Scrapped: The Naval Parade That Brings Military and Civilians Together
Sailors from the USS Makin Island marching in San Francisco. US Navy photo Scrapped: The Naval Parade That Brings Military and Civilians Together The cancellation of San Francisco’s Fleet Week damages America’s relationship with its armed forces by KYLE MIZOKAMI Two years ago this month, I was standing on... Read more
I Just Saw ‘Captain Phillips’ and Couldn’t Wait to See the Pirates Shot Dead
Don’t fuck with the U.s. Navy. Columbia pictures capture I Just Saw ‘Captain Phillips’ and Couldn’t Wait to See the Pirates Shot Dead Despite the film’s attempts to make me feel guilty about it by MATTHEW GAULT “You aren’t just a fisherman,” Richard Phillips says to his captor —... Read more
Fighting Trains!

Fighting Trains!

Uncategorized October 15, 2013 0

Czech armored train in Siberia, 1918/Dark Roasted blend Fighting Trains! The height of steampunk silliness, armored trains couldn’t help but enlist in the 20th century’s largest conflicts by STEVE WEINTZ The advent of locomotives and the spread of railways symbolized the Industrial Revolution, delivering the outputs of factories and... Read more
Did China Clone a U.S. Apache Attack Helicopter?
Ah-64 Apache. Photo via China Defense Blog Did China Clone a U.S. Apache Attack Helicopter? It’s possible, but not for certain by DAVID CENCIOTTI This is a bit suspicious. Photographs that recently appeared on Chinese defense blogs — a key source for glimpses of new People’s Liberation Army equipment... Read more
All the Things the British Military Can’t Do Anymore
HMS Astute off the coast of Scotland in 2009. Royal Navy photo All the Things the British Military Can’t Do Anymore Build destroyers and submarines that work, for one, before the Royal Navy fades away  by ROBERT BECKHUSEN In late September, the Royal Navy unveiled its latest nuclear-powered Astute-class... Read more
Nobel Gases: Peace Prizes, Chemical Weapons and the Impotence of Hope
Syrians inspect a chemical rocket. Photo via Brown Moses Nobel Gases: Peace Prizes, Chemical Weapons and the Impotence of Hope The OPCW’s award is less of an achievement than an aspiration  by MATTHEW GAULT On Oct. 11, a committee in Oslo doled out its annual award for peace. The... Read more
Gold to Bullets: How Armed Groups Profit from Gold Trafficking in Eastern Congo
Gold mined in eastern Congo. Flickr User Image Journeys photo Gold to Bullets: How Armed Groups Profit from Gold Trafficking in Eastern Congo A new report puts the spotlight on Africa’s conflict gold On Feb. 3, 2011, a small business jet touched down on the lone airport runway serving... Read more
Grand Theft Afghanistan
Anti Soviet guerillas in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, 1987. Wikipedia photo Grand Theft Afghanistan German spies buying captured gear in 1980s Afghanistan part of a Cold War pattern by KYLE MIZOKAMI On Sunday, the German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag reported that West German spies had operated covertly in Afghanistan in... Read more
This Is What the World’s Bloodiest War Looks Like #14
David Axe photo This Is What the World’s Bloodiest War Looks Like #14 A photo a day from the Syrian civil war by DAVID AXE Thirty months. More than 100,000 dead. Millions displaced. The Syrian civil war is by far the bloodiest war in all the world today—and it... Read more
The A-10 Is the Air Force’s Most Awesomest Warplane—Of Course the Brass Wants to Get Rid of It
An A-10 during a recent Air Force exercise in Alaska. Air Force photo The A-10 Is the Air Force’s Most Awesomest Warplane—Of Course the Brass Wants to Get Rid of It Legendary attack plane is getting better with age, but tell that to the Air Force Starved of funding... Read more
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