Under Food Nerds’ Watchful Gaze, Japan Attempts a Combat Rations Makeover
Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force is about to ditch canned rations in favor of boil-in-the-bag packets similar to American ration packs. Japan’s canned Type I Combat Rations have fed the nation’s troops since the army’s founding in 1954. For the past 16 years, the military has also fielded the Type... Read more
Do North Korean Missiles Really Threaten Japan?
On Feb. 7, North Korea launched a Unha-3 rocket from its launch site at Dongchang-ri on country’s northwest coast. The rocket successfully placed the Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite into orbit, but most foreign observers see the launch as an intercontinental ballistic missile test. Any North Korean weapons test comes with great... Read more
Japan’s Stealth Fighter Prototype Should Finally Fly in February
Japan’s Advanced Technology Demonstrator-Experimental, also known as the ATD-X or X-2, will fly from Nagoya Airport to Gifu Air Base at the end of February, according to the Japanese defense ministry. This will be the first flight of the high-tech testbed and a major step toward Tokyo’s plans for... Read more
El Super Glue se utilizó para fabricar aviones y armas nucleares y le salvó la vida a muchos soldados
El Super Glue puede pegar casi cualquier cosa. Los modelistas lo utilizan para montar sus miniaturas, y los aficionados al bricolaje confian en él para solventar rápidamente muchos problemas. Pero el cianoacrilato, que es como se llama la familia química de este pegamento, supuso un gran avance en los... Read more
The U.S. Military Risks Forgetting Its Hard-Earned K-9 Skills
On Dec. 4, Spc. Andrew Brown and the bomb-sniffing dog Rocky of the 226th Military Police Detachment searched a compound in Helmand province, Afghanistan. An explosive device detonated, spraying out deadly shrapnel. Brown and Rocky — who had worked together for two years and deployed in October — sustained injuries, luckily... Read more
One Soviet Defector Shoved Japan Into the Superpower Struggle
On Sept. 6, 1976, a Soviet MiG-25P Foxbat bearing the markings of the 513th Fighter Regiment swooped down onto a small Japanese civilian airport. The top-secret jet narrowly missed a Boeing 727 and landed on the runway, drogue chutes bursting out from its rear. A tire blew out but the... Read more
Even Animals Needed Gas Masks in World War I
There was nothing more terrifying in the trenches than the call of a gas attack — “GAS! GAS!” This warning cry sent men scrambling for their masks as the poisonous fog enveloped them. Soldiers succumbed to the strangling effects of chlorine, phosgene and mustard gas for years as the... Read more
Tokyo’s First Major Military Export Will Be a Seaplane
In April 2014 the Japanese government finally lifted its postwar ban on the export of defense products. Tokyo approved its first arms export this summer — the supply of PAC-2 missile parts to the U.S., which will then sell the completed Patriot missiles to Qatar. It’s only a matter... Read more
Un tren militar nazi cargó con el cañón más grande jamás fabricado
Los trenes militares dominaron el combate durante más de 100 años. La enorme artillería sobre raíles bombardeaba al enemigo mientras los trenes descargaban tropas y aprovisionamientos. Durante un breve momento, las terroríficas máquinas constituyeron el arma más peligrosa del campo de batalla. Pero la tecnología avanzaba. Read more
Massive Rail Networks Made World War I Possible
World War I couldn’t have happened without Europe’s railroads. Trains were the key to operational success and were the only way to supply the unimaginably large armies spread out from Belgium to Switzerland. As Germany hardened its plans for war, the general staff sent out orders along the chain... Read more

James Simpson


Japan-based writer covering Japanese security news and military history.

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