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
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
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
Everything You Know About the Vietnam War Resistance Is Wrong
My father had a low draft number and always told me he couldn’t see himself trudging through the jungle with a machete. It was the early ’70s and Vietnam would be over soon, but young Americans were still dying in Southeast Asia. So dad joined the Navy and served... Read more
One Tank to Rule Them All
War nerds love tanks. The battlefield behemoths drove onto the scene in the middle of World War I, replaced the cavalry and became synonymous with war. This week on the show, author Steven Zaloga walks us through the ins and outs of armored vehicles. He explains how the French... Read more
The Islamic State’s Deadly Drone Fleet
For the past decade, unmanned aerial vehicles have been a cornerstone of America’s campaign against Islamic insurgents in the Greater Middle East. Predator and Reaper drones crisscross the globe firing Hellfire missiles. Other countries have operational drone fleets, but few match the might and ubiquity of America’s. But journalists... Read more
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