Top Five Most Capable Jets of the Cold War in Air to Air Combat

Intense competition between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and an arms race in all major areas of their defence sectors from armour to ballistic missiles, saw both states contend to develop the most capable fighters and interceptors for air to air combat. Each viewed the other as a peer competitor against […]

A mothership finally recovers DARPA’s ‘Gremlins’ drone, but it’s not all good news – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

Gremlins Air Vehicle during a test at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, October 2021. (DARPA) WASHINGTON: The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s “Gremlins” drones are proving to be as difficult to wrangle as the 1980s film creatures that serve as their namesake. During an October 29 test, DARPA successfully recaptured one X-61 Gremlin Air Vehicle, dragging […]

Britain's Aircraft Carrier Programs Since WW2: How Budget Cuts Devastated the Fleet

The British Royal Navy today fields two sizeable 65,000 ton Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, which entered service in December 2017 and December 2019, making the country’s carrier fleet larger and more capable than it has been since the early years of the Cold War. While the Navy fielded a sizeable fleet during the Second World War, British carrier programs […]

The Importance of Biodefense in the Wake of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to disruption on an unprecedented scale. More than 750,000 Americans died, while more than 46.9 million cases have been reported. Schools and universities transitioned online for several months, and in April 2020, US unemployment reached its highest level on record at 14.8 percent. It is precisely the chaos and disruption brought on […]

The Shah's Nuclear Bomb as a Western Asset: How America Supported Iran's WMD Program

Since the mid 1980s the possibility of Iran developing a nuclear weapons capability has been a significant concern in the Western world, and one which has only grown with time as the country’s economy and defence sector have modernised and as it acquired a growing number of potentially nuclear capable North Korean missile designs. Allegations […]

‘One of the largest shifts in global geostrategic power:’ Milley on China’s rise – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

Chinese military officers celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) WASHINGTON: The now-infamous phone calls between the heads of America’s and China’s militaries earlier this year to avert conflict resulting from bad Chinese intelligence about a US plan to attack highlights the risks of strategic miscalculation by […]

World's First Twin Seat Fifth Gen. Fighter Unveiled: First Look at China New J-20 Variant

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force’s long speculated induction of a twin seat variant of its J-20 fighter jet has finally been confirmed by new leaked footage, with the prototype reportedly carrying out taxing tests and having yet to make its first flight. The J-20 entered service in 2017 as the first fifth generation fighter jet […]