What’s in a name? Navy comes out with new ship naming guidelines
A new series of ship-naming conventions has come down the pipe for the U.S. Navy, setting a list of guidelines for what kind of vessels get their namesake from. The memorandum put out by the Navy and obtained by the U.S. Naval Institute, lists several naming convention rules, as... Read more
Failure to launch: U.S. Navy has a ship building problem and no real solutions
The U.S. Navy seems to have a recurring problem with newer ships coming off the assembly line: none of them work the way they were designed to. From the catapults of the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Zumwalt-class of futuristic guided-missile destroyers, the recurring theme seems to be... Read more
Slippery slope: Norwegian Air Force facing drag chute problem with its new F-35s
Winter is coming for Norwegian F-35s, as they are currently experiencing problems with drag chutes designed to help them stop on the nation’s icy runways. The Royal Norwegian Air Force, which previously relied on a fleet of 56 F-16s, is happy to welcome the 52 F-35s they have scheduled... Read more
Possible M4 replacement is causing gun enthusiasts to call bullpup
Eugene Stoner purists are no doubt crying in private after General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems showcased their take on the Next Generation Squad Weapon program at the 2019 AUSA conference, feeling the sting of seeing a bullpup rifle being considered as a replacement for the M4 carbine. Generally... Read more
The Pacific Alamo: The tiny island the U.S. defended for 15 days at the start of WWII
Americans are naturally defiant people that idolize the act of the courageous “last stand.” From the Alamo to the “Lost Battalion” of The Great War, the American warfighter has been praised in folklore and historical record for taking on battles with little chance of victory or survival. In the... Read more
Thunder on the Mountain: The tragic and bizarre mystery of a missing A-10 Warthog and its pilot
It’s a fact of life- sometimes people just vanish. Be it due to the acts of others, forces of nature, or more personal choices but many individuals have simply “disappeared off the radar,” which leaves more questions than answers. Sometimes, those people vanish with a $45 million dollar aircraft... Read more
Deadly Duo: Viper helicopters share the sky with radar-jamming F-35Bs
One of the sexiest attack helicopters in the world has been paired with the smartest 5th-generation combat plane- and the match is a deadly duo made in heaven. The AH-1Z Viper, the most modern variant of the AH-1 Cobra bloodline, has been paired up with F-35Bs in Marine Expeditionary... Read more
China’s American Hero: How a renegade pilot won the hearts of Shanghai
Heroism is often the word used to describe extraordinary feats of bravery displayed in an otherwise bleak situation, and often it comes down to the right person being in the right place at the right time. As a teenaged expatriate living in Shanghai, my home was not but a... Read more
Operation Mount Hope: How the CIA stole a Russian Hind-D gunship in the dead of night
When you want something done in the name of American interest and you don’t mind if someone gets their hands dirty, you call the operatives of the CIA. If you want to get in and out by air without any issue, you call the men and women of the... Read more
Another one bites the dust: Army ditching “gravel camo” after just 14 years
The Army’s “gravel camo” is gone forever- and U.S. Soldiers of the past, present and future couldn’t be happier. Known as the Universal Camouflage Pattern, the grey-green pixelated pattern was adopted against all advice in 2005 and remained the standard pattern until 2014. During its time as the U.S.... Read more

Andy Wolf

Andy Wolf is a Kentuckessee native who has spent over 1/3 of his life overseas in search of combat, riches and adventure- accruing over a decade of experience in military, private security, language, small arms training, journalism and corporate communications fields. Mr. Wolf holds a Bachelor's of Science from Tennessee's Austin Peay State University- and is rarely seen without his canine companion, Savannah.

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