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Ticonderoga AEGIS firing

Mild Proposal for Fortifying Japan, Taiwan Air Defenses

In our just-released Experts Panel study, Stopping a Taiwan Invasion, we point out the urgent need to improve air defenses around Taiwan and Japan. Now, with the US Navy proposal to retire seven Ticonderoga-class cruisers, allegedly because they are expensive to maintain, it appears there will be nothing to replace these and …

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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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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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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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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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Seth Cropsey

China is walking a ‘very slender path’ with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

“I think that if China wanted Russia to stop doing this and took action, that it would lead to what the Chinese do not want, and that is a rift between them and the Russians,” Cropsey said. “So I think the prospect of China throwing its weight against Russia for …

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