Fact: America Is Slowly Losing Its Military Edge Over the World

And we should not be terrified. Here’s why. 

by Robert Farley Follow drfarls on TwitterL | The National Interest

Key point: The U.S. military’s advantages may only be large, rather than overwhelming…

Last week, Air Force General Frank Gorenc argued that the airpower advantage the United States has enjoyed over Russia and China is shrinking. … read the full article

Milt Jackson & Benny Golson & Art Farmer & NHØP – Bags Groove

– Bags Groove

Milt Jackson – vibraphone

Benny Golson – tenor sax

Art Farmer – trumpet

Ulf Wakenius – guitar

Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen – bass

Jonas Johansen – drums

Kenny Kirkland – piano

Toots Thielemans – harmonica

Max Roach – drums

June 14, 1997, Große Konzertscheue, Jazzbaltica, Salzau, Germany … read the full article

Did Israel ‘Transfer’ Military Technology to Help China Build the J-10 Fighter?

The details are here.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key Point: Israel and China have reasons to deny it.

The J-10 “Vigorous Dragon” is a mainstay of China’s effort to modernize its large fleet of single-engine jet fighters, with 350 already in service.… read the full article

Unthinkable: Why Israel Would Fire Nuclear Weapons at Iran

If a hostile power appeared to be on the verge of mating nuclear devices with the systems needed to deliver them, Israel might well consider a preventive nuclear attack.

by Robert Farley Follow drfarls on TwitterL | The National Interest

Main Point: If Israel ever does use nuclear weapons in anger, it will rewrite the diplomatic and security architecture of the Middle East, and also the nonproliferation architecture of the world as a whole.… read the full article

Taiwan Is Finally Getting 66 New F-16s—Should China Care?

Does it matter?

by David Axe Follow @daxe on TwitterL | The National Interest

Key point: China’s air force is far larger and advanced than Taiwan’s.

Nearly a decade after first requesting them, the Taiwanese air force finally could get 66 new F-16 fighters to begin replacing some of its older fighter aircraft.… read the full article