Soon U.S. Warplanes Could See Through Clouds
Despite big advancements in sensor technology in recent years, clouds can still block a warplane crew’s view — and make it impossible to support troops on the grounds. Synthetic aperture radars can peer through weather, but these sensors generally are too big and unwieldy to help in a fast-evolving... Read more
Ignore the Name, the M-1A2SEPV3 Is a New Tank
The U.S. Army just got a new tank. But you wouldn’t know it from the way the ground-combat branch describes the vehicle. On Oct. 4, 2017, the Army’s program office for ground vehicles announced that the service had accepted the first M-1A2SEPV3 “on schedule and on budget.” General Dynamics... Read more
China’s Giant New Cruiser Matches America’s Naval Firepower
Chinese state television has broadcast the first clear, overhead view of the Chinese navy’s first Type 055 cruiser. The image confirms what foreign analysts have expected since the new cruiser began taking shape in 2014. The Type 055 carries no fewer than 122 missiles in vertical cells — any... Read more
How Do America and China’s Huge New Warships Stack Up?
This story originally appeared on Oct. 15, 2016. On Oct. 15, 2016 in Baltimore on the U.S. East Coast, the U.S. Navy commissioned the guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt into service following a protracted and costly development. Six hundred feet long and displacing 14,500 tons, Zumwalt — the first of three stealthy... Read more
This Weird Drone Feeds on Hurricanes
This story originally appeared on Aug. 14, 2013. Most boats need to avoid storms. But a new line of swimming drones coming out of a California start-up actually works better as the waves get higher. The Wave Glider, designed by Liquid Robotics, is powered by water. More specifically, by... Read more
Donald Trump Flew to Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico to Heap Praise on … the F-35
U.S. president Donald Trump flew to Luis Muñiz Air National Guard Base in Carolina, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 3, 2017 to survey the damage from Hurricane Maria, which struck the island territory in late September 2017. Mid-way through a rambling, incoherent speech downplaying the disaster — which killed at... Read more
The Air Force Can’t Quit NASCAR
This story originally appeared on Feb. 29, 2016. America’s most famous auto raceway looms large between a beach and a mall not far from the airport in Daytona Beach, eastern Florida’s self-styled “Spring Break Capital of the World.” From a distance, the Daytona International Speedway’s 10,000 red, white and... Read more
U.S. Navy Really Might Bring Back Old Frigates
The U.S. Navy is seriously considering reactivating as many as seven recently-decommissioned Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigates in order to quickly boost the size of the U.S. Navy’s surface fleet. But the Navy would not significantly modernize the recommissioned frigates, nor add heavy weaponry, Secretary of the Navy Richard... Read more
Afghanistan Again

Afghanistan Again

WIB politics September 20, 2017 0

Here we go again! Years after most Americans forgot about the longest war this country ever fought, American soldiers are again being deployed to Afghanistan. For almost 16 years now, at the command of three presidents and a sadly forgettable succession of generals, they have gone round and round... Read more
A Half Century of Half Aircraft Carriers
This story originally appeared on Feb. 28, 2015. Starting in the 1960s, the world’s leading navies experimented with a new kind of warship. Heavily-armed and sporting huge flight decks for helicopters, the vessels were hybrids—not quite cruisers, not quite aircraft carriers. Ungainly and in many cases conceptually flawed, the... Read more
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