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From Pacifist Sheep Farmer to One of Britain’s Greatest Secret Agents

Occupied France, 1944. Francis Cammaerts stepped from a train onto the railway station platform in Avignon. Almost immediately, German security forces at a checkpoint became suspicious and asked for his papers. The son of a Belgian poet and English actress, he was everything you would never expect in a secret agent. Cammaerts had been...

Russia Pulls Its Stealth Fighter Back From the Brink

Russian and Indian negotiators have bargained down the price for the Indo-Russian Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) — which is being developed from the Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA. The two sides have agreed cut the price of the development from $12 billion to roughly $8 billion, saving the joint project from cancellation....

Aussie Who Led Weapons Tests Knocks F-35

Australia’s former top weapons tester has warned of serious problems with the country’s $24 billion share of the F-35 stealth fighter program. The ex-official, Keith Joiner, issued the warnings in a Jan. 4 letter to the Australian Senate’s formal inquiry into the Joint Strike Fighter project. Joiner’s biggest criticisms involve the F-35’s repeated delays, lack...

El A-10 Warthog sobrevive para combatir un día más

Supuestamente el Ejército del Aire estadounidense ha decidido suspender temporalmente su campaña para retirar del servicio al veterano avión de apoyo aéreo cercano [Close Air Support (CAS)] Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II. Finalmente el Ejército del Aire estadounidense ha cedido ante la alta demanda del Warthog [jabalí] para combatir al...

One of the Masters of Zombie Fiction Is an Active-Duty U.S. Navy Officer

If you enjoy stories about the walking dead you have probably encountered the work of J.L. Bourne, the pseudonym for an active-duty naval aviator and intelligence officer who penned the Day by Day Armageddon series of novels. He’s also author of the book Tomorrow War, which chronicles life in a...

Afghanistan Gets Its First Tiny Attack Planes

On Jan. 15, four A-29 attack planes touched down at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan. For a project beset by seemingly never-ending delays and military-industrial rivalries, the event was a major milestone. The A-29 is a variant of the Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano — a light, flexible turboprop that...

Hezbollah May Come Out of the Syrian Civil War Stronger Than Ever

When Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah confirmed in May 2013 that Hezbollah had joined the Syrian Civil War on the side of Pres. Bashar Al Assad’s embattled government, it marked a major political and military shift for the Lebanese Shi’ite militia. For the first time in decades, Hezbollah is now focused on...

Aviation Scribe Robert F. Dorr Soars Toward His Own Sunset

Robert F. Dorr was a teenager when he became a military writer. Just 16 years old and a high-school student, he got an opinion piece into the November 1955 issue of Air Force Magazine. The young pundit contended that the U.S. Air Force needed to pay more attention to fighters...

Why Is the U.S. Air Force Hiring Jet-Flying Mercenaries?

The U.S. Air Force’s elite Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, has started using contractors flying privately-owned combat aircraft to help train the service’s tactical gurus. The contractors have been hired for what amounts to a trial run. If it goes well, there are likely to be further...

Here Are the Complete Leaflets We Dropped on the Islamic State

On Nov. 15, 2015, U.S. Air Force A-10 ground attackers and AC-130 gunships blew up a truck park near Abu Kamal, Iraq. The American pilots destroyed more than 100 tankers carrying oil that could fund the Islamic State. The Pentagon followed this up with another massive strike on Nov. 22, taking...

The U.S. Military’s Poor Record Training the Iraqi Army

There’s good news coming out of Iraq … again. The efforts of a 65-nation coalition and punishing U.S. airstrikes have helped local ground forces roll back gains by the Islamic State. Government forces and Shiite militias, for example, recaptured the city of Tikrit, while Kurdish troops ousted I.S. fighters from...

Conspiracy Theories Multiply After Terrorist Assault in Burkina Faso

The bloodiest terror attack West Africa has experienced in recent times was a shock, but not surprising. Three years ago, I lived in Burkina Faso’s peaceful and relaxed capital, Ouagadougou, where it wasn’t rare to hear talk about the possibility of a large-scale atrocity as Islamist groups rampaged through neighboring Mali. On...

Women Pilots Flew During World War II, Denied Rest at Arlington National Cemetery

First Lt. Elaine Danforth Harmon, a Women’s Airforce Service Pilot, or WASP, was one of many women who served their country when it needed them the most. More than 70 years after Harmon flew military aircraft, her family wants to place her ashes at Arlington National Cemetery. Harmon, a Congressional Gold Medal...

La historia de combate del condón

Un simple condón, compañero del soldado estadounidense en esas apasionadas noches de permiso desde que el ejército empezó a distribuirlos en los años 1930 como barrera contra las infecciones. Sin embargo, durante décadas muchos soldados, marineros, aviadores e infantes de marina han utilizado el condón en el campo como una...

How Oil Drives Conflict

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia has used natural gas as a weapon against Ukraine and Europe as a whole. Threatening to turn shut off the pipes as the weather turns cold is a pretty effective way to influence foreign policy. But now it looks like one of...

Dozens of Kenyan Soldiers Die in Somalia Base Horror

During the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 15, several vehicles strapped with explosives drove into the perimeter defenses of the Kenyan base in El Adde in southwestern Somalia. With the perimeter breached, around 200 militants stormed the camp and killed dozens of soldiers. The attackers were of course members of Al Shabab, a...

The P38 Was the Wehrmacht’s Workhorse Pistol

U.S. Army Sgt. Ivan Schwartz survived D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge by remaining very, very careful. Schwartz had landed on Utah beach, going ashore when the sand was littered with dead men and smashed vehicles. He carried rounds for an 81-millimeter mortar, survived a close call when Allied...

The Pentagon Says Islamic State Body Counts Aren’t Important

In November 2015, American aircraft started hammering refineries and other oil infrastructure that were funneling funds into the Islamic State’s coffers. Since then, the Pentagon has made a point of going after the organization’s finances and quasi-government institutions in areas under its control. “We are dismantling ISIL’s war-sustaining finances, targeting its...

Forty-Five Seconds

Forty-five seconds of swirling dust was all it took to kill two U.S. Marines and injure 20 other service members. On May 17, 2015, a Marine Corps V-22 Osprey tiltrotor — a $70-million hybrid aircraft that takes off like a helicopter but cruises like an airplane thanks to its rotating...

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