Stavatti art Stavatti thinks it can wrap a new plane around the Warthog’s gun by DAVID AXE Stavatti, the mercurial, Minnesota-based aerospace startup, has dusted off its old proposal for a new attack plane to partially replace the U.S. Air Force’s venerable A-10 Warthog. The Machete, which is still just a... Read more
A Utah gun shop. Photo via Wikipedia New law will limit online sales starting in 2018 by DAVID AXE Widener’s sponsored this post. In November 2016, Californians endorsed by a wide margin new restrictions on gun ownership and ammunition sales. Anticipating the 2018 implementation of the new rules, Californians are buying ammo... Read more
F-35Bs fly over USS ‘America.’ U.S. Navy photo The president hates the F-35 — the only in-production fighter for assault ships by DAVID AXE U.S. president Donald Trump hates the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. And that could mean trouble for his Trump’s own plan to massively expand the U.S. Navy. If Trump manages to... Read more
All the Men and Women Who Marched to Their Deaths at Chernobyl
The meltdown of one of the four reactors of the massive nuclear power plant near the town of Chernobyl in northern Ukraine on April 26, 1986 was the result of badly flawed reactor design, sloppy construction and faulty emergency procedures. The meltdown and its consequences amount to the worst... Read more
Russian Jamming Got You Down? Try Talking Underwater
DARPA art DARPA is about to test a buoy-based comms network for warplanes by DAVID AXE Russia and China have been rapidly improving their ability to disrupt U.S. military communications during wartime. Now the U.S. Defense Department is waking up to the problem — and exploring new, harder-to-jam comms systems. The latest might... Read more
U.S. government art The Democrats’ cyberattackers had lots of practice by DAVID AXE On Dec. 29, 2016, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center confirmed again what they had initially warned about months earlier — that the Russian government hacked the 2016 U.S. presidential election.... Read more
Drone Wingmen for Japanese Fighter Jocks
The Japanese military wants a drone wingman to accompany its future F-3 fighters into combat starting in the 2030s. The concept — similar to the U.S. military’s own “Loyal Wingman” drone initiative — and could help Japanese fighter pilots make up for the numerical superiority of potential enemies. The Japanese defense ministry’s Acquisition,... Read more
Teams of F-22 Stealth Fighters Troll Russia
In 2013, the U.S. Air Force’s Alaska-based 3rd Wing devised a new way to deploy its F-22 Raptor stealth fighters in order to make them more survivable in a war with China. Now the “Rapid Raptor” concept has a new goal — to deter Russian aggression. The 3rd Wing’s scheme... Read more
Russian Mi-28 Gunship Goes Down in Homs
A Russian Mi-28 attack helicopter crashed in Syria on April 12. The two crew died. The gunship is the third aircraft the Russian military has lost in its six-month-old intervention in Syria on behalf of the regime of Pres. Bashar Al Assad. The Mi-28 was not shot down, multiple... Read more
See for Yourself — How U.S. Air Force Gunships Hunted Down the Taliban

Zack Baddorf


Zack Baddorf is a multimedia journalist with 10 years of video, radio, print, photo and web reporting in more than 30 countries, including Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the West Bank, Kashmir, and Iraq, as well as rebel-held territory in Sri Lanka and Burma. Most recently, Baddorf spent a year working as a civilian videographer for the U.S. special forces command in Afghanistan. Baddorf served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania and worked for a year for an international non-governmental organization in South Sudan doing media development. He served in the U.S. military for five years as a journalist, reporting from across Asia and the Middle East.

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