive but doesn’t stand up to close examination.
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