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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...

Azerbaijan Kills Armenian Troops With a Suicide Drone

An unnerving sight appeared Monday during fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. What appeared to be an Israeli-made suicide drone hit a bus carrying Armenian soldiers and then exploded. There is an unconfirmed video appearing to show the strike, which killed seven Armenian volunteers according to RIA Novosti. And...

Watch — Russian Attack Helicopters Blast Islamic State

Russian attack helicopters have played a key role support Syrian regime forces taking back territory the regime lost to Islamic State. A videographer spotted a high-tech Mi-28 copter over the ancient city of Palmyra in late March.   Other Russian attack helicopters in Syria include the Mi-35 and the Ka-52,...

This Is How U.S. Air Force Gunships Hunted Terrorists in Afghanistan

Movies such as Eye in the Sky underscore how drones and controversial targeted strikes against terrorists have become almost inseparable in the public’s mind. Sure, we call it a “drone war,” but in truth, the Pentagon’s shadowy counterterror air campaign doesn’t always end with a small, silent robot firing a...

¿Quién quiere un lanzallamas?

El lanzallamas se encuentra entre las armas más espeluznantes y despiadadas de la guerra moderna. Siembra el terror entre el enemigo y suele presentarse como un arma temible incluso para sus propios usuarios que la empuñan. Tanto los Aliados como las fuerzas del Eje lo utilizaron en la Segunda Guerra...

The Kurds Are Fighting Islamic State, So Why Isn’t America Helping Them?

Charred buildings are all that remain of the Christian homes seized by Islamic State when the militant group attacked Iraq’s plains of Nineveh two years ago. Now, the small town Assyrian town of Telskuf is a base for Kurdish Peshmerga forces who recaptured it in August 2014 and now secure...

Turkey’s War With the Kurds Is Getting Bloodier by the Day

Mohammed Ekinci still has nightmares. “We were standing here,” he says, gesturing to a small garden in front of the Amara Culture Center in Suruc, southern Turkey. “Everyone was running,” the tall science student says. “They were covered in blood. I could see body parts in the trees we were...

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

Undoubtedly, for nearly two decades the most dangerous place on Earth has been the Indian-Pakistani border in Kashmir. It’s possible that a small spark from artillery and rocket exchanges across that border might — given the known military doctrines of the two nuclear-armed neighbors — lead inexorably to an all-out...

The Pentagon Has Two Choices for Light-Attack Planes

In mid-2015, after a bruising battle on Capitol Hill over the future of close air support, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh directed exploration of a future attack aircraft, notionally designated A-X. Up until then, there had been no equivalent to the A-X program that developed the A-10...

America’s Caribbean Drug War Isn’t Making Much of a Dent

This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. The U.S.-backed anti-drug initiative Operation Martillo has been hammering away at drug traffic in Central American waters for over four years, but it is unclear how much of a dent its reported successes have made in organized crime. Operation Martillo (Spanish for “Hammer”)...

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