You Needed Grit to Dive On a Target in an A-4 Skyhawk
Modern jet fighters continue to grow ever more complicated and more fantastically expensive. But some of the most influential aircraft in history succeeded instead because they could do their job pretty well at a very reasonable cost. Such was the case of the agile A-4 Skyhawk, a small but... Read more
The Geopolitics of Crazy
The United States has beaten its head against the wall of North Korea for more than 70 years, and that wall has changed little indeed as a result. The United States, meanwhile, has suffered one headache after another. Over the last several weeks, the head banging has intensified. North... Read more
The Moon-Walking, Alien-Hunting, Psychic Astronaut Who Got Sued by NASA
On his way out to the Moon, there simply wasn’t time for Edgar Mitchell to contemplate the universe. The schedule was jam-packed, and the pressure was on. Mitchell, who had been part of the team that worked feverishly to bring Apollo 13 back home safely, was piloting Apollo 14’s lunar... Read more
We Won the War in Afghanistan—And Then Lost It
This story originally appeared on Feb. 16, 2015. Robert Grenier was the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s chief of station in Pakistan and Afghanistan on 9/11. In his new book 88 Days to Kandahar, he describes—in lively, clear prose—America’s two-month campaign to support Pashtun insurgents fighting to seize southern Afghanistan... Read more
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New Shows Examine the CIA’s Past Role in Latin America’s Cocaine Trade
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. A pair of new television programs tackles the role of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in the erection of Latin American drug routes, and while neither breaks much new ground, both reflect lingering suspicions regarding the agency’s legacy in the region. FX’s... Read more
America’s Spitfires
The sleekly elegant Supermarine Spitfire is the iconic British fighter of World War II, the plane that kept the formerly unstoppable German air force at bay in the Battle of Britain. And thanks to constant upgrades, the Spitfire remained a top-performing frontline fighter through the end of the war.... Read more
The U.S. Navy’s Greatest Enemy Might Be Exhaustion
With the USS John S. McCain knocked out of commission after a collision on Aug. 21 near the Straits of Malacca, the U.S. Navy is down two ballistic missile defense-capable Aegis destroyers in the Pacific. With USS Fitzgerald being also being knocked out of action after a June 17 collision... Read more
The U.S. Military Is Cozying Up to Sudan, of All Countries
The United States seems to be working toward courting an unexpected ally in its operations in Africa. On Aug. 9, 2017, Alexander Laskaris — an American diplomat that works for the U.S. military’s Germany-based Africa Command — visited Sudan for a series of meetings with military and diplomatic officials.... Read more
Erik Prince’s Plan For Afghanistan Is No Good
As the U.S. war in Afghanistan approaches its 17th year, the Trump administration lacks a clear strategy for winning — or at least ending — the conflict. Rushing to fill the vacuum, private military contractor and entrepreneur Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, has been traveling the United States... Read more
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