Will China take military technological ascendancy over the United States?

When on October 4, 1957, an R-7 Semiorka rocket launched from the Baikonur site in Kazakstan put the first artificial satellite Sputnik 1 into orbit, the confidence of the United States in their technological superiority, which until then had been considered indisputable, was largely shaken. This episode was, along with the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Euromissile Crisis, one of the high points of the Cold War, and generated a strong American reaction. And for General Mark Milley, the Chief of Staff of the American Armed Forces, the test of a hypersonic fractional orbital bombardment system carried out by Beijing a few days ago, could well constitute an event...

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US soldiers have been deployed for more than a year on the island of Taiwan

Since 1979, and the dissolution of the US Taiwan Defense Command on the altar of the normalization of relations between Washington and Beijing, the United States had officially withdrawn all of their forces present on the island of Taiwan since the rupture between the authorities of the island and the People's Republic of China in 1949. And if the United States had always respected, more or less zealously, the commitment made to Taipei to guarantee the security of the island, no American military had been deployed there since, in order to respect the commitments made to the Chinese authorities. Officially at least, since according to a Wall Street article…

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The US Navy is still struggling to define solid planning to counter China

Defense industrial planning is one of the most delicate exercises, which must reconcile the anticipation of operational needs and the replacement of obsolete equipment, the means of industrial production available, and budgetary issues. Very often there is also a strong constraint in terms of industrial activity and the economic and social repercussions of the investment, making the exercise even more difficult. But when it must intervene after two decades of under-investment, of credit-consuming programs without concrete operational application, and in the face of a potential adversary who, for his part, demonstrates remarkable mastery and an equally effective anticipation in the field, the exercise turns into a nightmare, and resembles…

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The US Air Force sharpens its strategy to reduce the number of F-35As it will buy

For nearly 15 years, the US Air Force had only one answer to all questions about its fighter fleet, the F-35A. Decked out with quasi-mystical abilities of stealth and combat power, the aircraft had to meet all the challenges they could face in the next 30 years. But since the first pranks of Will Roper, then Director of Developments and Acquisitions of the US Air Force on this program in 2018, until the most recent declarations of General Brown, Chief of Staff of the USAF, and the General Kelly, who commands the American fighter, the reserves of the first air force in the world...

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US Congress approves 2022 Pentagon budget increase of $ 23,9 billion

Caught between his right wing and the Republican Party in favor of a massive increase in defense investments to support the challenge launched by Beijing and Moscow, and the left wing of the Democratic Party, to which he partly owed his election, in favor of a reduction in Defense appropriations in order to finance the social promises made during the campaign, President Joe Biden, and his administration, had taken a neutral position, granting an increase of only 1,5%, $ 11 billion to the Pentagon for the 2022 budget, for an overall amount reaching $715 billion. However, in the United States, the final word regarding…

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After Afghanistan, the United States announces the withdrawal of its troops from Iraq

US President Joe Biden, during the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to the White House, announced that the United States intended to withdraw its troops from his country by the end of the year, after the announcement of the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan which began on May 1 and is due to end on September 11. According to the American president, the American forces will remain available to support the authorities and the Iraqi armies, in particular for the training of these, but the 2.500 men still present in the country will be withdrawn on a shortened schedule, to allow, according to him , to focus on more pressing challenges,…

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The evolutions of the computer system of the F35 would make it "unstable"

The hearings of Senate committees and the House of Representatives in the United States are, very often, the opportunity to learn certain crucial information regarding the development of current programs. But this year, it seems that the flagship program of the 2010s, the F35, is under a constant stream of criticism and doubts, to the point that one comes to wonder about the very sustainability of the program in the short or medium term. term. The latest sensational announcement came from Raymond O'Toole Jr, the Pentagon's acting director of Operational Tests and Evaluations, when asked about the new version of Lockheed-Martin's device,...

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China officially top priority for Pentagon now

As we know, many Pentagon services have estimated for several years, even months, that the rise of Chinese military strength has become the main threat to the United States and its allies, in the Pacific Theater and in the World. . But a confidential directive of which the American site BreakingDefense.com was informed, shows that from now on, it is the whole of the Pentagon which considers that this threat is the priority of the American armies, to the point of entrusting its exclusive piloting to the Secretary at Defense himself, General Lloyd Austin, who will be responsible for defining and implementing the “Chinese” policy…

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The Pentagon's 2022 budget marks a major shift

After several weeks of waiting, the Biden Administration presented its first annual budget for the United States defense effort. Although it was the subject of several upstream declarations, and numerous comments, this new Pentagon budget marks a profound evolution in the strategy that the White House wants to employ to prepare and employ its armed forces, with a line of sight, the increasingly fierce competition between the United States and China in the Pacific. To be able to meet this challenge now deemed almost inevitable by American officials, including the President himself, Biden administration executives,…

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Joe Biden resists his left wing and maintains a 2022 defense budget of $ 715bn

Much more than in most Western countries, the Pentagon's annual budget is an extremely difficult political exercise in the United States. Defined by the administration in place, it is then copiously amended by the American Congress, according to criteria sometimes far removed from the imperatives of defense, and gives rise to intense negotiations behind the scenes to be voted on. The preparation of the 2022 budget was no exception to the rule this year. Caught between the left wing of the Democratic Party, represented among others by Senator Bernie Sanders, supporter of a very significant drop in military budgets to finance American social programs, and by a Party…

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