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Long Live the King!

President Obama’s hasty trip to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday—cutting short his time in India and summoning an unusually large entourage, including his secretary of state and CIA director, to meet him there—signals not only an intent...Show More Summary

David Codrea On The Acting ATF Director And Gunwalking

David Codrea: Let me tell you something about ATF “gunwalking.” Did you know that if you go to Wikipedia, you’ll find no mention of either me or Mike, or our documented roles in breaking the story while imploring both Congress and the media to even notice it? Go ahead– go explore that last link for […]

The Silent Trauma of War Correspondents 

Slate has partnered with Brooklyn Brewery and RISC to bring its hit war correspondent interview series to our readers. In this third installment, Steve Hindy, founder of Brooklyn Brewery and a former Associated Press foreign correspondent,...Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia starts bombing Yemen

Saudi Arabia and a coalition of regional allies launched air strikes against Huthi rebels in Yemen, the start of a military operation to protect the government, the kingdom’s ambassador to the United States said Wednesday. “The operation is to defend […]

Russia Threatens Denmark with Nuclear Missiles If It Joins NATO Shield

Russia has threatened to target Danish warships with nuclear missiles if Copenhagen joins NATO’s missile-defense system. Russian Ambassador to Denmark Mikhail Vanin told the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten on March 22 that in joining the missile-defense system it would “become a […]

Obama’s Big Guns

Three things are clear from delving into the charts and numbers in the new defense budget that President Obama proposed Monday: The defense budget is larger, and growing faster than it might seem; most of the growth goes for big-ticket...Show More Summary

F-35 Software Pushing Out Schedule – Except for Marines, Who Don’t Mind Flaws | Turkey Throws in With China with $3.4 Billion Purchase

Americas Following yesterday’s announcement that the Air Force is to procure one MC-12W ISR aircraft, the Navy is following suit, with a $11.7 million contract announced today for one aircraft in the UC-12W variation. The Navy previously ordered six of the model in 2008 for $48.8 million. Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $21.8 million […]

How Photojournalists Change War Zones 

This month Slate featured clips from the latest installment of Brooklyn Brewery’s War Correspondents series—a talk dedicated to Chris Hondros, a war photographer who was killed in Misrata, Libya in 2011. The series showed the pivotal role of photojournalists and reporters in conflict zones, and the unique dangers they face. Show More Summary

SASC Chair McCain Strong on UCLASS

Word is out today of a letter Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain sent to the Secretary of Defense outlining his desire to see the Navy develop UCLASS for action in contested environments. Here is the money quote from...Show More Summary

“Semper Why”

4 days agoIndustries / Military : OPFOR

Thanks to USMC0802 for tossing this our way. (No block quoting, so go read it.) What say you?

Empty Threats

President Obama asked Congress on Wednesday for authorization to use military force against ISIS, and smart money gives long odds he’ll get it. The fact is, legislators have only rarely asserted their constitutional prerogative toShow More Summary

Lawyer: Bergdahl to be charged with desertion

CNN reports that Bowe Bergdahl’s lawyer told CNN that he will be charged with desertion and “misbehavior” whatever that means; UPDATE 2:08 p.m. – Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, according to Bergdahl’s attorney and a Congressional source. UPDATE 1:52 p.m. – The U.S. military said Wednesday […]

How to Defeat Putin in Ukraine

If peace is at hand in Ukraine, it’s probably not for long, and it should be assuring that those who negotiated the cease-fire in Minsk, Belarus, on Thursday morning—the leaders of France, Germany, Ukraine, and Russia—are clear-headed...Show More Summary

H-Bomb History Published Over Government Objections

Physicist Kenneth W. Ford, who participated in the design of the hydrogen bomb in the early 1950s, has published a memoir of his experiences over the objections of Energy Department reviewers who requested substantial redactions in the text. Show More Summary

1LT Dayton Gilbreath saving the world

Air Force 1LT Dayton Gilbreath was on a sail boat in the Adriatic when a fellow Air Force member tried to kill himself by diving off of the boat into choppy seas. Gilbreath was only one of two members of the boating party that witnessed the attempt, so he dived into the same choppy seas […]

Parental stupidity

Geet Wilikers sends us a link to an article on Fox8 about this photo which has gone viral. It’s not about kids, though, it’s about their parents who encouraged them to do this; Matthew Munson was visiting the memorial when some parents encouraged their children to climb on the memorial for a picture. “There wasn’t […]

Texas’ Stolen Valor bill to aid businesses and employers

My search engine alerts are firing on all cylinders as State legislatures begin the season with easy-to-pass stolen valor bills, but this one from Texas caught my eye because it is so different from the others. The new bill passed the Texas Senate unanimously. It empowers business owners to fire employes and terminate contracts with […]

I, Audiophile

Thirty years ago, I visited a newly opened “high-end audio” store called Excalibur, on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., with the idea of writing a scathing exposé. Back then I read Stereo Review, which insisted that pretty much all audio components sounded alike. Show More Summary

Eleck Stone, the newest Ranger

Eleck Stone had a wish to be Ranger. He also has cystic fibrosis, but the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Rangers of the 75th Ranger regiment combined forces to help Eleck’s wish come true, according to the Army Times; Eleck Stone joined soldiers with the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia, for two days of training […]

Anderson: America is needed on Iraq’s front lines

Chief Tango sends us a link to the Washington Post opinion piece written by retired Marine Corps colonel Gary Anderson who presents the case for returning US troops to Iraq. He discusses the battle in Tikrit and how the Iraqis are having real trouble prying the ISIS troops from their defenses, and he talks about […]

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