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Saving NATO: Europe Must Commit to a Common Defense Fund

A version of this article was originally published in 2014 and updated in 2015. Unfortunately for NATO, there is still a need for me to update it yet again in 2017. The Telegraph reported this week that the UK Ministry of Defence was unable to meet recruitment targets set for it. As a consequence, the […]

America’s Defense: Time for Raptor 5.5

Donald Trump’s tweets have a way of ruffling billion-dollar feathers, as when he complained about non-existent cost overruns in Boeing’s recent contract to build a new Air Force One. Boeing’s stock promptly dropped by 1%, which may not sound like much, but is equivalent to almost one billion dollars in market cap.  Mr. Trump has […]

Trump’s Nuclear Offer to Russia

Over the weekend, US President-Elect indicated his willingness to negotiate an end to Russian sanctions in return for a nuclear arms control agreement. This was ahead of a planned/not-planned meeting between the two leaders soon after the American Presidential Inauguration. With the typical vacuity of Mr. Trump’s policy statements, there were absolutely no details provided: […]

From Island Building to Island Hopping: Is China’s South China Sea Strategy Viable?

In a tumultuous world, it takes a lot to make the headlines. Competing with the ongoing debacle in Syria, the refugee crisis splitting Europe apart, the possibility of Brexit and the flamboyant extravaganza of a US election featuring Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders is difficult: even issues afflicting important states like Ukraine or Brazil often […]

The Rights and Wrongs of Russia

“Can NATO deter Russia?”[1] “Can NATO face up to Russia task?”[2] “Stop Putin’s Next Invasion Before it Starts,”[3] and “Putin Wants to Destroy NATO.”[4] Those are the headlines that appear in the Western press and foreign policy literature. It seems a legitimate question: Russia went to war with Georgia in 2008, annexed Crimea and supported […]

From Russia With Love…To Ceuta

Defense experts on both sides of the Atlantic have expressed concern about the increase in Russian submarine activity in the Atlantic Ocean[1]. Russian patrols have risen by 50% to what one unnamed European diplomat described as “Cold War levels”. Not only the frequency of excursions has increased: the submarines are approaching the United States and […]

Morocco Upgrades Armor, Capabilities

The U.S. Army’s Security Assistance Command announced last week that the planned sale of M1A1 tanks to the Moroccan Army was going ahead as planned[1]. The deal to sell 200 Abrams to the North African kingdom had been announced in 2012[2], and the recent confirmation includes details of that sale including full equipment of radios, […]

America’s Defense: Restart F-22 Production

This year, the US Marine Corps will begin to receive and operate its first operational F-35B aircraft. The Air Force and Navy will receive their variants –A and –C in 2016 and 2017 respectively. The F-35 joins the 187 Air Force F-22 Raptors as the only true fifth generation fighters in operational service anywhere in […]

Asia’s March of Folly

In 1906 the HMS Dreadnought gently rode the Portsmouth yard slipways into the cold waters of the English Channel. Her launching immediately made every other battleship on Earth obsolete. The brainchild and driving passion of Admiral “Jackie” Fisher, First Lord of the Admiralty, the Dreadnought revolutionized naval architecture so thoroughly that she gave her name […]

Outside the Box: Is It Time to Kill the F-35?

A pair of recent disclosures on the flight testing of the F-35 Lightning II reveals more bad news for the seemingly cursed Joint Strike Fighter program. In early April, Aviation Week[1] published the results of air combat maneuvers between an AF-2, equivalent to the Air Force’s F-35A variant, and a two-seater F-16D, first produced in […]

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