Military/Exclusives

6 ways the US could beef up its short-range air defense

By Harold Hutchison We Are The Mighty According to DefenseNews.com, the Army is desperate to re-build its short-range air-defense capabilities. One big reason is the fact that Russia has become much more aggressive, making the need to deal with planes like the Su-25 Frogfoot close air support plane a distinct possibility. So, here are some ideas on how America’s military can get some more surface-to-air punch. Right now, the main system used by the Army for short-range air defense is the FIM-92 Sti ... More

President's Day: Those who served

By Rachel Engel Military1 Staff President's Day was originally was established in 1855 as a celebration of George Washington's birthday, which falls on Feb. 22. In 1971, as part of an effort to create more three-day weekends for labor workers, the day was changed to President's Day and is seen as a day to celebrate all former presidents. <!--cke_bookmark_117S--><!--cke_bookmark_117E--> More

'Band of Brothers' vet dies at 95

By Harold Hutchison We Are The Mighty Ed Tipper, a member of the famous D-Day-era “Easy Company,” died at his home in Lakewood, Colorado, Feb. 1. He was 95. According to a report by the Denver Post, the former paratrooper with the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, spent over 30 years as a teacher before retiring in 1979. He received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, among other decorations, for his service in World War II. The Daily Caller noted that Tipper suffer ... More

Bushmaster Users Conference showcases capabilities

By Scott Gourley Military1 Columnist With approximately 15,000 units fielded worldwide, the Bushmaster “chain gun” is a familiar element of many land, sea and air systems around the world. Representatives from more than 20 countries were recently invited to a Bushmaster Users Conference firing demonstration, held outside Kingman, Arizona. In addition to briefings on 7.62mm, 25mm, 30mm and 40mm systems, conference attendees witnessed live fire capability demonstrations from a variety of static and m ... More

Meet the Air Force bomber with tank treads

By Logan Nye We Are The Mighty During the Cold War, the U.S. Air Force experimented with a seemingly crazy idea for dispersing the weight of their heaviest bomber across the tarmac of airports and bases. They would fit the bombers with tank tread-inspired landing gear. The B-36 Peacemaker was the largest plane ever built by America. Originally designed before the Pearl Harbor attacks, the B-36 was supposed to be a cross-ocean bomber that could drop 10,000 pounds of ordnance on Berlin or Japan while taking o ... More