Mike Stone
For Mike Stone's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) fires missiles into the Sea of Japan off South Korea, in July 2017. The ATACMS under consideration for shipment to Ukraine would propel around 300 or more bomblets.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 12, 2023
Ukraine could get long-range missiles armed with U.S. cluster bombs
Greenlighting the weapons transfer would give Kyiv the ability to cause significant damage deeper within Russian-occupied territory.
Japan Times
May 19, 2023
Pentagon accounting error overvalued Ukraine weapons aid by $3 billion, sources say
The error was the result of assigning a higher than warranted value on weaponry that was taken from U.S. stocks and then shipped to Ukraine.
Japan Times
Feb 3, 2023
Ukraine's new weapon will force a Russian shift
The Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb, will allow Ukraine's military to hit targets at twice the distance reachable by the rockets it now fires.
Japan Times
Nov 29, 2022
U.S. may send 150 kilometer repurposed strike weapon to Ukraine
Western military inventories are shrinking, and Ukraine faces an increasing need for more sophisticated weapons as the war drags on.
Japan Times
Aug 6, 2022
U.S. readies new $1 billion Ukraine weapons package
The Biden administration's next security assistance package will be one of the largest so far, and could include munitions for long-range weapons and armored medical transport vehicles.
Japan Times
May 20, 2022
U.S. aims to arm Ukraine with advanced anti-ship missiles to fight Russian blockade
Ukraine has made no secret it wants more advanced U.S. capabilities beyond its current inventory of artillery, Javelin and Stinger missiles and other arms.
Japan Times
Aug 5, 2021
Biden plans shift in arms policy to add weight to human rights concerns
The United States is easily the world's biggest arms merchant, selling over $100 billion in weapons, services and training a year.
Japan Times
Oct 13, 2020
White House moves forward on three arms sales to Taiwan
The move in the run-up to the Nov. 3 U.S. election is likely to anger China, which considers Taiwan a wayward province.
Japan Times
Sep 17, 2020
U.S. pushes arms sales surge to Taiwan, needling China
The Trump administration has become more aggressive with China, and the sales would land as Beijing-Washington relations are at their lowest point in decades.


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