Russia’s newest submarine-launched ballistic missile, the Bulava, failed during a scheduled test launch on July 15, the Russian Defense Ministry announced July 16. This is the seventh failure out of 11 Bulava tests dating back to 2005 and raises questions about both the status of the Russian defense industry and the long-term future of the Russian nuclear deterrent.
A sailor repels from an HH-60H Sea Hawk to the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the Pacific Ocean, Oct. 23, 2008. The salior is from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment 5, Platoon 501. U.S. Navy photo by Brendan Morgan.