Did America Start a Robot Space War?
An X-37B in its launch canister. Boeing photo Did America Start a Robot Space War? Mysterious orbital craft alarms U.S. rivals It was a space launch to change the world. On January 11, 2007, a solid-fuel rocket lifted off from Xichang Space Center in central China, a non-explosive ‘kill... Read more
Three Reasons Not to ‘No-Fly’ in Syria
A Buk-M2E missile system. Via Wikimedia Commons Three Reasons Not to ‘No-Fly’ in Syria Regime’s updated jets and missiles represent big danger The White House’s confirmation on Thursday that the regime of Bashar Al Assad has used chemical weapons against Syria’s rebels and civilians has prompted talk of possible... Read more
When a Sniper Stalked American Troops
Soldiers in the Chowkay Valley in 2010. David Axe photo When a Sniper Stalked American Troops In Afghanistan in 2010, a mysterious sharpshooter picked off U.S. soldiers Gunfire and rockets erupted on both sides of the American patrol. It was the night of March 28, 2010, in Kunar province,... Read more
Why America Wants a New Bomber
A B-52 and a B-2 — America’s oldest and newest bombers, respectively. Air Force photo Why America Wants a New Bomber Because Iranian and Chinese defenses are improving and drones aren’t ready The U.S. Air Force has struggled for years to develop a new long-range bomber to complement its... Read more
China’s Jet Fighter Surprise
One of the J-20's first appearances. Via Chinese Internet China’s Jet Fighter Surprise The new J-20 fighter plane could shake up the Pacific order — but probably won’t It was an audacious debut, even by the dramatic standards of Chinese weapons systems. For months, Western reporters and analysts had... Read more
Syrian Rebels Defenseless Against Chemical Attacks
Syrian rebels. Via Flickr user FreedomHouse Syrian Rebels Defenseless Against Chemical Attacks Expert urges U.S. to send gas masks  On Thursday the White House confirmed what many observers had long feared: the regime of Syrian president Bashar Al Assad has used chemical weapons against rebels and civilians in the... Read more
The Syrians Weren’t the First to Gas Each Other
Syrian rebels. Via Wikimedia Commons The Syrians Weren’t the First to Gas Each Other Mankind’s got a long, awful history of chemical atrocities The Syrian government has used chemical weapons, including sarin nerve agent, against rebel fighters “multiple times in the last year,” the U.S. intelligence community has concluded.... Read more
Congo’s Violent Rape Epidemic Needs a Cure
November is hot in Congo. Every month is hot in Congo. So it’s likely their faces shone with sweat when the first residents of Duru, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, raced from mud hut to mud hut with a warning that sounded like, “El are ah!” That’s “LRA,”... Read more
China’s Overhyped Sub Threat
It was the U.S. Navy’s biggest jolt in years. On Oct. 26, 2006, a Chinese Song-class attack submarine quietly surfaced within nine miles of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk as the 80,000-ton-diplacement vessel sailed on a training exercise in the East China Sea between Japan and Taiwan. The... Read more
Damn, this Afghan Airstrip Practically Eats American Planes
a damaged C-130 at Forward Operating Base Shank in early June. Air Force photo Damn, this Afghan Airstrip Practically Eats American Planes $270 million in hardware gobbled up by a remote, high-altitude runway Afghanistan is just about the worst place in the world to wage a high-tech war. Rugged,... Read more
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