The Brains of the Operation

A P-38 Lightning and F-22 Raptor / USAF photo by Josh Plueger

In 1937, the Army Air Corps “called for a twin-engine interceptor to pursue and destroy enemy aircraft at high altitude. It also called for a maximum level-altitude flight speed of at least 360 miles per hour and the ability to reach an altitude of 20,000 feet within six minutes. These were unheard-of performance goals at that time in aviation history, and they required the design of an advanced fighter in the truest sense of that phrase.”

U.S. Air Strikes Spike as Afghans Struggle Against Taliban, ISIS

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Flying Falcon fighter bomber takes off for a mission from Bagram air field in Afghanistan Aug. 11, 2016 / REUTERS

American air strikes in Afghanistan this year have already significantly surpassed the total number conducted in 2015, a stark indicator of the United States’ struggle to extricate itself from the conflict and stick to its declared “non-combat” mission.

Iran to Add U.S.-Made Aircraft to Its War Fleet

A Boeing 747 of Iran's national airline is seen at Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran / AP

The Obama administration is forging a pathway for Iran to purchase American-made airliners that are likely to be converted for use in the Islamic Republic’s military, drawing concerns on Capitol Hill amid a flurry of recent attacks by Iranian-backed forces on U.S. military assets in the Middle East, according to conversations with lawmakers and fleet information obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.