Why Soldiers Carry Heavier Loads Than Ever Before, and How the Army Is Fighting to Fix It

Despite technological advances, the load ordinary soldiers carry in 2018 is probably greater than it’s ever been. The U.S. Army is hoping to help with that somewhat by introducing a new, lighter protective vest designed to stop bullets and shrapnel. The new Modular Scalable Vest weighs 20 percent less than previous…

The U.S. and China Are Canceling One Another’s Port Visits And It's A Bigger Deal Than You Think

Last week, China turned down a request for a U.S. Navy helicopter carrier to visit Hong Kong. And in May, the Chinese Navy was disinvited to this year’s RIMPAC exercises that attracted 25 countries from across the Asia-Pacific region. Both developments are pretty big deals in U.S.-China relations. Here’s why.

The UK’s Newest Aircraft Carrier, Complete With Its Own Pub, Has Landed in America

The United Kingdom’s first new aircraft carrier in decades, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has crossed the pond. The mammoth ship has arrived to participate in F-35 Joint Strike Fighter trials. Queen Elizabeth brings with a luxury—some would argue a necessity—that would make the “dry” U.S. Navy green with envy: its own pub,…

Inside China’s Plan to Build the Second-Biggest Aircraft Carrier Fleet in the World

China’s Navy is on a roll. The Navy, or more properly the People’s Liberation Army Navy, has launched more than a hundred ships of all kinds over the past decade, including destroyers, amphibious ships, frigates, and corvettes. The PLAN is now the largest Navy in Asia, with more than 300 warships. Yet of the hundreds…

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