The Great Debate

This small airstrip is the future of America’s way of war

By Joseph Trevithick
January 5, 2016

Members of the Marine Air Traffic Control Mobile Team, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare equipment to lay down a landing zone at Chabelley Airfield, Djibouti, October 21, 2011. REUTERS/Michelle C. Lawrence/U.S. Army/Handout

Watch out, that freighter may actually be a warship

By David Axe
July 9, 2014


U.S. military operations now increasingly begin and end at sea — aboard a growing fleet of vessels that the Pentagon has specifically outfitted as floating command facilities, barracks and launch pads.