If you were at Edwards Air Force Base in California on March 28 of this year, you might have caught a glimpse of a curious sight ndash; a fully marked but unarmed Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-154M jet flying overhead taking pictures.
What if I told you that America’s era of stealth domination was coming to an end? You might say that I was being hyperbolic. Or better yet, you would proudly state that the United States has poured tens of billions of dollars into developing fifth-generation stealth fighter jets, such as the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper is working on a broad new policy to reduce civilian casualties caused by the US and the allies to whom it sells arms.
While recent events have focused military thinking on the Persian Gulf, a small corner of the defense community have been looking in an entirely different direction: towards China.
The Air Force has embarked on a revolutionary approach to aircraft, satellite and software development that it hopes will greatly compress the time required to bring major advances into the active force.