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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

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...
A stealth fighter demonstrator that last flew in 1994 has enjoyed a cultural resurgence in recent years. But the YF-23’s ...
The apparent extrajudicial execution of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey on Oct. 2, 2018 seemed like a ...
The U.S. Navy is firming up plans for new, large cruise-missile submarines to replace the four aging Ohio-class SSGNs. Th...
I’m here in Chicago, 7,000 miles and 15 years away from Jalalabad, a desolate town in southwestern Afghanistan. Yet somet...
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 was a disappointment at the 2018 edition of the country’s biennial air show in Zhuhai in sou...
Nazis and the occult are like peas and carrots—they just go well together. From Return to Castle Wolfenstein to Dead Snow...
The sinking of the Russian navy’s biggest dry dock could spell trouble, and change, for the world’s third-biggest navy. P...
China apparently possesses a jet-propelled unmanned aerial vehicle that’s suitable for tests aboard a future, catapult-eq...

The Bridge

All things considered, Israel must now prepare to rely upon a multi-faceted doctrine of nuclear deterrence. In turn, th...
Tactical, operational, and strategic success requires a cultural change to reconcile institutional aversion and relucta...
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...
While Permanent Change of Station speaks to the unstable ground that must be trod as a spouse and caregiver, there is a...
What Garard’s poem does best is return us to a proper understanding of war as not a place of moral justification, but a...
Like Japanese sumo wrestlers, states have come to expect that conflict will be resolved through deliberate moves and fo...
The 1973 Arab-Israeli War provides an example of how even relatively inferior forces overcame similar threats from a mo...
The phrase data rich and information poor (DRIP) was first used in the 1983 best-selling business book, In Search of Ex...
This is not a book about war. It is a book about humanity interacting with chaos, some directed, and some without direc...
Left undefined, lethality risks the fate of many insufficiently elucidated but well-meaning concepts. It is imperative ...

War on the Rocks

A state-owned Chinese company receives a contract to build and maintain the next generation of railcars that service Met...
Editor’s Note: A version of this article was originally published by The Interpreter, which is published by the Lowy Ins...
This episode kicks off with a discussion of the national security implications of the mid-term elections. With the Democ...
Budgets are policy in Washington. Setting new trends in Pentagon and State Department funding is a tall order, so when t...
Mark Galeotti, The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia. (Yale University Press, 2018). The vory, the professional elite of Russia...
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...
How does the Department of Defense imagine the future of war and make long-term investments to confront the challenges a...
It’s 9:00 pm somewhere in the trenches of the national security bureaucracy. You are a mid-level policymaker and are scr...
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...
What is the future of U.S.-Chinese relations? Will a rising China seek to overturn the U.S.-led international order? Wha...

Breaking Defense

“NATO is clear that we will not perform offensive cyberspace operations,” said Maj. Gen. Wolfgang Renner. “However, we...
After waiting almost three decades to audit itself, the Pentagon still failed miserably in its first attempt. Despite ...
“We failed the audit. We never expected to pass it,” Pat Shanahan said. But at least the Space Force will cost less th...
Two years have passed since Le Bourget hosted the last Euronaval show, two years during which the maritime world has b...
Until cyber operators can both train realistically and see the their digital battlespace as clearly as traditional com...
Rep. Adam Smith called into question the decades-old backbone of US nuclear policy, while calling for a “total redo” o...
WASHINGTON: The Pentagon is preparing to release its first-ever audit as soon as this week, making it the last federal...
An adversary who has access to the dataset your AI trained on can figure out what its likely blind spots are, said Bri...
Despite increasing uncertainty over President Trump’s surprise proposal to cut $33 billion from defense, the Pentagon’
“Long-range precision fires… would provide us the capability (to) either, for example, support the Air Force by suppre...