U.S. Confronts China Over Airspace in South China Sea

I had not given much thought to the flight plan of the airline I recently booked to go back to the U.S. from Vietnam, but recent events in the airspace over the South China Sea prompted an online search. As I discovered, my commercial flight will be flying not far from where a U.S. surveillance plane was warned on Wednesday to leave by a Chinese radar operator. Read more »

The Massive Work That Goes Into Remodeling an Old Aircraft Carrier

The Massive Work That Goes Into Remodeling an Old Aircraft Carrier

Aircraft carriers are complicated. They’re floating cities and mobile airbases, housing thousands of sailors and airmen, tens of aircraft, multiple nuclear reactors, and their own hospitals, barbershops, chapels, and zip codes. Carriers support defense and humanitarian efforts worldwide and can travel upwards of 100,000 nautical miles each year. Each United States aircraft carrier—there are 10 […]

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Marines Look for New Ways to Spot Wood and Fertilizer Bombs



Finding a roadside bomb was never easy, even back when insurgents made their improvised explosive devices from old artillery shells and other metal parts. But now that militant bomb-makers favor wood and fertilizer as their bomb components, detection has become a complete nightmare. Read more »