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China patiently challenges US military superiority

While the U.S. reacts to the scourges of Ebola and ISIS, China continues to patiently and steadily exploit weaknesses in U.S. military capabilities. The bipartisan U.S. China Commission is poised to release its annual report to Congress that details some of the specifics. The big lesson to learn from it is that the U.S. can […]

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A renewed call for homeland missile defense: guest opinion

A ground-based missile interceptor is lowered into its missile silo during an mplacement at the Missile Defense Complex at Fort Greely, Alaska. (Contributed photo/SMDC) Editor’s Note: The missile system described below was developed by the Missile Defense Agency headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va., but much of the research and development occurred at Redstone Arsenal in […]

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US, South Korea delay plan on wartime military control

South Korea and the United States have agreed to postpone the transfer of wartime operational control – known as OPCON – until Seoul is capable of countering nuclear and missile threats from North Korea.

X-Band and THAAD as Good as Anti-China Trilateral Defense Agreement?

Over the past week China has criticized the U.S. for deploying new missile defense radar and for considering the deployment of advanced missile defense systems in Northeast Asia. While both of these deployments can ostensibly be considered necessary in light of continued ballistic missile testing and the threat of yet another nuclear test from North Korea, their applicability toward Beijing is obvious.

Should the US Proliferate A2/AD in Asia?

The idea of supplying the various regional states that have territorial disputes with China has a great deal of appeal. A China that fears the military capabilities of its neighbors is easier to deter, especially as the commitments of these neighbors are more credible than that of the United States. But there are problems.

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