These Fast-Acting Response Forces Could Prevent Another Benghazi
Events in war-torn South Sudan in recent weeks have presented a dazzling—and sometimes confusing—display of U.S. military capabilities. Emergency operations have been conducted in the unstable new country by troops assigned to three totally different American task forces dispersed across Africa. The new task forces have their roots in... Read more
The Navy’s New Drone Will Be Able to Fight Other Planes
The U.S. Navy is finally thinking about how to use aerial drones to shoot down other airplanes—making it one of the first air arms to plan a dogfighting role for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. But in the beginning, the dogfighting drones will most likely need the help of a human... Read more
Seven Autocrats Backed by U.S. Military Aid
Autocrats. Potentates. Plutocrats. It’s no exaggeration to say the U.S. has a lot of less-than-democratic friends around the world. Some of them came to power by killing their rivals. Others came to power through elections only to fix the next vote—or employed autocratic means to consolidate control under the... Read more
How to Come Home From War
For the men from the U.S. Army’s 2-16 Infantry, the closest they receive to divine intervention comes in the form of bar-room advice. “I used to have dreams of rocks coming out of a machine gun,” soldier Mark Fischer recalls in David Finkel’s new book Thank You for Your... Read more
The Best of War is Boring
War is Boring launched on Medium in May. Since then we’ve published nearly 500 stories that you, our faithful readers, have clicked on several million times combined. What follows are the best of War is Boring in 2013. “F’d: How the U.S. and Its Allies Got Stuck with the... Read more
Surf’s Up: Mexican Drug Cartels Shift to California Coast
The United States is far and away the world’s largest consumer of illicit drugs. If you were a drug cartel billionaire, would you let a border build-up stop you? Of course not. Despite a build-up of agents, fences and surveillance towers along the land border between Mexico and the... Read more
How a Small Force of Finnish Ski Troops Fought Off a Massive Soviet Army
On Nov. 30, 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Finland with more than 400,000 troops. The assault was almost three times larger than the Allied landing at Normandy. Soviet Leningrad, a city of five million, by itself contained more people than the entire country of Finland. As the world’s largest... Read more
Best War Games of 2013
2013 was a great year for armchair strategists and keyboard generals. There were three notable developments for those who prefer well-designed strategy war games to kill-’em-all shooters. First, this year saw the debut of several excellent games that dealt with modern warfare in the late Cold War or the... Read more
2013: War by the Numbers
50,000 The approximate number of people killed this year in the civil war in Syria. 6,000,000 Estimate of Syrian refugees displaced by the fighting, out of a population of 22 million. 500 Approximate number of Syrian government tanks destroyed by rebels in 2013. 59 Journalists killed in the line... Read more
Nazis Go to Hollywood
Nazis are bad dudes. Seriously, those guys are like the worst. And for years they’ve been the go-to bad guys for Hollywood. From Casablanca to Indiana Jones and well into the present, Nazis have been dependable antagonists. What would Hollywood do without these guys? Actually, there was a time... Read more

Kevin Knodell

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