The Russians will hold a 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade on May 9th.
They will show off their newest tank family "Armata", including a long-awaited all-new main battle tank design (probably the first all-new one since the 1970's).
The end of American cluster munitions is arriving and the Department of Defense (DoD) has no plans to replace them. In 2008, when the U.S. government committed itself to disposing of cluster munitions by January 2019, this milestone seemed distant. Unfortunately, when DoD implements the final phase of this policy, it will deprive itself of a critical capability without a replacement.
Thankfully, there may be a means for closing the gap against imprecisely located hardened and armored targets that does not involve a one-for-one replacement of the stockpile of cluster munitions currently in the inventory. The answer may be sensor-fuzed munitions. This is a family of munitions employed by firing them in an area where enemy vehicles are thought to be located; the munition fuze will then seek out objects on the ground for which its sensors are designed. Having located a target, moving or stationary, the munition then guides to and detonates precisely on the target using its own sensors and without reliance on GPS. The United States fielded such a munition to great effect during Operation Desert Storm in the form of Sense and Destroy Armor (SADARM).
Their intervention in Qatar to oppress Qatar's Shi'ite majority in favour of the Sunni monarchy.
inover Syria and Iraq against Daesh
inover Yemen against the Shi'ite civil war party known as Houthis
Their cultural export of wahhabism
Their foreign aid to Comores etc.
Their unique privilege and opportunity to be the protector of Mecca and Medina and resulting prestige gain amongst about 1.5 billion Muslims
Their high (albeit inefficiently used) military expenditures
They politically lead the Gulf states against Shi'ite powers and (less cohesively so) against Daesh as well
Them being the anchor for the regional regimes' orientation towards EU and U.S.
Their central geographical position between Persian Gulf and Red Sea
Their relatively large (~ 31 million) population compared to many other countries in the region
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What can be done about this flouting of the NPT, some 45 years after it went into operation?That will almost certainly be a major issue at an NPT Review Conference that will convene at the UN headquarters, in New York City, from April 27 to May 22. These review conferences, held every five years, attract high-level national officials from around the world to discuss the treaty’s implementation. For a very brief time, the review conferences even draw the attention of television and other news commentators before the mass communications media return to their preoccupation with scandals, arrests, and the lives of movie stars.