The first public shots have been fired in a new US Air Force effort to justify increased funding for the shadowy Next Generation Air Dominance programme, and its commander appears willing to part with its premier fighter fleet much earlier than anticipated in order to secure this.
The Kremlin has been accused of cyber attacks targeting the Tokyo and PyeongChang Games. Understanding how Russia’s own past Olympics are remembered can reveal the extent of reputational outcomes of the new scandal.
The new Royal Navy force structure and commitments announced in the Defence Command Paper should create a force broadly suitable for the foreign policy aims laid out in the Integrated Review. However, the second order implications may create problems in future.
There are notable positive outcomes for the RAF, especially a long-overdue AESA radar upgrade for Typhoon and part-renewal of the Chinook fleet. However, there are also significant cuts to operational capability and key questions remain as yet unanswered.