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Why Raptor? – The Logic of Buying the World’s Best Fighter The U.S. Air Force has developed a replacement for its top-of-the-line F-15 fighter called the F/A-22 Raptor. Raptor flew for the first time in 1997 and is now entering high-rate production. This study . . .
Missile Defense: What Are The Next Steps? Sometime this summer or fall, the Pentagon will announce that the ballistic-missile defense system the Bush Administration has been building in Alaska and California is operational. That declaration will be . . .
Secret Sub Study Raises Intelligence Issues If you walk the hallways of the Pentagon these days, you can sense the power of Donald Rumsfeld's team ebbing away. The military senses it too, and has become perceptibly less concerned about the opinions of . . .
Indian Air Force Defeats U.S. Fighters in Exercise In February, U.S. fighter pilots participated in their first air-combat exercise with the air force of India. The results were shocking. According to comments made the same month by Representative Randy . . .
Who’s the Biggest Disarmer of the U.S. Military in Recent History? Not Who You Might Think Ever since Sen. John Kerry became the likely presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, Republicans have been trying to undercut his military credentials. Their basic message is that Mr. Kerry is a vacillating. . .
Chinese Military : An Emerging Maritime Challenge Official American attitudes toward China in recent years have varied from benevolent to suspicious to guardedly hopeful. Some of the variance is due to a lack of knowledge: much of China’s decisionmaking . . .
Better Than An Abrams Faced with a combination of threats from improvised explosive devices (IEDs), suicide bombers in cars and trucks loaded with explosives and ubiquitous rocket propelled grenades, it would be easy to . . .
Rumsfeld’s Troubles: A Chance to Rethink Priorities Donald Rumsfeld will survive the Iraqi prison scandal, but his freedom to deal with Congress as he wishes will not. Rumsfeld has been blessed with a passive Congress controlled by Republicans who were . . .
Losing Rumsfeld: What Would It Mean? Donald Rumsfeld's skillful mix of reason and regret before the congressional armed services committees may briefly restrain his critics, but his future as defense secretary remains uncertain. Military sources say . . .
Missile Defense: Kinetic Intercepter A Big Plus The Pentagon is completing strategic planning guidance for the preparation of a 2006 defense budget, and some important changes are apparent. Gone is the notion that the U.S. is in the midst of a "strategic . . .
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