South Carolina Sheriff Gets In Trouble Trying to Trade For a Spy Plane
Leon Lott, the colorful and immensely popular sheriff of Richland County, South Carolina — the county encompassing the state capitol Columbia — really digs military hardware. Arguably the most famous photo of Lott depicts him posing in front of his department’s M-113 armored personnel carrier, replete with a .50-caliber... Read more
Aging bombers have lots of life left in them by DAVID AXE In one of most bizarre moments of the bizarre Aug. 6 debate between Republican presidential candidates, Mike Huckabee — the 59-year-old former Arkansas governor — blasted U.S. president Barack Obama for, Huckabee claimed, allowing America’s military might to decay. And Huckabee decided the... Read more
How a Malaysian Playboy Controlled the Most Powerful Naval Force on the Planet
It was the middle of September 2013 and the U.S. Justice Department had laid a trap. Its target was the Malaysian millionaire defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis. But no one called him by his real name. At six feet tall and more than 300 pounds, he earned the nickname... Read more
Let’s Fix Ferguson by Giving Cops More Military Gear
David Trachtenberg is president and CEO of Shortwaver Consulting. He served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy and as a professional staff member of the House Armed Services Committee. In this op-ed, Trachtenberg responds to events in Ferguson, Missouri by advocating an increasing in... Read more
Police With Non-Lethal Weapons Can Be Militarized, Too
This is a response to David Trachtenberg’s op-ed advocating for more non-lethal weapons for cops. We have a problem with police. For years, surplus military equipment has filtered into domestic law enforcement agencies across the country. Up-armored vehicles, assault rifles and a smorgasbord of non-lethal zap, shock and spray... Read more
The Ferguson Police Have No Idea How to Deal With Journalists
Just after 1:00 A.M. on Aug. 19, 2014, there was a moment of panic when law enforcement on West Florissant Avenue—the flashpoint of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri—corralled journalists into their designated “playpen.” Protesters seeking cover from the cops fled into the swarm of photographers. A standoff followed as,... Read more