A U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber returns from a mission over Syria in April 2016. Air Force photo Pondering the world after me by TOM ENGELHARDT I recently dug my mother’s childhood photo album out of the depths of my bedroom closet. When I opened it, I found that the glue... Read more
A nuclear-generated EMP wouldn’t look like this, but it’s a nice image. Bureau of Land Management photo EMPS are scary, but not as scary as the nukes that precede them by MATTHEW GAULT Few weapons are as scary as those that exist only in our minds. The Republican Party released its platform... Read more
Russian troops training in chemical warfare suits. The Kremlin fears Western values, courts and sanctions more than a military confrontation by MARK GALEOTTI Russia is a declining power, a part-reformed, part-stagnant fragment of a shattered and spent empire. Vladimir Putin, though, has perfected a foreign policy built on equal parts chutzpah,... Read more
A man in a Make America Great Again hat at a Donald Trump rally in Phoenix, Arizona. Gage Skidmore/Flickr photo In the real-estate billionaire’s telling, America and the world are in the worst shape they’ve ever been by ROBERT BECKHUSEN There’s a shared feeling among many observers of Donald Trump — the... Read more
Chinese and Pakistani troops during a joint exercise. Photo via Pakistan Military Review Islamists complicate ties with atheist Beijing by KEVIN KNODELL On the surface, it’d be easy to view Pakistan and China as two close, emerging friends with mutual distrust of India — while hedging against a U.S. government that is increasingly wary... Read more
B61 nuclear bombs on a bomb cart. DoD photo Turkish coup attempt raises alarms about nuclear weapons deployed overseas by LYDIA DENNETT After the recent military coup attempt in Turkey, multiple organizations have raised appropriate concerns about the 50 U.S. nuclear bombs stored at a Turkish air base less than 70 miles... Read more
Image via Vice Motherboard Better facial recognition could lead to autonomous assassins by NATALIE O’NEILL From catching thieves to finding lost pets, facial recognition technology has already done a fair bit of good for humanity. But artificial intelligence experts warn new developments in the field could soon trigger a more... Read more
NNSA counter-WMD training. NNSA photo ‘The Washington Post’’s Dana Priest fell for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s bullshit by LYDIA DENNETT In the fall of 2012, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist Dana Priest wrote a surprisingly supportive two-part series on the National Nuclear Security Administration, the NNSA. The first piece, “U.S.... Read more
Be skeptical when Moscow hypes some super-weapon by JOSEPH TREVITHICK A senior Russian officer claimed the Kremlin’s weaponeers are working on a nuclear-armed, orbital bomber that can lob megaton atomic bombs at any city on Earth just an hour or two after launch. Yes, you read that right. But don’t panic.... Read more
U.S. Air Force Predator and Reaper drones. All photos — Air Force Remote strikes are an illegal military strategy disguised as a technological advancement by REBECCA GORDON Think of it as the Trojan Drone, the ultimate techno-weapon of American warfare in these years, a single remotely operated plane sent to take out a... Read more
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