This Fatal Flaw Could Crash the F-22 or F-35

An ancient Greek tale says that Icarus drowned in the Mediterranean Sea after he ignored his father’s advice to fly low to avoid the sun’s warmth during their attempted escape from the isle of Crete. He chose instead to soar upward on his manmade wings, where the sun melted the wax binding his feathers to his body and sent him plunging to his death. But it wasn’t so much heat, as hubris, that doomed him.

Adventurers have been trying to cheat the heavens ever since. And, as was the case with Icarus, aviation’s weak link is often the human at the helm.

The M60: America's Best Tank Ever?

The M60 tank was a classic example of how a progressive system of upgrades can keep a weapon system viable for a half century or more. While the M60 was an early case of this, as time goes by the majority of the Pentagon’s hardware is taking this route, as the M16 rifle becomes the M4 carbine, and air force tankers and bombers built in the 1960s prepare to fly into the 2020s. Even the M1 Abrams, first introduced alongside the M60A3 TTS, has gone through several rounds of upgrades. The M60 looks likely to serve into the third decade of the twenty-first century—or further.

Chinese Military Website Confirms Sea Trial of Shipborne Railgun

Sea tests of China’s indigenous electromagnetic railguns are underway, Chinese papers have revealed, quoting delegates of the People’s Liberation Army who are attending the annual parliamentary session in Beijing.

This has been further confirmed by a feature on the PLA-run news portal about a female lead engineer who was the brains behind a repeating pulsating direct current power system that could charge the railgun.

Fact: In 2017, the U.S. and China Traded $711 Billion Worth of Goods and Services

It’s true that the U.S. and China continue to have problems with access to certain areas of the Chinese market and that intellectual-property theft is a problem. It’s also true that China’s state-led capitalism diverts both its own markets and international markets.

We have to find ways to address these problems, but in the process, we cannot lose focus on the bigger picture.

Here are five things you should know about trade between the U.S. and China:

1. It’s more about individuals, not governments.