The Best Defense

The Best Defense

The top 10 books I've never read and really am giving up hope of ever getting to

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on February 7, 2014.

It seems these days everyone does lists of books they've read. I enjoy them, and read them all -- but I still always detect of whiff of Protestant work ethic boasting in them: I put myself through reading this, and now I am going to inflict it on you.

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WDotW: Is this the ideal military unit?

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on January 31, 2014.

An NCO who takes care of his unit, another member stands on the lookout, and two guys in the background are just loafing and watching the passing scene.

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The Gates files (VIIth, and last): Why the Pentagon didn't care about fighting wars

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on January 28, 2014.

Because, under reforms of the 1950s and then Goldwater-Nichols, winning wars is not its job.

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The wrong stuff: The F-35 vs. what U.S. airpower really needs in the future

By Kelley Sayler

Best Defense guest columnist

The fact that the F-35 Lightning II isn't making an appearance at the Farnborough International Airshow is the latest in a never-ending string of disappointments that have marked the plane's controversial history.  From past challenges with tail hooks and tires to engine cracks and engine fires, life has never been easy for the F-35, which has even had to confront an embarrassing vulnerability to its namesake weather phenomenon.   

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