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Taiwan’s Military Is Training (Right Now) for the Ultimate Nightmare: A Chinese Invasion

Taiwan is to kick-start its annual Han Kuang Exercise on June 4, a five-day war game to simulate an invasion by the People’s Liberation Army and one of the largest shows of force seen on the island in recent years.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said the scale of this year’s exercise had been unseen in the 34 years since the Han Kuang Exercise started in 1984.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is scheduled to inspect all the participating brigades, on top of a site trip to a key missile battalion in the Ching Chuan Kang Air Base in the central municipality of Taichung.

Could the B-1 Bomber Be Turned Into a Gunship?

One day flying over Afghanistan, sometime in mid-2010, ground troops who were getting shot at requested ISR support (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance). Unfortunately when they requested this show of force, our small Air Force prop plane, the majestic and swan-like MC-12W, was insufficient to strike fear into the hearts of the Taliban through looks alone. Luckily, an Air Force B-1B bomber was flying in the stack with us.

Why an F-22 Raptor Would Crush an F-35 in a 'Dogfight'

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter—which is built in three versions—recently completed its developmental test phase and is operational with the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps. Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy will soon join the ranks of JSF operators with the F-35C carrier variant, which is scheduled to become operational later this year or early 2019.

The Beretta M9A3: The Gun the Army Didn't Want

In 1985, the U.S. Army made an abrupt shift, aging fleet of World War II-era handguns for a foreign model. The Italian-made Beretta M92 was classified the M9 handgun and served with the U.S. Armed Forces for more than thirty years. The U.S. Army recently chose a new handgun, the M17 Modular Handgun System, and excluded a new, updated M9A3 from the competition.

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