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Chinese naval construction
has far outpaced that of the United States for many years. By some measures,
the lethality of its surface combatants is a match for comparable Western
vessels – or even better. With the U.S. Navy already stretched thin in the East
Asia, reliance on its traditional allies and long-time technological edge is
not enough. There must be more hulls in the water.
Captain James E. Fanell
The United States’ nuclear weapons systems are old, and getting older. How – or even whether – the country will take steps to maintain and modernize this force is one of the key unanswered questions for U.S. defense policy going forward. The issue has attracted scant attention from the politicians running for president, but nuclear policy will be a topic that the n...
Dr. James Jay Carafano
The most important navies in the Western Pacific are growing in strength. Forces all around the region are improving, but the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy accounts for the lion’s share of new capacity, both in the number of vessels and technological sophistication. How the United States chooses to address this challenge will make the difference between war...
For the rest of this election year, the United States military will endure a funding squeeze as politicians try to hold down federal spending. But rising demand for forces to operate against Daesh, (also known as Islamic State or ISIS) in the Middle East and South Asia is putting pressure on the Pentagon. Once the November elections are resolved, persistent public ...