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B-29 Superfortress: The Plane That Bombed Japan into Submission

As the Japanese delegation stood on the deck of the battleship USS Missouri on September 2, 1945, preparing to sign the documents that ended World War II, a large formation of Boeing B-29 Superfortress heavy bombers swooped low over Tokyo Bay as a reminder of the terrible destruction that had befallen their nation and turned Japan’s cities into ruins. It was a reminder the Japanese really did not need—the bombed-out rubble and steadily smoking crematories around the country were evidence enough of the violent firestorm that had befallen the Land of the Rising Sun.

How a NATO Military Exercise Freaked Out Russia (And Nearly Started a Nuclear War)

On the night of November 20, 1983, Armageddon went prime time. Over 100 million Americans tuned in to the ABC television network to watch the two-hour drama The Day After. This depiction of a hypothetical nuclear attack on the United States attracted a great deal of publicity and controversy. Schools made watching the film a homework assignment, discussion groups were organized in communities across the country, and even the secretary of state at the time, George Schulz, took part in a question-and-answer session hosted by ABC after the film’s broadcast.

The F-35 Could Become a 'Navy' Killer (Thanks to Norway)

In the mid 2000s, the Royal Norwegian Navy was looking to select a new anti-ship missile (ASM) to equip their ships. They looked at all foreign offerings, didn’t find any missile satisfactory, and instead drew up their own set of requirements. The requirements were: to meet the challenges of a future (up to 2040) ship-to-ship combat environment; to have a high probability of penetrating enemy air defense and countermeasures; to be effective in confined and open waters; and to be easily adaptable to different platforms.

8 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Top Gun

Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Top Gun” is a staple movie among service members and veterans. Released 32 years ago on May 16, 1986, it was the highest grossing film of the year. And you’d be hard pressed to find a naval aviator who hasn’t seen the cult classic. The movie has a little bit of everything, from its killer soundtrack, to light romance, to epic F-14 dogfights.

In honor of the 32nd anniversary of the movie’s release, here are eight little-known facts about “Top Gun.”

1. The film is dedicated to a stunt pilot who died during filming.

Taiwan Needs to Maintain Observer Status at the World Health Assembly

Taiwan was regularly accorded observer status at the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) between 2009 and 2016. The assembly represents the premier international gathering for government officials and health professionals to discuss a wide variety of global-health concerns. Regrettably, the World Health Organization (WHO) did not invite Taiwan to attend the seventy-first WHA to be held May 21-26 in Geneva.

How China or Russia Could Trick a U.S. Spy Satellite

See the pretty Honda Civic in the photograph?

It's not really a Honda Civic. It's a Russian tank pretending to be an automobile.

See the American spy satellite? A computer analyzes its images, but the computer can be fooled by clever camouflage.

This is why the U.S. Navy wants to understand how to prevent computerized surveillance systems from being suckered into thinking that tanks are passenger cars.

The Pentagon Has a Plan to Use Robots to Patrol Cities

Mao Zedong famously advised guerrillas "to move among the people as a fish swims in the sea."

DARPA thinks it has the answer: use robots to spot the bad guys.

After all, one of the most dangerous tasks U.S. soldiers face is foot patrols in a hostile city. Enemies can hide in buildings and lurk in shadows. And just who is an enemy, and who is an innocent civilian, when everyone looks and dresses alike?

How the (Proxy) War Between Iran and Israel Started

At midnight on the Syrian-Israeli border on May 8–9, 2018 a multiple-rocket launcher system operated by the Quds force—an expeditionary special forces unit of the Iranian Revolution Guard Corps—fired a salvo of twenty unguided 333mm Fajr-5 rockets towards Israel. (You can see the apparent rocket launch here.) Four of the rockets were shot down by Israeli Iron Dome air defense system and the rest missed and landed in Syrian territory.

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