It Matters If Americans Call Afghanistan a Defeat

The public’s judgment about whether the United States won or lost the war will affect civilian-military relations for years to come.

By Jim Golby, Defense Policy Adviser and Peter Feaver, Duke University Professor | The Atlantic

A U.S. Army crew chief flying on board a CH-47F Chinook helicopter observes the successful test of flares during a training flight in Afghanistan, March 14, 2018.
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It looks like the Russians are trying to hide the truth about that nuclear accident in Nyonoksa

By Ryan Pickrell | Business Insider

Dmitry Dub/Associated Press

  • Evidence is mounting that Russia may be trying to cover up a tragic nuclear accident after a mysterious blast on August 8 killed at least seven people at a Russian naval weapons site.
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China’s Troubled Aircraft Carrier Proves Why It’s So Hard To Build Them

Carriers are complicated and expensive things to build.

By Kyle Mizokami | Popular Mechanics

Recent news out of China suggests that the country is experiencing technical problems with its first homemade aircraft carrier. This points to an ongoing issue for countries that have elected to go the aircraft carrier route: carriers are really, really complicated and expensive things to build.… read the full article

Air Force Sets New Thrust Record In Experimental Scramjet Test

No facility in the country could safely hold the test, so they had to build one.

By David Grossman | Popular Mechanics

  • Scramjets use experimental engines that are powered partially by air, and the Air Force Research Laboratory just tested on in excess of Mach 4.
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Why Russia Would Shoot Down Countless F-15EX Fighters in a War

Can they take on Moscow’s mighty S-400 or S-500 air defense system?

by David Axe | The National Interest

Air Force chief of staff Gen. David Goldfein told Defense News that buying F-15EXs would not impact the service’s planned acquisition of more than 1,700 F-35s.read the full article

Is Manila Worth American Lives?

The Philippines might be a nice place to visit. But it isn’t a nation whose security America should guarantee.

by Doug Bandow | The National Interest

Washington policymakers treat allies like Facebook friends, the more the merrier. Montenegro or the United Kingdom, allies are viewed as much the same.… read the full article

France’s Rafales F4.2s Are Stealthy, but Still No Match for the F-35

Here’s why.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

These give the Rafale an estimated Radar Cross Section (RCS) of slightly above one square meters—comparable to peers like the Super Hornet and Typhoon, but orders of magnitude greater than that of the F-35 jet. 

In January 2019, French Defense Minister Florence Parly announced France would commit $2.3 billion to develop an F4 generation of the Dassault Rafale twin-engine multirole fighter.… read the full article

That Story of American F-15s Intercepting a Pilotless Soviet MiG-23 in German Airspace

Fascinating.

by Dario Leone | The National Source

As Col Skurigin descended safely to the ground via parachute, the MiG — its load lightened and CG shifted aft by the sudden absence of the pilot and heavy ejection seat and its Tumansky still running at a reduced power setting — pitched up slightly and began a climb.read the full article