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Phantom Eye in the Sky

Tuesday’s killing of al-Qaeda deputy Abu Yahya al-Libi proves that persistence pays when it comes to tracking down terrorists. Boeing has just completed the first autonomous flight of its Phantom Eye aircraft over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., which blazes a new contrail in long-staring persistence.

This is a prototype of the …

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Countdown to Sequestration: Seven Months to Go

Over the weekend, the nation moved within seven months of End of the World Wednesday. That would be January 2, assuming Congress and the President can’t come up with $1.2 trillion in budget reductions over the next decade. Absent a deal, another $600 billion in defense cuts, would be piled atop the $487 billion already carved from the …

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The President Wants Your Help in Re-Upping

President Obama’s campaign rolled out this “Sacred Trust” ad Wednesday. His re-election effort says it “highlights the President’s strong commitment to honoring our veterans.” It’s part of a $25 million, four-week ad buy in nine states: Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and …

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Vest-Bomb Slaughter

You can hear the suicide bomb that killed more than 100 Yemeni paramilitary troops detonate two seconds into this video. That’s a staggering death toll for an explosive-packed vest. The troops were either tightly packed around the bomber, or it was an especially nasty device.

That’s in keeping with the work of Yemeni-based Ibrahim …

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Behind the Bowe Bergdahl Story…

…this week in Time magazine, Battleland’s own Nate Rawlings joins forces with Time AfPak correspondent Aryn Baker to write the compelling story on Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant who has been held by insurgents along the AfPak frontier for nearly three years. In this video, Nate talks about the Bergdahl case, and why he found it …

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The English Pilot

Here’s the well-preserved carcass of a World War II-era Curtiss P-40 warplane, discovered Thursday by a Polish oil worker deep in western Egypt’s Sahara Desert. Indications are that the lone Royal Air Force pilot tried to summon help with his radio once on the ground, and, when that failed, trekked to his death. But the airplane …

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The North Korean Rat Pack

Over the past 24 hours, the North Korean government has fired a fusillade of news dispatches south toward the enemy, here, here, here, here, and here. The language is startling, even by the routine over-the-top standards of the Hermit Kingdom:

The indignation of the army and people of the DPRK at the group of rat-like [South Korean

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Collateral Damage: F-18 Crash Could Hurt Base’s Future

The crash of a Navy F-18D Hornet into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, Virginia, could seal the fate of the Oceana Naval Air Station there. The Navy has been trying for more than a decade to build a practice jet airfield in North Carolina or Virginia to practice simulated carrier landings with Oceana-based aircraft. But local …

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Apparently, the F-35 Isn’t Everyone’s Cup of Airpower

…including Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., who terms the tri-service, $400 billion fighter program “the biggest example of corporate welfare in history” (although, as a member of the House’s education and natural-resources committees, he’s not going to be able to do much about it…but he does have a doctorate in physics from NYU, …

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Afghan Massacre: Report from the Villages

Reporter Yalda Hakim of Australia’s SBS network has the first report from the villages where Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales allegedly killed 17 Afghan civilians on March 11. It includes interviews with some of the survivors, including an eight-year old girl. Kind of brings into focus the banality of evil that Hannah Arendt wrote …

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“Call Me Ehsaan”

The Afghan who killed Air Force Lieut. Colonel John Darin Loftis in the Kabul interior ministry February 25 remains uncaptured. Thankfully, documentary filmmaker Micah Garen was able to capture some video of Loftis, now posted on the New York Times website, before he was killed. Godspeed, Colonel Loftis.

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