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The Russian Ground Forces' new T-14 Armata main battle tank (MBT) seen during rehearsals for the 2015 Victory Day Parade in Moscow. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat: Did the ‘World’s Deadliest Tank’ Just Break Down?

A new T-14 Armata main battle tank was apparently unable to cross Red Square during parade rehearsals.

The first major tank to be developed in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union abruptly grounded to a halt during a rehearsal for Moscow’s big May 9 Victory Day parade, Reuters reports.

The incident occurred yesterday during the final dress rehearsal of the highly anticipated 2015 military parade in Red Square, commemorating Soviet Russia’s victory over the German Third Reich in the Second World War. The parade is expected to involve 16,000 troops, 145 aircraft, 190 armored vehicles and a number of new missile systems (see: “‘Arma Virumque Cano’ – Parades and Militarism in Asia”).

Military and Intelligence News Briefs -- May 8, 2015

Some special features of Russia's new generation Armata combat platform disclosed -- ITAR-TASS

Serial production of Russia's new Kurganets combat vehicles may start in 2017 -- ITAR-TASS

Russian intelligence ship returns from Western Atlantic voyage -- ITAR-TASS

Chinese military corruption has gotten so bad that it could undermine the country's ability to wage war -- Business Insider

China's military build up aims to prevent repeat of WW2 disaster -- Reuters

A Look at China’s Growing International Arms Trade -- Kyle Mizokami, USNI

Italian Navy Orders 7 New Ships From Italian Defense Firm -- AP

Israeli Air Force Team Up With Greeks to Train Against S-300 Missile System -- Sputnik

Saudi Arabia To Build Antonov Cargo Planes -- Defense News

Scared By Russia, Finland, Sweden And NATO Members Prepare For Potential Military Crisis, Hold Air Force Drill -- IBTimes

Juncker: EU Military Forces? All Squawk, No Bite -- Defense News/AFP

Joint Chiefs to get tough on China after climate change yes-man snubbed -- Washington Times

Navy Spends $1.6B to Upgrade Carrier and Amphib Ship Defenses -- Military.com

McCain: Government spent $294B on expired programs -- The Hill

McCain Hits Bomb-Sniffing Elephants, NASCAR Ads as Wasteful Spending -- DoD Buzz

Corker: War bill won't change 'one iota' of ISIS fight -- The Hill

Defense chief rebuffs Congress on Iraqi arms -- The Hill

Searching for Hostages Isn't CIA's Top Priority, Insiders Say -- Foreign Policy

Explosion of US Military Satellite May Endanger Spacecraft After All -- Space.com

The Mighty X-47B: Is It Really Time for Retirement? -- James Holmes, National Interest

Hostage death sparks new debate about ending CIA's role in targeted killing of terrorists -- FOX News/AP

Is US Drone Warfare Here to Stay? -- Jack Detsch, The Diplomat

Former Bush Official With Ties To CIA Torture Program Now Advises Obama Interrogators -- Huffington Post

Documents: Green Beret Who Sought Job At CIA Confessed To Murder -- The Intercept

Integrate US-Japan Forces -- Defense News editorial

A Better American Way of War -- James Jay Carafano, National Interest

We Asked a Military Expert How Scared We Should Be of an EMP Attack -- Mike Pearl, VICE

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