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Merrill’s Marauders finally get their recognition

About 3,000 patriotic men volunteered for Merrill’s Marauders in the Second World War, heeding the call of US President Roosevelt for a greater cause in a place worse than hell. Only 200 would survive. Let that sink in, for a bit, OK? … Only 200…

Russia’s ‘White Swan’ bomber is breaking records

It’s the fastest bomber ever built, the largest bomber ever built and the heaviest bomber ever built. Enter the Tupelov Tu-160 “White Swan” — NATO reporting name “Blackjack.” And now, it is a record holder, after a pair of 1980s era Russian Tu-160 supersonic bombers…

Fighter pilot shortage puts US Navy in a quandary

Wanted: US Navy pilots. About 100, actually. Job description: Flying an F-18 and landing it on a rocking aircraft carrier, at night, in a storm, required … and, looking cool while doing it. Payment: Not bad, but it’s government, so you’ll never be rich. It…

Reddit Squashed QAnon by Accident

Two years ago, most Americans knew nothing about QAnon, the ever-growing, diffuse, and violent movement devoted to a loosely connected set of conspiracy theories, most of which tie back to the idea that Donald Trump is leading a holy war against a high-powered cabal of…

Welcome to the era of the smart ‘cyber-bandage’

Bandages, dressings, whatever you want to call thems are an important part of healing a wound properly, and they’ve been used through the ages, even since ancient Egyptian times. But what if I told you, there was a bandage that could actually tell whether a…

US Army nixes shark attack for ‘The First 100 Yards’

“I am Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, your senior drill instructor. From now on you will speak only when spoken to, and the first and last words out of your filthy sewers will be ‘Sir‘ … and I will give you three f–king seconds to get that…

China’s new supercarrier could feature EMALS tech

Media sources say China’s newest super carrier could very well sport the latest EMALS (Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System) launch technology, similar to the US Navy’s newest operational aircraft carrier, the Gerald R. Ford. China has been making steady progress building its third aircraft carrier, the…

RBG’s Greatest Insight

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s time on the Court was often characterized as a pitched battle between the principles of equality and individual liberty. Conservative majorities have tended to elevate individual autonomy rights over equal treatment and equal opportunity in our politics, our workplaces, and our…

Fighters will be armed with lasers by 2025, says Lockheed

Dr. Evil of Austin Powers fame wanted sharks with lasers. OK, for an evil villain holding the world hostage, we can all understand that. It comes with the territory. But a tactical fighter jet, with a laser weapon? Does mankind really need this? Doesn’t the…

Don’t Make the Election About the Court

I know that Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s empty Supreme Court seat has provoked an epic, long-awaited clash between Democrats and Republicans, that the very principle of judicial independence hangs dangerously in the balance. I realize that the social-media wave cannot be stopped, that the talking heads…

Navy won’t back down on Columbia sub program

No way, no how … not a chance. This time, the US Navy is not backing down. It may face budgetary constraints and other Covid-related shipbuilding challenges, but the service will do whatever it takes to keep its Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine program on track,…

China gambit: Esper pitches plan to make navy great again

Where there’s a will, there’s a way … but can they find the money? Defense Secretary Mark Esper outlined an ambitious plan this week to reshape the US Navy, enabling it to build out the fleet to 355 ships or more, and focus more on…

France’s air force makes a starry name change

A new name, a new raison d’être. The French Air Force is aiming high, very high. On Sept. 11, it became the French Air and Space Force, completing a process initiated by President Emmanuel Macron in July 2019 when he announced the creation of a…

The American Government Gave Up on Reality

Alexander Hamilton and his colleagues wrote 85 separate essays to make their case that Americans should take a risk and ratify the 1787 Constitution. Three sentences into the very first of those Federalist Papers, Hamilton made clear that he knew full well the stakes of…

US says it has tested a top secret sixth-gen fighter

Well well, America has kept a very big secret from us … a very big secret. According to Dr. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, the US Air Force has “quietly built and flown a brand-new aircraft prototype”…

The Great British Humbling

“The cretinous stupidity of it!” snaps the tragic hero in Joseph Roth’s The Radetzky March as he faces up to his likely death in a duel over his wife’s honor. He did not want the fight and no longer loves his wife anyway, but the…

China ups the ante, places H-6 bombers near Ladakh

China appears to be sticking with its “Wolf Warrior” tactics of intimidation amid simmering tensions with India on its Himalayan border. According to Military Watch Magazine, new images released by the Central Theatre Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) show several H-6 bombers…

Alexander Vindman: Trump Is Putin’s ‘Useful Idiot’

Shortly after midnight on June 17, 1972, an unusually attentive security guard named Frank Wills discovered an unlocked door in the garage of the Watergate office complex. A piece of tape had been placed over the latch. Wills removed the tape and continued on his…

Biden’s Military Vision: Steady as She Goes, with Liberal Tweaks

End forever wars and bring home troops? Check. Claim credit for bolstering NATO allies’ spending? Check. Continue to modernize to counter China and Russia? Check. Some of Joe Biden’s election pitches sound a lot like President Donald Trump when it comes to defense. A Biden…

Greece favoured in Rafale dogfight: Russian expert

“Beware of Greeks in Rafale jets.” OK, that isn’t exactly the right quote … but this appears to be good news for Greece, bad news for Turkey … and, maybe bad news for China too? Amid escalating tensions between Greece and Turkey, France has reportedly…

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