A Chinese Z-19 reconnaissance and attack helicopter in 2012. Alert5 photo via Wikimedia American and Russian firms still dominate by KEVIN KNODELL In November 2016, China held its major biennial air show in Zhuhai. The event brought in 700 exhibitors as potential customers from Africa and Asia flocked to see Beijing’s... Read more
The Badger explosion at the Nevada test range in 1953. National Nuclear Security Administration photo Watch his actions, instead by MATTHEW GAULT President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter three days before Christmas to freak everyone out about nukes. The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time... Read more
Trump’s push to ‘win’ with warriors is a loss for America by WILLIAM ASTORE America has always had a love affair with its generals. It started at the founding of the republic with George Washington and continued with — among others — Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, Ulysses Grant and Dwight Eisenhower. These military men shared... Read more
U.S. troops listen to instructions before a route clearance exercise. Kevin Knodell photo Trump wants to expand the military, but fewer Americans are interested in serving by KEVIN KNODELL When president-elect Donald Trump takes office in January 2017 he will inherit a military conducting world-wide operations. There’s the ongoing wars in Afghanistan,... Read more
With eye toward Iran, the United Kingdom increases ties in the region by PAUL IDDON In December 2016, British Prime Minister Theresa May ruffled Iran’s feathers. At a summit of the six Gulf Cooperation Council member states earlier this month, she announced Britain’s desire to “make a more permanent and more... Read more
California governor Jerry Brown. Photo via Vice Motherboard It’d be expensive by JASON KOEBLER In a scathing speech in front of some of the most important climate scientists in the world on Dec. 14, 2016, California governor Jerry Brown vowed to fight president-elect Donald Trump’s anti-environmental policies every step of... Read more
Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin in October 2016. Kremlin photo Outrageous media hoaxes, Internet trolls and repression at home are all key instruments in the Kremlin’s political tool box by SÉBASTIEN ROBLIN The American press is awash with reporting on how fake news is flooding the Internet, and may have impacted the... Read more
Who stayed there? Good question, because years of visitor documents have gone missing by NEIL GORDON One year ago, we learned that the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations — the Pentagon’s Afghanistan economic development coordination office, which shut down in 2015 — had spent nearly $150 million on private housing in Afghanistan for... Read more
FBI photo How Obama lost — and Putin won by BRIAN E. FRYDENBORG It is fitting that, on the 75th anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, I’m writing about an attack that has been far worse in its overall effects on America than Pearl Harbor was. If Dec. 7, 1941 is a... Read more
Sports day at Fort Belvoir. U.S. Army photo Dumb weapons, rape-preventing lip balm and NASCAR by MATTHEW GAULT The Pentagon spends a lot of money every year on junk it doesn’t need. Add to that the bookkeeping errors, bloated bureaucracy and just plain old mismanagement and you’ve got a budget pushing $600... Read more
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