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Could North Korea Shoot Down U.S. Warplanes?

September 28, 2017 Could North Korea make good its threat, delivered on Monday, to shoot down American warplanes near its coastline? “I don’t think it’s something that can be dismissed,” said Tom Karako, who runs the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. North Korea's surface-to-air missiles include S-200s...

Here’s How Much of Your Taxes Have Gone To Wars

September 27, 2017 As of Monday, the average American taxpayer will have paid nearly $7,500 to fund the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria since the 9/11 attacks, according to previously unreported Pentagon budget data sent to Congress this summer. This fiscal year, each U.S. taxpayers will pay about $289 for both wars,...

Could North Korea Shoot Down US Warplanes?

September 26, 2017 Could North Korea make good its threat, delivered on Monday, to shoot down American warplanes near its coastline? “I don’t think it’s something that can be dismissed,” said Tom Karako, who runs the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. North Korea's surface-to-air missiles include S-200s...

What got people talking at Air Force Association's big show; Q&A with Saab CEO; Mattis wants to improve relations with industry, and a lot more.

September 21, 2017 There were a heck of a lot of blue suits — particularly young enlisted airmen — at this week’s Air Force Association conference in suburban Washington. If you’re scratching your head at that (“Uh, it’s an Air Force trade show — aren’t there always lots of airmen?”), let me tell...

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Air Force: We’re Low on Bombs Because Congress Can’t Pass a Budget

September 21, 2017 More than three years into its airstrike campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon is still struggling to replenish its bomb and missile stockpiles. Now it’s Congress’ budgetary inaction that is thwarting Air Force efforts to persuade arms makers to increase production. “Probably the most important...

Air Force: We’re Low on Bombs Because Congress Can’t Pass a Budget

September 20, 2017 Correction: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this article misidentified the maker of the Hellfire missile as Raytheon. The missile is made by Lockheed Martin. The article has been updated. More than three years into its airstrike campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the...

Defense Firms to Air Force: Want Your Planes’ Data? Pay Up

September 19, 2017 The U.S. Air Force wants computers to predict when its cargo planes and tankers are going to break. Some of its planes even have the necessary equipment installed — but service leaders can’t turn it on unless they fork out more money to manufacturers. That’s because even though the Air...

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In Mexico, Mattis Plays Down Political Rhetoric, Seeks to Build Trust

September 18, 2017 MEXICO CITY — As political daggers fly back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis used words like "trust," "respect," and "support" to describe the relationship between the neighbors' militaries. Mattis and other high-level American military officials are south of the border today to meet with...

In Mexico, Mattis Plays Down Political Rhetoric, Seeks to Build Trust

September 15, 2017 MEXICO CITY — As political daggers fly back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis used words like "trust," "respect," and "support" to describe the relationship between the neighbors' militaries. Mattis and other high-level American military officials are south of the border today to meet with...

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At U.S. Nuclear Weapons Base, Mattis Signals Support for Triad

September 15, 2017 MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis signaled his support for all three legs of the venerable nuclear triad, but stopped short of endorsing all of the new weapon projects in the works. His visit to this base — home to B-52 bombers and one-third of...