The U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System Was an Expensive Failure
In 2007, the U.S. Army began embedding anthropologists and other social scientists in combat units in Iraq and Afghanistan. It called the initiative the Human Terrain System. HTS aimed to improve soldiers’ knowledge of the local populations so that they could better attempt to win over hearts and minds in... Read more
Antiquated Helicopters Protect America’s Nuclear Missile Sites
The U.S. Air Force’s 450 silo-based Minuteman III ballistic missiles represent the entire land-based leg of America’s nuclear deterrent. The Minuteman missiles are a big deal. So why is missile-field security the responsibility of some of the oldest, slowest helicopters in the entire Defense Department inventory? The network of... Read more
Who Wants a Flamethrower?
Flamethrowers are among the most brutal and horrifying weapons of modern warfare. They strike terror in enemies and are often a frightening weapon even for their own users to wield. Allied and Axis forces used them to merciless effect in World War II. As contributor Paul Huard explained in... Read more
Las armas de fuego subacuáticas son una cosa, y Rusia está de verdad en ello
La Unión Soviética empezó a desarrollar armas subacuáticas hace casi 50 años. La idea era dotar a los hombres rana de los comandos y a otros buceadores de combate de un arma adecuada para un enfrentamiento bajo el agua, ya que aunque tales enfrentamientos subacuáticos resultasen muy raros y... Read more
Hezbollah May Come Out of the Syrian Civil War Stronger Than Ever
When Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah confirmed in May 2013 that Hezbollah had joined the Syrian Civil War on the side of Pres. Bashar Al Assad’s embattled government, it marked a major political and military shift for the Lebanese Shi’ite militia. For the first time in decades, Hezbollah is now focused... Read more
Ya a la venta una ametralladora de pelotón civil
Durante casi 30 años la M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon ha sido la ametralladora ligera utilizada por los pelotones de infantería del Ejército de Tierra estadounidense, y hasta hace poco también por los pelotones del Cuerpo de Infantería de Marina estadounidense. Y desde ya puedes adquirir en tu armería de... Read more
World War II Just Might Have Saved ‘Gatsby’ and Fitzgerald
On Sale Now — A Civilian Squad Machine Gun
For almost 30 years the M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon has been the go-to light machine gun for U.S. Army infantry squads — and Marine Corps squads, too, until recently. And now you can walk into your local gun shop and purchase a semi-automatic M-249S SAW, a replica of the... Read more
Twenty-five German Prisoners Escaped from a Phoenix POW Camp During World War II
During World War II, the United States held 400,000 Axis prisoners of war in some 500 POW camps. Some of these camps were located in the Midwest and Great Plains areas, but the majority were in the South and Southwest. “At the same time that the prison camps were... Read more
The CIA’s ‘Freedom Fighter’s Manual’ Is One of the Lamest Comic Books You’ll Never Read
The Central Intelligence Agency’s Freedom Fighter’s Manual has to be one of the most curious works of propaganda the U.S. government has ever published. For one, it’s a comic book. But that’s not the weirdest thing about the Manual. Released during the Contras’ war with the Sandinista government in Nicaragua during... Read more
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