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Russia's President Vladimir Putin inspects warships in St Petersburg in July 2018.

Putin backs off Russia’s threats against Israel, and calls Syria downing a Russian plane a ‘tragic’ accident

Russian President Vladimir Putin backed off Russian Defense Ministry threats to take "countermeasures" against Israel after Syrian air defenses shot down a Russian military plane over the Mediterranean.
The US Air Force wants more fighters, bombers, and basically everything.

The US Air Force plans a massive expansion to take on Russia and China

The US Air Force set out to return to Cold War numbers by growing nearly 25% and taking on hundreds more planes to form an additional 74 squadrons. This is a crucial part of the US's pivot to counter Russia and China.

US F-22s came face-to-face with Russia’s top fighter near Alaska and were at a major disadvantage

If a fight were to start during an intercept like the one this week, the Russian pilot would have the huge advantage of having the F-22 in sight. What's more, the Russian Su-35 can maneuver better than the F-22.
The U.S. military, together with our allies and partners, has the capability to achieve this objective quickly, precisely, decisively, and in ways that control escalation.

Trump is on the verge of a new Syria strike — but it has nothing to do with saving Syrians

When the US strikes Syria, it picks locations unlikely to harm Russians, therefore preventing escalation between the world's greatest nuclear powers. But the strikes still send a message to Moscow, that the US won't be muscled out of Syria, and norms against chemical weapons use are worth upholding.
Aircraft from the Freedom Fighters of Carrier Air Wing 7 fly in formation above the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Harry S. Truman.

The US Navy just sent Russia and China powerful messages with aircraft-carrier shows of force

Exercises including strong US allies and F-35C stealth jet fighters no doubt raised eyebrows in Moscow and Beijing.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin inspects warships in St Petersburg in July 2018.

Trump drew a red line on Syria — but Russia looks set for massive retaliation this time

Even with Russian ships in the Mediterranean, the US, with its impressive airpower, could most likely land a few clean shots on noncritical targets and again embarrass Syria and Russia with a flashy display of missiles streaking across the sky, should Syria cross President Donald Trump's line.

Putin made a telling blunder in a shouting match with Ukraine’s president, France’s Hollande says

Russian President Vladimir Putin got so angry during a shouting match with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that he revealed he was lying about Russia's role in a military uprising in eastern Ukraine, former French President Francois Hollande wrote in a book reflecting on his time in office.
Type 001A aircraft carrier in Dalian, China, 2017.

Here’s how China’s new aircraft carrier stacks up to other world powers’ carriers

China may have the biggest army, but it is far behind in other aspects.
Sukhoi Su-30SM jet fighters of the Sokoly Rossii (Falcons of Russia) aerobatic team fly in formation during the International Army Games 2016, in Dubrovichi outside Ryazan, Russia, August 5, 2016.

Russia and China are preparing for a nuclear war with their biggest ever war games

Under President Donald Trump, the US has redefined its national security and defense postures, and both strategies say China and Russia, rather than terrorism or climate change, are the biggest threats to the US.
US Navy aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan, USS Theodore Roosevelt, and USS Nimitz and their strike groups in the Western Pacific with ships from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Trump’s North Korea push just got dangerous again after secretive deals with Kim Jong Un

Before ending testing in 2018, North Korea had standing threats to fire missiles at US forces in Guam and detonate an armed nuclear warhead over the Pacific.