Did America Start a Robot Space War?
An X-37B in its launch canister. Boeing photo Did America Start a Robot Space War? Mysterious orbital craft alarms U.S. rivals It was a space launch to change the world. On January 11, 2007, a solid-fuel rocket lifted off from Xichang Space Center in central China, a non-explosive ‘kill... Read more
When a Sniper Stalked American Troops
Soldiers in the Chowkay Valley in 2010. David Axe photo When a Sniper Stalked American Troops In Afghanistan in 2010, a mysterious sharpshooter picked off U.S. soldiers Gunfire and rockets erupted on both sides of the American patrol. It was the night of March 28, 2010, in Kunar province,... Read more
Three Reasons Not to ‘No-Fly’ in Syria
A Buk-M2E missile system. Via Wikimedia Commons Three Reasons Not to ‘No-Fly’ in Syria Regime’s updated jets and missiles represent big danger The White House’s confirmation on Thursday that the regime of Bashar Al Assad has used chemical weapons against Syria’s rebels and civilians has prompted talk of possible... Read more
China’s Jet Fighter Surprise
One of the J-20's first appearances. Via Chinese Internet China’s Jet Fighter Surprise The new J-20 fighter plane could shake up the Pacific order — but probably won’t It was an audacious debut, even by the dramatic standards of Chinese weapons systems. For months, Western reporters and analysts had... Read more
Why America Wants a New Bomber
A B-52 and a B-2 — America’s oldest and newest bombers, respectively. Air Force photo Why America Wants a New Bomber Because Iranian and Chinese defenses are improving and drones aren’t ready The U.S. Air Force has struggled for years to develop a new long-range bomber to complement its... Read more
Syrian Rebels Defenseless Against Chemical Attacks
Syrian rebels. Via Flickr user FreedomHouse Syrian Rebels Defenseless Against Chemical Attacks Expert urges U.S. to send gas masks  On Thursday the White House confirmed what many observers had long feared: the regime of Syrian president Bashar Al Assad has used chemical weapons against rebels and civilians in the... Read more
The Syrians Weren’t the First to Gas Each Other
Syrian rebels. Via Wikimedia Commons The Syrians Weren’t the First to Gas Each Other Mankind’s got a long, awful history of chemical atrocities The Syrian government has used chemical weapons, including sarin nerve agent, against rebel fighters “multiple times in the last year,” the U.S. intelligence community has concluded.... Read more
The Undead Drug Lord of Michoacan
Nazario Moreno. EstrellaTV screencap The Undead Drug Lord of Michoacan Nazario Moreno, once a powerful Mexican drug trafficker, is most likely dead. But don’t tell that to his followers. A powerful Mexican drug lord who was killed in a gun battle more than two years ago now commands his... Read more
China’s Overhyped Sub Threat
It was the U.S. Navy’s biggest jolt in years. On Oct. 26, 2006, a Chinese Song-class attack submarine quietly surfaced within nine miles of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk as the 80,000-ton-diplacement vessel sailed on a training exercise in the East China Sea between Japan and Taiwan. The... Read more
Flattops or Not: Japan’s Dilemma
js hyuga. department of defense photo. Flattops or Not: Japan’s Dilemma Tokyo’s aircraft carriers once ruled the waves; could they make a comeback? Seventy years ago, Japan had the most powerful navy in the world. The Imperial Japanese Navy, or Nihon Kaigun, boasted 10 aircraft carriers and 10 battleships... Read more
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