Here’s How to Track the Pentagon’s Airborne Command Posts Over the Internet
E-6 Mercury at Mojave Air and Space Port on April 3, 2007. Akradecki/Wikimedia photo Here’s How to Track the Pentagon’s Airborne Command Posts Over the Internet This non-descript plane could be key to U.S. war against Assad — and a warning when strikes are imminent There might be the... 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
The Land of the Unexploded Bombs
japan self-defense forces dispose an unexploded bomb at sendai airport. Japan self-defense FORCES PHOTO The Land of the Unexploded Bombs James Simpson looks at Japan’s ever-persistent problems with hidden bombs, with more turning up every day  On Aug. 10, a 37-year-old Tokyoite ventured out to Tateyama — a beach... 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
China’s Mystery Satellite Could Be a Dangerous New Weapon
SY-7 launch on July 29, 2013. Xinhua photo China’s Mystery Satellite Could Be a Dangerous New Weapon The SY-7 is one of three Chinese satellites doing some very strange things in orbit On July 29, a Chinese Long March-4C rocket blasted into space from the northern Taiyuan Space Center... Read more
Is It a Duck? Is It an Aircraft Carrier? No! It’s Japan’s ‘Helicopter Destroyer’
Izumo under construction. Google capture Is It a Duck? Is It an Aircraft Carrier? No! It’s Japan’s ‘Helicopter Destroyer’ James Simpson takes a skeptical look at Japan’s newest helicopter carrier On Aug. 6, a hot and sticky summer’s day in Japan, a floating controversy was launched into the waters... Read more
What Massacre? U.S. Still Selling Missile Boats to Egypt
Ambassador MK III class. Photo via Defense.pk What Massacre? U.S. Still Selling Missile Boats to Egypt Meet the Ambassador MK III, the modern missile boat the Pentagon is preparing to hand to Egypt’s military regime The military ties between the United States and Egypt are contentious, unusual by global... Read more
The Air Force’s Awesome Attack Plane Has a Pretty Sad Replacement
A-10 Warthog. Bryan William Jones Photo The Air Force’s Awesome Attack Plane Has a Pretty Sad Replacement The A-10 is the best warplane for saving lives — too bad its days are numbered On July 24, dozens of U.S. troops in Afghanistan were nearly wiped out by a Taliban... Read more
Beijing’s Latest Missile Can Blast Through Everything
DF-12, formerly m-20. Photo via Chinese interet Beijing’s Latest Missile Can Blast Through Everything Meet the Dong Feng-12, a ballistic missile designed to dodge everything we can throw at it If you’re Beijing and you want to take on the world’s biggest air and naval power — that’s the... Read more
Taliban Back-Up Plan: Unleash the Assassins
Afghan National Police. Air Force Photo Taliban Back-Up Plan: Unleash the Assassins The Taliban can’t lose and can’t win. Now it’s shifted to other deadly tactics. On the morning of July 27, Brig. Gen. Asadullah Sherzad drove over a bomb. Sherzad, the chief of security for Afghanistan’s northern Baghlan... Read more

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