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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Aug 24, 2019 at 23:01.

Why The U.S. Is Selling Taiwan New F-16 Fighter Jets

Why The U.S. Is Selling Taiwan New F-16 Fighter Jets
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This week, the United States announced its intention to sell Taiwan a fleet of new F-16 fighter jets. The sale involves nearly 70 F-16 fighter jets worth $8 billion and is intended to help the island democracy defend its airspace against attack from the communist-dominated mainland. The People’s Republic of China’s growing...

Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Aug 21, 2019 at 22:35. 13 comments

Why The Pentagon Wouldn’t Even Want Greenland

Why The Pentagon Wouldn’t Even Want Greenland
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Late last week, America’s attention was successfully diverted from unsettling economic news by the latest shiny bauble: news that President Donald Trump has discussed the idea of buying Greenland . The fact that Greenland was never for sale aside, owning Greenland would not be all that useful to the United States. At least, not...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Aug 15, 2019. 15 comments

The A-10 Warthog Is Sporting New Wings To Stay In Service Through The 2030s

The A-10 Warthog Is Sporting New Wings To Stay In Service Through The 2030s
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The A-10 Warthog —Cold War tank killer, terrorizer of the Taliban, ugly but fearsome duckling of American airpower, one-plane motivation poster and hero to ground troops everywhere—is sporting new wings.

Everything Went Wrong On The A-10 Warthog’s First Mission In The War On Terror

The A-10 Warthog is the aerial savior for ground...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Aug 14, 2019. 21 comments

What Really Happened On The Deadliest Single Day In Coast Guard History?

What Really Happened On The Deadliest Single Day In Coast Guard History?
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The sinking of the ammunition ship USS Serpens in January 1945 was the single deadliest day in the history of the Coast Guard. The gigantic explosion, which killed 250 sailors and almost vaporized the ship, was blamed on an accident involving the ship’s explosive cargo. Now, new allegations push the theory that the ship was...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Aug 09, 2019. 12 comments

Why China’s Army Still Rides Yaks

Why China’s Army Still Rides Yaks
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The People’s Liberation Army—the official name of the Chinese Army—still rides yaks to patrol some of the country’s most difficult borders. The use of yaks, basically hairy cows adapted to mountain life, allows the PLA to go places tanks and armored vehicles can’t. Here’s why a surprising number of military forces, including the...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Aug 02, 2019. 2 comments

What Exactly Is Nuclear 'No First Use'?

What Exactly Is Nuclear 'No First Use'?
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During the Democratic presidential debates this week, candidates wrestled with a particularly thorny national security issue: whether they would forsake the use of nuclear weapons first in a conflict. This policy, known as No First Use, is the policy of just a handful of the declared nuclear powers.

Those arguing for the policy say...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Jul 20, 2019. 7 comments

Here Are All the Screw Ups in the Top Gun: Maverick Trailer Already

Here Are All the Screw Ups in the Top Gun: Maverick Trailer Already
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The Top Gun: Maverick  trailer is here, and while there is such a thing as “suspension of disbelief” and “it’s just a movie” and “you guys are a bunch of jerks ruining nice things that people enjoy,” there are things in it that are WRONG. Not from a “why is Ed Harris so old” perspective, but something far worse. From a pedant’s...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Jul 19, 2019. 6 comments

Turkey Was Just Booted Out of the F-35 Program

Turkey Was Just Booted Out of the F-35 Program
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The American government has given Turkey the boot, officially removing the country from the F-35 Lightning II program. The two countries are at odds over Ankara’s purchase of an advanced Russian surface-to-air missile system, which Washington claimed could be used to spy on an aircraft that will be the backbone of U.S. airpower for...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Jul 18, 2019. 24 comments

Here's What You'll Face When You Try to Invade Area 51

Here's What You'll Face When You Try to Invade Area 51
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This week, the internet is going crazy with talk of a mass People’s Invasion of Area 51. More than one million people have signed up on Facebook to breach the gates of the most famous top secret government facility in the world. The event, which sprang to life as a joke started by social media shitposters, has now racked up an...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Jul 16, 2019. 24 comments

The Air Force Has Started Building the First B-21 Bomber, Which You Haven't Even Seen Yet

The Air Force Has Started Building the First B-21 Bomber, Which You Haven't Even Seen Yet
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The U.S. Air Force and defense contractor Northrop Grumman have begun construction of the first B-21 Raider bomber. The airplane, which will carry both conventional and nuclear payloads, is the U.S.’s first first new heavy bomber in more than thirty years. And despite a plane already being assembled, you haven’t seen it yet. All...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Jul 12, 2019. 13 comments

The Totally Unexpected Rise of the Seafood Drone Army

The Totally Unexpected Rise of the Seafood Drone Army
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Researchers in China are looking to Mother Nature for inspiration to design the next generation of drones. Specifically, drones shaped like squid and scallops that would mimic their means of locomotion, allowing some of them to even leap from the water and take flight.

A robotic army of seafood would be of great interest to the...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Jul 05, 2019. 24 comments

This is What The U.S. Navy Wants in a Frigate for the 21st Century

This is What The U.S. Navy Wants in a Frigate for the 21st Century
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The United States Navy has released its requirements for a new guided missile frigate, a low-end ship designed for less dangerous missions than the rest of the fleet. The new FFG(X) warships will be packed with sensors and weapons (including lasers!), a near 180-degree turn from the current ships the Navy is buying.

Frigates are...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Jul 03, 2019. 24 comments

Oh Good, Trump is Getting His Tanks and Fighter Jets in Washington D.C. After All

Oh Good, Trump is Getting His Tanks and Fighter Jets in Washington D.C. After All
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President Donald Trump has long pined for tanks and fighter jets as part of a major holiday celebration, and this 4th of July the President is finally, at long last getting his wish. The United States is preparing for its most militaristic 4th of July in years, as Trump turns the annual non-political DC celebration on the national...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Jun 21, 2019. 21 comments

Here’s Your Chance to Own Your Own Battleship—Sort Of

Here’s Your Chance to Own Your Own Battleship—Sort Of
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Most people can only dream of owning their own battleship, but thanks to eBay (of course!) you can now be the proud owner of three battleships—and a light cruiser to boot. The catch: All four ships are underwater and technically shipwrecks. The ships are part of Germany’s World War I fleet, scuttled after the end of the war.

The...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Jun 20, 2019. 22 comments

Just Watching This Air Force Tanker's Landing Approach Can Make You Nauseous

Just Watching This Air Force Tanker's Landing Approach Can Make You Nauseous
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A U.S. Air Force KC-46 Pegasus tanker made an unorthodox and—to the uninitiated, anyway—dangerous-looking landing. The brand new tanker, coming for a landing at Le Bourget Airport in Paris, looked more than a little out of control before pulling off a...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Jun 19, 2019. 24 comments

The F-35 Could Reportedly Break Itself if it Goes Too Fast, And Other F-35 Problems

The F-35 Could Reportedly Break Itself if it Goes Too Fast, And Other F-35 Problems
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The F-35’s myriad problems are really now just a running gag. But its latest ones are wild, ranging from buyers feeling that they’re being spied on through the jets to the potential for structural damage if flown fast at very high altitudes, which is something that fighter jets are known to do from time to time. Oh, and the...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Jun 12, 2019. 23 comments

China's Paramilitaries are Reportedly Using Lasers to Harass, Injure Pilots

China's Paramilitaries are Reportedly Using Lasers to Harass, Injure Pilots
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The latest weapon in the great power competition shaping up between the West and China is, inevitably, the laser. Over the past year American and Australian military personnel have reported being the target of lasers coming from the direction of Chinese forces, in some cases resulting in eye injuries. The lasers are another form of...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Jun 06, 2019. 21 comments

The 'Funnies' Were The Wildly Modified Tanks That Protected The Allies on D-Day

The 'Funnies' Were The Wildly Modified Tanks That Protected The Allies on D-Day
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Of all the stories of the D-Day invasion, the most heroic—and tragic—involve the waves of Allied soldiers who waded ashore to face the enemy on the beach. Thousands of American, British, and Canadian troops, many simple riflemen, were hurled against beach defenses occupying German troops had spent years perfecting. One of the...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Jun 01, 2019. 21 comments

The U.S. Military Used to Operate Railroad-Mounted Superguns

The U.S. Military Used to Operate Railroad-Mounted Superguns
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There once was a time when the major armies of the world invested in superguns—gigantic cannons that were so large they could only be transported to the battlefield by railroad. Developed to bypass the gridlock of trench warfare, they were eventually retired in favor of bombers and missiles. Now, as the U.S. Army is pondering a...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami May 31, 2019. 16 comments

The U.S. Claims Russia Is Testing Nukes Again

The U.S. Claims Russia Is Testing Nukes Again
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The United States government today claimed Russia is “probably not” adhering to a global ban on nuclear weapons testing and is likely testing nuclear weapons in secret. The explosive accusation was made by the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, but he offered no actual proof during his remarks to a...

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