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Trump and Cruz Are Killing the GOP on National Security

The recent attacks in Brussels have put the conflicts in the Middle East front and center in the Republican primaries. On average, Americans tend to believe Republicans are stronger on national security than Democrats and thus more likely to keep them safe. And yet, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, the two most likely GOP nominees have grandstanded on vague policy pronouncements from excessive bombing in Iraq and Syria to upending the Iran nuclear deal.

America's Lethal F-35 vs. F/A-18 Super Hornet: Who Wins?

The U.S. Navy is continuing to buy the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet at reduced rates while increasing its buy of Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighters. However, the sea service has always been somewhat lukewarm toward the stealthy single-engine fighter. Instead, the service has shown a strong preference for more Super Hornets, while either developing a stealthy long-range unmanned strike aircraft or skipping ahead to a next-generation F/A-XX. But the Office of the Secretary had other ideas.

Iraq's Struggling Mosul Offensive

On March 24 the U.S. Marine Corps published photos on Facebook of its Task Force Spartan “rain[ing] steel on ISIS.” Photos showed a howitzer near Fire Base Bell near the town of Makhmur, firing at ISIS positions. Under this umbrella, a brigade of the Iraqi army was supposed to advance into six villages to begin the first stage of an operation whose goal was the liberation of Mosul, around sixty miles to the north.