The Great Debate

The U.S. Navy’s $500 million ship that’s ready for disaster in a warmer world

December 9, 2015
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The USNS Lewis B. Puller. COURTESY OF GENERAL DYNAMICS/NASSCO

Culturally, the U.S. military is a fairly conservative organization. But unlike many other conservative American institutions, the armed services harbor no doubt about arguably the most important issue in the world today — one that has drawn experts, advocates and leaders from all over the world to Paris for an historic conference.

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

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

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

February 18, 2015
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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

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