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NHL Stars Helped Vladimir Putin Beat a Kids’ Hockey Team

Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin is a propaganda master with a long history of bizarre photo-ops. The resulting media coverage has helped create a cult of personality around the former Soviet spy. Putin is a judo champion, avid outdoorsman and the subject of music videos. Now he also crushes children at hockey....

U.S. Army Veteran Helps Kurds Who Fight Iran

The FBI and the State Department aren’t happy that U.S. Army veteran Ryan O’Leary has taken up arms with the Kurds in eastern Iraq in their resistance against Iran. He originally went to Iraqi-Kurdistan to help Peshmerga units fighting Islamic State, and then volunteered with an armed faction within the Democratic Party of...

The U.S. Military Scrambled F-16s to Fend Off a Crazy Cat Lady

On Aug. 28, two F-16s from the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing took off from Buckley Air Force Base. Their mission? Escort a Boeing 767 passenger jet flying from Frankfurt, Germany to Las Vegas. The Condor airlines plane needed to make an emergency stop in Denver to rid itself...

American Commandos Are Fed Up With Waiting for the Army’s New Pistol

America’s special operators are in a bind. The U.S. Army’s standard-issue handgun, the Beretta M-9, is getting old and the Army wants to replace it. But the process is taking forever, and special operators want new guns now. On Aug. 28, the ground combat branch formally asked gun makers to...

Egypt to WIB — Your Request for Military Secrets Is Denied

We here at War Is Boring are well aware of the power of the United States’ Freedom of Information Act. But despite being an American law, foreign governments can exercise an impressive amount of influence over the process. At the beginning of August, we went looking for official orders regarding...

US Navy Issues Broad New Changes to Uniform Policy

The U.S. Navy just released a list of sweeping uniform changes that set new guidelines for everything from cold weather clothing to work uniforms.

Gun Control Groups Swatting Open Carriers

Fox News: Second Amendment groups are accusing the gun control lobby of putting law-abiding owners of firearms in danger by urging people to call the police on anyone carrying a gun in public. As more states relax rules about open-carrying of guns, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has taken to social media to urge […]

Turkish Police Have a Bad Habit of Harassing Journalists

Turkish authorities have arrested three Vice reporters — British citizens Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury along with their Iraqi fixer. They were in Turkey’s Kurdish region covering violent clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurds in the province of Diyabak?r. On Aug. 31, police charged the trio with “engaging in terror activity.” Diyabak?r Police told...

How to Build a Better Invisibility Cloak

Cloaking devices — or “metamaterials” that scatter light — have been in university labs for years. But electrical engineers at U.C. San Diego claim they’ve solved a few key problems that make existing cloaks too obvious to the human eye. First, let’s back up a moment. For the most part, metamaterials...

The Vile Story of the Nazis’ ‘Dirlewanger Brigade’

Armies have long used prisoners as soldiers. Imperial France deployed the Bat’ d’Af’ in the harshest of its colonies. During the American Civil War, captured Confederate soldiers sometimes recanted the rebellion, swore allegiance to the Union and became Galvanized Yankees. The former rebel prisoners fought and bled for the country...

The U.S. Army Wanted to Launch T.V. Cameras From Howitzers

American troops suspect enemies are nearby, so they lob an artillery shell. As the round careens toward its target, a T.V. camera with a parachute ejects from the casing and, tada! You now have a floating spy camera. This was the scenario U.S. Army engineers envisioned when they began work on the...

I Went on a Ride-along with Thailand’s Toughest Cops

I was in southern Thailand on a trip to research the government’s low-boil war with Islamist insurgents — and I had a very hard time getting the Royal Thai Police to talk to me. Though the Royal Thai Army has earned the least notoriety and most prestige, the RTP has found...

A Baseline for U.S. Counterintelligence Programs

A 2013 Intelligence Community Directive that was released this week “establishes the baseline for CI [counterintelligence] programs across the Intelligence Community (IC).” Counterintelligence is defined as “Information gathered andShow More Summary

How Many Drones for DoD?, and More from CRS

The Department of Defense reportedly expects to increase its use of unmanned aerial systems (“drones”) by nearly 50% in the next few years. At the same time, however, the rate of DoD’s procurement of drones is projected to decline sharply from FY2016-2020. Show More Summary

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