Saturday, April 29, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017
|North Korea is estimated to possess enough plutonium to develop about 10 plutonium-based warheads. If the country is producing highly-enriched uranium, it could be creating multiple uranium based warheads annually.|
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
|North Korea's military drill underscored that Pyongyang controls a powerful standing army despite the nation's limited financial resources. North Korea’s armed forces counts 1.19 million service members and another 7.7 million reservists.|
|The nation of 25 million people is also home to 3,500 battle tanks, 72 submarines, 302 helicopters, 563 combat aircraft and 21,100 artillery pieces, making up one of the most powerful militaries in the world.|
Monday, April 24, 2017
F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS)
Sunday, April 23, 2017
|Chinese forces tried to drive away two Philippine planes carrying Manila's defense and military chiefs Friday near a Chinese man-made island.|
Saturday, April 22, 2017
|A video appearing to show a fresh attack on Syria with Russian parachute bombs has emerged online. Footage captures the moment a bomb lands on the Syrian city of Al-Lataminah as a mushroom cloud of smoke bursts skywards. A man recording the footage is heard praying for the souls of those near of the blast. |
Russia have launched more than 70 airstrikes since their anti-Islamic State campaign began in September 2015. Jets bombed the villages of Al-Lataminah as well as Kafr Zita and Morek. Military bosses discovered that mines which detonated at roof level could inflict more damage on buildings than bombs which went off on impact
Friday, April 21, 2017
|The sale would assist in the defeat of ISIS and would not “alter the basic military balance in the region.” The Kurdistan President, Barzani, said that the region will push for independence.|
Thursday, April 20, 2017
|Drones are detected by radar, and a camera included in the system displays the target on the screen, enabling the operator to aim the laser. The artillery then goes after the ground control.|
Sunday, April 16, 2017
|Although the South China Sea covers only 2.5 percent of the Earth’s surface, it is home to some of the world’s richest reef systems and over 3,000 fish species, comprising about 12 percent of the total global fish catch.|
Since 2008 virtually all fisheries are in serious decline. Roughly 25% have collapsed entirely, 25% are seriously over-exploited and the rest is fully-exploited. The situation is getting much worse.
Catches now consist of smaller species whose populations have increased as natural predators have been over-fished — a phenomenon known as “fishing down the food web.”
|The fishing industry is critical to China’s economy. Fishing revenues make up about 3 percent of China’s GDP and generate up to $279 billion (1.732 trillion RMB) annually. China employs between 7 and 9 million fishermen (over 14 million industry-wide) who operate over 450,000 fishing vessels, half of which are ocean going. This is the largest fleet on Earth.|
Fish is increasingly important to the Chinese diet. China’s fish consumption grew annually at 6 percent between 1990 and 2010. China consumes 34 percent of the global fish food supply, over five times the amount of North America. Further, China’s fish consumption will increase 30 percent to over 41 kilograms per capita by 2030.
|China perceives its access to disputed fisheries as declining and foreign fishermen are “killing the chicken to harvest its eggs”. Chinese fishermen widely complain of foreign harassment.|
Fishing is equally important to other countries. The Philippines employ some 1.5 million fishermen and the industry accounts for 2.7 percent of national GDP. Fish comprises some 35.3 percent of all animal proteins consumed in Vietnam and in the Philippines and Indonesia that number is even higher—42.6 percent and 57.3 percent.
As one Filipino senator put it, retaining access to fisheries in the face of Chinese advances is not a matter of economics, but of “starvation.”
Saturday, April 15, 2017
|North Korea displayed new long-range missiles that could one day threaten continental America at a vast military parade, showcasing the isolated nation’s defiance as a US aircraft carrier group headed to the region.|
Pyongyang warned it was prepared to take the “toughest” action unless the US ended its “military hysteria”, with speculation growing that the regime is preparing to conduct a sixth nuclear test.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
|With Seoul a mere 35 miles from the border, North Korea's considerable number of artillery pieces could prove devastating|
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
|US Special Operation Forces, the UK Special Operation Forces and units from other countries have been conducting operations across the Syrian-Jordanian border for a long time. However, this is the first time US armoured vehicles are reported there. The US ship Liberty Passion, loaded with vehicles, arrived at the Jordanian port of Al-Aqapa a few days ago.|
These moves followed a meeting between the Jordanian King and the US president.
Monday, April 10, 2017
|The S-500 is so capable that many U.S. defense officials worry that even stealth warplanes like the F-22, F-35 and the B-2 might have problems overcoming them.|