The Navy Is Getting More Aircraft Carriers, Submarines and F-35s

The Navy’s shipbuilding and aircraft procurement accounts are getting a boost in the President’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal.

“The department appreciates the strong support in Congress for naval shipbuilding,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Budget Rear Adm. Brian E. Luther told reporters. “New construction totals have increased since last year's plan, with three additional ships added in this request: one DDG 51, one expeditionary sea base and one fleet oiler, for a total of 10 battle force ships in Fiscal Year 19.”

Here Is China's Master Plan to Destroy America, Japan and Taiwan in Battle

China’s Second Artillery Corps (recently renamed) — responsible for the maintenance and deployment of nuclear weapons — also received considerable attention. The Second Artillery began adopting new precision-strike weapons for attacks beyond China’s borders. In the event of a rapidly deteriorating crisis, the Second Artillery would have to speed toward the problem. This is where high-speed rail comes in.

On most days, China’s high-speed rail network is for hauling millions — yes, millions — of commuters, vacationers and tourists around the country.

In 2013, A U.S. Nuclear Attack Submarine Might Have 'Sunk' a British Aircraft Carrier

When the Soviets introduced their own small aircraft carriers in the mid-1970s, British and American subs no doubt watched them as closely as Soviet undersea boats followed NATO flattops. But there were no public accounts of Western subs getting caught doing so until 2007, when a Russian newspaper reported that warships escorting the carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in the Atlantic pursued an unspecified submarine for half an hour.

Revealed: How the Air Force Almost Brought Back the P-51 Mustang

Today’s pilots are expensively trained and politically expensive to lose. A pilot lost over Serbia or Syria has major diplomatic repercussions, which is why drones are becoming the aircraft of choice. The Air Force does like its high-priced jets, and cost is a lingering issue for hundred-million-dollar aircraft like the F-35. But while a propeller-driven aircraft might be useful to organizations like Special Operations Command that fight small wars in remote locations, America is not about to send upgraded Second World War aircraft against China or Russia.