Six months after a deadly American airstrike in Baghdad enraged Iraqis and fueled demands to send all U.S. troops home, the top U.S. general for the Middle East is talking optimistically about keeping a smaller but enduring military presence there.
Google sister company Loon has just launched a service providing 4G internet to remote parts of Kenya from stratospheric balloons at 65,000 feet. The commercial launch shows the steerable balloon technology, which Loon has been working with since 2011, is now reliable enough for everyday use. This is a powerful new capability that the military is keen to exploit.
A tank commander on the front line radios in a report during an international crisis…and there is no response. Has a stealthy electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack destroyed the radio electronics in the opening a shot of a new war? Has it hit just the platoon or the whole division? Or is the problem just a broken radio antenna?
The United Kingdom’s conservative government is moving forward with a potentially controversial strategic defense review. If previous reviews are any indication, the U.K. armed forces are about to suffer deep cuts.