As mainland China has risen in the last two decades, it has remained firmly behind the United States in one key area: action movies. No matter how hard they seem to try, if the action movie isn't set during the Qing dynasty, it ends up being a steaming pile of Mǎ shǐ.

The Wolf Warrior series is the latest Chinese attempt to unseat the dying Hollywood tradition of a big budget explosion fest, and it fails harder than the Belt and Road initiative.

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A lot has been made of how some NATO allies aren't paying 2% of GDP towards defense that could help keep the the world a safer place. In fact, Belgium spends only .9 percent of it's gross domestic product towards it's military.

But they have one weapon that counts for the other 1.1 percent: That weapon is Jean Claude Van Damme.

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In 1986, Top Gun flew into theaters — and into our hearts. Sure, Tony Scott's military rom-com opus didn't wow critics and moviegoers when it first premiered, but it quickly became one of America's favorite military classics. I mean, Top Gun has everything. Tom Cruise! F-14 Tomcats! Angry, cigar-smoking staff officers! Sweet motorcycles! Volleyball!

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Thanks to growing populations and accelerating technological innovation, urban combat is slated to become the future of warfare. West Point knows it. National Defense University knows it. Even DARPA knows it.

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Before he was an Army captain and Medal of Honor recipient, Florent Groberg was just another green lieutenant showing up to his first unit.

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