This Handheld Rocket Gun Peaked with a James Bond Cameo
You Only LIve Twice, Metro-Goldwyn Studios photo This Handheld Rocket Gun Peaked with a James Bond Cameo  Gyrojet weapon never really caught on  In the 1960s an American engineer and his partner invented a gun that fired rocket-propelled ammunition. Yes, rocket-propelled. Like a space launch, only much smaller and... Read more
War Took Their Childhoods
David Axe photo War Took Their Childhoods A war photo a day #10 Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I care to recount. I’ve been covering armed conflict since 2005. Every battlefield has its stories … and its unforgettable images. Follow me through my career at war,... Read more
F’d: How the U.S. and Its Allies Got Stuck with the World’s Worst New Warplane
From all the recent sounds of celebrating coming out of Washington, D.C., you might think the Pentagon’s biggest, priciest and most controversial warplane development had accelerated right past all its problems. The price tag—currently an estimated $1 trillion to design, build and operate 2,400 copies—is steadily going down. Production... Read more
A City of Two Million, Wiped Out
Aleppo burning. Science for Human Rights photo A City of Two Million, Wiped Out Fighting devastates Aleppo, Syria, amid mass displacement Two years ago it was a thriving city of more than two million people in northern Syria near the Turkish border — and a U.N. world heritage site... Read more
Full of Bullet Holes
David Axe photo Full of Bullet Holes A war photo a day #9 Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I care to recount. I’ve been covering armed conflict since 2005. Every battlefield has its stories … and its unforgettable images. Follow me through my career at war,... Read more
Air Drops to Pot Farms?
Air Force JPADS guided airdrop. Air Force photo Air Drops to Pot Farms? One marijuana-grower mulled Air Force-style resupply, as Steve Weintz recounts An older friend and I were taking the air on my porch the other afternoon when a U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane flew overhead while... Read more
America Does Not Need the Air Force
An Air Force A-10 attack plane over Afghanistan in July. Air Force photo America Does Not Need the Air Force But it sure does need air power, as Rob Farley explains With the Iraq War over and the fighting in Afghanistan winding down, why does the United States need... Read more
Come On, People—Hacking a High-Tech Toilet Is Not Cyberwar
It’s a cat in a toilet. Get over it. Wikimedia Commons photo Come On, People—Hacking a High-Tech Toilet Is Not Cyberwar Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Ward says it’s time we reconsider our definitions of computer attacks There sure do seem to be a lot of cyber-attacks lately. But... Read more
Beijing’s Latest Missile Can Blast Through Everything
DF-12, formerly m-20. Photo via Chinese interet Beijing’s Latest Missile Can Blast Through Everything Meet the Dong Feng-12, a ballistic missile designed to dodge everything we can throw at it If you’re Beijing and you want to take on the world’s biggest air and naval power — that’s the... Read more
I Learned a Lot From Wargaming Korean War II
Republic of korea k-1 main battle tank. u.s. army photo I Learned a Lot From Wargaming Korean War II Navies are useless but old airplanes aren’t in simulated Korea conflict Part three of three. Read parts one and two. Yesterday I wrote of my defeat at the hands of... Read more