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  2. A Christian who is also a conservative should also wince at cultural narratives, advanced by some conservatives, that constantly belittle, mock, or dismiss the perspectives of groups that have been historically or are marginalized.

    A Christian who is a conservative should at the very least be concerned about how a country with the mightiest armed forces in the world uses its strength abroad and at home.

     

  3. The U.S. is squeamish about foreign military adventurism. But if Russia were to invade an Eastern Bloc country…would Americans support a military intervention in Ukraine?

     


  4. The greatest national security threat to this country right now is not a great power war. The big problem these days is international terrorism, and one of the biggest things stoking international terrorism is U.S. overreach itself. To stop terrorism, it helps to stop behaving like Osama bin Laden’s caricature of America, and a smaller military will make is somewhat more difficult to start counterproductive wars of aggression.
     

  5. Say hello to Samsung’s SGR-1, a military robot that can detect a human face at a distance of 2 miles, and can fire its machine gun or grenade launcher without human operation.

    Robots are the not-too-distant future of war

     

  6. Say hello to WildCat, a cheetah-inspired military prototype that can prance and gallop at 16 mph.  The company that made this and a bunch of other military robots was just bought by Google.

     

  7. "The de Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle — unveiled in 1954 — required the poor grunt to stand on a platform above four whirling blades, which he then steered by tilting his bodyweight toward those fast rotating shards of metal.”

    The Pentagon’s 5 most ridiculous projects

     

  8. The military is literally throwing away $7 billion in Afghanistan

    The U.S. is simply abandoning tons of equipment because shipping it home would cost too much

    The Week’s Harold Maass explains…

     

  9. How a Ghost Army of American artists helped defeat Hitler

    If you’ve never heard of the Ghost Army, you’re in good company. The unit was a classified secret until 1996 — it’s still partially classified — and Rick Beyer, the director of The Ghost Army, only found out about the covert troop of artist-warriors by chance, in a Boston-area cafe, from the niece of one of the unit’s veterans.

    Armies have been using subterfuge to fool enemy forces for eons, but the Ghost Army was unusually audacious, and especially good at its job: Designing and deploying inflatable tanks, airplanes, and artillery, plus sound effects and other illusion-spinning tactics to convince the German army that the Allied forces were stronger and more omnipresent than they were.

     

  10. "Pew pew pew." Lasers: "This is the future of warfare. And it’s so, so cool."

    The Navy unveiled a solid-state laser cannon that can disable or destroy surveillance drones and small, rapidly moving gunships. In this video, it shoots down a drone. Watch

     


  11. The fact is — however unfair, however much it pains us to admit it — in some areas, men and women are not equal. Is it worth checking a box marked “Equality” at the expense of the operational effectiveness of combat units? Is it worth putting young men at risk so that we, the enlightened Western liberals, might have a new accomplishment to discuss over gougères at cocktail parties? This week, the Obama administration says, yes, that’s perfectly okay. Accordingly, a platoon can and will be less combat effective in the name of equality.
    — D.B. Grady says putting women in combat is a terrible mistake. (He also says he knows he’s earning his hate mail.) What are your thoughts?
     

  12. This just in: The United States military was reportedly testing a fearsome backup weapon if “Fat Man” and “Little Boy,” the respective code names for the two atomic bombs dropped over Japan in World War II, had failed to detonate.

    Documents recently unearthed by filmmaker Ray Waru reveal that the U.S. military was working with the New Zealand government to develop a devastating tsunami bomb, which was meant to send a 33-foot tidal wave crashing into Japan’s coast.

    Keep reading

     

  13. In 2007, 116 troops were dismissed for being out of shape. In the first 10 months of this year, that figure was a rather massive 1,625.

    The Army’s obesity problem: By the numbers

    PHOTO: Spencer Platt/Getty Image

    (Source: theweek.com)