Matthew Hill is a doctoral student at Cornell University's Department of Government.
- The first of a new class of US supercarriers, the USS Gerald Ford, is being prepared for launch.
- As Beijing’s defence industry goes global, fighter sales are being pushed aggressively.
- The consequences are already being felt. Turkey has stunned NATO by announcing its intention to purchase a Chinese-built air defence system, a decision that may be reversed after diplomatic pressure from Washington.
- David Axe argues that China is attempting to copy the US’s carrier-capable early-warning aircraft.
- What’s the strategic value of NATO today? Lawrence Freedman says it’s deterrence.
- The Israeli Air Force is planning an institutional revamp, and hopes for a ten-fold increase in its ability to hit targets.
- On the 200th anniversary of Trafalgar, the USNI blog questions the focus on decisive naval battles.
- Iraq: amid regional tensions and renewed insurgency, Baghdad wants US arms sales to be accelerated.
- Finally, a rare picture: America’s 30,000-pound Massive Ordinance Penetrator next to its ride, the B-2 Spirit bomber.