We’ve Caught a Glimpse of Northrop’s Carrier-Launched Tanker Drone
The U.S. Navy’s future drone tanker has begun to break cover. In mid-August 2017, the first photos appeared depicting Northrop Grumman’s entry in the Navy’s Carrier-Based Aerial Refueling System, or CBARS — the years-long effort to produce the first drone warplane for the Navy’s carrier air wings. The photos,... Read more
Sailors Missing, Heavy Damage After the Second U.S. Destroyer Collision in Two Months
Ten U.S. Navy sailors are missing and five were injured after the Liberian-flagged tanker ship Alnic MC collided with the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer John S. McCain off the Malaysian coast before sunrise on Aug. 21, 2017. The damage from the 600-foot-long, 30,000-ton tanker vessel’s impact on John S. McCain... Read more
The U.S. Air Force Was Not Fond of the Next-Gen Predator Drone
This story originally appeared on Nov. 13, 2014. In April 2009 General Atomics—the California-based manufacturer of the Predator drone—debuted a new and improved, jet-powered version of the iconic robot warplane. But for all its improvements, the Predator C—or Avenger—fell flat with its biggest prospective client, the U.S. Air Force.... Read more
High Crimes and Demeanors in the Age of Donald Trump
Let me try to get this straight — from the moment the Soviet Union imploded in 1991 until recently just about every politician and mainstream pundit in America assured us that we were the planet’s indispensable nation, the only truly exceptional one on this small orb of ours. We... Read more
Breaking Down the North Korea Crisis
Whatever you might have heard over the last several days, the United States isn’t about to be engulfed in a ball of nuclear fire, courtesy of Kim Jong Un. It’s a little more complicated than that. That’s not to suggest that the crisis on the Korean peninsula is a... Read more
The Russian Navy Is in a Death Spiral
Over the past year, the Russian navy has undertaken several high visibility operations, most notably the deployment of the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov off the coast of Syria, and the launch of cruise missiles from ships based in the Caspian Sea. Russian submarine activity has also increased, although not... Read more
Breve historia del ─ finalmente ─ impresionante helicóptero Hind
El helicóptero ruso de ataque Mi-24 lleva más de 47 años volando. Ya es hora de que desmontemos algunos de los mitos más extendidos sobre el helicóptero de ataque que tantos nombres ha recibido. Cocodrilo . Vaso . Carro del Diablo . Hind . En... Read more
Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighters Are Underpowered and Outnumbered
The Russian air force will start to take delivery of initial production versions of the Sukhoi Su-57 PAK-FA fifth-generation fighter starting in 2018. Those initial aircraft will mostly be used for training. The Russians expect to complete development of the initial version of the PAK-FA in 2019. “The T-50... Read more
In 1987, a Rogue U.S. Navy Admiral Schemed for War With Iran
By 1987, the Iran-Iraq War had turned the Persian Gulf into a shooting gallery. As part of a total war strategy, both Baghdad and Tehran targeted merchant shipping to impede the other side’s war effort. During eight years of brutal fighting, hundreds of commercial vessels, many belonging to neutral... Read more
Donald Trump Repeats Bigoted Pershing Myth
U.S. president Donald Trump repeated a widely-discredited and bigoted myth in the aftermath of an Aug. 17, 2017, terrorist attack that killed 13 people in Barcelona. “Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught,” Trump tweeted. “There was no more Radical Islamic Terror ... Read more
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