Review: Car Bombs, Coups and Civil Wars Three topical, unusual books on military affairs by TOM HART Buda’s Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb (2007) by Mike Davis Accounts of weapons tend to be dry and technical — or spend too much time focusing on how one... Read more
A Day at the Arms Fair
 A broad smile from an Iveco armoured vehicle / Tom Hart photo A Day at the Arms Fair Tom Hart spends a surreal day at DSEI, a London convention for international arms dealers Miniature robots and landmine detectors share the room with bulletproof vests, precision-engineered widgets and all kinds... Read more
Courting Small and Unpleasant Regimes: It’s China, Stupid
defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with Myanmar Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Wai Lwin on Aug. 28, 2013. Marine Corps photo Courting Small and Unpleasant Regimes: It’s China, Stupid  Faine Greenwood on why the U.S. should take it easy on restarting military aid to Myanmar — and why we engage... Read more
Syrian Rebels Shoot Down Regime Warplanes
Syrian Rebels Shoot Down Regime Warplanes David Cenciotti on the brutal, ongoing air war over Syria While U.S. and Russian warships and planes are amassing in the Mediterranean Sea, the Syrian regime is still attacking Free Syrian Army positions across the country. But the rebels are shooting back, sometimes... Read more
Poaching War Gets High Tech: Satellite Cameras Track Wildlife Killers
Cambridge Consultants Poaching War Gets High Tech: Satellite Cameras Track Wildlife Killers Alex Olesker on fighting international organized crime with the latest technology With the help of the Zoological Society of London, the Kenyan Wildlife Service is gearing up to deploy satellite-linked cameras in the fight against wildlife poachers.... Read more
American Presidents Don’t Ask for Permission Before Starting Wars
President Nixon and Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti / Robert Moore American Presidents Don’t Ask for Permission Before Starting Wars And it turns out they don’t have to U.S. military intervention in Syria may only poll at nine percent, but a lack of popular support is hardly an impediment... Read more
Assad’s ‘Nuclear Option’
a FSA fighter uses a mirror to see around corners in Aleppo./ Scott Bobb, Voice of America Assad’s ‘Nuclear Option’ Tom Hart examines the history of Syria’s chemical weapons program Syria’s determination to build an offensive chemical weapons capacity began in the aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur war... Read more
Face It, Benghazi Made Syria Intervention Impossible
Azaz, Syria during the Syrian civil war/ Voice of America News Face It, Benghazi Made Syria Intervention Impossible Recent historical memory weighs heavily on future actions. A year to the day after Pres. Barack Obama declared the use of chemical weapons by Syria’s government a “red line,” it appears... Read more