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Options for Taiwan to better compete with China
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Options for Taiwan to better compete with China

By Thomas J. Shattuck* Background:  One of the key national security priorities of the People’s Republic of China is to force Taiwan into unification. Part of that strategy is to limit Taiwan’s ability to participate fully in the international community, specifically in international organizations in which Taiwan is not a full member[1]. Such pressure would be...

US Army halts Apache deliveries after Boeing finds improper record-keeping at helicopter factory
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US Army halts Apache deliveries after Boeing finds improper record-keeping at helicopter factory

By Marcus Weisgerber* The U.S. Army has stopped accepting Apache helicopters from Boeing after the company found that an employee kept “improper” records concerning parts installed on the aircraft. It’s the latest quality-control issue to bedevil America’s largest planemaker, which is trying to shift its company’s culture and repair its public image after two deadly...

Chinese military beefs up coastal forces as it prepares for possible invasion of Taiwan
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Chinese military beefs up coastal forces as it prepares for possible invasion of Taiwan

Beijing is stepping up the militarisation of its southeast coast as it prepares for a possible invasion of  Taiwan, military observers and sources have said. The People’s Liberation Army has been upgrading its missile bases, and one Beijing-based military source said it has deployed its most advanced hypersonic missile the DF-17 to the area. “The...

Saudi Arabia undermines Turkey’s exports to Arab countries by leading boycott of Turkish goods
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Saudi Arabia undermines Turkey’s exports to Arab countries by leading boycott of Turkish goods

An unofficial embargo imposed by Riyadh on Turkish goods is undermining Turkey’s exports not only to the kingdom and but also to other Gulf and Arab countries, according to data released by the Turkish Exporters Assembly (Türkiye İhracatçılar Meclisi, or TİM). For more than a year, a number of Saudi and Turkish traders have stressed that Saudi Arabia...

Erdoğan accuses U.S., Russia, France of supplying arms to Armenia
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Erdoğan accuses U.S., Russia, France of supplying arms to Armenia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday accused Russia, the United States and France of supplying weapons to Armenia in its conflict with Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Erdoğan said Minsk Group tripartite had failed to solve the problem of the breakaway region in the southern Caucasus and vowed Turkey would not remain...

Ankara-backed Ersin Tatar becomes Turkish Cypriot “president”
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Ankara-backed Ersin Tatar becomes Turkish Cypriot “president”

Voters in the so-called Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), which is only recognised by Ankara, have elected Turkish-backed Prime Minister Ersin Tatar as their new president in the presidential runoff on Sunday, according to the Higher Election Board of the Turkish Cyprus. According to Higher Election Board, Ersin Tatar won the election with 51.69 percent...

What capabilities make a 6th generation fighter?
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What capabilities make a 6th generation fighter?

By Alex Hollings* In recent months, just about every headline associated with a new fighter platform has been accompanied by the phrase “6th generation” or 6th gen, suggesting that whatever platform comes next will be the first of this new generation of fighters. The truth, however, is that fighter generations aren’t official labels, but rather...

Mahan Reincarnated! Secretary of Defense Makes Strong Case for a Navy of Over 500 Ships
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Mahan Reincarnated! Secretary of Defense Makes Strong Case for a Navy of Over 500 Ships

By Brent D. Sadler* For too long, the U.S. has lived off the dividends of its Cold War investments. Consider its Navy. In the first years following the Soviet Union’s dissolution, the nation closed four public shipyards and rapidly reduced the fleet by over 137 ships. Now, however, with the resurgence of Russia and an assertive China, it is a...

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