Hong Kong Enters China’s Danger Zone

To Beijing, unruly citizens staging sometimes violent demonstrations on behalf of principles barred in the mainland are a great embarrassment and even a threat.

by Doug Bandow | The National Interest

The great game of international chicken that did not occur in the 1980s was the United Kingdom holding a referendum on Hong Kong’s future rather than negotiating with China.… Read the full article.

The Air Force’s F-22s Did a Massive Elephant Walk to Deter China

Stealth power.

by David Axe | The National Interest

The two dozen F-22s that participated in the mass take-off apparently account for around half of the Raptors that the 3rd Wing’s two fighter squadrons operate.

A U.S. Air Force wing in Alaska managed to launch 24 F-22 Raptor stealth fighters plus an E-3 radar plane and a C-17 transport, all in quick succession.… Read the full article.

Iran Loves This: The Royal Navy Doesn’t Have Enough Ships to Patrol Persian Gulf

Why not? 

by David Axe | The National Interest

The Royal Navy plans briefly to double its number of warships in the Persian Gulf following an attempted attack by Iranian forces on a British oil tanker on July 20, 2019.

But the temporary increase in British warships in the region, from one to two, underscores just how few ships the Royal Navy can deploy even in an emergency.… Read the full article.

Here’s Why, in 1986, Gaddafi’s SAMs Couldn’t Touch America’s SR-71 Blackbirds

The SR-71s were too fast.

by Dario Leone | The National Interest

“We are a roaring express now, and as we roll through the enemy’s backyard, I hope our speed continues to defeat the missile radars below.”

On Apr. 14, 1986, Operation El Dorado Canyon launched air-strikes against Libya in response to Libya’s bombing of a Berlin discotheque frequented by US military personnel.… Read the full article.

A Former Foxhound Pilot Explains How to Catch and Shootdown a SR-71 Blackbird Spy Plane

Is it possible?

by Dario Leone | The National Interest

Military 1st Class Pilot Mikhail Myagkiy, Guards Major (ret.), is one of the PVO (Protivo-vozdushnoy Ororony or air defence force) pilots who executed intercepts of the SR-71 near the border of USSR in the far north.Read the full article.

India Says Russia’s Missiles Don’t Work (And Wants to Buy Israeli Ones Instead)

Ouch.

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

India is now looking to Israel, from whom it has purchased numerous weapons, such as the Heron drone and the Derby, a radar-guided, beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile with a range of 50 kilometers (31 miles).Read the full article.