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  • China’s Vaccines are Doing More Than Inoculating in Latin America

    Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Latin America has looked to the international community for support and found China ready and willing to lend a helping hand. The medical assistance that China has offered many Latin American countries has secured China promising inroads of soft power in the region, suggesting a grim future for the US’ ability to maintain hegemony in the region.

  • Economic Prospects for the Arctic: What Does It Mean for the United States?

    The United States needs the Arctic to be free of conflicts and defense overspending, enabling the country to scale back its global strategy and focus on the Indo-Pacific region. This is unlikely, given Chinese and Russia interests and tendencies. Consequently, the United States is preparing for a more adversarial environment in the Arctic.
  • Pilot Shortage

    One of the major problems that the aviation community is facing right now is a pilot shortage. In recent years, the number of pilots has slowly been declining, and now we have a major, global pilot shortage. Many people know about the shortage and are not doing anything about it. Many think it is not a big deal. However, it is actually a devastating problem.
  • Flexibility: The Key to Airpower

    In our country’s current state, due to COVID-19, the Air Force tenet of flexibility is one of the most important assets we possess as Airmen and future Airmen.
  • The Importance of Mental Health in Uniform

    As humans, our mental health is important. As a military member it is even more so. “Life in the military can be stressful for anyone from an Airman to a general officer.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines mental health as “our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.” It plays a major role in many aspects of a person’s life, including “how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.” Many times, mental health and mental illness are used interchangeably; however, they are not the same thing.
  • Why the A-10 Should Not Retire Anytime Soon

    There are alternatives to using the A-10, but the Warthog still prevails through its many planned retirements because of its training requirements, design, weaponry, and ability to fly low and slow. The opinion by and large is that the A-10 is outdated, but this plane constantly proves why it has been around this long.
  • Why Is Physical Fitness Important to the Military?

    The Air Force cares if Airmen work out, because the service wants its members to be healthy and strong. The service wants to reduce the health problems caused by obesity. If Airmen do not workout, their health will decline, and they will be unable to do their job.
  • Avoiding Thucydides’ Trap in the Western Pacific through the Air Domain

    Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States has arguably exercised the most powerful global military imbalance the world has ever seen. This domination; however, is perceived to be fading in the wake of a new possible contender. The tension and likelihood of conflict between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has risen in recent decades. The inevitability of conflict has taken root in many academic and strategic forums. The term “Thucydides’ Trap” has echoed in many discussions among leading strategic, military, intelligence, and political science analysts, which has caused many to fear a new kind of war. The odds do not seem to be in Washington’s or Beijing’s favor.
  • Star Wars in Real Life

    How can a missile go hypersonic? What exactly is the Xingkong 2? How much fuel does it need to reach those speeds? What are ways to defend against this weapon? And, what does this mean for the world’s militaries? This article seeks to answer those questions.
  • The Threat of PRC Domination in the South China Sea

    Displayed most prominently and unmistakably by the COVID-19 outbreak, China has demonstrated that its actions, through intentional deceit or gross negligence, can threaten US interests at home and abroad, as well as those of our allies and the rest of the world. It is, therefore, of vital import that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is not permitted to expand its control over the international stage.

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