Myth-Busting the Looming War With Syria
Aleppo. Wikimedia Commons Myth-Busting the Looming War With Syria The conventional wisdom is wrong Now that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, the U.N. shot at and American pundits have become outraged, it seems increasingly clear that the international community, led by the United States, is going to... Read more
NASA Finally Figured Out How to Develop Technology—Then Promptly Forgot
NASA art NASA Finally Figured Out How to Develop Technology—Then Promptly Forgot Faster, better & cheaper was the key, as Dan Ward explains In 1992, then-NASA administrator Dan Goldin launched an initiative called Faster, Better, Cheaper. It was meant to develop new technologies … well, faster, better and cheaper. And... Read more
I Tripped Over Him Dying on the Street
David Axe photo I Tripped Over Him Dying on the Street A war photo a day #19 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... Read more
The Mach-3 Drone That Spied on China
The Pentagon is concerned about China’s growing capabilities, especially after a stunning display of new military hardware. In response, the military asks the American aerospace industry to develop a vehicle so fast stealthy and smart that nothing can touch it. A super-fast aircraft already in development is pushed forward... Read more
Test Pilot Tried to Warn Navy About Troubled Stealth Jet
An F-35B in tests aboard USS Wasp in August. Navy photo Test Pilot Tried to Warn Navy About Troubled Stealth Jet  Vertical-landing F-35B is the wrong airplane for the wrong mission, Chip Dudderar told officers Raymond “Chip” Dudderar is a retired U.S. Navy aviator and test pilot. For nearly... Read more
Since When Does the Air Force Have a Monopoly on Air Power?
An Air Force B-1 on a U.S. training flight in July. Air Force photo Since When Does the Air Force Have a Monopoly on Air Power? Rob Farley’s continuing argument against the Pentagon’s flying branch Recently at War is Boring, Patterson School professor Farley proposed eliminating the U.S. Air... Read more
Syria Air War Could Launch from Secretive Jordan Base
F-16 Fighting Falcon at Muwaffaq Salti Air Base, Jordan during Eager lion 13. Air Force Photo Syria Air War Could Launch from Secretive Jordan Base Jordan-based fighters and long-range bombers are the U.S.’s backbone for a Syria attack In the event the U.S. intervenes in Syria, the opening shots... Read more
This Is How America Could Bombard Syria by Sea
USS Barry launches a cruise missile at Libya in 2011. Navy photo This Is How America Could Bombard Syria by Sea Subs, ships, missiles & drones could lead the campaign Smart cruise missiles blast into the air from secret, high-tech submarines submerged beneath the Mediterranean. Destroyers lob more of... Read more
In Photos, the Tension Before Battle
Joseph Kay photo In Photos, the Tension Before Battle Joseph Kay among Congolese soldiers on the eve of combat Fighting flared in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Aug. 21 after rebels from the M23 group lobbed mortars at government troops near Goma, shattering a month of relative peace.... Read more
Giant Robotic Mining Trucks Love the Australian Desert
Driverless trucks. Komatsu photo Giant Robotic Mining Trucks Love the Australian Desert Iron mines are where mega-bots like these trucks are finding a home, but the Pentagon is also interested in the technology In the dusty red earth of Western Australia, robot trucks haul iron ore. The trucks themselves... Read more
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