— The drop in enemy-initiated attacks in Afghanistan over the first nine months of 2012 compared to the first nine months of 2011, according to the Pentagon’s latest report on progress there. “EIAs are now disproportionately occurring outside of populated areas," it adds, "and the security of many of Afghanistan’s largest cities increased substantially during the reporting period.”
Battleland Battleland

Software Nightmare

All-too-depressingly common military-procurement tale from Sunday’s New York Times on the failure of the Air Force to modernize the software system designed to keep its airmen outfitted with sufficient supplies to wage war:



Paris, a military working dog, stands in a tactical vehicle in Farah province, Nov. 24.

Battleland Battleland

Doubling the Threat: Drones + Lasers?

The unfolding revolution wrought by unmanned aerial vehicles has freed a number of military missions from the tyranny of human endurance. Plinking terrorists no longer requires an aircraft with oxygen flowing into the cockpit, …

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