The Worst Machine Gun Ever Made
One day at the auction house, someone left a pile of guns on the ground. This was not at all unusual. At the very bottom, wrapped in moving blankets, was a pile of scrap metal. I parted the blanket gently to expose more of whatever I was seeing —... Read more
Welcome to the Mothership
David Axe photo Welcome to the Mothership A war photo a day #21 Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I care to recount. I’ve been covering armed conflict since 2005. Every battlefield has its stories … and its unforgettable images. Follow me through my career at war,... Read more
These Men Faked Being War Heroes
Faking vet is an insulting claim, for lots of reasons. But the Internet is awash with those who claim military service that didn’t happen, combat experiences made out of whole cloth — and have received or claimed unearned military decorations, honors and even money they didn’t earn. In 2013,... Read more
American Presidents Don’t Ask for Permission Before Starting Wars
President Nixon and Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti / Robert Moore American Presidents Don’t Ask for Permission Before Starting Wars And it turns out they don’t have to U.S. military intervention in Syria may only poll at nine percent, but a lack of popular support is hardly an impediment... Read more
American Missile Defenses Surround Syria
U.S. Patriot Missiles in Turkey. Defense Department photo American Missile Defenses Surround Syria Whether they actually work is mostly irrelevant On the apparent eve of a possible U.S. attack on Syria—following the Bashar Al Assad regime’s reported use of chemical weapons—America has erected a veritable wall of defenses around... Read more
Here’s How to Track the Pentagon’s Airborne Command Posts Over the Internet
E-6 Mercury at Mojave Air and Space Port on April 3, 2007. Akradecki/Wikimedia photo Here’s How to Track the Pentagon’s Airborne Command Posts Over the Internet This non-descript plane could be key to U.S. war against Assad — and a warning when strikes are imminent There might be the... Read more
The Pirate Panic Button
David Axe photo The Pirate Panic Button A war photo a day #20 Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I care to recount. I’ve been covering armed conflict since 2005. Every battlefield has its stories … and its unforgettable images. Follow me through my career at war,... Read more
Marines’ Stealth Fighter Repeating Navy Jet’s Embarrassing History
An F-35B in testing. Lockheed Martin photo Marines’ Stealth Fighter Repeating Navy Jet’s Embarrassing History F-35B making same mistakes as canceled A-12, test pilot Chip Dudderar warned In 2010 air power consultant Dudderar, a retired Navy test pilot, penned informal, unclassified analyses for several admirals outlining the problems with... Read more
Myth-Busting the Looming War With Syria
Aleppo. Wikimedia Commons Myth-Busting the Looming War With Syria The conventional wisdom is wrong Now that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, the U.N. shot at and American pundits have become outraged, it seems increasingly clear that the international community, led by the United States, is going to... Read more
NASA Finally Figured Out How to Develop Technology—Then Promptly Forgot
NASA art NASA Finally Figured Out How to Develop Technology—Then Promptly Forgot Faster, better & cheaper was the key, as Dan Ward explains In 1992, then-NASA administrator Dan Goldin launched an initiative called Faster, Better, Cheaper. It was meant to develop new technologies … well, faster, better and cheaper. And... Read more
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