The Drone Zone
Germany’s cancelled Euro hawk drone. Northrop Grumman photo The Drone Zone Tom Hart’s flying robot news for the week of June 5-12 Drones. Everybody’s worked up over drones. Whether it’s techno-utopians who revel in science-fiction-come-true, politicians keen to wage war sans body bags, slightly paranoid citizens up in arms... Read more
Damn, this Afghan Airstrip Practically Eats American Planes
a damaged C-130 at Forward Operating Base Shank in early June. Air Force photo Damn, this Afghan Airstrip Practically Eats American Planes $270 million in hardware gobbled up by a remote, high-altitude runway Afghanistan is just about the worst place in the world to wage a high-tech war. Rugged,... Read more
Unanswered Questions in NSA Disclosures
Mira Hotel lobby By WiNG , via Wikimedia Commons Unanswered Questions in NSA Disclosures Could the real problem be Edward Snowden? Over the weekend, the source of highly classified NSA documents provided to the Guardian and Washington Post outed himself in a video posted to the former’s website. Edward... Read more
Crossfire! Pvt. Matt Hoats’ War
Blue Delliquanti art Crossfire! Pvt. Matt Hoats’ War In this true story drawn by Blue Delliquanti, one U.S. soldier learns the hard way how dangerous Afghanistan’s fighting can be for civilians Read more
REVIEW: The Rice Paddy Navy
Milton Miles and Dai Li. Via Osprey Publishing REVIEW: The Rice Paddy Navy Osprey Publishing; November 2012; 316 pp. Before Navy SEALs stormed mansions in Pakistan, the notion of sailors waging war on land sounded ludicrous to many. So when Gen. George C. Marshall learned that Navy captain Milton... Read more
That One Time the NSA Helped Kill a Guy
An airman works on a satellite signal receiver. air force photo That One Time the NSA Helped Kill a Guy The one time we know of, that is In the first week of June the Guardian went public with secret documents outlining the National Security Agency’s massive new effort... Read more
Obama is the Decider Now
Obama is the Decider Now by Matt Bors Cartoonist Matt Bors’s latest book is Life Begins at Incorporation. Read more
When the Earth Touched the Sky
A controlled IED blast in Zari in april. David Axe photo When the Earth Touched the Sky How eerie calm led to sudden death in the Afghanistan war’s final months This story was updated on June 16 to include comments from Richard Newton Pvt. 1st Class Cody Towse believed... Read more
We Are To Blame The latest NSA eavesdropping debate should be about us  The details are harrowing: The NSA is collecting vast tranches of information about your calls and conversations. A secret court, ruling behind closed doors, gave them permission. Is the government overstepping its bounds? That isn’t an... Read more
Russia’s Got Deadly New Submarines
Yury Dolgoruky. RIA-NOVOSTI Photo. Russia’s Got Deadly New Submarines Should America panic or not? The Russian navy’s last two Typhoon-class submarines, by far the biggest undersea warships ever, are headed for the breakers for dismantling after decades of frontline service. The Typhoons, made famous by Tom Clancy’s The Hunt... Read more
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