Tag Archives: U.S. Air Force

Downed American drones paraded in China…

Back in December, 2011 Iran captured a U.S.-built RQ-170 drone. As it turns out, “The Beast of Kandahar” was not piloted by the U.S. Air Force–it was controlled by the CIA. Amidst much fanfare, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard displayed the … Continue reading

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The Laser Age in the Vietnam War

Photo from Air Force Magazine, January 1972. The North Vietnamese Army launched a full-scale attack against the South in the spring of 1972. The Nixon administration responded with a new wave of air attacks north of the 17th Parallel for … Continue reading

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The Final Frontier: Garrisoning Outer Space

Much like the vast oceans that cover our planet, outer space is a similarly uninhabitable environment. Without artificial life support machines and impermeable materials, humans would either drown in the water, or suffocate in the hollow. And yet these expanses … Continue reading

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U.S. Predators in Turkey: Operation Nomad Shadow, and the resonance chamber

Craig Whitlock from the Washington Post reveals more details on the joint U.S.-Turkey Predator surveillance program. Despite only providing geo-spatial “intelligence”, it is another instance of U.S. military personnel (and private contractors) being enrolled in a low-level “kill chain” without … Continue reading

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William J. Astore on the history of American bombing

William Astore, over at TomDispatch, writes on the history of American “airpower” — from balloons to bombers to drones — and the persistent failure of technology to deliver. The fantasy of air war as a realm of technical decision, as … Continue reading

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More on the U.S.’ latest drone outpost in Niger

The slow westward spread of the Predator Empire has settled in the capital of Niger, Niamey. The U.S. Air Force has now flown a handful of unarmed drones since February in the former French colony. While unarmed, the drones lend … Continue reading

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Confirmed: U.S. troops to construct drone base in Niger

The U.S. currently operates a medium-sized drone base in Djibouti at Camp Lemonnier, where joint Special Forces and CIA strike teams target al-Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Somalia. This AFRICOM “footprint” is set to spread to Niger, with the construction … Continue reading

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