Chinese air force accidents are sapping morale and exposing critical capability gaps

Chinese media reported this week that at least a dozen military personnel were killed when a military aircraft crashed in Guizhou, exposing “the ‘fatal gap’ between the air force’s ambitions and its technology,” the media report noted. While the type of plane that crashed was not described in the report, the People’s Liberation Army Air [...]


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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.