Archive: China

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)

The Sun In Their Eyes Strategy

One could focus on recent Chinese snubs and provocative Russian flights as harbingers of confrontation. But making excuses for them is more productive than gunboat diplomacy.

By William M. Arkin | November 28, 2007; 08:29 AM ET | Comments (29)

Bombs Not To Get Worked Up About

Russia's new "father of all bombs" and recent bomber missions over the Pacific are best seen as bids for attention.

By William M. Arkin | September 17, 2007; 07:11 AM ET | Comments (21)

What the Weapons Makers Want

The news in Seattle today is the return of a Trident submarine from the shipyard, the third of five old nuclear boats being converted to be conventionally armed cruise-missile and special-operations platforms. The Air Force, meanwhile, wants a new long-range...

By William M. Arkin | June 13, 2007; 08:33 AM ET | Comments (29)

Is Iraq Making China the Next Soviet Union?

Reading the current issue of Air Force Magazine, I came away with the overwhelming impression that while the military is at war, America surely isn't. The April 2007 issue reads to me like a catalog of post-Iraq disasters and threats:...

By William M. Arkin | April 12, 2007; 07:28 AM ET | Comments (65)


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