What We Know About the Army’s New ‘Bullets’

Game changer or no big deal?

by Gun News Daily | The National Interest

Something we do know about the new 6.8mm army caliber is that the recoil is significantly more than that of the 5.56 (due to the fact that it is a larger bullet), so periods of sustained fire will be more difficult.Read more

Top Gun 2: How the U.S. Military Helped Make This Must See Movie

Get the popcorn. 

by Dario Leone | The National Interest

The internet was set ablaze on Jul. 18, 2019 when the first, sierra hotel trailer for Top Gun: Maverick debuted.

As reported by Washington Business Journal, we still must wait a year for the finished product to hit the screen, but we know the Pentagon had a lot to do with the production of this long-awaited sequel to 1986 blockbuster “Top Gun.” … Read more

The Air Force Has Sent Stealth F-22 Raptors to Qatar to Deter Iran

Very powerful.

by David Axe | The National Interest

Since becoming operational in 2005, the F-22 has achieved roughly a 50-percent readiness rate, on average — one of the lowest rates of all U.S. fighter types. The Raptor’s complex systems and delicate, radar-absorbing coating require intensive maintenance.Read more

The Navy’s 6th Generation Fighter Could Put the F-35 in a Museum

Here’s what the navy has planned. 

by Kris Osborn | The National Interest

New much-longer range sensors and weapons, incorporating emerging iterations of AI, are expected to make warfare more disaggregated, and much less of a linear force on force type of engagement.Read more

The Air Force’s Futuristic XB-70A Valkyrie Was a Failure. But It Did Do 1 Amazing Thing.

It averted a massive crash landing. 

by Dario Leone | The National Interest

The futuristic XB-70A was originally conceived in the 1950s as a high-altitude, nuclear strike bomber that could fly at Mach 3 (three times the speed of sound) – any potential enemy would have been unable to defend against such a bomber.… Read more

Another Vatican Diplomatic Blunder

By GEORGE WEIGEL | National Review

Christmas Eve mass at a Catholic church in Shanghai, China, December 24, 2017. (Aly Song/Reuters)

(This first appeared in September, 2018)

On the 85th anniversary of the Reichskonkordat, no less

Eighty-five years ago, on July 20, 1933, a concordat defining the legal position of the Catholic Church in the Third Reich was signed by Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (later Pope Pius XII) and German vice chancellor Franz von Papen.… Read more

How One Old Battleship Survived Pearl Harbor and Wreaked Havoc on Imperial Japan

A great battleship.

by Robert Farley | The National Interest

Maryland entered service in 1920, shortly before the Washington Naval Treaty sharply limited battleship construction. One of her incomplete sisters, USS Washington, was sunk as a target under the provisions of the Treaty.Read more