Kicking Bombs ‘Til They Break
Kicking Bombs ‘Til They Break A war photo a day #2 Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I care to recount. I’ve been covering armed conflict since 2005. Every battlefield has its stories … and its unforgettable images. Follow me through my career at war, one jarring,... Read more
Is This China’s SECOND Aircraft Carrier?
Via China Defense Blog Is This China’s SECOND Aircraft Carrier? Beijing catching up to America’s flattops, maybe After a 14-year saga involving a bargain-bin purchase from Ukraine, painstaking renovations and much obfuscation, in the summer of 2012 China commissioned its first aircraft carrier, the second-hand Liaoning. Lots of people... Read more
How Radios Are Beating a Congo Rape Cult
A U.N. helicopter over eastern Congo. Ferruccio Gobbi photo How Radios Are Beating a Congo Rape Cult Broadcasts key to dismantling Lord’s Resistance Army The helicopters circled over the jungle canopy in Central Africa, speakers affixed to their airframes blaring messages presumably in the Acholi language of the rebel... Read more
Just How Much Money Should We Let the Pentagon Blow on (Not) Developing Weapons?
The Pentagon is spending $400 billion developing and building F-35 jet fighters. Lockheed Martin photo Just How Much Money Should We Let the Pentagon Blow on (Not) Developing Weapons? Air Force officer Dan Ward asks which military investments pay off — and how we even know Too little information... Read more
Four Times the Army Has Tried to Turn War Into a Game
America’s Army capture Four Times the Army Has Tried to Turn War Into a Game Some good, some terrible, combat simulators have a checkered past, as James Simpson explains Fifty-four percent of Americans play video games once a week, including 91 percent of two to 17 year olds. These... Read more
How to Sink an Entire Navy
The frigate HMS Kent. Royal Navy photo How to Sink an Entire Navy Just pretty much stop funding it, is how On June 6, 1944, more than 900 British warships sailed across the English Channel escorting the troops that would liberate Europe from Nazi Germany. Today the Royal Navy... Read more
Uh Oh, Spying on Your Internet Is Real Easy
Servers. Wikimedia Commons photo Uh Oh, Spying on Your Internet Is Real Easy As Brian Feldman explains, feds take advantage of cookies, cables and under-used encryption Talk of the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance has focused on policies rather than hardware or software — and for good reason. Sussing... Read more
The Biggest Frickin’ Guns in the World
In 1453, after his artillery corps reduced the thousand-year-old walls of Constantinople to rubble, Sultan Mehmet II claimed the city for the Ottoman Empire. Europe named the metal tubes that fired projectiles “gunnildes,” which became “guns.” As a quintessential high-end machined product, the large gun reached its pinnacle during... Read more
Yes, America Has Another Secret Spy Drone—We Pretty Much Already Knew That
Northrop Grumman cranked-kite design. via U.S. Patent Office Yes, America Has Another Secret Spy Drone—We Pretty Much Already Knew That Amid mounting evidence, magazine reveals new radar-evading robot warplane Washington, D.C. trade publication Aviation Week has confirmed what its top reporters and other observers long suspected: the U.S. Air... Read more
America’s Upgraded Bomber Is Old as Hell—But Don’t Let That Fool You
A B-52 prepares to launch a hypersonic test rocket in May. Air Force photo America’s Upgraded Bomber Is Old as Hell — But Don’t Let That Fool You After five decades, classic B-52 gets huge digital upgrade The U.S. Air Force’s most recently upgraded bomber is actually more than... Read more
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