Lessons From Egypt’s Chemical War in Yemen
Egyptian air force chief adel hafez with air force pilots in yemen. 1964. wikimedia photo  Lessons From Egypt’s Chemical War in Yemen The diplomatic back-and-forth over Syria is at least something, compared to Egypt’s brutal 1960s-era war Nearly half a century ago, a Yemeni village was nearly extinguished by... Read more
Remember Triton: America’s Pioneer Nuke Sub
USS Triton on sea trials in 1959. Navy photo Remember Triton: America’s Pioneer Nuke Sub Steve Weintz recounts the odd — and historic —nuclear-powered Navy submarine USS Triton In 1960, the Eisenhower era was ending and Ike sought valedictory measures to cap his substantial presidency. To a summit in... Read more
Here Comes China’s Drone Patrols
unidentified chinese drone. Japan ministry of defense photo Here Comes China’s Drone Patrols Mike Yeo reveals how heavier bombers and drones are becoming the new normal over the waters of the Western Pacific On most days, the Japan Self-Defense Forces scramble fighters to intercept Chinese military aircraft patrolling through... Read more
Missiles In a Box And More at Russia’s Bizarro Arms Show
CluB-K Missiles. Photo courtesy of Bill Sweetman/Aviation Week Missiles In a Box And More at Russia’s Bizarro Arms Show Cruise missiles disguised as shipping containers, space radars and anti-stealth sensors were some of the equipment seen at the recent MAKS air show If you’re the leader of a small... Read more
China’s ‘Carrier-Killer’ Was Born in the Balkans
Artist depiction of df-21 attack, albeit exaggerated. illustration via chinese internet China’s ‘Carrier-Killer’ Was Born in the Balkans The DF-21D is China’s answer to America’s carriers, with an unusual origin in the Kosovo War In 1999, the U.S. was engaged in an air and missile war with Serbia. As... Read more
Syria Strike Will Be Pretty Useless Against Assad’s Foreign Legion
Hezbollah propaganda. Giorgio Montersino/flickr photo Syria Strike Will Be Pretty Useless Against Assad’s Foreign Legion Hezbollah is desperate, but also one of the only pro-regime forces that’s not terrible, militarily It’s not certain whether Pres. Barack Obama will get the endorsement from Congress to launch missile strikes on Syria’s... Read more
The Navy’s Carrier-Launched Fighter is Getting a Spiffy Upgrade
Advanced Super Hornet. Boeing photo The Navy’s Carrier-Launched Fighter is Getting a Spiffy Upgrade But will America’s admirals buy it over the F-35? The Navy hasn’t put the money down for it yet. But this week, Boeing wheeled out a major upgrade to the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the Navy’s... Read more
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
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

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