• Joshua Foust asks: why are US officials so much more concerned about the threat posed by the Islamic State when violent quasi-state actors of a similar scale are on the rise in their own backyard
  • Ely Ratner and Elizabeth Rosenburg argue that the continued escalation of sanctions against Russia will only serve to undermine the capacity of US allies — in Asia, as well as in Europe. 
  • Despite the vast resources thrown at the stealth capabilities of fifth-generation aircraft like the F-35, there are indications that they could soon be outstripped by Russian and Chinese advances in radar technology.
  • Yet, as Valerie Insinna notes, these potential vulnerabilities are unlikely to derail the unprecedented impact of the F-35 on the global defense industrial base.

After 2018, the F-35 is likely to capture over a 50 percent share of the global fighter jet market, says Richard Aboulafia, aerospace analyst for the Teal Group, in a February report…“There are too many models chasing too few orders,” he says. The F-35 is “looking to have a very significant international presence that will probably suck up most of the orders from U.S. allies.”