I Learned How to Make My Own Bullets


Widener’s sponsored this post. Longtime readers probably won’t find it shocking that I enjoy firing guns. Of the weapons I’ve fired, the World War II-era Thompson submachine gun is my favorite. Not the Tommy, with its large barrel and gangster... Read more

As Long as Reporters Have Covered War, They’ve Glorified It


When Brian Williams reported on American missile strikes on Syria, he fawned over the... Read more

The Paraguayan War was the Dumbest and Costliest Conflict the Americas Ever Experienced


The Paraguayan War — sometimes referred to by South Americans as the War of... Read more

Two Days Inside the Battle for West Mosul


Inside an old hotel on the edge of West Mosul’s Old City, a Federal... Read more

I Witnessed a Mock Air War


The U.S. Air Force’s Red Flag, the most important air-combat exercise in the world,... Read more
Russia’s Banged-Up Aircraft Carrier Prepares for Her Upgrade
Russia’s rusty aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has been back at her home port near Murmansk since February following a...
As U.S. Defense Secretary, James Mattis Plots His Own Course

As U.S. Defense Secretary, James Mattis Plots His Own Course

In his first three months as U.S. defense secretary, James Mattis has embraced elements of Pres. Donald Trump’s aggressive...

Clyde Farrell Made a Rocket Machine Gun

Clyde Farrell Made a Rocket Machine Gun

Thirty years before Robert Mainhardt and Art Biehl debuted their GyroJet rocket-powered pistol and rifle, another inventor gained some...

China Spent Decades Trying to Build a Better AK-47

China Spent Decades Trying to Build a Better AK-47

In the mid-1960s, the Chinese military began to seek a replacement for its assortment of Soviet-licensed small arms, including...

The CIA Created Fake Weed That Can’t Get You High

The CIA Created Fake Weed That Can’t Get You High

In the 1970s, America’s top intelligence agency created super-skunky fake weed and burned it as part of a drug-abuse...

The Hotchkiss Portative Made For a Decent Tank Gun

The Hotchkiss Portative Made For a Decent Tank Gun

Laurence Benét and Henri Mercié designed the Hotchkiss Portative light machine gun at the turn of the 20th century....

I Learned How to Make My Own Bullets

I Learned How to Make My Own Bullets

Widener’s sponsored this post. Longtime readers probably won’t find it shocking that I enjoy firing guns. Of the weapons I’ve...

MIT Flies a High-Tech Test Plane With the U.S. Air Force

MIT Flies a High-Tech Test Plane With the U.S. Air Force

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology operates a heavily-modified Boeing 707-321B, which it calls “Hannah,” as a communications and sensor...

In South Sudan, Thousands Rely on Fragile Protection Camps for Survival

In South Sudan, Thousands Rely on Fragile Protection Camps for Survival

In a refugee camp in South Sudan’s capital Jub, Jikany Kuol  awaits the rain in a tiny shack cobbled...

Mali’s Desert Climate Is the Doom of Armored Vehicles

Mali’s Desert Climate Is the Doom of Armored Vehicles

Half of the German army’s armored vehicles in Mali—there as part of a multi-national peacekeeping mission—have broken down because...

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