Darkening Skies

Brody Ladd | 04/21/2021

The Treaty on Open Skies, which entered force in 2002, permits signatories to make short-notice, unarmed observation flights over each other's territory  to monitor military forces and promote transparency. The U.S. withdrew  from the accord in 2020 after years of Russian violations, likely ending the agreement for good. Above, a Russian Tu-154M Open Skies aircraft after landing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, on Aug. 14, 2019. Last year, the Trump administration decided...

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