As you can see, we decided to do a little something different for the cover of this year's Naval Review that no doubt grabbed your attention immediately. Some of you may already be familiar with Tom Freeman's painting, "Carrier Killer." We had first seen it a few years back and often wondered how we might make use of it for Proceedings. That golden opportunity comes now with the news that the Chinese have developed, or are close to developing, an antiship ballistic-missile (ASBM) capability, news that hit the mainstream media with a similar impact in late March.
But longtime China-watchers Professor Andrew Erickson of the Naval War College and David Yang of the RAND Corporation explain that China has sought such a weapon for some time as a way to blunt the power-projection capability of U.S. Navy carrier strike groups. They provide an in-depth and fascinating look at the technical aspects of an ASBM and discuss what the Chinese are writing about the missile in their own publications. You'll find that arguments over the efficacy of a particular weapon system and potential service rivalries aren't limited to the littoral combat ship, DDG-1000, and F-22 Raptor.