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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Nov 21, 2019 at 03:55. 3 comments

The Marines Want To Swarm Beaches With CRABS

The Marines Want To Swarm Beaches With CRABS
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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...

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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
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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...

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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
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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...

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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
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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...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Nov 01, 2019. 3 comments

How Nazi Germany Used Stolen American Tanks In World War II

How Nazi Germany Used Stolen American Tanks In World War II
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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.

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Oct 31, 2019. 23 comments

The Marines Are Testing A 'Lightning Carrier'

The Marines Are Testing A 'Lightning Carrier'
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The U.S. Marines are testing loading an amphibious assault ship with a baker’s dozen of F-35B Lightning fighter jets. The result is what the Navy and Marines call a “Lightning Carrier,” and it could be a glimpse into the future of naval aviation.

While Lightning Carriers may not replace the full-size, full-price...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Oct 19, 2019. 20 comments

The U.S. Is 'Getting Out of the Mideast' By Sending 3,000 Troops To Saudi Arabia

The U.S. Is 'Getting Out of the Mideast' By Sending 3,000 Troops To Saudi Arabia
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The Trump Administration, determined to “get out of the Middle East” and its “endless wars”, is deploying 3,000 troops, including fighter jets and missiles, to Saudi Arabia. This being October 2019, the irony doesn’t stop there: the weapons the Pentagon is sending to protect the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would have...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Oct 17, 2019. 22 comments

China’s Z-20 Helicopter Looks Awfully Familiar

China’s Z-20 Helicopter Looks Awfully Familiar
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China’s 70th Anniversary parade, held earlier this month in Beijing, included the debut of one of the People’s Liberation Army’s worst-kept secrets: the Harbin Z-20 helicopter. The Z-20 medium helicopter, dubbed “Copyhawk” by Western observers, is a familiar sight because it’s a copy of the American UH-60...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Oct 16, 2019. 24 comments

America's Betrayal Of The Kurds, Explained

America's Betrayal Of The Kurds, Explained
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Over the past two weeks America’s power, prestige, and moral authority abroad have taken a body blow: President Donald Trump abruptly decided to withdraw U.S. forces from key a region in Syria. The decision to withdraw resulted in America’s Kurdish allies, one of Washington’s most loyal allies in the region,...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Oct 03, 2019. 24 comments

Here's What We Saw At China’s Gigantic Military Parade

Here's What We Saw At China’s Gigantic Military Parade
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Tuesday was National Day in China, which marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Like all authoritarian regimes the ruling Chinese Communist Party loves a good giant celebration of state power to remind everyone who is in charge, and the parade featured plenty of new weapons and technology....

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Oct 02, 2019. 24 comments

All About Iran’s Military Power

All About Iran’s Military Power
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Though it’s been drowned out by other news lately, let us not forget about Iran. In recent months alone it shot down a $200 million U.S.-made drone, captured a British oil tanker, and was implicated in last month’s drone and cruise missile strikes against Saudi oil refineries. Conflict—at least in a limited sense—between the...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Sep 25, 2019. 15 comments

Walrus Attacks Russian Navy, Wins

Walrus Attacks Russian Navy, Wins
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A Russian Navy expedition to the frozen wastes of the Arctic last week ended in disaster when one of the expedition ships was lost to hostile forces, specifically the kind with flippers and whiskers. The ship, an inflatable landing boat, was sunk by a walrus after the Russian expedition was deemed a threat to...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Sep 25, 2019. 19 comments

Japan's Getting Its First Aircraft Carriers In 75 Years, But U.S. Marines Will Fly From Them First

Japan's Getting Its First Aircraft Carriers In 75 Years, But U.S. Marines Will Fly From Them First
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Japan, which at the start of World War II was the proprietor of the world’s mightiest aircraft carrier fleet, is getting back into the naval aviation game after decades. Under pressure to counter a growing Chinese navy and air force, the island country is planning to convert two “helicopter destroyers” into full-fledged aircraft...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Sep 24, 2019. 18 comments

The U.S. Marines Are Eyeing An Exoskeleton Straight Out of Aliens

The U.S. Marines Are Eyeing An Exoskeleton Straight Out of Aliens
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In the 1986 science fiction movie Aliens, heroine Ellen Ripley dons a powered exoskeleton suit to engage in hand to hand combat with the Xenomorph Queen alien. Now, thanks to modern technology, the U.S. Marines may soon do the same. Sort of. And minus the Xenomorph. (Hopefully.)

The Corps is testing a suit that, like the exoskeleton...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Sep 18, 2019. 23 comments

How Did Drones Take Out 5 Percent Of The World's Oil Supply?

How Did Drones Take Out 5 Percent Of The World's Oil Supply?
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On September 14, some as-yet officially unknown perpetrators launched a complex attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. The attack was apparently carried out by drones, cruise missiles, or both. It cut Saudi Arabia’s oil exports by half, a big deal considering the country supplies 10 percent of all oil worldwide. Thanks to a...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Sep 17, 2019. 23 comments

Trump Is Either Telling Us We Have Superweapons More Powerful Than Nukes Or He Can't Do Math (Or Both)

Trump Is Either Telling Us We Have Superweapons More Powerful Than Nukes Or He Can't Do Math (Or Both)

Twice in the last month, the President of the United States has claimed that the Pentagon has weapons even more powerful than nuclear weapons, with the ability to easily kill millions. He is either bluffing, confused, or is incapable of understanding the difference between conventional and nuclear weapons.

President Donald Trump made the claim during remarks to commemorate the 18th...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Sep 14, 2019. 24 comments

Surprise: Most Americans Think We Shouldn't Be Selling Weapons To Anyone

Surprise: Most Americans Think We Shouldn't Be Selling Weapons To Anyone
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Seventy percent Americans think showering the rest of the world with tanks, ships, planes, radar and munitions makes the U.S. less safe, according to a new survey, a bipartisan consensus on a policy that both Republican and Democratic administrations have embraced. Imagine that.

The survey, conducted by the Chicago Council For...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Sep 11, 2019. 24 comments

America's F-22 And F-35 Fighters Still Aren't As Ready As They Were Ordered To Be

America's F-22 And F-35 Fighters Still Aren't As Ready As They Were Ordered To Be
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A year ago, then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis ordered America’s air forces to achieve what seemed like an unattainable goal: make eight out of 10 fighter jets ready for action within one year. Today, a good chunk of the Pentagon’s fighter inventory is set to hit that goal—all except for the newest, so-called “fifth generation”...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Aug 29, 2019. 19 comments

Don't Name Your Beer For Nuking Somebody's Home

Don't Name Your Beer For Nuking Somebody's Home
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A Texas-based beer company stirred up controversy earlier this month when it was revealed to have named a beer after the site of nuclear weapons tests. The Manhattan Project Beer Company recently re-released its Bikini Atoll beer, named after the site of U.S. nuclear weapons tests in the South Pacific in the 1940s. Somehow the ...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Aug 27, 2019. 17 comments

In 1962, A Lost U-2 Spy Plane Nearly Triggered World War III

In 1962, A Lost U-2 Spy Plane Nearly Triggered World War III
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In October 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis threatened to escalate into global thermonuclear war. The United States and Soviet Union both mobilized over nuclear missiles in Cuba, and a single spark could have effectively ended civilization. But what’s not well-remembered today is that at the height of that dispute, a lost plane near...

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