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To stay current with debates impacting your Air Force, consider reading a few well researched, well written web publications. You won't always agree with the position taken by the author, and that is a good thing. Use opposing arguments to inform your understanding—or better yet, draft a considered response to share your expertise on the subject. The feeds below from The Bridge, War on the Rocks War is Boring and Breaking Defense are all well rounded and present multiple sides of issues in a responsible tone.
War is Boring
No, the Russian Su-57 Stealth Fighter Isn’t Superior to the American F-22
Russia’s Su-57 stealth fighter is a more versatile and a better ground-attacker than America’s own F-22 is, one of Russia...
The YF-23 Stealth Fighter Won’t Save Us
A stealth fighter demonstrator that last flew in 1994 has enjoyed a cultural resurgence in recent years. But the YF-23’s ...
There’s One Reason America Refuses to Hold Saudi Arabia Responsible for Murder
The apparent extrajudicial execution of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey on Oct. 2, 2018 seemed like a ...
Big Submarine. Lots of Cruise Missiles.
The U.S. Navy is firming up plans for new, large cruise-missile submarines to replace the four aging Ohio-class SSGNs. Th...
The Stories War Tells Me
I’m here in Chicago, 7,000 miles and 15 years away from Jalalabad, a desolate town in southwestern Afghanistan. Yet somet...
Hiram Maxim’s ‘Hun Stopper’ Was a Lethal Hose
In late 1915 Sir Hiram Maxim, famed inventor of the machine gun, approached the British government with the offer of a “r...
China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter Is Successful
China’s J-20 stealth fighter was a disappointment at the 2018 edition of the country’s biennial air show in Zhuhai in sou...
No Nazi Zombie Movie Should Be as Boring as ‘Overlord’ Is
Nazis and the occult are like peas and carrots—they just go well together. From Return to Castle Wolfenstein to Dead Snow...
Dry-Dock Sinking Could Accelerate the Russian Navy’s Decline
The sinking of the Russian navy’s biggest dry dock could spell trouble, and change, for the world’s third-biggest navy. P...
Looks Like China Has a Carrier Drone
China apparently possesses a jet-propelled unmanned aerial vehicle that’s suitable for tests aboard a future, catapult-eq...
Israel's Nuclear Ambiguity: Would a Shift to Selective Nuclear Disclosure Enhance Strategic Deterrence?
All things considered, Israel must now prepare to rely upon a multi-faceted doctrine of nuclear deterrence. In turn, th...
Information Warfare Past, Present, and Future
Tactical, operational, and strategic success requires a cultural change to reconcile institutional aversion and relucta...
Space Theories Wanted
ake the works of the past and use them as the foundation for a new space theory that will receive the approval of the p...
#Reviewing Permanent Change of Station: More Than Boxes Unpacked
While Permanent Change of Station speaks to the unstable ground that must be trod as a spouse and caregiver, there is a...
Have You Read This? #Reviewing "Good kill"
What Garard’s poem does best is return us to a proper understanding of war as not a place of moral justification, but a...
Tensions on the Peninsula: Why Sumo Wrestling Won’t Help Us
Like Japanese sumo wrestlers, states have come to expect that conflict will be resolved through deliberate moves and fo...
Operation BADR: Defeating A2AD with DIME
The 1973 Arab-Israeli War provides an example of how even relatively inferior forces overcame similar threats from a mo...
Data Rich and Information Poor (DRIP): The Adversary of Lethality
The phrase data rich and information poor (DRIP) was first used in the 1983 best-selling business book, In Search of Ex...
#Reviewing The Burning Shores
This is not a book about war. It is a book about humanity interacting with chaos, some directed, and some without direc...
Lethality: An Inquiry
Left undefined, lethality risks the fate of many insufficiently elucidated but well-meaning concepts. It is imperative ...
War on the Rocks
Cyber Security Derailed? Recommendations for Smarter Investments in Infrastructure
A state-owned Chinese company receives a contract to build and maintain the next generation of railcars that service Met...
The APEC Summit: An Opportunity and a Challenge for Asian Leaders
Editor’s Note: A version of this article was originally published by The Interpreter, which is published by the Lowy Ins...
Net Assessment: Does the Pentagon Deserve Our Trust?
This episode kicks off with a discussion of the national security implications of the mid-term elections. With the Democ...
Assessing America’s Indo-Pacific Budget Shortfall
Budgets are policy in Washington. Setting new trends in Pentagon and State Department funding is a tall order, so when t...
A Tangled Web: Organized Crime and Oligarchy in Putin’s Russia
Mark Galeotti, The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia. (Yale University Press, 2018). The vory, the professional elite of Russia...
What the U.S. Military Owes Stan Lee
I can’t remember when I read my first comic book, just as I can’t remember learning to swim. My mother was a swim teache...
Building a Pipeline of Wargaming Talent: A Two-Track Solution
How does the Department of Defense imagine the future of war and make long-term investments to confront the challenges a...
Intelligence and You: A Guide for Policymakers
It’s 9:00 pm somewhere in the trenches of the national security bureaucracy. You are a mid-level policymaker and are scr...
Rosie the CNC Machinist: American Manufacturing as a Warfare Domain
For want of a nail the shoe was lost; For want of a shoe the horse was lost; For want of a horse the rider was lost; For...
Jaw-Jaw: China is a Funny Sort of Revisionist Power — A Conversation with Dean Cheng
What is the future of U.S.-Chinese relations? Will a rising China seek to overturn the U.S.-led international order? Wha...
NATO To ‘Integrate’ Offensive Cyber By Members
“NATO is clear that we will not perform offensive cyberspace operations,” said Maj. Gen. Wolfgang Renner. “However, we...
DoD AUDIT: Air Force Finds Mystery Motors, Other Highlights
After waiting almost three decades to audit itself, the Pentagon still failed miserably in its first attempt. Despite ...
Pentagon Fails 1st Audit, Space Force Price Plunges: DepSecDef Shanahan
“We failed the audit. We never expected to pass it,” Pat Shanahan said. But at least the Space Force will cost less th...
European Navies: Stepping Back Into the Game At Euronaval
Two years have passed since Le Bourget hosted the last Euronaval show, two years during which the maritime world has b...
Show Me The Battle: Cyber Command Needs Data Fusion, Training Sims & C2
Until cyber operators can both train realistically and see the their digital battlespace as clearly as traditional com...
Next HASC Chair Targets Nuke Funding
Rep. Adam Smith called into question the decades-old backbone of US nuclear policy, while calling for a “total redo” o...
The Pentagon’s First-Ever Audit: A Big Disappointment?
WASHINGTON: The Pentagon is preparing to release its first-ever audit as soon as this week, making it the last federal...
Big Bad Data: Achilles’ Heel of Artificial Intelligence
An adversary who has access to the dataset your AI trained on can figure out what its likely blind spots are, said Bri...
Will Budget Crunch Pentagon Laser & Space Investments?
Despite increasing uncertainty over President Trump’s surprise proposal to cut $33 billion from defense, the Pentagon’
Beyond INF: Countering Russia, Countering China (Analysis)
“Long-range precision fires… would provide us the capability (to) either, for example, support the Air Force by suppre...