The Finnish Military Shows How to Treat Soldiers the Right Way
The Finnish Defense Forces does several things differently from the militaries of the United States and most of Europe. It’s partly due to circumstance. Universal male conscription — deriving from a history of very bloody wars with Russia and a principle of neutrality — means that most Finnish men... Read more
Ignore the Name, the M-1A2SEPV3 Is a New Tank
The U.S. Army just got a new tank. But you wouldn’t know it from the way the ground-combat branch describes the vehicle. On Oct. 4, 2017, the Army’s program office for ground vehicles announced that the service had accepted the first M-1A2SEPV3 “on schedule and on budget.” General Dynamics... Read more
Russia’s Air Defenses In Syria Have Some Big Problems
In late September 2017, satellite photographs indicated that Russia had deployed a second Russian SA-21 surface-to-air missile system in Syria. Purportedly, the system in question is deployed high in the mountains near Masyaf, fewer than 40 kilometers southeast of Lattakia, and right next to a battery of Bastion-P systems... Read more
China’s Giant New Cruiser Matches America’s Naval Firepower
Chinese state television has broadcast the first clear, overhead view of the Chinese navy’s first Type 055 cruiser. The image confirms what foreign analysts have expected since the new cruiser began taking shape in 2014. The Type 055 carries no fewer than 122 missiles in vertical cells — any... Read more
In 1917, the Illinois National Guard Joined a White Mob Hunting Blacks
For the second time since 2014, protests have gripped the St. Louis area due to the death of a black man in an encounter with law enforcement. On this occasion, the catalyst was the Sept. 15, 2017 acquittal of officer Jason Stockley in the 2011 shooting of Anthony Smith... Read more
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