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Syria conflict: Why are air combat kills so rare?

A report published by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) in 2015 found just 59 kills since the 1990s - the large majority of which were in the First Gulf War…But in the modern era, the human eye was quickly replaced. From 1965-1969, guns accounted for 65% of air-to-air kills, the CSBA says…But between 1990 and 2002, they accounted for just 5% of kills - with the rest carried out by some kind of missile.

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The Return of Tragedy on A Global Scale?

With Hal Brands. In the seven decades since World War II, Americans have forgotten the risks of massive global calamity--and we may soon be reminded.  That's according to two foreign policy experts, who say the country needs to provide global leadership, or risk a dangerous collapse of international politics.

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CNO considers modernizing Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates

One solution to close the small surface combatant gap is to use Expeditionary Fast Transports or Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ships for lower-end missions like humanitarian aid and security cooperation, Bryan Clark, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments told ITN June 13. 

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Navy Eyeing Alternative Way to Beef Up Fleet

However, the CBO assumed that all of the additional ships in the larger Navy would come from new construction, noted Bryan Clark, a naval analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. “That combination of [service life extensions] and then new construction could mean that you could get to a larger fleet sooner and then with a little less cost,” he said. “But you’re still going to have probably … an approximately 20 percent larger shipbuilding budget being needed” to reach 355 ships.

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Mattis telegraphs pursuit of 5 percent budget growth beginning in FY-19

Kate Blakeley, a budget analyst with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, said partisan politics were likely to throw a wrench in Mattis' plans for budget growth. "In this political environment, the Pentagon should brace for another four years of continuing resolutions and funding delays, with only limited topline increases," she said. Blakeley said a 3 percent to 5 percent growth rate would mean DOD would have a base budget somewhere between $700 billion and $770 billion by FY-22, or 15 percent to 30 percent bigger than the FY-18 request. "The only way that kind of defense budget growth has a prayer of happening is if Sec. Mattis convinces President Trump and the rest of the administration that national security spending must be considered on its own merits, not paid for by ever-deeper cuts to other government efforts," she said.