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  • Andre N Jones
    Published 4 days ago
    Punch Drunk

    Punch Drunk

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  • Hannah McSorley
    Published 5 days ago
    10 Interesting Historical Facts About Carl von Clausewitz

    10 Interesting Historical Facts About Carl von Clausewitz

    Carl von Clausewitz is an incredibly important military thinker that lived between 1780 and 1831. His book, On War, details his thinking about military strategy and military theory, and has been since been used as a model for strategic thinking in all walks of life. To understand the mechanism behind the machine though, one must look into the man. Who was Carl van Clausewitz? What makes his work so revolutionary? What interesting historical facts about Carl von Clausewitz influenced his work? And maybe most importantly, how has his legacy lived on?
  • Dub Wright
    Published 7 days ago
    Mike Smith Is Dead—Pt. 14

    Mike Smith Is Dead—Pt. 14

    Publica Bank was bustling when Kip and Rosa entered. Ms. Ortiz was in her office but with a mound of paperwork and her back turned to the interior windows of her office.
  • Dub Wright
    Published 7 days ago
    Mike Smith Is Dead—Pt. 15

    Mike Smith Is Dead—Pt. 15

    Linda looked up from her desk and appeared to stare at Kip and Rosa. “Well, the corporation fairly well protects your property and assets; technically, when you married Rosa all the monies and stock became hers as well. Those assets prior to the marriage and prior to the corporation are liable, and I am checking to see if anything in the company can be tied in too. We just don’t know what agreements the US government may have made with the Tico government.”
  • Dub Wright
    Published 7 days ago
    The Fat Mouse

    The Fat Mouse

    On the twenty sixth day a small slit in the door opened, revealing a bit of light surrounding a metal cup of water and a chunk of a bolillos, a hard roll. Samuel reached down and pulled the plate to himself, then pushed an empty plate back. For twenty six days, by his count, the routine had been the same. He marked the days by the feeding—one bread and water meal per day. He marked the weeks the same way. One day per week the plate contained boned salt fish; he wasn’t Catholic, but he decided to name fish day, as Friday.
  • Mia Morales
    Published 8 days ago
    Why the Military Needs Cyber Security

    Why the Military Needs Cyber Security

    With how much information we pass around online, it is pertinent to secure, monitor, and traffic who has the ability to access sensitive information. Therefore, it is a wise idea for the military to utilize a network traffic analyzer to better protect top secret, private, or highly sensitive material online. This is easily done by utilizing a program or individual to monitor the flow of the network. This service allows for the ability to track devices, see what people are looking at online, and take into account how much bandwidth each device is using.
Staff Picks
  • Dave Smith
    Published about a month ago
    D-Day Siblings Reunited 75 Years Later

    D-Day Siblings Reunited 75 Years Later

    On 6th June 1944, allied forces undertook what became the biggest seaborne invasion in history. In what was known at the time as "Operation Neptune," 160,000 American, British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and other allied soldiers stormed a 50 mile stretch of heavily-fortified coastline in Normandy, in Nazi-occupied France, landing in amphibious craft and immediately coming under heavy fire. The operation has been re-imagined in countless movies, TV shows and video games—perhaps most famously in Steven Spielberg's 1998 film Saving Private Ryan.
  • Rachel Warren
    Published 4 months ago
    Ex Military Vets - True Stories

    Ex Military Vets - True Stories

    I have been working with ex military vets who have kindly shared their horrific war stories with me. As Soldiers... We soldier on. This was a repeated phrase used by many of our heroes. I have been connecting with soldiers and turning their stories into monologues working with a company called Iconic enterprise. With the stories, I have written them into performance pieces for our event to bring awareness to these outstanding people. I have shared three of my monologues below to help bring awareness of the pain and suffering our soldiers are put through, many suffering from PTSD.
  • Tim Brooks
    Published 4 months ago
    Kicking Pennies in the Rain

    Kicking Pennies in the Rain

    The Corps probably has—it probably had long before I’d gotten there, too—I don’t know what punishments the cadets inflict upon themselves today, but in 2002 the approved method of masochism were area tours, colloquially referred to as “walking hours.” An Area Tour was the most common punishment for both minor and major infractions; the severity of punishment rose in accordance with the egregiousness of the crime. The punishment was to spend time, reflecting on your misdeeds, walking back and forth across the center of the campus. You hefted your rifle upon your shoulder, walked about one hundred paces, switched shoulders, faced about, and repeated the exercise for as many hours as your sins warranted. Being late to class garnered you five hours or so, or missing formation ten, or something like that (it seemed arbitrary to me at the time).
  • Anonymous UwU
    Published 7 months ago
    The Art of War

    The Art of War

    The tale, as far as I know it, started in 1979. It started with Saddam Hussein. It started with conflict, with war, with struggle, hostility, bloodshed. It started with death. My grandfather, then 25 years old, was in combat for six years. He was married and left behind six beautiful young children. I talked to him the other day about the Iranian Iraqi war and he had told me that he had fought in the defensive position and shot down Iranian fighter aircrafts to protect his base. He had told me that at some point during the war, the Iranian military had surrounded his base, and that for three days, they were left to starve. The soldiers had to resort to eating grass and drinking muddy water.
  • Cato Conroy
    Published 9 months ago
    The 10 Most Disturbing Books About World War II

    The 10 Most Disturbing Books About World War II

    Two nuclear explosions. 80 million dead. More war crimes than any other event in human history. Entire continents turned upside-down. That's World War II in a nutshell.
  • Morgan E. Westling
    Published 9 months ago
    10 Heartbreaking Books About WWII

    10 Heartbreaking Books About WWII

    World War II was a traumatic time in the history of the human race, but if you don't have quite the right stomach for the best war movies streaming right now, then there are many heartbreaking books about WWII that still tell the tale. These great books of war and tragedy want to bring you back into that time period to experience it as if it were first hand. The purpose of literature is to try to reenact a moment in time or to create a fictional story through the magic of words. The best authors are magicians with pen and paper. Many famous writers even joined the military to fight for their respective country. Whether they lived it or not, however, writers can take us into the concentration camps, move us with a love story, or guide us along the war path of soviet officers. They show the reader what it was like for all involved in the war. It was a heartbreaking time, but these books are worth reading because, heartbreaking or not, the time period needs to be remembered.
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Airforce
Army
  • Mia Morales
    Published 8 days ago
    Why the Military Needs Cyber Security

    Why the Military Needs Cyber Security

    With how much information we pass around online, it is pertinent to secure, monitor, and traffic who has the ability to access sensitive information. Therefore, it is a wise idea for the military to utilize a network traffic analyzer to better protect top secret, private, or highly sensitive material online. This is easily done by utilizing a program or individual to monitor the flow of the network. This service allows for the ability to track devices, see what people are looking at online, and take into account how much bandwidth each device is using.
  • Jennifer White
    Published about a month ago
    5 Challenges Females May Face in the Army

    5 Challenges Females May Face in the Army

    When I first joined the Army, I had very few ideas about what to expect. While I’m not the first in my family to enter the military, I am the first female. On top of this, the family that I did know who entered the military, went Navy, so obviously I couldn’t draw from their experiences.
  • Anita Powell
    Published 3 months ago
    Women in the Military
Career
  • Julia Nex
    Published 3 months ago
    Translating Your Military Career to a Resume

    Translating Your Military Career to a Resume

    Okay, you’ve made the decision that it’s time to transition from military service and start a new adventure in the “civilian world,” but how do you translate your military career into a language and skill set that is clear and understandable to prospective employers?
  • Patty Ramsen
    Published 9 months ago
    10 Civilian Jobs Similar to Military Life

    10 Civilian Jobs Similar to Military Life

    When you leave the military, you may be worried about your transition to regular civilian jobs. However, there are civilian jobs similar to military life that won’t be too much of an uprooting for you. Before your job search, you need to know what you’d like to do. Plenty of employers would love to hire men and women who have had military experience because of how disciplined and hardworking they are.
  • Brad Gould
    Published about a year ago
    10 Traits Military Recruiters Look for in Potential Soldiers

    10 Traits Military Recruiters Look for in Potential Soldiers

    So you may want to join the military? Bravery, courage, hard work, and selflessness are just some character traits that you can expect military recruiters to look for when they are assessing whether or not you'll make the cut. Some of the traits military recruiters look for, though, could surprise you, and they are definitely things you should know before meeting with one. Check out some of these in-demand characteristics needed to take advantage of all the career and educational opportunities that come along with joining the military.
Family
  • Dave Smith
    Published about a month ago
    D-Day Siblings Reunited 75 Years Later

    D-Day Siblings Reunited 75 Years Later

    On 6th June 1944, allied forces undertook what became the biggest seaborne invasion in history. In what was known at the time as "Operation Neptune," 160,000 American, British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and other allied soldiers stormed a 50 mile stretch of heavily-fortified coastline in Normandy, in Nazi-occupied France, landing in amphibious craft and immediately coming under heavy fire. The operation has been re-imagined in countless movies, TV shows and video games—perhaps most famously in Steven Spielberg's 1998 film Saving Private Ryan.
  • Nannette LaRee Hernandez
    Published about a month ago
    How to Love a Combat Warrior with PTSD

    How to Love a Combat Warrior with PTSD

    My Grandfather was a very silent, angry man. He shouted a lot, especially at other drivers in traffic. He never hugged anyone or said, ‘I love you,’ and although I was born on the fourth of July, he never went to see the fireworks with me for my birthday.
  • Jeffrey Eatley
    Published 2 months ago
    The Greatest Honor

    The Greatest Honor

    His Greatest Honor was to serve. Mine will be to tell his story. Over 50 years ago, 1967, CW4 Gordon Eatley served two tours in Vietnam as an Army helicopter pilot. It was his greatest honor to serve his country. In August of 2019, he will be traveling back to where his service began. For three weeks we will travel throughout the country of Vietnam, visiting places he once traveled, where he lost friends and searching for some peace amongst it all. We hope that this will help change the memories that he has carried for all these years. We pray that it will allow him to come home under much better conditions and a warmer welcome. Over the next month, we will be telling stories, bringing everyone up to date with his life and in August we will be departing for 24 days, life-changing experience. I am his Son, Jeffrey Eatley, and I will be documenting it all in order to create a Documentary about his life then and his life now. Not many Fathers and Sons get the opportunity to do what we are doing.
Gear
  • charlie btallent
    Published 5 months ago
    The Top Four Fearsome Blades Used By Special Forces

    The Top Four Fearsome Blades Used By Special Forces

    Many people have a sort of love/hate relationship with all kinds of weapons in general. They do find them fascinating to look at from a distance, but to get them to touch or wield a sword or gun would be too much of a stretch. Additionally, a lot of us have this internal fear within ourselves that we may very well end up hurting ourselves, because we have no idea how to handle them. Given how many times that has happened to people, this fear is perfectly valid.
  • Buddy Brown
    Published 7 months ago
    10 Gifts That Help Support Veteran Organizations

    10 Gifts That Help Support Veteran Organizations

    Anyone who has been watching the national budget getting passed can tell you that veteran care is grossly underfunded. For all the work veterans do, Uncle Sam simply doesn't want to take care of them once they are out of the service.
  • Jesse Kinney
    Published about a year ago
    10 Tactical Folding Knives for Survival & Self-Defense

    10 Tactical Folding Knives for Survival & Self-Defense

    Whatever your situation is, whether you want to join the military, you're an active member of the military, or just in the market for survival gear, you'll want to look into the best possible equipment you get. Tactical folding knives are some of the popular pieces of tactical defense equipment and can be extremely important.
History
  • Catherine Anfield
    Published 22 days ago
    Remembering Peace

    Remembering Peace

    For several years, I went to the Service of Remembrance to take photographs and talk with Evan, who served on five continents in the Second World War. Evan was always very humble about what he did for this country during that war, and I don’t think he ever fully appreciated what his service meant to others.
  • Johnny Seven
    Published 22 days ago
    The War Remnants Museum, Saigon

    The War Remnants Museum, Saigon

    I visited Vietnam in 2018, travelling from the capital, Hanoi, in the North, to the former capital, Ho Chi Minh City, in the South before heading to Cambodia. HCM City was formerly called Saigon, and in truth still is by many Vietnamese, whether they live in the city or not. There are even beers called Hanoi and Saigon, but no beer called Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Frederica Angelina
    Published 25 days ago
    The Road to WWII
How To
  • Iggy Paulsen
    Published 7 months ago
    10 Ways You Can Honor a Veteran

    10 Ways You Can Honor a Veteran

    A veteran is not your average person. They are people who heard the call to duty and stepped up to meet the challenge. Despite knowing that they may end up paying the ultimate price, they went ahead and fought the good fight anyway.
  • Morgan E. Westling
    Published 10 months ago
    Ways to Reintegrate into Society After Deployment

    Ways to Reintegrate into Society After Deployment

    When a military family member returns home from a deployment cycle, it is understandable for everyone to be both anxious and excited. However, what family members may not realize is that when service members reintegrate into society after deployment, the soldier may be dealing with a lot more negative emotions that the family will not understand. Post traumatic stress is a very real disorder that many returning service members suffer from. Whether it’s their mental health they are struggling with or just normal adjustments back into civilian life, a healthy transition is the main goal for soldiers long term.
  • Mike Mavenful
    Published 10 months ago
    Military Routines Every Civilian Should Do

    Military Routines Every Civilian Should Do

    Simplifying your life and creating a routine can help you accomplish goals and get more done, which is something we could all benefit from. Well, it is no secret that the marine corps has special tips that can make your everyday tasks go by quicker. The military is known for being strict, but they also produce some of the best workers out there. Those who are in the military have their routine down to a science, and there are some military routines every civilian should do. Make your civilian life easier by following the simple tricks that the military uses on a daily basis.
List
  • Natalie Ige
    Published about a month ago
    8 Unmissable Legends of the Magnificent "Sword"

    8 Unmissable Legends of the Magnificent "Sword"

    A weapon that has not only engraved itself in the most prominent pages of history, but help create it, the ceaseless symbol of "Knighthood," "Kinship," "War," and "Chivalry"—the "Sword" is one of the world’s most ancient weapon technologies that paved the way for major breakthroughs in the historical timelines and metallurgy. Their existence in the lineage of history is so important; not merely because of the number of victories, but some of these "ancients" have been built so strong and sturdy, even modern science has failed to determine how they were made.
  • Wendy Knight
    Published 2 months ago
    10 Military and Veterans Organizations You Can Donate To

    10 Military and Veterans Organizations You Can Donate To

    With thousands upon thousands of men and women in the military fighting for the safety and freedom of the United States, we must stop and take the time to express gratitude for their sacrifices. Beyond taking time on days like Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or Veteran's Day to remember and thank service members, you may find yourself wishing to support active military troops and veterans in other ways.
  • Bill Shaffir
    Published 4 months ago
    The 10 Best Subscription Boxes for Military Wives

    The 10 Best Subscription Boxes for Military Wives

    There is no question that the military forces of the United States are the strongest in the world. It is a badge most Americans wear with honor, and that fact is especially true among those who are affiliated with service members. Considering the exception of military members themselves, some of the most proud are military spouses. They live a life that is opposite the same coin that their service member spouse have committed to, dealing with the stresses of everyday tasks without their support system close to home. As a friend, or even the soldier abroad, being there for them isn’t easy either; but it is important to find ways to do it anyway. That’s why a number of companies have created subscriptions boxes for military wives, husbands, or significant others at home, to help you support the loved one fighting the good fight at home.
Marine Corps
  • SKYLERIZED
    Published 2 months ago
    Reason First: Semper Fidelis, Ayn Rand

    Reason First: Semper Fidelis, Ayn Rand

    Ayn Rand once wrote that it was either “fate or irony... to be born, of all countries on Earth in the one least suitable for a fanatic of individualism, Russia.” My story is the direct opposite. Call it emphasizing the obvious that a fierce egoist like myself was born in the capital of the First State on an Air Force base in the United States of America. And that was just the beginning. By choice, I chose to serve in the United States Marine Corps. To take those polar opposites together, one must know that no unknown or unknowable was involved in Miss Rand’s birth or my own. She chose to come to America to facilitate her life as a rationally selfish human being. I decided to become a Marine because I wanted to not become human chattel.
  • SKYLERIZED
    Published 7 months ago
    Motarded

    Motarded

    A fire truck red pickup truck with chrome around the fenders and dual exhaust pipes roared to a stop at the Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Newark, Delaware. Private First Class Klyde Bakeman hopped out of the truck and yelled, “Oohrah!” He had covered the truck in decals: one read the “Rifleman’s Creed,” in red of course; another showed a bulldog with a KA-Bar between its teeth, another showed the division Bakeman hoped he be assigned to, First Marine Division; and among the dozens of “Semper Fi” stickers he also had a large Eagle Globe and Anchor decal on the hood of the truck in metallic gold. A vanity plate simply read, "Chesty."
  • SKYLERIZED
    Published 7 months ago
    For His Self-Interest

    For His Self-Interest

    Pickup trucks by the dozens bombarded the gates. Personnel guarding those premises fell by gunfire and rocket-propelled grenade attacks. Barriers moved out of the way of the trucks once the men had employed a special machine to separate the obstructions with hydraulic rescue tools. The flow of enemy personnel swarmed the base like wasps. The Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware braced for an attack by foreign aggressors. This night in April called the best men and women in uniform to action.
Movie Review
  • D.J. Rivera
    Published 26 days ago
    Alexander Skarsgard Commands Nat Wolff in A24’s War Drama ‘The Kill Team’

    Alexander Skarsgard Commands Nat Wolff in A24’s War Drama ‘The Kill Team’

    War can be hell for those that bravely choose to fight for what they believe in, and there is no one more courageous than a United States soldier. Those brave men and women go out into the field with enemies lurking in the shadows. Around every corner could be an enemy combatant looking to end that soldier's life. One must keep their wits about them as attacks can come when they least expect it, in more ways than one. But what if the bad guys weren’t the only ones you had to worry about? What if those who you called brothers in arms were causing you to look over your shoulder? I can’t think of a worse hell than being thousands of miles from home in a country where people are actively trying to kill you, and those who are supposed to be your allies are forcing you to sleep with one eye open. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to The Kill Team.
  • Brian Anonymous
    Published about a month ago
    My Review of 'Unbroken'

    My Review of 'Unbroken'

    I am a sucker for inspirational stories so when I first heard of the movie unbroken I definitely wanted to see it. It took quite some time but I eventually got around to seeing it. I don't know what took me so long. I guess there were a lot of blockbuster movies that got in the way and somehow I forgot about watching it.
  • Brian Anonymous
    Published 4 months ago
    My Review of 'Dunkirk'

    My Review of 'Dunkirk'

    I've been meaning to watch Dunkirk for a long time but never got to it until this week. I remember seeing the trailer way back when. It was a super long trailer with a whole bunch of soldiers on a dock and some medics trying to get by. Everyone is shoulder to shoulder, so it's really tight. Then, all of a sudden, you hear the music really getting amped up. There is a noise of a plane coming. You can see the fear in their eyes, as each of them start to take notice of the noise. You see a plane coming in and everyone starts ducking. Then the Dunkirk logo pops up.
  • Jack Ryan
    Published 5 months ago
    How Powerful Is the Royal Navy?

    How Powerful Is the Royal Navy?

    Many years ago, the Royal Navy was deemed to be the most formidable fighting force in the world with many ships in its arsenal ready to be mobilised.
  • George Herman
    Published 10 months ago
    Things People Don't Tell You About Life in the Navy

    Things People Don't Tell You About Life in the Navy

    Though there are tales as old as time, being in the military is one of those "you have to see to believe" life experiences. It's impossible to realistically imagine life in the Navy unless you've lived it yourself. The Navy is a family. Sailors are brothers and sisters. They have each others' backs. There are many things to consider when deciding whether to join the Navy so learn about what it's like to be a sailor. It's probably not at all what you think it is.
  • Morgan E. Westling
    Published 11 months ago
    How to Prepare for Joining the Navy

    How to Prepare for Joining the Navy

    Joining the Navy is a huge decision for anyone to make. For most men and women making this choice, going through the enlistment process is their first experience as an adult after receiving their high school diploma. When you are getting ready to join the Navy, there are many requirements—mentally, physically, and emotionally. If you are joining the military, or if you specifically want to prepare for joining the Navy as an enlisted sailor, an officer, or even a Navy Seal, here’s a list of how to do so.
Veteran
  • Scott Lavely
    Published 16 days ago
    Retired Soldier Denied Benefits for Medical Malpractice

    Retired Soldier Denied Benefits for Medical Malpractice

    Sgt. 1st Class Barbara Ospina, now retired, is paralyzed and kept to a wheelchair all day due to excruciating pain. What has caused such a thing to happen to this soldier, you may ask? Oh, it's quite simple—she had a spinal surgery in 2004 on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and they left her like this; instead of fixing the issue, they made it worse. She claims medical malpractice and now she went to the DVA (or Department of Veteran Affairs), and has requested payment for the suffering she deals with on a daily basis, and for the government to care for her caregiver that cares for her now. The DVA refused to accept her need for a caregiver, and now she has a lawyer and may be suing for her rights as a Veteran.
  • Frank Zaccari
    Published 27 days ago
    What Are Veteran Treatment Courts?

    What Are Veteran Treatment Courts?

    I host a weekly internet radio show on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel called Life Altering Events. People often ask me what exactly is a life altering event? I tell them this—it can be something we choose or something that is thrust upon us that dramatically alters the trajectory of our life.
  • Get Up Nation Podcast
    Published 29 days ago
    'Get Up Nation®' Episode 2 Canine Champions for Veterans

    'Get Up Nation®' Episode 2 Canine Champions for Veterans

    It was inspiring to connect with Lauren Alexander, Founder of the non-profit organization called Canine Champions for Veterans (formerly known as Canine Companions for Veterans) on Episode 2 of Get Up Nation®. She and her staff are saving the lives of veterans by deploying service dogs that help men and women heal from Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Military Sexual Trauma at no cost to veterans or their families. Her work is truly noble, as the cost of raising and training a service dog can reach nearly $40,000.
Vintage
  • Kenans Caune
    Published 2 years ago
    Of War

    Of War

    Also, known as the Prince of the Brigade, Tommy Prince was a Native American who was born in Manitoba, Canada in 1914. Tommy at an early age was forced to drop out of elementary school to feed his 11 siblings, mother and father. Growing up he quickly learned from his father who was a hunter how to use a rifle and a knife to be able to hunt the nearby wildlife in the native reserve that he lived in himself. Now, does he not sound like a modern-day Mowgli? He became an extremely talented marksman and tracker from all the days he spent hunting and gathering food for his family. Years later he worked as a tree feller as well as joined the cadets during his teen years. Now think back, what did you do when you were 14 years old? Suddenly the Second World War began, and due to Tommy being an Aboriginal he was rejected several times from the Canadian army as discrimination was a widespread fact at the time. Eventually, he was accepted and was assigned to the first Field Park Company of the Royal Canadian Engineers. There he was trained to be a sapper, which was the first step to his impressive skill set. If you’re unsure of what a sapper is, they were essentially engineers with demolitions expertise. Two years later he became a sergeant with the Canadian Parachute Battalion, however, soon after he volunteered for the first Special Service Force also known as the Devil’s Brigade.
  • Aaron Loftin
    Published 2 years ago
    Julius Caesar and the Historiography of the Battle of Alesia

    Julius Caesar and the Historiography of the Battle of Alesia

    Many historians have said that out of his entire life time, his best military achievement in Gaul was winning the Battle of Alesia. What makes this feat extraordinary is the scale and determination of the battle’s two opposing sides, but in what way did Caesar describe the battle of Alesia? On the side of the Gallic armies, an Arverni man named Vercingetorix led a rebellion against Rome bringing many of the tribes of Gaul together in a united front. Being that Gaul was a Roman province and Julius Caesar was its governor Caesar had to quell another Gallic uprising. Gallic wars background. Who started the rebellion and why?
  • TheWarBlog
    Published 2 years ago
    Are Aircraft Carriers Needed in Today's Modern Navies?

    Are Aircraft Carriers Needed in Today's Modern Navies?

    On Monday, June 26, HMS Queen Elizabeth finally set sail for testing after years of setbacks. While HMS Queen Elizabeth is being tested in the North Sea, there is a huge possibility that Russia will be observing the tests of the new state-of-the-art aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy to see what the capabilities are of the new aircraft carriers. But recently there has been a clash of words between Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and the Russian military.