Category Archives: David Axe

China’s Got a New Bomber

by DAVID AXE The Chinese air force’s H-6K bomber is based on a Soviet airframe from the early 1950s. But in every way that matters, it’s a new warplane — and one that could significantly improve Beijing’s ability to battle … Continue reading

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Who’s Fighting Whom — And WITH Whom — In Syria?

by DAVID AXE For at least the third time in three months, there has been a major shake-up in the command structure of the rebel brigades opposing the regime of Syrian Pres. Bashar Al Assad. An already confusing conflict has … Continue reading

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What Happened to the Pentagon’s Formation-Flying Satellite?

by DAVID AXE The U.S. military has cancelled a seven-year, $200-million effort to develop a new kind of satellite — one comprising groups of small, formation-flying craft orbiting in tight-knit formations and sharing data wirelessly. The Future, Fast, Flexible, Fractionated … Continue reading

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Navy Drone Touches Down On Carrier Deck for First Time

by DAVID AXE The U.S. Navy’s X-47B jet-powered drone prototype touched down on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush for the first time on Friday — continuing an historic series of accomplishments begun on May 14, … Continue reading

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Behind the Navy’s Carrier-Launched Killer Drone

by David Axe. Sometime today the U.S. Navy will launch a modern, jet-powered, armed drone from the first time from an aircraft carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush. The X-47B Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, built by Northrop Grumman, is a possible … Continue reading

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By the Numbers: Independent Afghan Security Forces

by DAVID AXE It’s conventional wisdom in U.S. military policy circles that Afghanistan’s security forces, specifically its national army and police, have become hopelessly dependent on the U.S.-led coalition for training, logistical and air support and battlefield leadership. But the … Continue reading

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Americans, Afghans and Battlefield Agility

[youtube] by DAVID AXE April 23, Zari district, southern Afghanistan. The U.S. Army’s 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 3-41 Infantry — part of the Texas-based 1st Brigade of the 1st Armored Division — is setting up a patrol base for … Continue reading

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Jet Fighter Influence: How Lockheed’s Public Relations Efforts Keep the F-35 Sold

by DAVID AXE Sometime in the spring of 2012 Al Bunting received a message imploring him to publicly endorse America’s warplane of the future. Bunting, a retired senior Air Force officer and administrator for the tiny New Jersey coastal town … Continue reading

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Automatic Budget Cuts Threaten U.S. Navy Readiness

by DAVID AXE Automatic federal budget cuts set in motion last year by the U.S. Congress could have a “debilitating” effect on the Navy’s readiness for the next two years. In fact, the impact is already being felt — and … Continue reading

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Lessons of the Mali War

[youtube]   by DAVID AXE Despite a flurry of attacks pointing to the possibility of drawn-out insurgent fighting in Mali, the French government is still planning on withdrawing its roughly 2,500 troops in the West African country starting in … Continue reading

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