What Happens to Us When Robots Fight Our Wars?
In December 2017, the third Future Ground Combat Vehicles Summit took place in Detroit, Michigan. The program featured an assortment of unmanned ground vehicles, ranging from robotic mine flails to vehicles that could one day carry electromagnetic railguns — all which promise to revolutionize the way we wage war.... Read more
‘Altered Carbon’ Is a Counterinsurgency Nightmare
Space travel is expensive and time-consuming. Short of figuring out some sort of warp drive, there’s a good chance that humanity’s push to the stars will take generations to accomplish. In science fiction such as Star Wars and Star Trek, warp drives are a prerequisite technology. How can you... Read more
The Red Army Saves the Day in ‘The Death of Stalin’
The horrors of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s regime are so nightmarish that it’s hard to imagine ever laughing at them, but British writers Armando Iannucci and Ian Martin found a way. Only the minds behind In the Loop and Veep could turn the complicated inner workings of the Soviet... Read more
‘Black Panther’ Is a Meditation on Leadership
This article contains spoilers for Black Panther. Black Panther is a blockbuster. Marvel’s newest film is setting box-office records and smashing ancient Hollywood myths about race and success. It’s touching nerves for all the obvious reasons, but film’s legacy will be its political message. In an era where no... Read more
Mark Richards Found Beauty in Afghanistan, Then Afghanistan Almost Killed Him
Mark Richards is a survivor, but Afghanistan almost killed him. At the age of 28, the photojournalist sneaked across the border from Pakistan. It was the early 1980s and he was making his living taking pictures of war. He’d spent the past few years covering all the conflicts Southeast... Read more
Terrorism, Torture and Kit Harington
BBC’s new mini-series Gunpowder has a terrorist for a hero—and does its best to sweep you up in his emotional journey. This grim tale of Renaissance-era terror and counterterror operations is a lot more relevant to the modern world than you’d think from all the ruffled collars in evidence.... Read more
Earth’s Wars Inspired Star Wars
There’s a lot to love about Star Wars beyond exploding spaceships. There are spunky characters, magic space religions, fuzzy aliens, perverse love triangles and planets bristling with toothy fauna. But “wars” makes up half the title, and in many ways Star Wars has been modeled on the military and... Read more
War Is a Racket in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’
This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Audiences don’t normally see daily life in the Star Wars galaxy. True, the prequels show the bustling life on various planets but those movies are all about the build-up to conflict. They never really show the way that conflict... Read more
Un criador de pollos español, una apostadora peruana y un mujeriego serbio le tomaron el pelo a Adolf Hitler
Nadie se cree que los espías disfruten en la realidad de estilos de vida glamurosos tipo James Bond con trajes a medida, vestidos ajustados, sexo y apuestas. Así que, uno de los placeres de leer el libro Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies [Double Cross: La... Read more
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and the Value of Military Failure
This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi Poe Dameron is a terrible commander. The opening moments of Star Wars: The Last Jedi depict the foolhardy Resistance commander leading a bombing run on a First Order dreadnought. His team destroys the target, but it’s a pyrrhic victory.... Read more
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