The aftermath of the Oklahoma City Bombing. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo Podcast — all the domestic extremism we’re not talking about by MATTHEW GAULT Domestic terrorism didn’t start or end with Timothy McVeigh. He killed 168 people and wounded more than 680 others by detonating a fertilizer bomb in front of... Read more
As far as we can tell, this penguin, native to the Falklands, does not own the Twitter account in question. Moonshiner69 photo via Flickr On the Internet, no one knows if you’re a penguin by MEAGHAN BEATLEY In an unlikely but fascinating geopolitical development, a giant troll has secured a spot center... Read more
A U.S. Air Force Minuteman III nuclear missile during a test-launch. Boeing photo Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton take a no-first-use pledge … on relevant information by ANDREW BACEVICH You may have missed it. Perhaps you dozed off. Or wandered into the kitchen to grab a snack. Or by that point in... Read more
Vice-presidential debate highlights the Republican schism by MATTHEW GAULT Vice-presidential hopefuls Tim Kaine and Mike Pence squared off at Longwood University in Farmville, Florida on Oct. 4, 2016. The men debated a range of topics — from Russia to abortion and religion. Their interaction was more conversational in tone than the recent... Read more
Protesters take photos and video with cell phones during Arab Spring protests in Egypt. Photo by Ramy Raoof via Wikimedia Commons Thousands of activists went through U.S.-sponsored training by DARIEN CAVANAUGH On Feb. 9, 2011 Voice of America, an international multimedia news outlet funded by the U.S. government, published... Read more
An MQ-9 Reaper drone. U.S. Air Force photo Drones, commandos and allied troops fight Al Shabaab by PETER DOERRIE Long before the debacles of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Somalia was the quagmire that Western militaries would have loved to strike from their records. In the now-famous Black Hawk Down incident in... Read more
U.S. Air Force photo U.S. Special Operations Command details dismal U.S. military record by NICK TURSE Winning. It’s written into the DNA of the USA. After all, what’s more American than football legend Vince Lombardi’s famous, if purloined, maxim — “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”? Americans expect to be number one. First Lady... Read more
A SpaceX launch. SpaceX photo Oh, just the entire outer-space thing by PETER GARRETSON The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Department of Defense or the U.S. government. It... Read more
Walking word salad wages war on wonk. YouTube capture Wonk versus world salad in the first presidential debate by MATTHEW GAULT Military issues and the language of war loomed like a shadow over the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. During an early exchange about climate change, Clinton... Read more
Royal Air Force photo London could follow Washington’s lead by ABIGAIL WATSON The United Kingdom must support the United States in its efforts to create an international framework on the export and use of drones. But first, it needs to fix the problems with its own use. In recent weeks, the United... Read more
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