Conflict in the Balkan States is nothing new, reaching back centuries and through countless wars. Following on the heels of Tito’s death in 1980, the collapse and breakup of the former Yugoslavia caused reverberations throughout the region that are still being felt today. A struggle for power to establish newContinue Reading

Following a successful, yet costly, defense of the Pusan Perimeter in 1950, the American-led coalition force in South Korea moved to launch a counterattack against the invading North. Termed Operation CHROMITE, the mission was to land on the Korean west coast near Inchon. Without the benefit of training, the AmericansContinue Reading

As Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM continued onward into 2010, rhetoric and policy began to change in Washington. President Obama had pledged an eventual drawdown of American forces throughout Southwest Asia (SWA), and Robert Gates, the Secretary of Defense, indicated that a new operations title was needed to betterContinue Reading

In April of 2008, Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) was well underway across Afghanistan and neighboring regions. The campaign had been launched in response of a coordinated terrorist attack on American soil on 11 September 2001. The situation in the Afghani territory of Helmand in early April of 2008 was thatContinue Reading

The article listed below is what I like to call, evidence of education through trial and error.  This was composed my second year of undergrad – at a university that offered no military history courses and barely afforded any honor or homage to the military profession.  It has a sisterContinue Reading

The B-29 bomber has worked it’s way into the annals of history through various means.  It was a B-29 that set dozens of flight length records between 1948 and 1952, and it was the B-29 to function as the first dedicated reconnaissance platform and the first airborne refueling platform.  However,Continue Reading

It was an unfathomable decision to make. The president of the United States, Harry S. Truman, was presented with a way to possibly end the war in the Pacific which would have dire consequences for thousands or even millions of people. What was worse was that if he chose theContinue Reading

The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program was born out of a 1993 requirement by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).  The requirement established the launch of Common Affordable Lightweight Fighter (CALF) program that put forth a proposition for DoD aircraft to unify airframes across all branches.  This was hardly unprecedented,Continue Reading

It’s a typical pattern of evolution.  Each generation recognizes something that was absurd or incredible in the past as ordinary in the present.  As time passes, evolution takes hold again, and we are left in awe of something new and truly amazing once again.  Mankind is full of such advancementsContinue Reading