A C-130 Could Snatch Gremlin Drones Right Out of the Air
The U.S. military is moving ahead with development of a new drone that launches from a cargo plane and, at the end of its mission, can return to the same plane for a mid-air recovery. The new Gremlin drone could support surveillance and attack missions, according to its developer,... Read more
No, North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site Wasn’t Destroyed in an Earthquake
Major media outlets reported on April 25, 2018 that large portions of North Korea’s underground nuclear test facility had collapsed and were unusable. The stories in The Wall Street Journal and other newspapers and websites, all citing a Chinese study first obtained by the Hong Kong-based South China Morning... Read more
For Iraq, Bombing ISIS in Syria Was the Easy Part
The Iraqi air force sortied high-tech F-16 fighter jets armed with laser-guided bombs to strike suspected Islamic State forces near the town of Al Shaddi in eastern Syria on April 19,  signalling a major escalation of Baghdad’s war on ISIS. The cross-border raid, at least the second of its... Read more
‘The Lost Fleet: Corsair’ Is ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Meets ‘Captain America’
War Is Boring got a sneak peek at a new graphic novel from best-selling military science fiction writer Jack Campbell. Illustrated by Andre Siregar and Bambang Irawan with colors from Sebastian Cheng, The Lost Fleet: Corsair is like Battlestar Galactica meets Captain America. Check it out. Read more
U.S. Marines Want a Do-It-All Drone
The U.S. Marine Corps in early March 2018 asked the defense industry to provide information on a versatile new unmanned aerial system that could replace the Corps’ aging EA-6B electronic-warfare planes and complement existing surveillance, cargo and attack aircraft. Recognizing our current recapitalization toward a more diverse, lethal, amphibious... Read more
American Warplanes Are Falling From the Sky
Five U.S. military aircraft crashed over a period of less than a month beginning in mid-March 2018, killing 16 crew members and alarming military officials. Two of the crashes involved U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, underscoring concerns that the naval aviation fleet is overworked, undertrained and poorly-maintained. “We’re... Read more
Three U.S. and British Submarines Meet at the North Pole
Two American submarines and one British boat gathered near the North Pole in mid-March 2018 for one of the biggest Arctic undersea exercises in decades. ICEX 2018, the 27th in a series of roughly biennial exercises dating back to 1959, kicked off in early March, when aircraft from the... Read more
China Wants Its Own Version of the X-37B Spaceplane
A Chinese company claimed it’s working on a reusable spaceplane similar to the U.S. Air Force’s secretive X-37B. Unlike the X-37B, which launches into orbit atop a Falcon rocket, the Chinese vehicle would blast off in mid-flight from under the wing of a large “mothership” aircraft. It’s unclear how... Read more
Boeing’s Working on a Mach-5 Spy Plane
In early January 2018, Boeing announced it’s developing a concept for a hypersonic reconnaissance and strike drone that could compete with Lockheed’s own SR-72. Both Boeing’s “Valkyrie II”concept and Lockheed’s “Son of Blackbird” could be capable of cruising at speeds exceeding Mach 5, potentially allowing them to evade all... Read more
The U.S. Coast Guard Could Arm Its New Icebreakers
The U.S. Coast Guard’s new icebreakers will have space, displacement and electric power for weapons when they enter service starting around 2023, Coast Guard commandant Paul Zukunft said. The coastal law-enforcement agency hasn’t decided yet whether to actually add the weapons. Zukunft said that depends on whether the United... Read more
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