Thursday, December 30, 2010

The J-20 is What You Want it to Be

Bill Sweetman's post on the J-20 and the perils of interpretation is a must-read; we are likely to see in the J-20 what we expect and (not always the same thing) what we want to see. However, I'd also like to direct everyone to his old article on the Tu-22, which he linked in the above post. Simply put, this is a masterpiece of military writing. It includes close technical analysis based on available intelligence, an elaboration of the strategic consequences of tactical development, and an evaluation of the causes and consequences of misunderstandings about the capabilities of the Tu-22. It's a brilliant piece of work, and I'm glad he gave everyone the opportunity to read it.

Speaking of which, I've been slowly but surely working my way through this list of the "Best Magazine Articles Ever." There are a fair number of military themed articles (including R.A. Radford's Economic Organization of a POW Camp, SLA Marshall's First Wave at Omaha Beach, and others), but I suspect that this group could come up with a good list of excellent military themed magazine articles. Thoughts?

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