Archive: Airpower

A Secret Afghanistan Mission Prepares for War with Iran

Those predicting war with Iran or some Bush-Cheney October surprise attack on Tehran are constantly looking for signs of military preparations: a B-52 bomber that mistakenly takes off from North Dakota with nuclear-armed cruise missiles; a second or third aircraft...

By William M. Arkin | May 8, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (84)

Insurbordination and the F-22 Fighter: It's Not So Simple

The Air Force has better arguments for needing more F-22s, but it's not making them.

By William M. Arkin | February 15, 2008; 08:40 AM ET | Comments (48)

Arms for Sale

Capitol Hill lawmakers opposing a plan to sell bomb-guidance kits to Saudi Arabia have chosen the wrong vehicle to question U.S.-Saudi relations.

By William M. Arkin | January 16, 2008; 07:36 AM ET | Comments (25)

Russia Lends a Hand

Russian-Iranian cooperation on a new air defense system could improve security in the region. Cooperation on offensive military equipment is another story.

By William M. Arkin | December 27, 2007; 08:01 AM ET | Comments (19)

In Afghanistan, It's About Air Power, Too

The debate over 'boots on the ground' often ignores the importance of air power.

By William M. Arkin | December 17, 2007; 07:29 AM ET | Comments (19)

In Defense of Air Power

One of the main storylines coming out of Afghanistan this year involved civilian casualties from U.S. and NATO airstrikes. It's a storyline the military should be able to counter, but hasn't.

By William M. Arkin | December 11, 2007; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (38)


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