The U.S. has sought for years to strengthen its partnership with India through increased military cooperation.
“The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), recently called the F-35 program a ‘rathole’ and news reports attacked the aircraft’s costs, leaving the public to wonder about America’s newest fighter jet,” writes Douglas Birkey, executive director of the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. “Reality dictates a far different conclusion, however: The F-35 is an operational success.”
Meet the new, non-stealthy fighter that may replace the F-16.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said March 18 that he will challenge any proposed cuts to the Defense Department’s budget and called on the U.S. Space Force to invest in advanced technologies to compete with China.
“Using an F-15EX, a fighter designed in the 1970s, in a hot, high-threat environment today would be suicide—not just for the F-15EX crews, but for the combatants relying on those jets to come through,” writes John “JV” Venable, an Air Force veteran and senior research fellow for defense policy at The Heritage Foundation.
Speaking at an event sponsored by an amphibious warship lobbying organization, House Seapower Committee Chairman Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) said the traditional one-third breakdown between the Army, Navy, and Air Force budgets doesn’t match the reality of the current global competition, which is increasingly focused on the Pacific.
The Veterans Affairs Department is pausing its massive electronic health records program rollout for up to three months while the new leadership conducts a “strategic review” of ongoing issues.
A disproportionate percentage of the pro-Trump mob that assaulted the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 were veterans and Active-duty service members. Now, a key lawmaker is calling for them to be stripped of all benefits.
Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks has approved the Next Generation Interceptor project to proceed.
“As ‘great power competition’ becomes the lingua franca of American strategy, U.S. policymakers and analysts must build a greater familiarity with the Chinese strategic systems that increasingly worry combatant commanders and which would play an essential role in any Indo-Pacific crisis,” write Peter W. Singer, a strategist at New America, and Ma Xiu, an analyst currently researching the PLA Rocket Force at BluePath Labs, LLC.
With Moscow Leaving Open Skies Treaty, Russia’s Tu-214ON Flies New Domestic Observation Mission Around Crimea
One of the Tu-214ON aircraft used for Open Skies observations carried out a different type of surveillance mission near Crimea at the beginning of this month.
The Taliban insurgency is growing.
The Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive weapons program ever devised. Costing well over a trillion dollars, the F-35 was supposed to replace the frontline fighters for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. But costly delays and setbacks have potentially pushed the Air Force to look for a cheaper option to help fill in the gaps left by the expensive F-35A.