Peace is Not Our Profession
by William J. Astore
The unveiling of the newest stealth bomber underscores the fundamental insanity and cruel wastefulness of the policy of peace through nuclear deterrence, argues a historian and retired USAF lieutenant colonel.
The Arsenal of Autocracy
by William Hartung
If the current global situation is getting you down, think of the arms manufacturers: they're doing great.
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal
They Still Had to Fight the Battles: Jeremy Black's "Brief History of War" Shuns Technological Determinism
by Crawford Gribben
Black's synthesis of a long career of writing the history of war offers a bleak assessment of the likelihood of world peace, situating war in the context of humanity's perpetual state of crisis and adaptation.
SOURCE: The National Interest
How Hitler's World War II Weapons Helped Israel Win Independence
And here is where the other odd twist of fate happened: Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin provided the arms.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Deadly gases may be starting to leak from Europe’s World War weapons cemeteries
Used as a potentially deadly chemical agent during World War I, mustard gas can burn victims’ skin, respiratory tract and eyes.
The Bomb That Went Off Twice
The explosive compound RDX helped make America a superpower. Now, it’s poisoning the nation’s water and soil.
Why the “Merchants of Death” Survive and Prosper
by Lawrence Wittner
As long as people retain their faith in the supreme value of military might, we can probably expect defense contractors to continue profiting from war at the public’s expense.
SOURCE: New York Times
Mikhail Kalashnikov, Creator of AK-47, Dies at 94
The arms designer developed the iconic weapon immediately after World War II.
Norwegian guerrilla warfare in the Iron Age
This is the crux of a doctoral dissertation that researcher Ingrid Ystgaard will defend this spring at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She has studied weapons found in graves and the battle techniques they suggest during the transition from the early to the late Iron Age. The division between these periods was around 500 AD....
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