The Full Scale of Chicago’s Gun Violence


It was a scene played out over again and again on Chicago’s West Side. Shocked and dazed from the bullets that just entered his body, a young black man was carried into an ambulance on a stretcher and whisked... Read more

A Children’s Gitmo on the Border


By the time Donald J. Trump threw in the towel, who among us hadn’t... Read more

Harvey Gann Ran Through a Gauntlet in Germany


On Jan. 30, 1944, a German Me-109 shot down turret gunner Harvey Gann’s B-24... Read more

In This Ex-Spook’s New Thriller, Chuck Schumer Is President and Terror Is Spreading


In 2019 a bloody attack on the American embassy in Baghdad kills countless Americans... Read more

Zoosk Protects Military Members From Romance Scams


This is a sponsored post. Let’s face it: dating is hard, especially if you’re... Read more
We Need to Talk About the Middle East
My father and I always had a tacit agreement. We would never speak of “that part of the world.”...
U.S. Commandos Were Fond of Captured AK-47s

U.S. Commandos Were Fond of Captured AK-47s

This story originally appeared on May 26, 2015. While the Soviet Avtomat Kalashnikova has become the iconic weapon of...

To Understand Soviet Satellite Imagery, the CIA Once ‘Spied’ on America

To Understand Soviet Satellite Imagery, the CIA Once ‘Spied’ on America

In 1963, director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency John McCone wrote a memo to Secretary of State Dean...

The Royal Air Force’s Bomber-Killing Bomber Was Just a Dream

The Royal Air Force’s Bomber-Killing Bomber Was Just a Dream

In 1976, the British Royal Air Force had a problem. In the event of war, Soviet Backfire bombers flying...

Hitler Hated the Nazi Assault Rifle

Hitler Hated the Nazi Assault Rifle

This story first appeared on Nov. 26, 2015. By 1944, the Third Reich pulled out all the stops when...

Commandos Sans Frontières

Commandos Sans Frontières

In early June 2018, at a tiny military post near the tumbledown town of Jamaame in Somalia, small arms...

The U.S. Navy Is Struggling to Grow

The U.S. Navy Is Struggling to Grow

In late 2016, the U.S. defense establishment arrived at a consensus: with just 275 frontline ships, the U.S. Navy...

America’s Abandoned $6-Billion Missile Pyramid

America’s Abandoned $6-Billion Missile Pyramid

This story originally appeared on May 31, 2014. The Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex, nestled along North Dakota’s remote...

Eating Too Much Rice Almost Sank the Japanese Navy

Eating Too Much Rice Almost Sank the Japanese Navy

This story originally appeared on May 31, 2014. In August 1882 in Incheon Bay near Seoul, four Japanese warships...

Croatia’s Entire Frontline Air Force Almost Got Stranded in Ukraine

Croatia’s Entire Frontline Air Force Almost Got Stranded in Ukraine

This story first appeared on April 30, 2014. In early 2014, just a single pair of ancient MiG-21 fighters...

The U.S. Air Force Almost Sent ‘Starter’ Attack Planes to Europe

The U.S. Air Force Almost Sent ‘Starter’ Attack Planes to Europe

This story first appeared on Feb. 23, 2014. In September 2009, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe asked to...

This Is How the World Could Have Ended

This Is How the World Could Have Ended

This story first appeared on Jan. 14, 2014. This is a plan for the end of the world, dated...

Those Who Witnessed Castle Bravo Looked Into Armageddon

Those Who Witnessed Castle Bravo Looked Into Armageddon

This story originally appeared on Feb. 28, 2015. More than 60 years ago on an island in the South...

NSA Spies Helped Save Drones From a Fiery Death Over Vietnam

NSA Spies Helped Save Drones From a Fiery Death Over Vietnam

This story originally appeared on Feb. 24, 2015. The Air Force unleashed its first major drone program during the...

The U.S. Air Force’s Close Air Support Fly-Off Is a Farce

The U.S. Air Force’s Close Air Support Fly-Off Is a Farce

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is finally going up against the battle-proven A-10 close-air-support attack plane for the long-promised...

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