Washington scores 30-year extension at Djibouti’s Camp Lemonnier You won’t find any foreign locale more important to U.S. security interests than Camp Lemonnier, the sprawling air and sea base in Djibouti, a tiny nation on the Horn of Africa. Djibouti borders Somalia—and Yemen is just a short flight away over... Read more
Genocide, from the point of view of a man who couldn’t stop it Welcome back to “Movies are Boring,” wherein War is Boring’s Kevin Knodell and Matthew Gault discuss war movies. Today, we’re talking about director Roger Spottiswoode’s 2007 Shake Hands With the Devil, an unflinching depiction of the Rwandan genocide... Read more
Forgotten lessons of a military misadventure A decade ago, Japan sent troops to Iraq. The Japanese Iraq Reconstruction and Support Group was Tokyo’s first multilateral military mission outside of U.N. peacekeeping operations. To observers at the time, it felt like a watershed moment for a country that, since World... Read more
Nigeria switches to ‘soft’ approach in fight against Boko Haram Nobody knows exactly how many people have perished in Boko Haram’s insurgency in northeastern Nigeria. The Council of Foreign Relations estimates that more than 8,500 individuals have died since May 2011—killed by the terror group itself or in government crack-downs.... Read more
British soldiers allegedly won’t train in frigid Arctic temps Are British troops avoiding Norway because it’s too cold? Local newspapers claim that frigid temperatures at a cold weather training base in northern Norway are deterring British forces from venturing there. “British officers have said that they do not want to... Read more
Internet trolls overwhelm top Marines in cringe-worthy Q and A The U.S. Marine Corps fought and lost on the digital battlefront this week. On March 14, the Marines decided to up their social media presence. In the tradition of the Reddit Ask Me Anything Q and A—where celebrities chat with users... Read more
Remake tackles drones, media manipulation The 1987 film RoboCop is a strange piece of subversive 1980s ultra-violence. The 2014 remake isn’t quite as subversive—but it’s also not terrible. Director Paul Verhoeven’s ‘87 original was the gospel of a 20th-century American Jesus. A cop who died for the sins of... Read more
Abdul fought for his country … and was forced to leave Sign up for a daily War is Boring email update here. Subscribe to WIB’s RSS feed here and follow the main page here. Read more
Surveillance agency listened for targets on the Ho Chi Minh Trail Reports that the U.S. National Security Agency is involved in the targeting process for drone strikes is not necessarily surprising given the surveillance organization’s history. The Department of Defense refers to NSA as a “combat support agency,” and it... Read more
Asymmetric Warfare Training Center has full-size bank, embassy, subway station and more The U.S. Army has finished building a 300-acre training area that’s pretty much a miniature city meant to be shot up and blown up in the interest of combat readiness. The Asymmetric Warfare Training Center at Fort A.P.... Read more
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