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.” Shooting began in September 2018, but delays pushed the release date to June 2020.… read the full article

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 the full article

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 the full article