America Does Not Need the Air Force
An Air Force A-10 attack plane over Afghanistan in July. Air Force photo America Does Not Need the Air Force But it sure does need air power, as Rob Farley explains With the Iraq War over and the fighting in Afghanistan winding down, why does the United States need... Read more
Come On, People—Hacking a High-Tech Toilet Is Not Cyberwar
It’s a cat in a toilet. Get over it. Wikimedia Commons photo Come On, People—Hacking a High-Tech Toilet Is Not Cyberwar Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Ward says it’s time we reconsider our definitions of computer attacks There sure do seem to be a lot of cyber-attacks lately. But... Read more
Beijing’s Latest Missile Can Blast Through Everything
DF-12, formerly m-20. Photo via Chinese interet Beijing’s Latest Missile Can Blast Through Everything Meet the Dong Feng-12, a ballistic missile designed to dodge everything we can throw at it If you’re Beijing and you want to take on the world’s biggest air and naval power — that’s the... Read more
I Learned a Lot From Wargaming Korean War II
Republic of korea k-1 main battle tank. u.s. army photo I Learned a Lot From Wargaming Korean War II Navies are useless but old airplanes aren’t in simulated Korea conflict Part three of three. Read parts one and two. Yesterday I wrote of my defeat at the hands of... Read more
The Afghan Army Claims It Just Kicked the Taliban’s Ass—It’s Probably a Lie
Afghan troops practice helicopter assaults in 2010. David Axe photo The Afghan Army Claims It Just Kicked the Taliban’s Ass—It’s Probably a Lie Don’t trust numbers coming out of Kabul Afghan helicopters rotored into Logar province south of Kabul in the early morning hours of July 23 as part... Read more
Fleeing the Mortar Barrage by Boat
Fleeing the Mortar Barrage by Boat A war photo a day #8 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, one... Read more
The Air Force’s Awesome Attack Plane Has a Pretty Sad Replacement
A-10 Warthog. Bryan William Jones Photo The Air Force’s Awesome Attack Plane Has a Pretty Sad Replacement The A-10 is the best warplane for saving lives — too bad its days are numbered On July 24, dozens of U.S. troops in Afghanistan were nearly wiped out by a Taliban... Read more
Face It: Privacy is Dead
brettneilson/Flickr Face It: Privacy is Dead But do we accept that or build a better internet? On July 27 through August 1, the Black Hat conference took place in Las Vegas, where security researchers from around the world convened to present new research into computer security. One of the... Read more
Rent Your Own Spy Plane For Just $150 Million
It can listen in on radio broadcasts and pinpoint their origins. Using powerful cameras and infrared sensors, it can lock onto people and vehicles miles away and track them with pinpoint accuracy. It is a modified Gulfstream business jet that once belonged to the Jack Daniels whiskey-maker. Acquired by... Read more
I Just Fought Korean War II in My Living Room
North korean 170mm “koksan” artillery. via globalsecurity I Just Fought Korean War II in My Living Room Turns out the U.S. and its allies could actually lose Part two of three. Read part one. On an overcast day on the Korean peninsula, the air rumbles with the sound of... Read more
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