Regarding Polovinkin’s book, depending on how much they charge for postage, you might get it marginally cheaper direct from Ruslania. (You’ll have to ‘goolag’ it as I’m not allowed to post URLs.)
(d_taddei2, you mention your deactivated Mosin-Nagant—are you aware that bolt-action rifles are still legal in Britain? You might already be a Firearms Certificate holder for all I know, but it is quite a common misconception that all guns are banned—while we no longer conform to the intent of our 1689 Bill of Rights (‘That the subjects which are Protestants may have arms for their defence suitable to their conditions and as allowed by law’; for Scotland, Claim of Right 1689: ‘That the Dissarming of protestants … are Contrary to Law’), you can still obtain bolt-actions, if you’re prepared to jump through a few hoops. You can even legally own a fancy .50 cal. sniper’s job: see the website of the Fifty Calibre Shooters Association UK.)
Some here might be interested in a novel, Twilight’s Last Gleaming, by John Michael Greer (2015), about the demise of the USA. Recommended by the Saker website, whose opinion might weigh with some. Readable book (my opinion as someone who enjoy[s/ed/ing] C.S. Forester’s Hornblower tales, Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series, and Bernard Cornwell’s novels). I would be interested in knowledgeable others’ input about the plausibility of some of the plot points.
Greer is optimistic with his costs for the F-35: “[H]ow much did we spend for this plane?” “Just over $350 billion for the whole program.” (p.271) GAO (USG Accountability Office) as of August 2017 now estimate final cost in excess of $400 bn (not taking into account the DoD’s estimate of costs ‘over the 50-year life of the program … at least $1.4 trillion’ (PoGO, The Defense Monitor, Jan–May, 2017)).
I’ve read that US military exercises are often ‘gamed’ to ensure the ‘right’ side and ‘right’ tactics win. And Lt Col James G. Burton’s 1993 The Pentagon Wars: Reformers Challenge the Old Guard (another recommended book) shows how corrupt USG’s procurement and development process is. It is near certain that if the US/West finds itself at war with a peer power—where it can’t enjoy its advantage of overwhelming firepower and superior technology—it’s going to suffer a shock, even without the various ‘deus ex machina’ used in Greer’s novel. Not necessarily a ‘losing the war’ shock—who can foresee?—but certainly a 9/11-type shock, i.e. a shedload of casualties in a brief period rather than dribbled over a decade or more-long war as currently and hitherto.