The General Who Could Have Replaced George Washington
Queries the great Sheldon Cooper: “How would the Civil War have gone differently if Lincoln had been a robot sent from the future?” None can tell. But we can essay some critical analysis about how the revolution would have gone had the Patriots rejected Washington as commander-in-chief and embraced the alternative... Read more
Still Waiting for Americans to Wake Up to Their Country’s Wars
What makes a Harvey Weinstein moment? The now-disgraced Hollywood mogul is hardly the first powerful man to stand accused of having abused women. The Harveys who preceded Harvey himself are legion, their prominence matching or exceeding his own and the misdeeds with which they were charged at least as... Read more
Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Is Doomed to Fail
Westerns analysts have concluded that Russia’s fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter is unlikely to enter operational service before 2027. Postponements, cost-overruns and research and development-related problems mar the project. This should come as no surprise. The Su-57 program was never really viable. Back in early 2006, Russian president Vladimir... Read more
Russian Tanks Can Roll Toward Battle on an ‘Iron Carpet’
The Eastern Front during World War II brought the enduring image of tanks bogged down in seas of thick, sticky mud. While it might come as a surprise, the twice-annual Russian mud is still a major military problem. So, Russia has developed a road-laying truck for its engineering troops... Read more
The 101st Airborne Division Is the First to Get the U.S. Army’s New Sidearm
Soldiers with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division have been the first to receive the service’s’ new nine-millimeter pistol. Weapons developers and soldiers say the new M17 and M18 pistol, designed as a followup handgun to the Army’s current M9 Beretta, is expected to change combat tactics and techniques.... Read more
The Era of Walls

The Era of Walls

WIB politics December 8, 2017

When I first talked to the three Honduran men in the train yard in the southern Mexican town of Tenosique, I had no idea that they were climate-change refugees. We were 20 miles from the border with Guatemala at a rail yard where Central American refugees often congregated to... Read more
El Ejército de Tierra ruso acaba de modernizar sus gigantes morteros de 240 milímetros
Las Fuerzas Terrestres Rusas acaban de recibir el primer lote de morteros autopropulsados 2C4 Tulip de 240 milímetros modernizados. La modernización de estas armas de la década de 1960 incluye enlace de datos, equipos de comunicaciones y sistema de control de fuegos nuevos. Con el tiempo Rusia pretende modernizar... Read more
Terror and Murder — Islamic State Switches to an Insurgency in Iraq
Iraq’s military has essentially destroyed the physical Islamic “State” which once militarily occupied one-third of the country. The effort to root out the Islamic State insurgency could take years. Iraq is now faced with the difficult task of implementing effective counter-insurgency methods as the group reverts to its origins... Read more
North Korea’s Prying Eyes
North Korea maintains an extensive intelligence collection and security apparatus — as might be expected of a totalitarian regime such as the so-called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Pyongyang maintains two main agencies — one focused on external intelligence collection and clandestine operations and another focused on counterintelligence. There... Read more
The U.S. Navy Is Turning Its Stealth Destroyers Into Ship-Killers
The U.S. Navy is transforming its Zumwalt-class land-attack destroyers into surface-warfare ships whose main mission will be sinking other vessels at sea. In swapping the job of the three-ship class, the Navy is admitting that its original concept for the 600-foot, stealthy warships is no longer viable. “We see... Read more