Russia & Ukraine On Brink Of War

[According to this report, it looks like Ukraine drew first blood. Anybody have additional information? -Bob]

By Michael Snyder – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

A respected foreign journalist living in Ukraine is warning that a war that most Americans cannot even imagine “teeters on the razor-thin edge of becoming real”.  When Russia opened fire on Ukrainian Navy vessels and captured three of their ships, it made headlines all over the globe.  An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council was hastily arranged for Monday at 11 AM, and hopefully, there will be a positive outcome from that meeting.  Because right now Moscow and Kiev are on the brink of war, and once a Russian invasion happens there will be no turning back.  At that point the U.S. would have a major decision to make, and if we chose to defend Ukraine that could mean that we would suddenly find ourselves fighting World War 3.

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Cyber Hack Feared in USS John S. McCain Crash

By Cathy Burke – Re-Blogged From Newsmax

Red flags are being raised over fears that the latest at-sea collision involving the USS John S. McCain could have been caused by a cyberattack on the Navy’s electronic guidance systems, McClatchy reported.

The Pacific collision – the fourth involving a Seventh Fleet warship this year – occurred near the Strait of Malacca, a busy 1.7-mile-wide waterway connecting the Indian Ocean and South China Sea that accounts for roughly 25 percent of global shipping.

“When you are going through the Strait of Malacca, you can’t tell me that a Navy destroyer doesn’t have a full navigation team going with full lookouts on every wing and extra people on radar,” Jeff Stutzman, an ex-information warfare specialist in the Navy who works at Wapack Labs, told McClatchy.

“There’s something more than just human error going on because there would have been a lot of humans to be checks and balances.”

Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson, did not rule out a cyberattack in the collision, from which 10 American sailors remain missing.

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China Builds Maritime Muscle

Re-Blogged From Stratfor

China recently reached a new milestone on its path toward military modernization. On June 28, the country launched the first Type 055 warship from the Jiangnan Shipyard on Shanghai’s Changxing Island. The vessel is China’s first heavy destroyer, and it is the largest surface combatant warship built by an Asian power since the end of World War II. With the Type 055, China shows how far it has come in its efforts to expand its maritime capabilities.

The Type 055 warship is a large and heavy vessel, with a full displacement — or weight — of more than 12,000 tons, a length of about 180 meters (590 feet) and a beam of roughly 20 meters. In fact, the U.S. military classifies the Type 055 as a cruiser, a class of warship larger than a destroyer. And despite its size, the new ship is sleek and modern in its design. For instance, it incorporates numerous features that reduce its visibility on radar, such as a fully enclosed foredeck and an integrated mast.

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A Plan to Cut Military Spending

By Benjamin H. Friedman and Christopher Preble – Re-Blogged From http://www.downsizinggovernment.org and http://www.cato.org

Federal policymakers have supported many extraneous missions for the Department of Defense aside from the basic and constitutional requirement to defend the nation. The result is that America’s military budget has become very bloated. The United States would be better off taking a wait-and-see approach to distant threats, while letting friendly nations bear more of the costs of their own defense, as we discuss in a related essay.

There will always be disorder in various places around the globe, but that doesn’t mean that all foreign problems are a threat to America. We should retain the ability to participate in multilateral efforts to mitigate humanitarian disasters, but we should not mistake such efforts as something relevant to our defense.

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