War Is Boring

We go to war so you don’t have to

You Have to Play This 1,600-Year-Old Viking War Game

Especially if you’re a diplomat, soldier or spy, says one ex-spook

The Chechen Wars Cast a Long Shadow

A new history of Russia’s two wars in Chechnya is essential reading

Bombing Iran Is a Terrible Idea

It would be bloody, destabilizing and help drive Tehran’s nuclear program underground

India’s New Fighters Have Serious Engine Problems

The SU-30MKIs constantly break down


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From drones to AKs, high technology to low politics, exploring how and why we fight above, on and below an angry world

Surviving the Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa — and fighting back. A nonfiction graphic novel by David Axe. Art by Tim Hamilton. Edited by Matt Bors.

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U.S. Air Force Pilots Said Retiring the A-10 Will Put Troops in Danger

The flying branch whitewashed their concerns

For America’s F-35 Stealth Fighter, the Best Case Is Still … Bad

All our air-power eggs in one basket


In Washington, the Real Power Lies With the Spooks, Eavesdroppers and Assassins

A review of Michael Glennon’s ‘National Security and Double Government’

An Iraqi Shi’ite Militia Now Has Ground Combat Robots

Fighters show off armed battle ’bots


National Security ‘Experts’ Are Bullshitting Us Into Another Quagmire

Policy intellectuals put America at risk

Andrew Cockburn Understands Assassination

He knows it doesn’t help


On the night of March 2, 2002, a team of U.S. Navy SEALs flew…

More and More Killer Drones Take Aim at Islamic State‘s Bosses

But robot raids probably can’t stop the terror group