Deadly Bandits of the Western Sea
U.S. Sailors Practice counter-piracy tactics. U.S. Navy photo Deadly Bandits of the Western Sea Peter Dörrie explains escalating piracy in Africa’s Gulf of Guinea Being a pirate has lost a lot of its appeal over the last few months — but only off the Somali coast, where security is... Read more
Who’s Going to Win the Race to Mach 5?
It was a breakthrough years in the making. On May 1, 2013, a U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber launched an X-51A Waverider unmanned test vehicle from a wing pylon. The two-ton, missile-shaped X-51 fired a solid rocket booster, quickly accelerating to Mach 4.8. Twenty-six seconds into its flight over... Read more
Transparent, My Ass
Transparent, My Ass by Matt Bors Matt’s previous cartoon was “Obama is the Decider Now.” Read more
We Gave Up Hunting Joseph Kony, and Now a Lot of People Could Die
Congolese troops plan a counter-LRA mission. Ferruccio Gobbi photo We Gave Up Hunting Joseph Kony, and Now a Lot of People Could Die U.S. commandos pull back amid Central African unrest America just got squeamish about hunting rebel cult leader Joseph Kony in Central Africa. And that could get... Read more
Here’s How the Navy Plans to Shoot Down High-Tech Chinese Jets
The Chinese J-31. Via Chinese Internet Here’s How the Navy Plans to Shoot Down High-Tech Chinese Jets By homing in on their heat with a new missile The Chinese air force has at least two new stealth warplanes. And that’s a big problem for the U.S. Navy, which is... Read more
‘They Burn Themselves’
Layla Ali. David Axe photo ‘They Burn Themselves’ Kurdish women’s advocates struggle against tradition in the world’s oldest city Erbil, Iraq — There’s an AK-47 leaning next to the couch at ZEEN women’s center and radio station in this capital of the autonomous region of Kurdistan. Layla Ali, 30,... Read more
The French ‘Shot Down’ U.S. Stealth Fighter
An F-22 Raptor. Air Force photo The French ‘Shot Down’ U.S. Stealth Fighter Turns out fancy new American jets aren’t invulnerable New evidence confirms that a French fighter pilot once “killed” an American F-22 Raptor stealth fighter in mock combat. Although not unprecedented, the simulated shoot-down is still a... Read more
Half the Military’s Robot Copters Are Crashing
A K-MAX Robot Copter in Afghanistan. Marine Corps photo Half the Military’s Robot Copters Are Crashing Believe it or not, this is not all bad news Evening was falling at the desert landing zone near the U.S. Marine Corps’ Camp Leatherneck in southern Afghanistan when the dragonfly-like shape of... Read more
The Army’s ‘Operation Donkey Haul’
David Axe photo The Army’s ‘Operation Donkey Haul’ That one time U.S. soldiers tried to recruit an Afghan ass Able Troop was way too small to cover the entire Afghan district of Baraki Barak, where its outpost was located in 2009. So the 100-strong company — part of 3rd... Read more
Just How Many Congolese Were Killed in War?
Congolese war survivors. Ferruccio Gobbi photo Just How Many Congolese Were Killed in War? Five million or 200,000, the number matters  In the U.K.’s House of Lords on Feb. 3, 2010, members of parliament debated expanding Great Britain’s aid to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the site of several... Read more
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