Mitchell WerBell Silenced the U.S. Army’s M-14s and M-16s
In the early 1960s, former U.S. Office of Strategic Services operative Mitchell WerBell III founded a company dedicated to the development of cheap and efficient sound-suppressors for automatic weapons. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, WerBell had joined the U.S. Army, serving briefly as a second lieutenant with... Read more
Real Ordnance-Disposal Isn’t Anything Like ‘Hurt Locker’
The U.S. Army Is About to Double Its Howitzer Range
On March 19, U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant Louis Cardin, a field artilleryman assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, died during an attack on Fire Base Bell outside of Makhmur, Iraq. Coincidentally, the U.S. Army is hard at work developing a farther-firing howitzer that could help keep artillery... Read more
U.S. Army Scout Copters Head to South Korea for One Last Mission
With tensions at a recent high, the U.S. Army is sending the last of its OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout helicopters to the Korean Peninsula for one more mission. After decades of service in war zones including Afghanistan and Iraq, the venerable copters should leave service by 2017. On March... Read more
The Pentagon’s Rape Hypocrisy Is Painfully Obvious
U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican, is introducing federal legislation that would require the U.S. military to do more to stop rape. The Mandating America’s Responsibility to Limit Abuse, Negligence and Depravity Act aims “to establish a policy against sexual abuse on all United States military installations, whether... Read more
The Pentagon Is Finally Designing Combat Gear for Women
As women begin to serve in all combat roles across every branch of the military, the Pentagon is making new efforts to ensure that their troops’ fertility — and prospect of having kids — is intact, something former service members weren’t afforded. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced in... Read more
Secretive U.S. Spy Plane Crashes in Iraq
When Talal Abdulqadir woke up on March 5, he probably didn’t expect his farm in northern Iraq would end up crawling with American troops guarding a crashed aircraft. In an instant, the green field outside the town of Kawrgosk put on full display some of the more shadowy elements... Read more
Yes, the U.S. Army Still Needs Paratroopers
Once again, Army Times, in an apparent desperate bid for clicks, dragged up and flogged a dead horse — this time, questioning whether the Army still need its airborne forces, including the 82nd Airborne Division, the 173rd Airborne Brigade and a brigade of the 25th Infantry Division. The paratroop-skepticism... Read more
The U.S. Army Lost Track of 27 Ballistic Missiles
For 30 years starting in 1962, the U.S. Army deployed Lance ballistic missiles in Europe to deter Soviet attack. Twenty feet long and weighing a ton and a half, an atomic-tipped Lance could zoom 75 miles at Mach 3 and explode with a force of up to 100 kilotons... Read more
Hand-to-Hand Combat Still Matters
Pvt. 1st Class Marcus Jones threw a flurry of punches at his opponent. The two fighters dodged and kicked with speed and precision. Jones is a soldier assigned to a combat support hospital and his opponent is a member of the U.S. Army’s elite 1st Special Forces Group. The two... Read more

Kevin Knodell

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