A Day at the Arms Fair
 A broad smile from an Iveco armoured vehicle / Tom Hart photo A Day at the Arms Fair Tom Hart spends a surreal day at DSEI, a London convention for international arms dealers Miniature robots and landmine detectors share the room with bulletproof vests, precision-engineered widgets and all kinds... Read more
Late to the Battlefield
Ferruccio Gobbi photo Late to the Battlefield A war photo a day #36 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 New Chinese Weapons Originated in the USA (and Russia)
Shenyang J-11 fighter over Anshan Airfield, China. Department of Defense photo These New Chinese Weapons Originated in the USA (and Russia) China has a domestic arms industry, but its growing military has feasted on copies of foreign origin It’s no secret that China’s red-hot economy has fueled a defense... Read more
‘Rubicon’ Could Have Been The Best War Comic of The Year
Mario Stilla art ‘Rubicon’ Could Have Been The Best War Comic of The Year Seven Samurai applied to the Afghanistan war is pretty good, except when it’s taken too literally Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai is widely regarded as one of the best war films ever made, if not the... Read more
Mutilated by the Lord’s Resistance Army
Ferruccio Gobbi photo Mutilated by the Lord’s Resistance Army A war photo a day #35 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... Read more
The Syrian Civil War Is Entering a Second, Darker Phase
Syrian military aircraft. Flickr The Syrian Civil War Is Entering a Second, Darker Phase The Obama administration wants Assad to lose, but doesn’t want the rebels to win Sunday, the Wall Street Journal wrote a long overview of President Barack Obama administration’s winding, head-spinning path to its current Syria... Read more
Somalia’s Al-Qaeda Franchise Has Made a Comeback
A fighter of the Ras Kimboni Brigade mans a heavy machine gun in Kismayo. U.N./Stuart Price photo Somalia’s Al-Qaeda Franchise Has Made a Comeback Country fractures further just as the security situation began to improve Updated 9/21 Up until last week, the archetypal failed state of Somalia could look... Read more
Admiral Warned Budget Cuts Would Chop Navy Yard Security Response Times
Washington Navy Yard. Tim Evanson/Flickr photo Admiral Warned Budget Cuts Would Chop Navy Yard Security Response Times Physical security and explosive inspections also reduced, the Navy’s installations chief instructed months before mass shooting Six months ago, the admiral in charge of naval base security across the U.S. homeland said... Read more
Turkish Jets Shoot Down Syrian Chopper
Turkish f-16s on Oct 19. 2011. Air force photo Turkish Jets Shoot Down Syrian Chopper A single helicopter isn’t something Assad can afford to lose The Syrian civil war has spilled over into Turkey again — with Turkish F-16 fighter jets chasing after and shooting down a Syrian helicopter.... Read more
Joseph Kay photo Joseph Kay photographs a lull in battle in bloody eastern Congo So the fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has stopped for now and representatives of the Congolese government and the M23 rebel group are talking in Kampala, Uganda. Amid the calm, the Congolese army has been consolidating... Read more
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