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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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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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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Oct 31, 2019. 23 comments

The Marines Are Testing A 'Lightning Carrier'

The Marines Are Testing A 'Lightning Carrier'
Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense.

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 supercarriers the...

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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
Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense.

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 difficulty...

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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
Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense.

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 Blackhawk helicopter....

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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
Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense.

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, exposed to a military...

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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
Foxtrot AlphaTech and news from the world of modern defense.  

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
Foxtrot AlphaTech and news from the world of modern defense.  

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
Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense.

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 nearby walrus cubs. No...

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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
Foxtrot AlphaTech and news from the world of modern defense.  

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
Foxtrot AlphaTech and news from the world of modern defense.  

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?
Foxtrot AlphaTech and news from the world of modern defense.  

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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