From Loathed to Loved—the Deadly History of the Submarine
Submarines are an accepted part of a strong navy and the cornerstone vessel of a superpower. But these stealth killers of the ocean were once as derided and feared as the drone is now. This week on War College, former journalist and current naval historian Iain Ballantyne takes us... Read more
Like ‘Forrest Gump,’ but With Castration, Explosions and Joseph Stalin
Dig deep enough in Netflix and you might find a Swedish movie called The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared. The title is a mouthful. The plot is insane. It’s the story of Allan Karlsson, a former spy for both Russia and America during the... Read more
‘The Wall’ Isn’t a War Movie, It’s a Horror Film
This review contains spoilers. The poster for The Wall is misleading. Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s head dominates the top two thirds of the image and the American flag covers his wistful face. He looks like a forlorn U.S. soldier cradling Old Glory. On the bottom, John Cena lies prone in front of... Read more
Why the Russian Military Is Reaching Into the Arctic
In the summer of 2007, Russia planted a flag on the seabed of the North Pole. Russian state television covered the event as a submersible packed with explorers and Kremlin officials descended to the depths of the Arctic and laid claim over its potential resources for Russia. Canada complained, but... Read more
America’s Special Operations Forces Are Stretched Thin
America is at war with Islamic State. Typically, citizens think this war comes in the form of drone strikes, signals intelligence and cooperation with regional partners. But that’s only part of the story. Even while popular opinion has shunned U.S. “boots on the ground” in the Middle East, U.S. special... Read more
The Psychics With Top-Secret Security Clearances
Even if you think a government program to fund research into extrasensory perception, remote viewing and mind reading is crazy, U.S. taxpayers have paid for it. This week on War College, Pulitzer Prize finalist Annie Jacobsen walks us through the years she spent digging through government documents while researching the... Read more
‘Free Fire’ Is a Love Letter to Guns and Criminal Stupidity
Gunfights in real life never happen the way we see in film. People miss more than they hit, some of the wounds are superficial, guns jam and nothing goes as planned … if there was even a plan to begin with. There’s a lot of cowering in cover, taking... Read more
‘Sand Castle’ Is a Spiritual Sequel to ‘Jarhead’
War is hell, the old saying goes, and some of America’s most powerful war films belong to a genre that’s all about the pointless horror of combat. You’ve seen those movies—the ones where young idealistic men go to a foreign country, lose a friend and a limb, then come... 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
I Learned How to Make My Own Bullets
Widener’s sponsored this post. Longtime readers probably won’t find it shocking that I enjoy firing guns. Of the weapons I’ve fired, the World War II-era Thompson submachine gun is my favorite. Not the Tommy, with its large barrel and gangster connotations, but the M1A1 with its long magazine and .45... Read more

Matthew Gault

Contributing Editor

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