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Get Ready, Russia and China: America's F-22 Raptor Is Getting More Stealth and More Firepower

The Air Force has contracted Lockheed Martin to perform essential maintenance to the F-22's low-observable stealth coating to ensure it is equipped to manage fast-emerging threats.

Lockheed Martin completed the first F-22 Raptor at the company’s Inlet Coating Repair (ICR) Speedline, a company statement said.

"Periodic maintenance is required to maintain the special exterior coatings that contribute to the 5th Generation Raptor’s Very Low Observable radar cross-section," Lockheed stated.

Russia's New PAK-FA Stealth Fighter Has A Big Problem

Russia’s Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA stealth fighter program has suffered another delay. Testing of the of the powerful new jet’s second stage engine, which was supposed to start later this year, has been pushed back to 2018.

"At the moment, works are being carried out within the framework of contacts with the Russian Defense Ministry,” United Aircraft Corporation, Sergei Korotkov told the TASS news agency. “Flight tests are underway. We plan to enter the second stage of trials next year."

How China Plans to Win the Next Great Big War In Asia

China’s cyber capabilities are continuously evolving in parallel with the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) ongoing military reforms and modernization drives. As the PLA invests in the development of comprehensive cyber capabilities, the character of future conflicts in East Asia will increasingly reflect cyber-kinetic strategic interactions.

The Real Reason Sweden Brought Back the Draft

The Swedish government has had conscription lying dormant since 2010 and finally feels the need to once again press the nation’s youth into service. While this may be construed as part of Stockholm’s desire to show its commitment to Baltic security, the underlying reasons for the reintroduction of conscription may be more pragmatic politically. Whether Sweden wants to admit it or not, its armed forces have a manpower shortage and conscription is an easy way to fill the ranks.

Why a Naval War Between China and America Would Be an Epic Showdown

In a January 2015 article for TNI that lays out the founding vision of JAM-GC, members of the Air-Sea Battle Office and Joint Staff explained that “based on recent assessments, current doctrinal command-and-control methodologies will likely be inadequate to address A2/AD environments where beyond-line-of-sight communications and other connectivity between units can be disrupted or denied by an adversary.” Things seem to get worse, as the a

The Shockingly Simple Reason China Is Spending Trillions to Become a Military Powerhouse

History clearly shows us China has suffered from technological obsolescence on the battlefield for some time—allowing various nations to take advantage. A century of humiliation has taught Chinese planners that to allow military forces to be able to approach the coast and be able to build up forces for a possible attack invites strategic weakness and possible subjugation by foreign powers. Beijing does not feel it has the luxury of time to wait for the development of a first-class military if it were challenged by Washington or another great power.

Get Ready, America and Israel: Iran Is Building Its Very Own S-300 (Well, Maybe)

Iran is allegedly gearing up for operational tests of its indigenous Bavar-373 clone of Russia’s S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system. While the Bavar-373 might exist, it is highly unlikely that the weapon comes close to matching the capabilities of any recent version of the Russian S-300. If the Bavar-373 was anywhere near as capable as an S-300, Tehran would have no need to import that weapon.

The Ambassador to Israel We Need

On Thursday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on President Trump’s controversial nomination of David Friedman for the position of U.S. ambassador to Israel. It comes at a critical time, with the Middle East is in turmoil, but amid new opportunities in the region as well.

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