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Taiwan's F-16 Upgrade: Obama's Triple Mistake

The State Department’s authorization of a $5.3 billion Taiwanese bid to upgrade their 145 F-16A/B Block 25 fighters, instead of adding 66 new F-16C/D Block 52 planes as the ROC had originally requested, is the big defense news of the

Obama's Taiwan Fighter Deal: The Worst of All Worlds

The State Department’s authorization of a $5.3 billion Taiwanese bid to upgrade their 145 F-16A/B Block 25 fighters, instead of adding 66 new F-16C/D Block 52 planes as the ROC had originally requested, is the big defense news of the

M-MRCA Fighters And Indian Exports, In The Dawning Asian Century

Back in late April 2011, a Big Peace piece called “Europe Wins And Russia Loses In Big Indian Arms Deal” covered India’s 126+ plane Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft competition, the biggest and most significant global fighter competition underway today. The

KC-X Tanker War: The Antonov Alternative

American aerial tankers are the backbone of western airpower. Without them, not only are large swathes of the USAF effectively grounded, so are many allied air forces flying in places like Afghanistan. Everyone knows about the “KC-X” tanker war underway

The Marines' M27 LMG Substitute: Hit, or Miss?

The US Marines are about to try an experiment that would change the way their squads fight. Its test will take place in Afghanistan, starting this fall. The good news is that front lines reviews will be the key, not