Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), both oft-criticized and widely admired builder of America’s military satellites and missiles, will become part of a defense-wide Space Development Agency boasting “extraordinary authorities to move quickly and efficiently,” according to the Air Force plan for a Space Force.
Russia has long revelled in military parades. The Tsars and the Soviets alike were fond of putting their military might on display. The end of the USSR brought a break with tradition. Russia’s desire for renewed strength on the world stage has revived it.
Last year, I reported on an Afghanistan veteran in Michigan named Robert Bowyer. He was restoring a Vietnam-era PBR (Patrol Boat, River) through his nonprofit Operation Black Sheep: The John McClurg Foundation for Vietnam Veterans.
In June of 1948 there was a crisis in Berlin. The Soviet Union—one of four countries tasked with redeveloping Germany after its World War II loss—set up a blockade around the capital city. By cutting off food, water, electricity, and other supplies, the Soviets expected to take over a starved Berlin and expand Soviet reach.