Air Force Faces Challenges In Accomplishing Its Mission In Future On the eve of a new millennium, the U.S. Air Force is the most powerful military aerospace organization in the history of mankind. Its diverse inventory of over 4,000 combat-ready aircraft dwarfs the air forces . . .
NATO: Fifty Years and Counting…Down? In April, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will mark the fiftieth anniversary of its founding and, like many 50 year-olds, it is starting to show signs of a mid-life crisis. NATO was established in April 1949 . . .
Investing in Defense Michael O'Hanlon's proposals for restructuring defense investment priorities ("How Much Military?") reflect a distinctly unrealistic view of threats, technology and politics. Mr. O'Hanlon dismisses current spending plans for the. . .
Europe On The Move: The Transatlantic Alliance in 1998 In terms of European security, 1998 was perhaps the most significant year the Continent has seen since the Soviet Empire's collapse nearly a decade ago. During 1998, NATO continued its eastward expansion. . .
Dragons of Change:The U.S. Marine Corps’ Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicles U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General Charles Krulak likes to quote an ancient Chinese proverb that describes change as a dragon: If you ignore the Dragon hoping he will go away, he will eat you. If you. . .
V-22 Versatility Argues For Faster Production No one much misses the Soviet Union, but there is at least one positive thing that can be said about the threat the Soviets posed to U.S. security during the Cold War: it focused policymakers' minds on the . . .
HEAVY SEAS: The U.S. Shipbuilding Industry Struggles To Stay On Course In summer of 1990, as the Soviet empire was rapidly unraveling, the U.S. Navy's Sea Systems Command prepared an assessment of the U.S. shipbuilding industry. As the main organization responsible for the . . .
Keep Strike Forces Updated Or Pay High Price Later As America's Cold-War network of bases and allies gradually erodes in Eurasia, sea-based forces are assuming more of the warfighting burden in U.S. military plans. That is particularly true of the Navy's . . .
The V-22 Osprey: V Is For Versatile So uncharted is the national security landscape in the first decade following the end of Cold War that the Pentagon has declared "uncertainty" the enemy. What is clearly known is the effect this has had on. . .
New Airlifters Essential for Special Ops Fleet One of the busiest squadrons in the Air Force is flying some of the oldest aircraft in the fleet. Their mission is called "special operations low level, version two," or SOLL II, and they get their orders directly . . .