Articles by david_axe

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Blues Out Of San Fran?

Chekov: Where are the nuclear wessels? When Commander Pavel Chekov asked that question in Star Trek IV, San Franciscos bay area did indeed still have…


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USS Kitty Hawk On Last Cruise

The HAWK is currently our oldest carrier, launched in May of 1960. Plans are to have her role as our only forward-deployed aircraft carrier taken…


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Sad End to a Sad Week

We too often get caught up in the marvel of watching these select men and women fly and we forget that these aviators run the…


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Cold Iron

That is a term we would use when a carrier (or any ship, I suppose) would pull pierside and they would shut down the boilers…


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Changing of the Guard

Last Friday, 16 March, 2007 saw Admiral William “Fox” Fallon take over command of CENTCOM from General John Abizaid at a change of command ceremony…


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NYT, Jewcy Heart DT

The New York Times‘ Dan Mitchell was kind enough to give our little site a shout-out over the weekend, in his “What’s Online” column. It’s…


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Rapid Fire 2/20/07

* Gitmo detainees get no appeal * Stennis sprints to Gulf * Shipbuilding plan making sense? * Raptors arrive in Japan * North Africa: new…


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Real E.F.P.: Pocket-Sized Tank Killer

The pictures released last week of Iraqi high-tech explosives surprised me. These special ‘superbombs‘ that have caused so many US casualties — they look like…


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Copters’ Missile Threat (and How to Stop it)

We do not have any direct evidence that insurgents in Iraq are using advanced surface-to-air missiles (sometimes called MANPADS from MAN-portable Air Defense System); just…


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New Camera Sees In Bullet Time

Here’s your cool gadget of the week: a video camera that can follow speeding bullets midflight. I took a look at the gizmo, built by…


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Pain Ray’s Burning Questions

When controversial new military tools are being rolled out, perceptions often matter more than reality. Take the Active Denial System, the millimeter-wave pain ray developed…


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Micro Drones’ Killer Intent

My recent piece on Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) in Wired News> traces a familiar pattern in the evolution of air warfare. When balloons were invented…


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Navy’s Deadly New Darts

This is a new piece of Navy hardware: a modified satellite-guided bomb, releasing thousands of darts, each carrying a payload of a powerful chemical called…


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200 Years of “Mind Control”

My Popular Mechanics piece on bioelectromagnetic weapon reseach is now online, and as Sharon Weinbergers intriguing Washington Post article last week made clear, there has…


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Pain Beam Not Easily Foiled

My recent pieces on the Active Denial System (ADS) or pain beam sparks discussions here and elsewhere on the web. One of the most common…


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Nork Fallout: Asia Arms Race?

So here we are, 36 hours later, and everybody is still talking about North Korea’s nuclear test. But despite all the nervous chatter, not much…


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China Wants Weapons Whizzes

Forget buying arms — the real way to develop your military is buying arms designers. The seems to be the verdict of China’s People’s Liberation…


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Chinese Laser vs. U.S. Sats?

“China has fired high-power lasers at U.S. spy satellites flying over its territory in… a test of Chinese ability to blind the spacecraft,” Defense News…


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Bombers Away

We broke a story at InsideDefense.com yesterday that you’ll be hearing more about soon. It’s now up on Military.com: The Air Force is proposing a…


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Board Stiff

On Feb. 28, 2005, the Army took the unusual step of announcing in the Federal Register that the Army Science Board, a group of advisers…