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Slower May Be Better in Going at ISIS

A couple of tendencies that are all too common in policymaking and policy debate tend to make for unwise foreign commitments or overextended foreign expeditions.  One is to treat a goal that is at most an intermediate objective as if it were an end in itself.  Doing so obfuscates clear analysis of means and ends, overlooks other ways to achieve the same ends, and distorts perception of the costs and benefits associated with achieving the immediate objective.

The Bloody Reason America's Aircraft Carriers Dominate the World's Ocean

Another senior naval aviator mentioned that the Navy has learnt to have an “abundance of caution” over the service’s more than 75 years of carrier aviation experience as he explained why service rarely sees the type of problems that the Russians have been recently experiencing onboard Kuznetsov. “We have 75 plus years of experience with carrier aviation. There are a multitude of safeguards and interlocks to minimize error and ensure a successful arrested landing,” the naval aviator said. “Definitely an abundance of caution.”

Why America's B-2 Stealth Bomber Is Now 1,000-Times More Ready for War

The new processor increases the performance of the avionics and on-board computer systems by about 1,000-times.

All 20 Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bombers have been outfitted with a new flight management control processor designed to modernize the aircraft’s computer system, improve its weapons integration and enable it to rapidly embrace software upgrades, service officials said.

The new processor increases the performance of the avionics and on-board computer systems by about 1,000-times, Air Force officials said.  

The Real Secret to Keeping an F-22 and F-35 Stealth: Their Super Special 'Skin'

While pilots of advanced fifth-generation fighters like the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor or the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter often claim the spotlight, it is the ground crews who maintain those jets’ pristine surfaces that are often the real heroes. Without proper maintenance of their skin, the signature of those advance stealth jets degrade over time—rendering them vulnerable to enemy radar.

South Africa Is Building Its Very Own Counter-Insurgency Plane

South Africa Paramount Group is showing off its new MWARI “SMART” intelligence, reconnaissance and precision strike aircraft in Abu Dhabi this month.

The new indigenously aircraft is a weaponized development of the company’s AHRLAC reconnaissance plane—which was supposed to combine the best attributes of an attack helicopter with a scout plane. Indeed, the MWARI is built around a high wing and a ‘pusher’ propeller to provide clear all-round visibility for its two crewmembers and the installed sensor package.

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