War College

from The Great Debate:

Podcast: The AK-47, a weapon so simple, even a child can use it – and they do

September 23, 2015

During World War II, the Soviet Union was looking for alternatives to the Mosin-Nagant bolt-action rifle, first developed for the czar's armies in 1891.

Podcast: Why Europe sees a refugee flood as an invasion

September 15, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Robert Young Pelton

People fleeing conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and elsewhere will pay upward of a thousand dollars for space on a crowded, rickety boat for the trip across the Mediterranean and a chance at a better life. All the walls and guns in Europe won’t stop 60 million desperate, hungry people.

Podcast: Just how strong is Iran’s military?

September 10, 2015
Participants: Robert Beckhusen, Jason Fields, Matthew Gault

At this point, President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran seems like a foregone conclusion. Unless something dramatic happens, Iran will soon become a larger part of the international community, allow inspectors to investigate its nuclear sites and America and its allies will lift long-standing sanctions.

Podcast: Here’s what a real war in space might be like in 2015

September 2, 2015
Participants: David Axe, Jason Fields, Matthew Gault

From Star Wars to Battlestar Galactica, few battlefields are as fought over in pop-culture as space. Which makes sense. Since the end of World War Two, people have looked to the stars as the next great frontier of both exploration and warfare.

Podcast: We were safer from nuclear armageddon during the Cold War

August 25, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Thomas Nichols

Nuclear-tipped missiles and bombs have hovered over the world’s head for more than 70 years. As long as 60 years ago, two great nations had developed the capability to destroy the entire world. The only question, it sometimes seemed, was whether the United States or the Soviet Union would be the first to hit the button.

Weird weapons of Vietnam: Combat tree houses, a nuclear rifle and more

August 19, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matt Gault, Joe Trevithick

The army that went into the Vietnam War didn’t look that different from the force that fought in Korea, or even World War Two. But defense contractors and military leaders were intent on making sure it didn’t stay that way.

Podcast: How China’s military might matches up with the United States

August 12, 2015
Participants: David Axe, Jason Fields, Matthew Gault

China is the world’s youngest and most ambitious superpower. Over the past decade the country has dumped billions of dollars into its military. That rapid expansion worries some analysts.

from The Great Debate:

Will drones get too smart for humanity’s own good?

August 4, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Joseph Trevithick

Drones linger over battlefields all over the world, and over places that don’t realize that they’re battlefields until the Hellfire missiles strike.

Podcast: The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter may be the future, but is that a good thing?

July 28, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Joseph Trevithick

Nothing that’s made out of metal is sexier than a fighter jet. Rounded or angular, the shape is always sleek — OK, not the F-117 Nighthawk, but the exception proves the rule. The F-4 Phantom, the F-14 Tomcat, the F-15 Eagle, the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the F-22 Raptor. Ferrari tries, but these are the real deal.