Iraq and Syria Team Up to Take on Islamic State
The Syrian warplanes carried out a series of strikes on Islamic State targets in Raqqa and along the Syrian-Iraqi frontier earlier in April 2017. Intelligence gathering from a Russian-Iranian-Iraqi and Syrian coalition enabled the aircraft to locate their targets. Formed in September 2015, this coalition has command centers in... Read more
Cómo mejorar aún más el fusil M1 Garand: acortar y aligerar
Lo cierto es que la carabina M1 de la Segunda Guerra Mundial no fue diseñada para convertirse en un arma de infantería de primera línea. Al contrario, el Ejército de Tierra estadounidense tenía previsto que los soldados en funciones de apoyo utilizaran el arma estrictamente como último recurso para... Read more
The F-35 Just Got $1.7 Billion More Expensive
The F-35 is even further behind schedule and more over budget than other watchdog agencies have reported. A new Government Accountability Office report finds the troubled program will need an additional $1.7 billion and another year just to finish its already 16-year-long production process. The GAO echoed much of... Read more
The Third Reich Squandered the Well-Armed ‘Scharnhorst’
The Treaty of Versailles drastically limited the size of the postwar Kriegsmarine, precluding Germany from owning any dreadnought battleships. The Germans could keep (and replace) pre-dreadnought vessels of 10,000 tons or less, roughly the size of a heavy cruiser in most navies. Presented with this problem, German engineers developed... Read more
Here’s the Evidence Linking Russia to the French Election Hack
As France braces for the second round of its national election, security researchers try to figure out if Russia was really behind the alleged hacking attempts against frontrunner Emmanuel Macron. After months of speculation on whether dreaded Russian hackers would try to meddle with the French elections the same... Read more
The Honeymoon of the Generals
MOAB sounds more like an incestuous, war-torn biblical kingdom than the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, aka “the mother of all bombs.”  Still, give Donald Trump credit.  Only the really, really big bombs, whether North Korean nukes or those 21,600 pounds of MOAB, truly get his attention. He wasn’t... Read more
After MOAB Strike, No Word on the Fate of Kidnapped Civilians
Two weeks after U.S. forces dropped one of the most powerful non-nuclear bombs to target Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan, there has been no official word on the number of casualties. A U.S. Air Force MC-130 dropped the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, nicknamed “Mother Of All Bombs,” in... Read more
What North Korea Wants
Pyongyang launches missile test after missile test. A carrier strike group moves through the Pacific with its sights set on the peninsula. U.S. President Donald Trump has called the entirety of the U.S. Senate to attend a briefing on the North Korean threat on April 26, 2017. And Seoul faces... Read more
Spy Planes Tagged Along as U.S. Air Force F-35s Flew Near Russia
On April 25, 2017, two U.S. Air Force F-35 stealth fighters paid a quick visit to Estonia. And they weren’t alone. Besides the usual KC-135 tanker, a surprising three surveillance planes accompanied the F-35s — an RC-135U and two RC-135Ws. The F-35As belonged to the 34th Fighter Squadron from... 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 2016 combat deployment off the Syrian coast. Kuznetsov took a beating from heavy use and what’s next is a long-awaited refit, of which we now have a few details. First... Read more
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