Step by Step, Here’s How to Defeat China in War


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 Joined 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
The Pentagon Sends Predators to Latvia
Predator drones will soon be in the skies over Latvia. Airmen from the Texas Air National Guard will fly...
Thailand’s Counter-Insurgents Are Not Winning Hearts and Minds

Thailand’s Counter-Insurgents Are Not Winning Hearts and Minds

The Royal Thai Army and the Royal Thai Police have for decades fought rebels in one of Asia’s lesser-known...

Taiwan's Obsolete Submarines Should Be in a Museum

Taiwan's Obsolete Submarines Should Be in a Museum

As China expands its undersea arsenal, Taiwan is debating how to replace its own tiny fleet of antiquated submarines — two of...

The American West Is Burning

The American West Is Burning

America’s western states are suffering from one of the worst wildfire seasons in history. The military has mobilized to...

Who Killed Central Africa’s Most Notorious Spy?

Who Killed Central Africa’s Most Notorious Spy?

The assassins, dressed in camouflage and riding in a military vehicle, closed in on their target. Lt. Gen. Adolphe...
From a Hospital Bed, an Indian Soldier Damned His Defective Rifle

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...

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