The U.S. Air Force Almost Sent ‘Starter’ Attack Planes to Europe
This story first appeared on Feb. 23, 2014. In September 2009, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe asked to host the first squadron of light attack planes that, at the time, were planned for purchase by a more ambitious and less cash-strapped Pentagon. The Light Attack/Armed Reconnaissance warplanes—LAAR for... Read more
This Is How the World Could Have Ended
This story first appeared on Jan. 14, 2014. This is a plan for the end of the world, dated 1970. The arrows are armies and the red vertical symbols are nuclear bombs, all part of a part of Cold War contingency plan crafted by the Soviet Union and its... Read more
The Man Who Wanted to Nuke a Hurricane
This story originally appeared on Aug. 19, 2015. There are few natural forces that kill so many and cost so much as the hurricane. Hurricane Katrina killed more than 1,500 people and Hurricane Sandy flooded lower Manhattan. Neither New Orleans nor New York City have completely recovered. We can’t... Read more
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This post is sponsored by CafePress and brought to you through ShopShare Network. When I’m not working on making the future a better place, studying history is kinda my thing- especially when it comes to warfare. From re-enactments to lively debates with my coworkers, there is nothing like the... Read more
The Japanese diesel-electric submarine ‘Hakuryu’ at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. U.S. Navy photo The only obstacle is that the United States doesn’t actually build them by JAMES HOLMES What madman would propose adding diesel submarines to the U.S. Navy’s all-nuclear silent service? There are a few. The topic came... Read more
‘Yasen’-class submarine silhouette. Illustration via Wikimedia ‘Kazan’ prepares to launch by DAVE MAJUMDAR Russia is set to launch its second Yasen-class nuclear-powered attack submarine on March 30. Called Kazan, the new vessel is an upgraded Project 885M design that is in many ways much more capable than the lead... Read more
U.S. president Donald Trump speaks at the Department of Homeland Security in January 2017. Photo via Wikimedia Liberals are losing badly by BRIAN E. FRYDENBORG This is part two of a two-part essay. Read part one. By the standards discussed, Donald Trump is clearly a democratic fascist — with the differences between the... Read more
Crewmen of the amphibious cargo ship USS ‘Durham’ take Vietnamese refugees aboard a small craft in the South China Sea, April 1975. U.S. Navy photo Even when American leaders have welcomed those fleeing war, the public seldom has by KEVIN KNODELL The White House is in the process of fighting the American... Read more
China’s under-construction aircraft carrier on Nov. 30, 2016. DigitalGlobe photo via Google Earth Beijing constructs the beginnings of blue water fleet by DAVE MAJUMDAR According to Chinese state media, Beijing’s first domestically built carrier is nearing completion at Dalian. The vessel — which is expected to become operational in 2020 — will be launched soon. Thereafter, the... Read more
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