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Apr 28, 2020. 14 comments

The U. S. Space Force Gets Its First Offensive Weapon Which Has Been In Use Since 2004

The U. S. Space Force Gets Its First Offensive Weapon Which Has Been In Use Since 2004
Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense.

Last month, the new U.S. Space Force, which has been forcing space for many

years before it was called “Space Force,” received their first official offensive weapon, a satellite jammer known as the Counter Communications System Block 10.2. It’s basically a ground-based satellite communications jammer that will prevent enemies from...

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Apr 19, 2020. 22 comments

Russia's Giant World War II Victory Parade Has Been Postponed Because Of The Pandemic

Russia's Giant World War II Victory Parade Has Been Postponed Because Of The Pandemic

Since the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945, Soviet and later Russian troops have massed for massive parades at the major anniversaries of the end of World War II. This year, as Russia and the rest of the world celebrate seventy-five years since the defeat of Nazism, the parade will be postponed over fears surrounding the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

The parade, which has been an

important date...

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Mar 25, 2020. 13 comments

The U.S. Navy's Big Beautiful New Carrier Has Hilariously Messed Up Toilets

The U.S. Navy's Big Beautiful New Carrier Has Hilariously Messed Up Toilets
Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense.

The USS Gerald R. Ford is a technological marvel. Its nuclear reactors can enable it to move for 25 years without re-fueling. It uses powerful electro-magnets to hurl aircraft into the sky. It has toilets designed so incredibly poorly that the entire system needs to be unclogged and flushed out with acid, yes acid, on a regular...

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Feb 09, 2020. 24 comments

Even The American Military Is Struggling With Right-To-Repair

Even The American Military Is Struggling With Right-To-Repair

Imagine that you’re stationed at an outpost deep in a conflict zone. Your MRAP’s alternator is busted and you’ve got a spare, but your mechanic tells you that she’ll void the warranty if you let her replace it. It’s either tow the whole thing out or let it sit there wasting space. That’s what American servicemembers are up against these days.

This is the same right-to-repair issue that’s...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Jan 09, 2020. 24 comments

How America And Iran Danced To The Brink of War

How America And Iran Danced To The Brink of War
Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense.

Yesterday Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles at U.S. forces based in Iraq. No Americans were reported harmed in the attacks. The salvo of missiles was in response to the U.S. assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, killed in Baghdad by a Reaper drone strike. The two countries stand at the precipice of war,...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Jan 03, 2020. 13 comments

The U.S. Tested A New Missile And We’re All Worse Off Because Of It

The U.S. Tested A New Missile And We’re All Worse Off Because Of It
Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense.

As 2019 rounded to a close, the United States tested a new missile that was up until just a few months ago prohibited by international treaty. The missile blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base and splashed down in a patch of the Pacific Ocean, signifying the end of an important arms control treaty signed with the Soviet Union...

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Max Finkel Max Finkel Dec 02, 2019. 21 comments

How To Steal A Soviet Helicopter

How To Steal A Soviet Helicopter

Deep in the Sahel, as Muammar Qaddafi’s Libya exploited instability in Chad to expand its territory, a daring operation took place to obtain one of the Soviet Union’s most advanced attack helicopters. It was a complex plan involving Chadian rebel groups as well as French and American soldiers and spies, but it worked.

A Libyan Mi-24 Hind had been abandoned in a forward base not far from the...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Nov 28, 2019. 8 comments

Russia Returned Captured Ukrainian Ships With The Toilets Torn Out

Russia Returned Captured Ukrainian Ships With The Toilets Torn Out
Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense.

In the on-again, off-again undeclared war between Russia and Ukraine, this has to be the most petty incident yet. Russia recently returned three Ukraine Navy ships captured in 2018, with just one catch. The toilets were missing. Ukraine, at least, appears to be taking it in stride.

Ukraine and Russia are neighbors, but the...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Nov 26, 2019. 12 comments

How The Army’s Use Of TikTok Could Be A National Security Threat

How The Army’s Use Of TikTok Could Be A National Security Threat
Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense.

Last week, Senator Chuck Schumer wrote the U.S. Army to ask it to think twice before using TikTok for recruiting purposes. Schumer cited TikTok’s Chinese origin and laws that required Chinese companies to assist with Chinese intelligence operations. Schumer’s letter dropped just as the U.S. Army was exploring new ways to use social...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Nov 21, 2019. 18 comments

The Marines Want To Swarm Beaches With CRABS

The Marines Want To Swarm Beaches With CRABS
Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense.

When the robot uprising ends and the beaten remnants of humanity are put on trial, Exhibit A will be the day the Marines invented CRABS. CRABS, or Crawling Remotely-Operated Amphibious Breacher, will be autonomous robots designed to operate in the dangerous surf zone, under hostile fire, dismantling formidable beach defenses with...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Nov 10, 2019. 10 comments

Watch The Future USS John F. Kennedy Float For the First Time

Watch The Future USS John F. Kennedy Float For the First Time
Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense.

Carriers are really, really big. Everyone says it, but until you see the whole carrier, sitting high and dry in an empty dry dock for the first time, you really can’t comprehend the true size of the world’s largest warship.

The U.S. Navy just uploaded footage of the future USS John F. Kennedy, sitting in dry dock as water pours in,...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Nov 09, 2019. 14 comments

The Laser Weapon Is Really, Really Finally Here

The Laser Weapon Is Really, Really Finally Here
Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense.

Rejoice if you look towards the dystopia of the Star Wars universe, for laser weapons have finally, at long last, arrived. The laser, a weapon system perpetually “ten or fifteen years away” from operational use, is off the development treadmill and entering the field. In addition to the smug banter of science fiction video games,...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Nov 02, 2019. 15 comments

The Air Force’s Robotic Spaceplane Returns After Nearly 800 Days in Orbit

The Air Force’s Robotic Spaceplane Returns After Nearly 800 Days in Orbit
Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense.

The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B returned to Earth this week after more than two years in orbit. The unmanned space plane keeps breaking records, this time spending 780 days circling the planet before gliding to a stop at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft is a key part of the Pentagon’s plans for space at a time when...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Nov 01, 2019. 23 comments

How Nazi Germany Used Stolen American Tanks In World War II

How Nazi Germany Used Stolen American Tanks In World War II
Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense.

In the final days of World War II, as U.S. troops advanced into Aschaffenberg, they encountered stiff German resistance in the form of something familiar: a Sherman tank, one of its beutepanzers, aka “loot tanks,” equipment seized in previous battles. In war, the loot can be as dangerous as anything.

Mark Felton, a prolific...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Oct 04, 2019. 18 comments

How To Peacefully Import An Armored Vehicle

How To Peacefully Import An Armored Vehicle

Importing a car into the U.S. is hard enough. You have to worry about getting it here, getting it past U.S. safety and emissions regulations, and then you still have to worry about getting parts for something that maybe wasn’t ever sold here. But it’s entirely different—and in some ways surprisingly easier—to import a 15-ton armored vehicle built for war. Here Are The Four Legal Ways To...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Nov 13, 2018. 22 comments

Drawing Giant Penises in the Sky Will Get You in Trouble If You're a Marine, It Seems

Drawing Giant Penises in the Sky Will Get You in Trouble If You're a Marine, It Seems
Foxtrot AlphaTech and news from the world of modern defense.  

Just in case you were wondering, it looks like the Navy will investigate you if you use their aircraft to draw colossal sky-penises. We know this because last month two Marine Corps pilots in a T-34C trainer aircraft drew a gigantic penis in the sky, and now they’re under investigation. It’s assumed that the investigation is...

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Terrell Jermaine Starr Terrell Jermaine Starr Aug 17, 2017. 23 comments

Welcome Back To Foxtrot Alpha

Welcome Back To Foxtrot Alpha

Far-right populism is on the rise all over the globe. Traditional diplomacy is out. Machismo is in. Cyber warfare isn’t just theory, or a joke anymore. Wars are supranational. Nuclear arsenals are expanding, unless they aren’t. All of it needs to be covered, and it needs to be covered better.

I’m Terrell. Welcome back to Foxtrot Alpha. I’m taking charge of Jalopnik’s inexplicably successful...

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