30 Apr '16, 10pm

Experts warn weapons gap is shrinking between US, Russia and China

Experts warn weapons gap is shrinking between US, Russia and China

Competitors like Russia and China are closing the advanced weapons gap with the United States, aiming to push the U.S. out of areas on their front doorstep. Experts say they're improving their ability to target U.S. aircraft and ships, pushing the U.S. military farther away from potential conflict zones and constraining its ability to use force in regions such as the Baltic Sea and the South China Sea. ADVERTISEMENT "Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. military has never really had to fight an enemy that had its own arsenal of precision-guided weapons," said Mark Gunzinger, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. "It was able to use air bases and other bases located fairly close to the borders of an enemy because there wasn't that much of an air and missile threat to those bases,” he said. “That’s changing.” Experts say Russia and China are...

Full article: http://thehill.com/policy/defense/278262-experts-warn-wea...

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