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US Air Force F-22 Raptor. Photo: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

The U.S. Air Force announced it will send more than two dozen F-22 fighter jets to an exercise in the western Pacific, CNN reports.

Why it matters: Analysts say that sending that many jets sends a clear message to China as tensions between Beijing and Washington escalate, CNN notes.

  • "The Pacific Air Force is demonstrating that it can deploy as many or more fifth-generation aircraft into the theater on short notice than (China) currently has in its entire inventory," Carl Schuster, a defense analyst, told CNN, adding that China has between 20 to 24 operational fighter jets.
  • In comparison, the U.S. has around 180 F-22 jets, according to CNN.

Details: Approximately 25 jets from will be deployed to Guam and the Tinian islands this month to participate in Operation Pacific Iron 2021.

  • The exercise will operate in smaller airfields, so "[l]essons learned in the exercise could be applied to operating from smaller airports on islands around the western Pacific," CNN writes.

What they're saying: "We have never had this many Raptors deployed together in the Pacific Air Forces area of operations," Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces commander, told CNN.

Context: The F-22 is considered the first 5th-generation fighter in the Air Force inventory, and to be one of the most advanced fighter planes, per Military.com.

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Oct 15, 2021 - Technology

Sen. Kelly: U.S. must develop new military tech to prevent future conflicts

Developing new military technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, will be necessary to prevent a war with China or other adversaries, Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) said at an Axios event Friday.

Why it matters: With the war on terror ramping down and competition with China increasing, Kelly said it's time for the U.S. to adapt its military technology to address threats in the western Pacific, specifically China.

SCOTUS arguments changed after female justices were interrupted

Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Photo: Erin Schaff/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Wednesday that changes in the format of oral arguments were made in part after research showed that female justices were interrupted more by male justices and advocates, CNN reports.

Driving the news: Sotomayor said the studies, including one published in 2017, have had an "enormous impact" and caused Chief Justice John Roberts to be "much more sensitive" to people being interrupted on the court, per CNN.

Updated 5 hours ago - Politics & Policy

British national named in Colleyville synagogue standoff

A law enforcement vehicle sits near the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue on Jan. 16. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

British national Malik Faisal Akram took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue outside Fort Worth on Saturday, the FBI said in a statement.

State of play: Authorities had initially declined to release the name of the 44-year-old suspect or identify the hostages, all adults, though police chief Michael Miller confirmed that one of those held was Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, who leads the congregation.