US military muscle
A first-year midshipman, or plebe, is splashed with mud while participating in Sea Trials at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on May 2012. Sea Trials, modeled after the Marine Corps' Crucible and the Navy's Battle Stations recruit programs, is an annual capstone event for fourth-class midshipmen and serves as a leadership challenge for upper-class midshipmen, who lead each activity during the exercise.
South Korea show of force
A South Korea K-1 tank fires live rounds during air and ground military exercises on the Seungjin fire training field in mountainous Pocheon, South Korea, on Dec. 23. North Korea criticized major land and sea military exercises staged by the South, but stopped short of threatening a retaliatory strike as tension remained high on the divided peninsula.
The F-22 raptor aircraft
A US Air Force Stealth fighter F-22 Raptor takes off from Kadena Air Base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, Aug. 14, 2012. A group of F-22s arrived in Okinawa in late July, their first deployment overseas after the easing of flight restrictions imposed in mid-May because pilots reported dizziness and other symptoms of hypoxia.
Iran's military might
Iranian military personnel participate in the Velayat-90 war game in unknown location near the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran December 30, 2011.
Robert Hanssen: A career counterintelligence agent who pursued Russian spies for the FBI, he spied for the Russians from 1985 to 2000, passing along thousands of documents and the names of at least two double agents.
Who has nukes?
UNITED STATES: The US was the world’s first country to develop the nuclear bomb, in the early 1940s, and is the only country to ever use it offensively, during World War II. The US has 2,700 deployed nukes, plus another 2,500 to 3,500 nukes on reserve, according to the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. The US is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Here, the US Navy fires a Trident II, D-5 missile from the USS Tennessee, a submarine in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida in December 1989.