A U.S. Navy Fighter Jet Just Shot Down a Syrian Warplane
For nearly three years, Syrian, Russian and U.S. war planes have maintained an uneasy truce over Syria — a truce that progressively frayed early-to-mid 2017. But the main parties had so far refrained from engaging each other in air-to-air combat. That all changed at 6:00 in the evening, local... Read more
It’s Better When F-35s and Super Hornets Work Together
In June, the U.S. Navy released a budget allocating $264.9 million towards upgrading its roughly 600 F/A-18E and F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler fighters to the new Block III standard, which includes some of the enhancements proposed for the Advanced Super Hornet. This is intended to coincide with... Read more
France’s D.520 Fighter Flew for Many Sides in World War II
The British had their Spitfire Mark I and II and the Germans had their Messerschmitt Bf.109E — designs that set the standard for high-performance fighters at the beginning of World War II. It’s always been a small consolation to the French that they had just begun to field their... Read more
One of the U.S. Navy’s Most Important Planes Is Based on the 737
There is a decent chance you have already flown on one of the U.S. Navy’s key new aircraft—or rather, the 737 airliner it is based on. The P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol plane may not be as sexy as an F-35 stealth fighter, but in some ways it is far... Read more
‘I Scribbled Whatever I Could So They Would Stop Beating Me’
A recent United Nations report makes clear that sexual violence is a widespread phenomenon in contemporary wars. However, while the document largely focuses on non-state actors and small or pariah states in Africa and the Middle East, it ignores several larger countries where armed groups are frequently connected to... Read more
These Are the States and Armed Groups That Use Rape as a Weapon
In May 2017, the office of the U.N. Secretary General presented its annual report on conflict-related sexual violence. The report identifies 38 armed groups and eight government security forces in 19 countries the United Nations has documented as perpetrating systematic rape, sexual assault and coercion as part of their... Read more
Argentina Wants to Keep This 1970s Jet Fighter Flying
Just one year after France retired its last Super Étendard carrier-based strike planes from service, Argentina announced it is considering buying six of the retired warplanes. The Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard has always been more distinguished by its armaments and technical capabilities than by its performance specifications. While it ably... Read more
Germany Still Loves Its Leopard Tanks
Germany has begun the process of upgrading 103 out-of-service Leopard 2A4 and 2A6 tanks to the latest model, the Leopard 2A7V—an upgrade that will cost the state the equivalent of 760 million euros. The big news is that by revamping and deploying these new vehicles, the Bundeswehr is expanding... Read more
Egg Fried Rice and an Air Strike Altered China’s History
War has brought a premature end to countless promising young lives in absurd and horrifying ways. This is the tale of how the death of one man accorded high honor by North Korea may have changed the fate of China. Gen. Yang Di thought there was something strange about... Read more
The Real Reason the World Should Pay Attention to China’s Aircraft Carrier Fleet
China’s first home-built aircraft carrier will soon be completed in the shipyards at Dalian. This vessel, which has yet to receive a name, will spend two years being fit with equipment before she is ready to join her sister carrier the Liaoning in operational service. Both vessels are derived from... Read more