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College Costs Are America's Cruel Graduation Gift

College Costs Are America's Cruel Graduation GiftSpringtime at the school where I teach is usually a celebration of how far so



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Why Shrimp Scampi Has Been On America's Mind All Week

Why Shrimp Scampi Has Been On America's Mind All WeekJames Comey made us start thinking about shrimp scampi.



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Offer to Withdraw America's Troops from South Korea to Seal a Nuclear Deal with the North

Offer to Withdraw America's Troops from South Korea to Seal a Nuclear Deal with the NorthWashington’s priority should be to eliminate the North’s nuclear weapons and the regime’s ability to strike America. The prospect of a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un offers a unique opportunity to move Northeast Asia away from more than seven decades of confrontation and conflict.



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Air Showdown: America's F-22 & F-35 Stealth Fighters vs. Russia's S-400 (Who Wins?)

Air Showdown: America's F-22 & F-35 Stealth Fighters vs. Russia's S-400 (Who Wins?)For the Russians, solving the problem of targeting a low observable aircraft is something that they continue to work on—but it is doubtful the Moscow has resolved the issue. Russia’s strong investment in layers of air defenses tells us that the Kremlin believes the primary threat to its ground forces comes from U.S. airpower. As such, defeating stealth technology is one of Moscow’s top priorities, Kofman notes, and the Kremlin has dedicated a lot of resources to that end.



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Will America's Bombers Be Able to Defeat Russian Air Defense?

Will America's Bombers Be Able to Defeat Russian Air Defense?The Air Force is looking into new generation stealth. Will America’s Bombers Be Able to Defeat Russian Air Defense? The Air Force is preparing for a substantial technical “critical design review” of its next-generation B-21 Raider bomber, an aircraft said by developers to mark a new “fourth-generation” in stealth technology able to elude the most advanced air defenses in the world.



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The Wreckage of One of America's World War II Aircraft Carriers Has Been Discovered

The Wreckage of One of America's World War II Aircraft Carriers Has Been DiscoveredThe crew of the Research Vessel Petrel found Lexington at a depth of 3,000 meters resting on the floor of the Coral Sea more than 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia. A research team funded by billionaire Paul Allen has found the wreckage of the storied World War II aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-2), which was sunk during the Battle of the Coral Sea.



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Why Putin Is Obsessed with America's Missile Defense

Why Putin Is Obsessed with America's Missile DefensePractically all of the nuclear weapons systems mentioned in Putin’s speech, old and new, were justified as a response to the steady buildup of U.S. missile defense since it withdrew from the ABM Treaty. In a speech before Russia’s Federal Assembly, Vladimir Putin unveiled several new nuclear-weapons systems.



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Confronting China and Russia, not tackling terrorism, is now America's top security priority

Confronting China and Russia, not tackling terrorism, is now America's top security priorityCountering China and Russia is a bigger focus for US national security than defeating terrorism, the American administration announced yesterday.  Donald Trump’s new national defence strategy named “inter-state strategic competition” as its primary concern rather than jihadist attacks.  It marks a tipping point after almost two decades when the US has focussed on countering terrorism following the September 11 attacks.  China, Russia, North Korea and Iran were all mentioned as powers that were threatening the international order.  The strategy signals a return of a Cold War-style mentality in American foreign policy that will focus on countering rival great powers.  James Mattis,  US Secretary of Defense Credit: EPA/WALLACE WOON James Mattis, the US defence secretary, explained the rationale behind the 11-page national defence strategy in a speech on Friday.  “We will to continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists that we’re engaged in today, but great-power competition – not terrorism – is now the primary focus of US national security,” he said.  Mr Mattis added: "To those who would threaten America's experiment in democracy: they must know if you challenge us, it will be your longest and worst day." The document itself included a similar message: “Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in US national security.” It called out threats posed by rival nations. “China is a strategic competitor using predatory economics to intimidate its neighbours while militarising features in the South China Sea,” it read.  US President Donald Trump, right, and Russia's President Vladimir  Credit: APEC-SUMMIT “Russia has violated the borders of nearby nations and pursues veto power over the economic, diplomatic, and security decisions of its neighbours. “As well, North Korea’s outlaw actions and reckless rhetoric continue despite United Nation’s censure and sanctions. "Iran continues to sow violence and remains the most significant challenge to Middle East stability.” John McCain, the Republican senator of Arizona, welcomed the strategy, saying: “It gets the big decisions right, prioritises the threats we face, and offers clear guidance for making tough choices.” Mr Mattis also called on Democrats to agree new funding ahead of a midnight Friday deadline, warning that the military would suffer if they blocked budget proposals.  Appealing to Congress, he said: "No strategy can survive without predictable funding. As hard as the last 16 years have been, no enemy has harmed the US military more than defence spending caps and sequestration." Mr Trump cancelled his trip to Florida on Friday in an attempt to help avoid a government shutdown as Republicans piled pressure on their political opponents.   The US president was due to fly to his Mar-a-Lago resort but stayed in Washington as scrambled negotiations played out behind the scenes.  A fierce blame game erupted in the American capital as political rivals pointed the finger at each other over who was at fault.  Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, accused Democrats of being unpatriotic by threatening to block a funding extension.   “The American people, the citizens who actually elected us, will be watching," he said.  "They will see which senators make the patriotic decision, stand up for the American people and vote to continue government funding." Chuck Schumer, the most senior Democrat in the Senate, noted that Mr Trump once said that America could use “a good shutdown”.



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Stealth and Speed: America's SR-71 Blackbird Might Be Old (But Still the World's Fastest Plane)

Stealth and Speed: America's SR-71 Blackbird Might Be Old (But Still the World's Fastest Plane)The Blackbird’s design reflected the fact that it was pushing the limits. The SR-71’s J58 engines could only start through use of two vehicle-mounted V8 starter engines, and the triethylborane used in the fuel would belch green flames during ignition. The J58s would switch to a partial ramjet mode at high speeds, such that the SR-71 actually became more fuel efficient when it went faster.



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America's 'Stealth' Air Force vs. North Korea: Who Wins in a War?

America's 'Stealth' Air Force vs. North Korea: Who Wins in a War?Hope we never have to find out… America’s ‘Stealth’ Air Force vs. North Korea: Who Wins in a War? Indeed, even without its nuclear-tipped missiles, dug-in conventional North Korean artillery could leave Seoul devastated within only a few hours. Any successful attack on North Korea would have to eliminate those threats before they could level Seoul—but that is easier said than done.



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