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Two Taiwanese fighter jets flying

Plan Now for a ‘No-Fly Zone’ Over Taiwan

Taiwan is not Ukraine. It is, rather, in a far more vulnerable position. No matter what other idea guides the defense of the island republic, air superiority will be critical. Washington and Taipei must prepare now to ensure this air superiority. And while discussion of a Ukrainian no-fly zone has given […]

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US and Japanese ships sail in joint exercise

Japan Goes on the ‘Offensive-Defensive’

This article originally appeared in The Epoch Times. A Chinese acquaintance asks me about Japan every now and then, particularly why it has been “beefing up” its military in recent years. The other day, she asked me a few questions after reading an article about Japan potentially obtaining a “counter-strike” capability to hit enemy

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Putin speaking at press conference

Can the US and its Allies Accept a Putin-led Russia?

The United States has pursued a two-track approach in Ukraine. While NATO refrains from active intervention, it has escalated rhetorically, most notably with President Biden’s supposed gaffe that Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power.” In turn, the White House has branded Putin a war criminal — and now génocidaire — with Biden also

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Russian Cruiser Moskva sinking

The War at Sea

Ukraine’s sinking of the Russian cruiser Moskva received significant attention in Western media. But there has been little investigation of the Ukraine war’s naval elements. Naval considerations motivated Russian intervention, while Russia’s naval supremacy has reduced Ukrainian freedom of action and shaped its strategic and operational decision making. Most critically, Russian naval losses will

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Chinese DF-5 ICBMs pulled by truck

Going Vertical: Ukraine, Taiwan and the Nuclear Ploy

As the Ukraine war approaches its eighth week, it has become conventional wisdom that Russia’s debacle will serve as a cautionary tale for China vis-à-vis Taiwan. At minimum, the Communist Party of China (CPC) will conduct a thorough internal review of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), ensuring it avoids the difficulties

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KC-46 refuels B2 in mid-air

Air Force: Find a Bridge Tanker or Risk Defeat

In late March Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall indicated the service would be buying more KC-46 refueling aircraft instead of allowing for a competition to invest in a potentially more capable ‘bridge’ tanker. “As we’ve looked at our requirements,” Kendall said, “the likelihood of a competition has come down.” The Air

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Japanese soldier performs rear security during Exercise Iron Fist

Japan’s Defense: Is Japan Ready to Shoot?

When the first Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) contingent was dispatched to Iraq in 2004, a U.S. Marine officer gave its commander some parting advice: “You’d better be ready to shoot somebody.” This wasn’t said in jest. Despite the JSDF being a military in all but name, “shooting people” really wasn’t part of

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Two ships conduct a refueling operation at sea

Russia’s Military Troubles in Ukraine Could Be America’s in the Pacific

Western observers of Russia’s failure in Ukraine likely will soon begin arguing that Moscow’s inefficiencies diminish Washington’s need to rebuild the U.S. military. But Russian failure has stemmed from logistical issues, and the U.S. military’s capabilities, like Russia’s, aren’t prepared for major combat with a global power. The Russian military

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View of street filled with destroyed Russian military vehicles

Russia a Third World Country?

In October 1985, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev visited France where he met with French President François Mitterrand. In candid conversations, Gorbachev told Mitterrand that the USSR was a Third World country with nuclear weapons, a conclusion that startled Mitterrand and other Western leaders when Gorbachev’s description was privately circulated. How

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Attack Submarine USS Buffalo in dry dock at Pearl Harbor

Biden’s Plan to Cut Navy Ships: Handing China Victory at Sea

The Biden administration’s 2023 defense budget request falls far short of America’s strategic needs. The administration remains committed to concepts like “Integrated Deterrence,” a notion that the invasion of Ukraine showed to be strategically vacuous. Of equal importance is the budget’s proposed dollar amount, $813 billion: Given inflationary projections of above 7 percent, Biden’s

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