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July 2016, Vol. 99, No. 7
4 Editorial: Deterring the Dragon in the South China Sea.
Arms sales to Vietnam may be tri e, but the message is paramount.
20 Fifty Years of Mission in the Mountain
By Jennifer Hlad
USAF’s Cheyenne Mountain complex is, in some ways, busier than ever.
26 Ground-Based Question Mark
By Brian W. Everstine
The nation needs a Minuteman III replacement, but the looming nuclear modernization bill is daunting.
32 The Second Offset
By Rebecca Grant
When the Soviets achieved nuclear parity, the US regained its military advantage—through technology.
38 Russia Cheats
By Mark B. Schneider
There is no reason to expect Rus- sia to break a habit of ignoring its arms control and treaty obligations. By doing this, it has gained military advantages for decades.
44 Thunderbirds
By John A. Tirpak
Meet the Air Force’s highest-pro le ambassadors and recruiting tools.
56 The Yom Kippur Airlift
By John C. Correll
It has become popular to discount the value of Operation Nickel Grass, but its importance to Israel was clear enough in 1973.
64 Air Force Strategy and Inherent Resolve
By Robert J. Elder Jr.
In this war, airpower is the weapon of choice because of its inherent  ex- ibility.
68 The P-51’s Turbulent Development
By John Fredrickson
The legendary aircraft’s designers overcame signi cant developmental pains creating the iconic  ghter.
About the cover: The Thunderbirds per- form the Line Break Loop. See “Thunder- birds,” p. 44. USAF photo by SrA. Jason Couillard.
AIR FORCE Magazine / July 2016

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