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How a Hipster City Planned to Survive Nuclear Armageddon

Think of the city of Portland, Ore., today and it’s easy to conjure images of hipsters living the earth-friendly and artsy Pacific Northwest lifestyle — a laid-back place where a vegan donut is the most popular pastry and according to a character from the T.V. show Portlandia, you can put...

The Walther P38 Was Germany’s Most Popular Wartime Pistol

In 1929, German gun-maker Waffenfabrik Walther began developing a new nine-millimeter pistol for military use. The development violated the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I, so Walther kept it secret. Early Walther attempts focused on scaling up its “PP” line of pistols to chamber the larger nine-mil round....

Yet Another U.S. Navy Officer Goes Down Over Prostitutes and Corruption

The U.S. Navy held a preliminary hearing to review criminal charges against one of its officers on Friday. According to a redacted report obtained by USNI News, investigators suspect the seaman of two counts of espionage and three counts of attempted espionage. The Navy didn’t release the name of the...

South Korea’s Armored Fighting Vehicle Is Like the Bradley, But Better

For several years, South Korea has been in the throes of a military weapons binge. In particular, Seoul really wants weapons made in South Korea. Officials have a mix of concerns regarding the evolving nature of the U.S.-Korean alliance, the unique needs of defending their mountainous country and the desire to...

These Taiwanese Howitzers Are Enormous

The 240-millimeter M1 howitzer, or “Black Dragon,” was the heaviest piece of field artillery the U.S. Army deployed in World War II. The huge guns smashed the Axis Powers’ concrete fortifications in Europe to rubble, and blasted Chinese mountain bunkers during the Korean War. “There was little call for the type...

Yikes — Syrian Rebels Wield Old Aircraft Machine Guns

After years of civil war and with a seemingly endless list of different groups and foreign benefactors, the arsenals of Syria’s rebel and terrorist factions have become diverse and eclectic. Locked in what has become a brutal war of attrition, fighters can’t afford to turn down any weapon … even...

Everything That Could Have Gone Wrong Had Japan Built Its Own Atomic Bomb

During the Cold War, the United States supported selective nuclear proliferation as a means of deterring a Soviet invasion of Europe. The Russians might not believe that the United States would trade Berlin for New York, but they might find a British or French threat more credible. Washington did not...

China Jails Military Crooks, Censors Panama Papers Implicating Wealthy Elites

This week, China charged retired Gen. Guo Boxiong of accepting untold millions of dollars in bribes. The Defense Ministry announced on April 4 that he’d been turned over to prosecutors after officials concluded a corruption probe. Chinese Pres. Xi Jinping has made stamping out corruption — particularly in the military...

El Salvador Aims an ‘Iron Fist’ at Children

This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Authorities in El Salvador are proposing to toughen legislation against minors in order to combat the growth of gangs, a sign officials are ready to use the “iron fist” security approach against juveniles. On April 7, Attorney General Douglas Arquímedes Meléndez Ruiz presented...

DARPA’s Unmanned Sub-Hunting Ship Prepares for Trials

Autonomous robo-ships will hunt for submarines sooner than anticipated. On April 7, the U.S. military christened the Sea Hunter, an experimental vessel which is part of the Pentagon’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trial Unmanned Vessel, or ACTUV, program. At 130 feet in length, the trimaran-shaped Sea Hunter has become the world’s largest...

The U.S. Air Force Won’t Reveal How Much Its Next Bomber Really Costs

The recently announced Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B or B-21) is moving forward with one hidden feature that doesn’t make a lot of sense — its actual price tag. Despite requests by Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Air Force has decided against releasing the final contract value...

Tor Users Typically Live in Highly Liberal or Highly Authoritarian States

This article originally appeared at Motherboard. You might assume that people in the most oppressive regimes wouldn’t use the Tor anonymity network because of severe restrictions on technology or communication. On the other hand, you might think that people in the most liberal settings would have no immediate need for...

Why the F-35 Might Not Suck

Long-time readers of War Is Boring know where we stand on Lockheed Martin’s Joint Strike Fighter. The F-35 loses in dogfights, is billions of dollars over budget and just catches fire sometimes. This week on War College, Andrea Shalal, Reuters’ longtime aerospace correspondent, gives a counterpoint to the show’s very first...

The Lewis Gun Was a New Kind of Killing Machine

It must be an automatic rifle, Robert Jordan thought. “How much does it weigh?” he asked. “One man can carry it, but it is heavy. It has three legs that fold. We got it in the last serious raid. The one before the wine.” “How many rounds have you for...

After Years of Military Decline, the World Is Now Re-arming

For the first time since 2011, the world has spent more on troops and weapons than in the previous year, according to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The researchers estimate that countries spent $1.676 trillion on their militaries in 2015, a one-percent increase over 2014. This is...

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 the...

‘Look Who’s Back’ Is a Most Terrifying Comedy

Hitler and the director are in trouble. They’ve got a good thing going — driving around Germany and capturing people’s reactions to the return of the Fuhrer. The director knows the footage will sell for a mint, but he needs to cover his expenses. The studio won’t front him the...

The U.S. President Has a Blank Check for Waging War

Let’s face it — in times of war, the Constitution tends to take a beating. With the safety or survival of the nation said to be at risk, the basic law of the land — otherwise considered sacrosanct — becomes nonbinding, subject to being waived at the whim of government...

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