We’ve Caught a Glimpse of Northrop’s Carrier-Launched Tanker Drone
The U.S. Navy’s future drone tanker has begun to break cover. In mid-August 2017, the first photos appeared depicting Northrop Grumman’s entry in the Navy’s Carrier-Based Aerial Refueling System, or CBARS — the years-long effort to produce the first drone warplane for the Navy’s carrier air wings. The photos,... Read more
The U.S. Air Force Was Not Fond of the Next-Gen Predator Drone
This story originally appeared on Nov. 13, 2014. In April 2009 General Atomics—the California-based manufacturer of the Predator drone—debuted a new and improved, jet-powered version of the iconic robot warplane. But for all its improvements, the Predator C—or Avenger—fell flat with its biggest prospective client, the U.S. Air Force.... Read more
Donald Trump Repeats Bigoted Pershing Myth
U.S. president Donald Trump repeated a widely-discredited and bigoted myth in the aftermath of an Aug. 17, 2017, terrorist attack that killed 13 people in Barcelona. “Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught,” Trump tweeted. “There was no more Radical Islamic Terror ... Read more
Two Supercarriers Meet at Sea — One’s Missing Airplanes
The Royal Navy’s new supercarrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and her battle group met the U.S. Navy’s carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the North Atlantic for an exercise beginning on Aug. 1, 2017. The 10-day exercise Saxon Warrior 2017 “allows both U.S. and U.K. naval forces a chance to... Read more
U.S. Air Force Commandos Practice Refueling, Rearming F-15s
On July 26, 2017, U.S. Air Force commandos in the United Kingdom practiced deploying to an austere airfield to quickly refuel and rearm F-15C fighters. It was the first time that Air Force special operators and their MC-130 transports had teamed up with F-15C fighters at a so-called “Forward... Read more
Wow, Afghanistan Is Getting a Lot Worse
Militant attacks are escalating. Afghan military casualties are high. Deserters number in the thousands. Kabul’s coffers are depleted. American officials are cowering in their fortified compounds. That’s the dark picture that the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction — the U.S. government’s watchdog agency for the Afghanistan war —... Read more
Forget ‘God-Damned Steam,’ the U.S. Navy’s Digital Catapult Actually Works
On July 28, 2017, a U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter became the first fixed-wing airplane to land on and launch from the Navy’s new aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford. The Super Hornet belonged to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23, based at Patuxent River in Maryland. Lt.... Read more
Frigates Are Back!

Frigates Are Back!

WIB sea July 18, 2017

The U.S. Navy has begun the process of acquiring a new guided-missile frigate, several years after decommissioning the last of its old Perry-class FFGs. On July 10, 2017, Naval Sea Systems Command formally asked the U.S. shipbuilding industry to propose designs for a new guided-missile frigate that the Navy... Read more
Union Spies Saved Washington, D.C. From Becoming a Confederate City
In December 1860, the United States was on the brink of civil war. South Carolina’s legislature had already passed an ordnance of secession and other states would soon follow suit. The nation’s capital Washington, D.C. was in a perilous position. Surrounded by secessionist Virginia and ambivalent Maryland, the undefended... Read more
U.S. Air Force to Industry: Make a Mach-5 Missile
Spurred by developments in Russia and China, the U.S. Air Force is taking steps toward acquiring a hypersonic surface-to-air missile capable of traveling faster than Mach 5. For more than 20 years the Air Force — not to mention other U.S. government agencies and private industry — have been... Read more
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