Wednesday, July 28

Military & Defense Contributors

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Changes in China’s military flights around Taiwan may mean Chinese pilots are learning new tactics

Observers point to increased presence of early-warning and electronic-warfare aircraft in combination with China's fighter-bombers. A strategy inspired by the US military connects and shares information between the latest combat platforms and older warplanes. LoadingSomething is loading. Recent air force sorties by the People's Liberation Army near Taiwan indicate the...
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3 times the US military brought back’obsolete’ weapons to take on new enemies

The US military regularly sends old hardware to its storage depots and boneyards. But the Pentagon has also brought back old gear and designs to counter new and emerging threats. LoadingSomething is loading. 1. BattleshipsOnce thought to be the cornerstone of naval power, the advent of naval aviation and the rise of the aircraft carrier in WWII was the beginning of th...
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The US military is trying to build portable nuclear reactors again. It didn’t go so well when it tried 60 years ago

In May 2021, the Pentagon asked for $60 million to design and build a small, truck-mounted portable nuclear reactor within five years. The US military has tinkered with such reactors before, and its first attempts didn't work out well in terms of environmental contamination, cost, human health, and international relations. LoadingSomething is loading. In a tunnel 40 f...
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Residents say gangs are taking control of Venezuela’s capital city

Gun battles between police and gangs this month kept many Caracas residents sheltered in place for hours. The violence comes amid a deep economic crisis and a protracted breakdown of the rule of law in Venezuela. The rising insecurity in the capital city is another sign of President Nicolas Maduro's eroding control over the country. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
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For the first time, a woman has qualified as a Navy special operator

A first female sailor has for the first time completed the grueling course to be a Naval Special Warfare combatant-craft crewman. Those boat operators transport Navy SEALs and conduct their own classified missions at sea. It's the latest inroad for women into some of the military's most difficult and competitive commando jobs. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
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How China’s navy went rogue to get its first aircraft carrier

China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, is a total refit of an incomplete Soviet cruiser-carrier. China's navy acquired the carrier in the late 1990s, but it did so without approval from Beijing. After a bit of subterfuge and years of delays, the Liaoning was launched in 2012. See more stories on Insider's business page. China was proud to launch its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, in 2012. This vessel was a refit of an incomplete Soviet Kuznetsov-class cruiser carrier.However, the story of how China got that ship in the first place may as well be a comedy — because the carrier was actually a rogue acquisition for the C...
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China is working overtime to build a modern military. Here’s how its armed forces compare to the US’s

Amid rising tensions with the US, China is continuing its drive to build a modern fighting force by 2027. The US military still ahead in several important areas, but the Chinese military has its own advantages. Here's how those forces stack up in total manpower, military expenditure, and land, sea and air capabilities. See more stories on Insider's business page. China is pushing ahead with plans to turn the People's Liberation Army into a modern fighting force by 2027 — the centenary of its founding — as tensions with the US build.One senior US commander has called China "the pacing threat for the next decade"and Washington is ram...
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Changes to the ocean around Taiwan may mean China has to change its submarine warfare plans

Chinese military scientists have spent over a decade studying the Kuroshio Current, or black stream, off Taiwan's east coast. Recent changes to ocean temperatures will affect the stream, which could be a key battlefield in the event of an invasion. LoadingSomething is loading. The Chine...
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Biden should look to his favorite peace deal to make progress with Israel and Palestine

For decades, world leaders have responded to the Israel-Palestine conflict with unsuccessful attempts at final status negotiations. After recent fighting, the situation requires an end to the 30-year fetishization of a peace process and a focus on peacebuilding. John Lyndon is the executive director at the Alliance for Middle East Peace. See more stories on Insider's business page. Following the marked rise in violence in Palestine and Israel last month, the region sits at a moment of transition.For decades, international leaders have reflexively responded to such volatility with an attempt to convene high level — ultimately unsucc...
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The A-10 is feared for its attacks on the ground, but it can hold its own in a dogfight too

Since the late 1970s, the A-10 has earned a reputation as a fearsome ground-attack aircraft. While the Warthog isn't designed for air-to-air combat, some of its features give it an edge if it has to go up against another aircraft. See more stories on Insider's business page. Everybody knows the A-10 can bring the pain to ground targets like few aircraft in history, but the aircraft's tight turn radius and powerful gun can actually make it a force to be reckoned with in a dogfight too.The A-10 Thunderbolt II, more commonly known as the Warthog, is a legendary air support platform that has earned its reputation as the infantryman's favorite aircraft through...