The Last Man Inside the Drone Base
Bryan William Jones Photo The Last Man Inside the Drone Base Bryan William Jones was one of the last photographers with access to the U.S. military’s secretive facility for armed robots  Creech Air Force Base in Nevada is where the Pentagon trains the operators of its expanding force of... Read more
The Drone that Took Down a Government
Euro Hawk. Northrop Grumman photo The Drone that Took Down a Government Peter Dörrie on Germany’s disastrous Euro Hawk  Drones usually hunt the enemies of the state. A growing roster of countries use unmanned and — to one degree or another — autonomous aerial vehicles to track down and... Read more
The Navy’s Undersea Rocket Ship
SRI International concept The Navy’s Undersea Rocket Ship Steve Weintz explores one crazy space weapon idea from the 1970s In the 1970s the U.S. Navy had a problem. The Soviets were building a big, powerful fleet of their own — plus surveillance satellites to help steer the new warships... Read more
FYI, We Just Won a War in The Philippines
An excerpt from my new book Shadow Wars, available for pre-order from Potomac Books. The U.S. military battled Islamists in The Philippines beginning in 1899, when the islands — the spoils of the Spanish-American War — became an American territory. The fighting raged in fits and starts for the... Read more
In Case You Forgot, America’s Got a Ton of Warplanes
An F-35 stealth fighter in testing. Lockheed Martin photo In Case You Forgot, America’s Got a Ton of Warplanes Way more than Russia and China put together The U.S. military possesses 14,776 warplanes. That’s nearly triple what Russia and China have, combined. The latest figures for America’s aerial arsenal... Read more
Blockading Syria by Air
Turkish F-16s fly alongside a U.S. tanker aircraft. U.S. Air Force photo Blockading Syria by Air An interview with air power analyst Tom Cooper Tom Cooper is an Austria-based author and analyst specializing in Middle East air power. With political will mounting for some kind of direct foreign involvement... Read more
Deadly Bandits of the Western Sea
U.S. Sailors Practice counter-piracy tactics. U.S. Navy photo Deadly Bandits of the Western Sea Peter Dörrie explains escalating piracy in Africa’s Gulf of Guinea Being a pirate has lost a lot of its appeal over the last few months — but only off the Somali coast, where security is... Read more
Who’s Going to Win the Race to Mach 5?
It was a breakthrough years in the making. On May 1, 2013, a U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber launched an X-51A Waverider unmanned test vehicle from a wing pylon. The two-ton, missile-shaped X-51 fired a solid rocket booster, quickly accelerating to Mach 4.8. Twenty-six seconds into its flight over... Read more
Transparent, My Ass
Transparent, My Ass by Matt Bors Matt’s previous cartoon was “Obama is the Decider Now.” Read more
We Gave Up Hunting Joseph Kony, and Now a Lot of People Could Die
Congolese troops plan a counter-LRA mission. Ferruccio Gobbi photo We Gave Up Hunting Joseph Kony, and Now a Lot of People Could Die U.S. commandos pull back amid Central African unrest America just got squeamish about hunting rebel cult leader Joseph Kony in Central Africa. And that could get... Read more
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