Argentina Produced a Falklands War Cartoon
This story originally appeared on Jan. 25, 2015. Zamba is a mischievous scamp on the state-run Argentine T.V. channel Paka Paka. Kids watch as he moves through time learning about music, art and Argentine history. He’s met Simón Bolivar, studied Latin American paintings … and witnessed the Falklands War. The... Read more
‘The Beast’ Is the Best Tank Movie You’ve Never Seen
This story originally appeared on Nov. 21, 2014. The Beast should be a terrible movie. It’s a film about the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan made by Americans in 1988. Kevin Reynolds—the man behind the disastrous flop Waterworld—directed it. Stephen Baldwin plays a major supporting role. On its face, The... Read more
‘The Lost Fleet: Corsair’ Is ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Meets ‘Captain America’
War Is Boring got a sneak peek at a new graphic novel from best-selling military science fiction writer Jack Campbell. Illustrated by Andre Siregar and Bambang Irawan with colors from Sebastian Cheng, The Lost Fleet: Corsair is like Battlestar Galactica meets Captain America. Check it out. Read more
I Invaded Grenada in ‘The Operational Art of War IV’
It was one of the most lopsided scenarios I could pick. It was 1983 and the military government of Hudson Austin had only a token force of Grenadian troops and Cuban advisers facing down my incoming force of U.S. Marines, Rangers, SEAL teams and a follow-on Caribbean peacekeeping contingent... Read more
What Happens to Us When Robots Fight Our Wars?
In December 2017, the third Future Ground Combat Vehicles Summit took place in Detroit, Michigan. The program featured an assortment of unmanned ground vehicles, ranging from robotic mine flails to vehicles that could one day carry electromagnetic railguns — all which promise to revolutionize the way we wage war.... Read more
‘Altered Carbon’ Is a Counterinsurgency Nightmare
Space travel is expensive and time-consuming. Short of figuring out some sort of warp drive, there’s a good chance that humanity’s push to the stars will take generations to accomplish. In science fiction such as Star Wars and Star Trek, warp drives are a prerequisite technology. How can you... Read more
The Red Army Saves the Day in ‘The Death of Stalin’
The horrors of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s regime are so nightmarish that it’s hard to imagine ever laughing at them, but British writers Armando Iannucci and Ian Martin found a way. Only the minds behind In the Loop and Veep could turn the complicated inner workings of the Soviet... Read more
‘Black Panther’ Is a Meditation on Leadership
This article contains spoilers for Black Panther. Black Panther is a blockbuster. Marvel’s newest film is setting box-office records and smashing ancient Hollywood myths about race and success. It’s touching nerves for all the obvious reasons, but film’s legacy will be its political message. In an era where no... Read more
Mark Richards Found Beauty in Afghanistan, Then Afghanistan Almost Killed Him
Mark Richards is a survivor, but Afghanistan almost killed him. At the age of 28, the photojournalist sneaked across the border from Pakistan. It was the early 1980s and he was making his living taking pictures of war. He’d spent the past few years covering all the conflicts Southeast... Read more
Terrorism, Torture and Kit Harington
BBC’s new mini-series Gunpowder has a terrorist for a hero—and does its best to sweep you up in his emotional journey. This grim tale of Renaissance-era terror and counterterror operations is a lot more relevant to the modern world than you’d think from all the ruffled collars in evidence.... Read more
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