China Straight Up Stole a Fighter Jet Design from Russia (It Didn’t Work Out)

And the Russians aren’t happy.

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

Key point:: China is the world leader in IP theft.

Remember that Russian carrier-based jet that China copied without permission? Those airplanes are crashing, and Russia doesn’t seem too broken up about it.… read the full article

Guy Says He Can Enter Wormholes and Literally Make It Rain, Which, Hmm

Lots to unpack here.

By David Grossman | Popular Mechanics

  • Australia has been suffering through a major drought for years.
  • One man is offering a cure-all, claiming he can enter wormholes and control the weather in the future.
  • The weather peddler claims to have found buyers for his technology, although none of have gone on the record with verifiable claims.
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The U.S. Air Force Is Giving the F-22 a New Job: Sniper

Think of the F-22 like a sniper — it can use force if needed, but its primary job in the Middle East is to provide overwatch.

by Robert Beckhusen | The National Interest

Three years ago, four F-22 Raptors taking part in the second-wave of the U.S.-led coalition’s opening airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria dropped their bombs.… read the full article

This Amazing Spy Story Is Why China Never Invaded Taiwan

A legendary tale.

by Ian Easton | The National Interest

Key point: Beijing really wanted to invade Taiwan but his agents on the inside were compromised.

In the summer of 1949, Chiang Kai-shek and his Republic of China (ROC) government appeared doomed.… read the full article