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  • Does North Korea Have What It Takes To Kill America's Aircraft Carriers?

    James Holmes Security, You may be surprised. Key point: North Korea knows what it has to do. Could North Korea’s armed forces sink an American aircraft carrier? Yes—depending on what type of carrier they confront, how skillfully U.S. Navy commanders employ the flattop and its consorts, how well North Korean warriors know the tactical surroundings and, most crucially, whom fortune favors in combat. Fortune is a fickle ally, prone to switch sides and back again in battle. It’s doubtful an...

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  • Yes, America Is Using Stealth Drones to Spy on Iran

    David Axe Security, Middle East It is very likely. Key point: Drones carry less risk to human pilots, but are easier to escalate with. U.S. forces on deployment to the Middle East include F-15E fighter-bombers, F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters and B-52 bombers, among others. But as tensions escalate between the United States and its allies including Saudi Arabia on one hand, and Iran and Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels on the other hand, it’s worth considering what other American aircraft...

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  • North Korea Is Afraid Of America, But Should It Also Fear A Chinese Invasion?

    Kyle Mizokami Security, Asia It could happen. Key Point: China only has so much patience, and won't let the entire peninsula fall into American hands. North Korea is both a blessing and a curse for China. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is an independent state that is openly hostile to the United States and other regional powers. Pyongyang’s military is a deterrent to attack without posing a direct threat to China. As a result, nearly a thousand miles of China’s borders are occupied...

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  • No More North Korea: Could America Have Won The Korean War With Nuclear Weapons?

    Robert Farley Security, Asia We're lucky that we did not have to find out. Key point: It could have resulted in hundreds of thousands more dead. In 1950, as U.S. forces retreated from China’s onslaught across the Yalu River, General Douglas MacArthur called for strategic air attacks against China. Many believed that this would necessarily include the atomic bomb, America’s “asymmetric advantage” of the time. America’s large arsenal of atomic weapons, and the fleet of strategic bombers...

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  • North Korea's Underground Air Bases Would Be Key In a War Against America

    Kyle Mizokami Security, Asia Keep it secret, keep it safe. Key point: Underground headquarters, fortifications and troop depots have the potential to not only enhance the Korean People’s Army’s ability to mount a surprise attack, but also to prolong the war. North Korea, one of the most secretive countries in the world, is no stranger to building underground military facilities. Whether a tunnel dug under the demilitarized zone designed to pass thousands of troops an hour, or bunkers to...

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  • Trump Hints At Use Of Military Force If North Korea Backtracks On Commitments

    Trump Hints At Use Of Military Force If North Korea Backtracks On Commitments President Trump hinted on Tuesday that the United States may be forced to use military force against North Korea if Pyongyang doesn't temper their rhetoric, according to Yonhap. Trump revived the threat of military action as negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled over how to match the North's denuclearization steps with U.S. concessions. But the U.S. president also...

    Zero Hedge
  • All of the Ways the U.S. Navy Could Fight (And Beat) North Korea in a War

    James Holmes Security, Asia But let's hope that never happens. Key point: The Navy has many options, but the Admirals know that they all come at a cost. How can the U.S. Navy destroy North Korea should Washington give the word? It can’t. Or at least it stands little chance of doing so by its lonesome barring improbable circumstances. What the navy can do is contribute to a joint or multinational campaign that destroys the Northern regime or its armed forces. But even that would involve perils,...

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