Step by Step, Here's How to Fight China


The air campaign in Desert Storm was a watershed for air power. It demonstrated the effectiveness of precision munitions, marked a high water point for electronic warfare and introduced radar stealth in a decisive manner. It also established a... Read more

We Linked Up With Troops Battling Washington's Wildfires


The air is hard to breath as we walk up the gravel road. Smoke... Read more

The Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many Civilians It Has Killed in Iraq and Syria


The Pentagon has looked into hundreds of possible civilian casualties from the bombing campaign... Read more

Hundreds of Dead Bodies Rot in Bangui Wells


In early August, workers from the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action exhumed three piles of... Read more

Myanmar’s Most Persecuted Minority Isn’t Fighting Back


I checked the straps on my boots. The water on the flooded dirt road... Read more
From a Hospital Bed, an Indian Soldier Damned His Defective Rifle
Originally published on April 15, 2015. On April 13, 2015, a dozen Indian soldiers and police in an armored...
France Has Cool World War II Forts

France Has Cool World War II Forts

Ouvrage La Ferté is like a hobbit hole with machine guns. The subterranean fort’s galleries and tunnels sprawl out beneath...

The Trucial Oman Scouts Was the British Army’s Last Desert Romance

The Trucial Oman Scouts Was the British Army’s Last Desert Romance

For most people, the United Arab Emirates conjures up images of lavish, oil-funded lifestyles, luxury cars and oddly shaped...

Meet the NSA’s Creepy Cartoon Mascots

Meet the NSA’s Creepy Cartoon Mascots

Originally published on April 21, 2015. The camera fades in to a green field. A butterfly flutters over a...

This U.S. Navy Warship Shot Down MiGs and Pranked the Soviets

This U.S. Navy Warship Shot Down MiGs and Pranked the Soviets

Originally published on April 13, 2015. During the Cold War, many lesser-known confrontations occurred at sea — away from...

U.S. Military Setting Up Shop in Niger

U.S. Military Setting Up Shop in Niger

The Pentagon is looking to open up a new gas station for its planes in southern Niger. As terrorists...

This Army Medic Pulled a Bug Out of a Firefighter’s Head

This Army Medic Pulled a Bug Out of a Firefighter’s Head

“The other night, we pulled a moth out of some guy’s ear — that was pretty exciting,” Sgt. Annie...

China Steals Military Artwork, Too

China Steals Military Artwork, Too

China has a bad habit of stealing foreign military designs. Beijing’s J-11 fighter jet is a copy of Russia’s...

El Ejército de Tierra estadounidense quiere derribar drones con una ametralladora eléctrica gigante

El Ejército de Tierra estadounidense quiere derribar drones con una ametralladora eléctrica gigante

Hace tan sólo unos años EE.UU. tenía casi el monopolio en cuanto a drones. Ya no más. A medida...
South Sudan’s Civil War Killed All of the Country’s Rhinos

South Sudan’s Civil War Killed All of the Country’s Rhinos

In 2011, South Sudan — then the world’s newest country — had as many as a thousand rhinos. Four...

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