The Great Debate

South China Sea ‘islands’ only demilitarized until first warbird touches down

By James Holmes
October 29, 2015
File photo of the US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen underway in the Pacific Ocean

The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen sails in the Pacific Ocean in a November 2009 photo provided by the U.S. Navy. REUTERS/US Navy/CPO John Hageman/Handout via Reuters

Why China is far from ready to meet the U.S. on a global battlefront

By David Axe
June 22, 2015
Two J-10 fighter jets fly past each other at China International Aviation & Aeropsace Exhibition in China's Zhuhai

Two J-10 fighter jets from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force August 1st AerobaticsTeam during a demonstration at the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

No, Russia isn’t building a giant new aircraft carrier

By David Axe
February 18, 2015
Russian_aircraft_carrier_Kuznetsov -- better

Russian Aircraft Carrier “Kuznetsov,” January 1996. WIKIMEDIA/Commons

The Kremlin is preparing blueprints for a huge new aircraft carrier, Russian media reported in early February, to replace its navy’s current flattop, the relatively small and aged Admiral Kuznetsov.

The case for sea-based drones

By David Axe
May 14, 2013

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator is towed into the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), May 13, 2013. CREDIT: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Walter