When All the World’s a War
Since Sept. 11, 2001, the United States has been fighting a “war on terror.” Real soldiers have deployed to distant lands. Real cluster bombs and white phosphorus have been used. Real cruise missiles have been launched. The first MOAB, the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal, has been... Read more
Underequipped and Unpaid, Mosul’s Civil Defenders Reunite the Dead With the Living
A month passed since Iraqi prime minister Haider Al Abadi declared victory in the battle to clear Islamic State from Mosul. A hesitant calm has descended over the city as neighborhoods that residents abandoned during the fighting are gradually repopulating. The task of Mosul’s liberators has shifted to reconstruction.... Read more
India’s Awful HF-24 Jet Fighter Proved Itself in Combat
Fifty years ago, India brought into service its first domestically built jet fighter, the HF-24 Marut — indeed, the first operational jet fighter designed and produced by an Asian country besides Russia. Unfortunately, the HF-24 project was hampered by over-ambitious goals, poor government oversight and underpowered jet engines, producing... Read more
El fusil Baker convirtió a los soldados en letales tiradores a larga distancia
Un gélido día de enero de 1809, Thomas Plunkett ─ fusilero del 95º Regimiento de Fusiles británico ─ se encontraba fuera de la ciudad española de Cacabelos tumbado en el suelo con la espalda sobre la nieve. Cualquiera diría que no era lugar para un irlandés, pero... Read more
In 1981, Weather and Reporters Stymied a Complicated Air Ambush in Sudan
In reaction to Libya claiming all of the Gulf of Syrte as its territorial waters, in January 1981 U.S. president Ronald Reagan ordered the U.S. Navy to conduct a “freedom of navigation exercise” in that part of the Mediterranean Sea. During the exercise, there were dozens of tense encounters... Read more
Is Venezuela’s Military on the Verge of a Crackup?
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Isolated displays of dissidence from within Venezuela’s armed forces have fueled speculation of a growing divide between the different ranks of the beleaguered nation’s military. But potential fractures in what is the most important pillar of support for Pres. Nicolas Maduro’s regime could... Read more
A Convicted Domestic Terrorist Was at the Charlottesville Nazi March
At least one man who attended the Aug. 11, 2017 white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a convicted domestic terrorist. Michael Tubbs, currently the chairman of the Florida League of the South, spent four years in prison after stealing military equipment and plotting to bomb black- and Jewish-owned... Read more
Not Every Civil War Is a Guerilla War
Civil wars have been given fairly blunt analysis for years. Security analysts have painted all civil wars as “guerrilla wars.” It’s also common for civil wars to be depicted as featuring near-constant fighting until one side either gives up or is defeated. Very few analysts account for the fluctuating... Read more
White Supremacy as Insurgency
The size of the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 11-12 is not unprecedented in U.S. history — nor the terrorist attack out of character for white supremacists. However, several trends and new methods of organization have contributed to the American neo-Nazi movement’s growth and increased willingness to... Read more
Movies to Help Donald Trump Understand Nuclear War
U.S. president Ronald Reagan sat down to watch a movie on Oct. 10, 1983 and he didn’t much for care for what he saw. “I ran the tape of the movie ABC is running on the air on Nov. 20,” Reagan wrote in his diary that day. “It’s called... Read more
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