How Did a Small College End Up With a Military Cargo Plane?
If you find yourself in the northeast corner of Arkansas, you might catch a glimpse of a small, gray military cargo plane. But this former U.S. Army cargo hauler doesn’t ferry American troops around anymore. The C-23 Sherpa is property of Black River Technical College, a relatively small institution with... Read more
The U.S. Army’s Upgraded Abrams Tank Boasts Several Surprises
General Dynamics Land Systems will start to deliver the first production M-1A2 SEP V3 Abrams to the U.S. Army starting in 2017. Out of a total of nine prototype tanks, the company has delivered seven of the prototypes for field-testing at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona and Aberdeen Proving... Read more
What’s This Apparent U.S. Army Spy Plane Flying Over Libya?
On April 10, Libyan militants looked up and caught a glimpse of a white spy plane flying over the city of Benghazi. The aircraft’s appearance comes as Washington mulls how best to support Libya’s weak government and fight the terrorists taking advantage of the chaos. The Islamist group Ansar... Read more
Mitchell WerBell Silenced the U.S. Army’s M-14s and M-16s
In the early 1960s, former U.S. Office of Strategic Services operative Mitchell WerBell III founded a company dedicated to the development of cheap and efficient sound-suppressors for automatic weapons. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, WerBell had joined the U.S. Army, serving briefly as a second lieutenant with... Read more
Real Ordnance-Disposal Isn’t Anything Like ‘Hurt Locker’
The U.S. Army Is About to Double Its Howitzer Range
On March 19, U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant Louis Cardin, a field artilleryman assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, died during an attack on Fire Base Bell outside of Makhmur, Iraq. Coincidentally, the U.S. Army is hard at work developing a farther-firing howitzer that could help keep artillery... Read more
U.S. Army Scout Copters Head to South Korea for One Last Mission
With tensions at a recent high, the U.S. Army is sending the last of its OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout helicopters to the Korean Peninsula for one more mission. After decades of service in war zones including Afghanistan and Iraq, the venerable copters should leave service by 2017. On March... Read more
The Pentagon’s Rape Hypocrisy Is Painfully Obvious
U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican, is introducing federal legislation that would require the U.S. military to do more to stop rape. The Mandating America’s Responsibility to Limit Abuse, Negligence and Depravity Act aims “to establish a policy against sexual abuse on all United States military installations, whether... Read more
The Pentagon Is Finally Designing Combat Gear for Women
As women begin to serve in all combat roles across every branch of the military, the Pentagon is making new efforts to ensure that their troops’ fertility — and prospect of having kids — is intact, something former service members weren’t afforded. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced in... Read more
Secretive U.S. Spy Plane Crashes in Iraq
When Talal Abdulqadir woke up on March 5, he probably didn’t expect his farm in northern Iraq would end up crawling with American troops guarding a crashed aircraft. In an instant, the green field outside the town of Kawrgosk put on full display some of the more shadowy elements... Read more
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