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Red Flag 2019: First Great Power Air War Test In Years

Posted by James Kitfield on


How are Air Force pilots training for a war with Russia or China?

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Saudis Rock US Alliance, Say They’ll Buy Russia’s Top Plane Killer, S-400

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: That rumble under your feet you sensed this morning was the earthquake caused by the decision of one of America’s closest allies, Saudis Arabia, to join Turkey in buying Russia’s vaunted S-400 surface to air missile system. The announcement carried extra diplomatic weight as Saudi King Salman was visiting Russia when the Saudis made… Keep reading →

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Stealth Necessary But Not Sufficient: Add EW, Intel, Tactics

Posted by Colin Clark on


CAPITOL HILL: Stealth was sold as something close to magic when it first appeared. And, as usually happens when extraordinary claims are made, the blowback was intense. Skeptics pointed to its vulnerability to large-scale, land-based radars, to the fact it wasn’t invisible to the naked eye, to the costs and difficulties of maintaining the expensive… Keep reading →

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Russians ‘Closed The Gap’ For A2/AD: Air Force Gen. Gorenc

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


AFA CONFERENCE: “The alarming thing,” said the commander of US Air Forces in Europe, is that the Russians are catching up. “They’ve closed the gap.” “The advantage that we had from the air I can honestly say is shrinking,” Gen. Frank Gorenc said, “not only with respect to the aircraft that they’re producing, but the… Keep reading →

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Close Air Support Summit Sparks Nod To Textron’s Scorpion

Posted by Colin Clark on


PENTAGON: Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh. Marine Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford. National Guard Bureau Chief Army Gen. Frank Grass. Gen. Hawk Carlisle, head of Air Force Air Combat Command. That’s a lot of stars and command authority gathered in one place and they all came together at… Keep reading →

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2 Overlooked Clues in Malaysian Jet Shoot Down

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


[UPDATED 2:10 pm with comment from President Obama & Pentagon spokesman Kirby] Western media are hardly going easy on Russia. But in all the often-excellent coverage I’ve read so far of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 disaster – which claimed 295 lives – no one* is pointing out two basic facts that point towards Russia and… Keep reading →

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