The Best Defense

The Best Defense

The wrong stuff: The F-35 vs. what U.S. airpower really needs in the future

By Kelley Sayler

Best Defense guest columnist

The fact that the F-35 Lightning II isn't making an appearance at the Farnborough International Airshow is the latest in a never-ending string of disappointments that have marked the plane's controversial history.  From past challenges with tail hooks and tires to engine cracks and engine fires, life has never been easy for the F-35, which has even had to confront an embarrassing vulnerability to its namesake weather phenomenon.   

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The Future of War (II): As the nature of war changes, the familiar dividing lines of our world are blurring across the board

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on January 15, 2014.

By the Future of War team, New America Foundation Best Defense office of the future

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The Gates files (I): Forget Rumsfeld's rules, this sec def had his own way to roll

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on January 13, 2014.

It struck me when reading the memoirs of Robert Gates that he effectively lists a bunch of rules for living and working in Washington that are pretty good, and perhaps more astute than the famous collection of rules compiled by Donald Rumsfeld, a less successful defense secretary. Here is my selection of his instructions, all of them offered in his hot new book:

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A 'War on the Rocks' Xmas reading list

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on December 18, 2013.

I've been reading the blog "War on the Rocks" with interest, and so am pleased to be able to recommend their year-end reading list. But I still don't understand the blog's name. Does it refer to running aground or drinking whiskey? Or to something else?

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