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  1. The F-35 joint strike fighter. Matthew Short / Lockheed Martin

    Column: Betting on the F-35

    The afternoon drive team on Washington's WTEM sports radio station has some advice for, ahem, sports fans: Keep betting on the Dallas Cowboys' opponents to cover the spread until one fails to.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  2. Commentary: Coalition of the Billing

    Last week's NATO summit in Wales was held during a period of multiple world crises while the organization is taking steps to adapt to these new challenges.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  3. Editorial: A Smart Strategy

    The US military over its long history has so excelled in technological innovation as to confound and consistently find ways to offset the advantages enjoyed by its adversaries.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  4. Editorial: NATO Must Now Act

    Last week's NATO summit was a mixed success. The alliance denounced Russia in the wake of Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, pledged more defense spending, created a '

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  5. Commentary: New Reality in South China Sea

    The close encounter on Aug. 19 between a US Navy P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft and a Chinese Air Force J-11 fighter-bomber over the South China Sea is a reminder of the growing clash of interests between the two great powers.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  6. Editorial: A Call for Action in Wales

    With conflict in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan, the upcoming NATO summit in Wales is well timed for members to forge a common approach to their shared long-term problems.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  7. An armed pro-Russian militant checks passing cars May 20 near the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. Viktor Drachev / AFP

    Commentary: NATO Eyes 'Alliance Assurance' Force

    In response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, NATO leaders are examining the need to enhance the readiness of deployable military forces to reassure allies and deter threats to the alliance.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  8. Commentary: NATO'S Last Chance?

    One of the first military operations in Vietnam in which I participated was assigned the name 'Last Chance.' The intent was to intimidate the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese enemy. It did not.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  9. Editorial: Closed Doors, Closed Minds

    Leaders and reporters were barred from talking to one another. Security guards and armed police officers body-blocked a member of the press. A policeman threatened to call the FBI if a man didn't delete the photos on his phone.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  10. Commentary: Budgets, Not Tech, May Delay US Army's Next Rotorcraft

    Though the US Army has yet to make a formal announcement, according to reports the Sikorsky-Boeing team and Bell Helicopter Textron have been selected for government-funded Joint Multi-Role (JMR) program technology demonstrations.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  11. Editorial: Bolster UK's Fleet

    Britain's £384 million contract last week to buy three new patrol boats for the Royal Navy was no surprise.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  12. Commentary: Strategic Budget Choices

    Within the complicated universe of military acquisition is a relatively new method of decision-making that forces the US Department of Defense and the military services to make choices that balance want versus need.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  13. Commentary: Short-Term Deal, Long-Term Implications

    The deal brokered last month by US Secretary of State John Kerry to end the election deadlock is a troubling sign for Afghanistan's future.

    • Aug. 7, 2014
  14. Commentary: Pentagon's Budget Reality

    The US Defense Department must prescribe for itself a large dose of budgetary realism and dramatically revamp how it builds its budget if it is to produce the best military it can under the severe resource constraints it faces.

    • Aug. 7, 2014
  15. Commentary: Cyber Deterrence Is Working

    Despite the mainstream view of cyberwar professionals and theorists, cyber deterrence is not only possible but has been working for decades.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  16. Commentary: iPad-Generation Pilots Will Unlock F-35 Capabilities

    Far from the PR fighting fields of Farnborough, the US Marine Corps is preparing for asurge in the combat capability of the Navy-Marine air/ground expeditionary force.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  17. Commentary: Protect the Front Door

    Washington's normally stoic international mergers and acquisitions community is unusually animated following the culmination of an unprecedented sequence of events.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  18. Editorial: Gear + Training = Capability

    While the 2014 edition of the Farnborough International Airshow last week will be known as the air show that the F-35 joint strike fighter missed, it was, in fact, a busy and successful show for Britain and the United States.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
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