While the U.S. is building up its fleet of stealth warplanes, financial circumstances have prompted Russia to buy greater numbers of cheaper, non-stealthy jet fighters.
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Russia and the U.S. are training thousands of ground troops for Arctic ops — just in case the Cold War turns hot in the thawing polar region.
How can the U.S. government truly know whether it's winning the war against Islamic State if it doesn't know for sure who or what it's bombing?
The U.S. projects power worldwide, but in the only region where China's actions pose a serious threat to U.S. interests — the Western Pacific — it struggles to maintain a position of strength.
There are two ways the U.S. can arm an ally such as the Kurds. It can donate, or sell cheap, the latest U.S.-made weaponry. Or it can send foreign-made weaponry — Russian usually — through a middleman.
A quarter-century after the Soviet Union's collapse, Russia lacks the money, expertise and industrial capacity to build aircraft carriers.
The U.S. military recently grounded all of its new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters after one caught fire on a runway. There is reason to worry that basic design flaws vex what is on track to become the military's most numerous warplane.