Archive: Exotic Weaponry

Unmanned and Dangerous: The Future U.S. Military?

The controversy over the availability of unmanned reconnaissance and strike drones in Iraq and Afghanistan has become one of those quintessential Washington dramas that plays while Rome burns. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates is pushing for more drones to...

By William M. Arkin | April 30, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (34)

Goodbye Spy Satellite: Anyone Know the Price Tag?

The real story behind the satellite shoot-down.

By William M. Arkin | February 21, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (54)

No End for 'Gulf War Syndrome'

The Pentagon has yet to find a U.S. soldier who became sick from depleted uranium exposure. That should be good news for Gulf War veterans and their families. But the issue is unlikely to go away.

By William M. Arkin | December 14, 2007; 08:06 AM ET | Comments (32)

Let Them Eat JDAMs

Congress is concerned about selling smart bombs to Saudi Arabia. But those bombs could do more good than harm.

By William M. Arkin | November 21, 2007; 08:02 AM ET | Comments (26)

A 'Secret' Weapon in the War Against Terror?

Are U.S. forces employing a new weapon in the war against terrorism? And if so, why are they keeping it a secret? A huge explosion yesterday in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area bordering Afghanistan reportedly killed numerous foreign fighters and...

By William M. Arkin | June 20, 2007; 08:05 AM ET | Comments (150)

What the Weapons Makers Want

The news in Seattle today is the return of a Trident submarine from the shipyard, the third of five old nuclear boats being converted to be conventionally armed cruise-missile and special-operations platforms. The Air Force, meanwhile, wants a new long-range...

By William M. Arkin | June 13, 2007; 08:33 AM ET | Comments (29)

Shock and Awe Worked, God Help Us

That is airpower's continuing allure: military engagement with no commitment.

By William M. Arkin | March 19, 2007; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (58)

Solving the Cluster Bomb Problem

"Conforms with international standards." There is a glimmer of hope in Israel's insistence that its use of cluster bombs in Lebanon conforms to international standards.Hope because beyond the horrific stories of children stumbling upon the toy sized unexploded bomblets,...

By William M. Arkin | August 28, 2006; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (55)

A Solution Lost to Bureaucracy

Israel has lost its current war against Hezbollah. Not because it hasn't achieved many of its military goals and isn't on the way to achieving more. Not because airpower and technology intrinsically are useless in fighting the "new" war....

By William M. Arkin | August 9, 2006; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (48)

Weapons Test or Divine Provocation?

Code Name of the Week: Divine Strake In the tricky world of deterrence, where the United States is pressuring Iran to give up its nuclear weapons program in exchange for a promise of the rule of law and implied security,...

By William M. Arkin | April 4, 2006; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (51)

Submarine Lovers United

Seems like there's a lot of submarine lovers out there, or at least military geeks, and I've gotten loads of comments and Emails about my USS Virginia posting.  As bubblehead said, submarines don't get a lot of mention and...

By William M. Arkin | February 3, 2006; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (42)

Bombing is in the Air

Iran -- now Hamas -- bombing is in the air. I've heard all of the arguments that the U.S. doesn't know where the most important targets are, that military solutions won't solve the real problems; that any kind of...

By William M. Arkin | January 27, 2006; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (28)

Chicken Little: Not The Movie

This year the threat of an avian flu pandemic materialized, that is, until it was eclipsed by the Iraq war debate and holiday shopping. It'll be back. Nuclear terrorism, the ultimate nightmare, has run longer than Cats. We survived Y2K,...

By William M. Arkin | December 11, 2005; 05:11 PM ET | Comments (42)

"White Death" Is A Losing Strategy

The military's use of white phosphorus during operations in Fallujah last year is making its way around the world media and blogosphere, with the claim being that the United States has again shown its inhumane side by using munitions normally...

By William M. Arkin | November 15, 2005; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (226)

Microwaves, Lasers, Retired Generals For Sale

Friend's tell me that this week's Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition at the Washington Convention Center was all that an orgy of self-congratulation can be. Contractors galore, beltway bandits, luncheons, awards, howitzers, all...

By William M. Arkin | October 6, 2005; 09:54 AM ET | Comments (49)


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