Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New and Noteworthy (Next Generation Aerial Warfare, Black Sea Politics, the Eurozone)

In today's edition:

* A Wired Danger Room post on a plan to make the F-15 effective against fifth-generation aircraft, through upgrades and their employment in combination with the largely completed force of Raptors to get the most from its capabilities. (This is, of course, another reason for skepticism about the claims of a need for additional F-22s, getting more press now in the wake of the revelations about China's J-20 program.) Also of interest in this area: the plans for a Next Generation Jammer, which will use the EA-18 as a platform.

* By way of the blog War is Boring (now in the list on the right side of this page), an article by Lieutenant Colonel John A. Mowachan in the current issue of Proceedings about the "Russian Black Sea Threat," discussing the Black Sea Fleet's role in the politics of the region, including its role in the 2008 Russo-Georgian War, and its potential use in supporting Russian dominance in the Caucasus, as well as Russian plans to rebuild the decayed force. Dmitry Gorenburg responds in the Atlantic Sentinel.

* In the New York Times magazine, an eight-page article by Paul Krugman on the impact of Europe's sovereign debt crisis on continental integration, detailing four different ways in which the crisis could play out, which he sums up as "toughing it out; debt restructuring; full Argentina; and revived Europeanism." His guess is that the current course (the first on the aforementioned list) will ultimately fail, leaving Europe's stronger nations with the choice of saving the euro by aiding their weaker neighbors, or allowing the currency union to fail (as he notes, currency unions can hardly work without also being transfer unions), and that the latter would "possibly irreversible blow to hopes of true European federation."

Krugman does not spell out which of those choices he sees as most likely, but he does make it quite clear that the Euroskeptics should not
look on smugly at Europe’s woes. Taken as a whole, the European Union, not the United States, is the world’s largest economy; the European Union is fully coequal with America in the running of the global trading system; Europe is the world’s most important source of foreign aid; and Europe is, whatever some Americans may think, a crucial partner in the fight against terrorism. A troubled Europe is bad for everyone else.
Keeping the Hype in Check III: China as Global Military Power
Keeping the Hype in Check II: The ASBM
Keeping the Hype in Check I: The Chengdu J-20
My Writings on the Recession (A Listing)
"The Return of the Russian Navy."

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