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Syrian General Lauds Russian Strikes amid Ground Offensive

Syria's chief-of-staff declared a wide-ranging ground offensive by government forces, a day after Russian airstrikes and cruise missiles launched from the Caspian Sea backed Damascus' multipronged advance into two Syrian provinces.

I’m A Gun-Owning Poster Boy

From the comments at Mother Jones. Herschel Smith • 6 hours ago I think everyone who advocates gun control should try to confiscate our weapons. All of them. Don’t leave even a single one behind. Come into our homes. That’s where they are. And be sure to join the SWAT teams who you’ll be sending […]

The Scientists Who Pee Plutonium

There is a club among atomic scientists who have worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Known as UPPU, it’s a strange, informal organization that began in 1951 and includes scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project and brought nuclear weapons to the world. It’s a small club, and only 26 people...

Irán aumenta sus tropas en Siria

Los medios de información se han centrado en el aumento por parte de Rusia de su poder militar en Siria. Sin embargo, Irán lleva haciendo lo mismo durante los últimos meses, aunque con más sutileza. A lo largo del pasado año, oficiales y tropas de la Guardia Revolucionaria de Irán...

China’s Shoddy, Noisy Nuclear Submarines

Over the past two decades, the People’s Republic of China has made great advances in its military capabilities. However, it still lags woefully behind in developing nuclear-powered submarines. The problem for the Chinese is that they lack the necessary quieting and propulsion technologies to build anything remotely comparable to an...

Vietnam Was the Last Hurrah for the Army’s Giant Searchlights

Imagine searchlights at war, and you might picture troops scanning for enemy planes in Europe during World War II. But for the U.S. Army, the Vietnam War was the last chance for its increasingly obsolete, high-powered lamps to shine. Between 1965 and 1967, the Army deployed four searchlight batteries to South Vietnam. Technically artillery...

DoD Security-Cleared Population Drops Again

The number of people in the Department of Defense holding security clearances for access to classified information declined by 100,000 in the first six months of FY2015. There are now 3.8 million DoD employees and contractors with security...Show More Summary

Haranguing in the Supreme Court, and More from CRS

If protesters are arrested for disrupting the proceedings of the U.S. Supreme Court through angry speech, is that a violation of their First Amendment rights? The question was analyzed by the Congressional Research Service. See Haranguing in the Court, CRS Legal Sidebar, October 6, 2015. Show More Summary

Russia’s Electronic Spies Are Hard at Work in Syria

Russia’s electronic spies have become a key part of Moscow’s surge into Syria. The signal spooks are searching for targets and following up on air strikes. On Sept. 30, Russian fighter-bombers and ground attackers began launching aerial attacks across the embattled country. On Oct. 7, the Kremlin announced that four...

The Canadian Military Wants to Learn How to Hack Cars

The article originally appeared at Motherboard. The Canadian government is looking for someone who can hack a car, and will pay them hundreds of thousands of dollars to do it. A procurement request published by Public Works and Government Services states that the Canadian Department of National Defense is looking for...

Carter Sounds Nearly Ready to Open Combat Jobs to Women

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told U.S. troops in Sicily that limiting his search for qualified military candidates to just half the population would be "crazy."

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