An American officer goes over an item check list with AMISOM troops during a supply delivery on Sept. 12, 2016. U.S. Air Force photo U.S., British and E.U. support critical to AMISOM’s operations by KEVIN KNODELL On Sept. 12, 2016, a detachment of American troops landed in Somalia. It was a... Read more
A protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Flickr photo The battle over Dakota Access Pipeline swaps old roles by CHIP WARD Cowboys and Indians are at it again. Americans who don’t live in the West may think that the historic clash of Native Americans and pioneering settlers is long past because the Indians... Read more
‘The First Sting,’ by Stuart Brown. Donated to the CIA, the painting shows Afghan Mujaheddin using American singer missiles to down Soviet helicopters. Image via Wikimedia Commons You don’t change Afghanistan — Afghanistan changes you by MATTHEW GAULT Americans should study Russia and understand both how badly the United States failed to rebuild... Read more
U.S. Army soldiers in Afghanistan. Photo via Wikipedia It’s up to the next generation to fix this mess by PETER VAN BUREN I recently sent my last kid off for her senior year of college. There are rituals to such moments, and because dad-confessions are not among them, I just carried... Read more
An unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at Launch Facility-4 on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss Land-based missiles are obsolete by GEOFF WILSON & NOAH WILLIAMS The Cold War has been over for 25 years now, but the... Read more
A fighter in South Sudan. Photo via Wikipedia Don’t get your hopes up by PETER DOERRIE The U.N. Security Council on Sept. 14 held consultations on South Sudan’s ongoing crisis. Violence escalated considerably in July 2016, when elements of the army attacked civilians and opposition forces in the capital Juba, despite... Read more
Image via Vice Motherboard A sprawling bureaucracy stands between Earth and space by MEREDITH RUTLAND BAUER You’re a billionaire space company owner, and you want to take the next big step and send a spacecraft to the moon. You’ve built the rocket and bought time on a launch pad and established... Read more
America’s newest export — the F-35. Dutch Defense Ministry photo Podcast — America makes a ton of cash selling weapons by MATTHEW GAULT The United States is far and away the world’s largest arms merchant. Other weapons manufacturers and countries don’t come close. But who decides what gets sold and to whom? And how closely does... Read more
U.S. and Indian troops train at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in September 2015. Kevin Knodell photo China’s rise compels Washington and New Delhi to work through decades of mistrust by KEVIN KNODELL The United States and India have greatly strengthened their military ties. On Aug. 29, the two countries formally signed the so-called... Read more
Russian Backfire bombers. Photo via Wikipedia Moscow’s apparent new missile tests patience in Washington by ELAINE GROSSMAN Omaha, Nebraska — Russia continues to rattle the United States with its alleged breach of a 1987 bilateral agreement aimed at eliminating medium-range ground-based missiles, according to a senior State Department official. “We have made... Read more
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