Soviet Docs Shed Light on the Red Army’s Booze-Fueled Nuclear Vacation in Cuba
This story originally appeared on Dec. 18, 2013. The Cuban Missile Crisis is the closest we came to mutual nuclear Armageddon. But new documents have provided a glimpse at the Soviet troops sent halfway around the world with dozens of nuclear warheads in tow. Not surprisingly, the Red Army’s... Read more
This Tiny Greek Gunboat Had a Scary Amount of Firepower
On July 20, 1974, around 3,000 Turkish soldiers supported by artillery, armored carriers and two dozen tanks hit the beaches of northern Cyprus following a coup on the island by EOKA-B, an ultra-nationalist Greek paramilitary organization which espoused the enosis ideology of uniting all Greeks under a single state. The... Read more
The U.S. Military Just Attached a Laser Weapon to an Apache Gunship
The thrust of the U.S. military’s laser weapon tests have focused on the sea, on land and aboard fixed-wing aircraft. You need a lot of power to generate a beam capable of burning through a target, which limits where you can stick a laser. But they can work on helicopters,... Read more
Trump Expands What Obama Started—Banning Russian Rifle Imports
In the world of 7.62-millimeter rifles, Russian-made AKs and Veprs in particular—a group of AK-style variants produced by gunmaker Molot—are highly prized for their quality, durability and killer cool. Veprs became even more coveted in 2014, when the Obama administration imposed sanctions on competitor Kalashnikov Concern following the Russian invasion and... Read more
The Heidar Is Iran’s Weird-Looking .50-Caliber Sniper Rifle
Iran regularly over-hypes its military technology, and in some cases, shows off bogus equipment for propaganda purposes. Iran’s military industry is also resourceful and produces interesting weapons which the Islamic republic then proliferates into very real conflicts. As a latter example, Iran in April 2017 revealed the .50-caliber, semi-automatic... Read more
U.S. Warship Wrecked, Sailors Missing After One of the Worst Navy Collisions in Years
The collision of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Fitzgerald with the ACX Crystal, a Philippine-flagged container ship, appears to be the worst U.S. Navy ship accident in years. Seven sailors are missing following the collision, which occurred in the morning darkness off Japan’s Izu peninsula around 2:20 a.m. on June... Read more
Sevastopol’s Soviet Defenders Helped Save Stalingrad
Seventy-five years ago this month, the German army began its final assault on Sevastopol, the port city on the Crimean peninsula which the Third Reich had besieged from fall 1941. While overshadowed—at least in the West—by larger and more significant battles on the Eastern Front, the Soviet defense of the... Read more
The Qatari Military Is Terribly Outgunned
It’s been less than a week since the Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council—the closest thing to an Arab NATO—blockaded Qatar by sea, land and air, setting off a chaotic series of diplomatic maneuvers led by Kuwait. Wars have begun over less. If that wasn’t bad enough, were the standoff to... Read more
Need More Naval Missiles? Stick the Launchers in Shipping Containers
The U.S. Navy is unmatched, but not invulnerable. The fleet has been shrinking, stressing the force as sparkling new Chinese warships sail from the shipyards at a brisk pace. A more worrying problem is that American warships are outranged—often by large margins—by anti-ship missiles, such as those also in... Read more
Zbigniew Brzezinski, ‘Limited’ Nuclear Warrior
Zbigniew Brzezinski, the U.S. national security adviser to Pres. Jimmy Carter, died on May 26, 2017. A refugee from Poland, his family fled to Canada via France after the 1939 German invasion, and stayed after the Red Army swept into the country at the end of  World War II. As... Read more

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