It Takes More Than Sex Appeal to Beat China in a War

September 29, 2018 Topic: Security Region: Asia Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: MilitaryTechnologyWarWeaponsChina

It Takes More Than Sex Appeal to Beat China in a War

Mariners must disentangle the passions they feel toward their platforms from cool calculation if they hope to design fleets fit to execute strategy.

James Holmes is J. C. Wylie Chair of Maritime Strategy at the Naval War College and coauthor of Red Star over the Pacific. The views voiced here are his alone.

Image: A F-35B Lightning II aircraft from the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 goes through pre-flight checks before launch aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex as part of the F-35B's first combat strike, against a Taliban target in Afghanistan, September 27, 2018. Matthew Freeman/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS