Rise in military contracting hides human, monetary costs

The United States military is spending an escalating proportion of its massive budget on contractors with little accountability for where and how the money is spent, says a new report. The practice opens doors to overspending and corruption and hides war’s true costs, both monetary and human, says the report from Brown’s University’s Costs...
  • Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag, the soldiers used to sing. Trouble is, in more recent times, the “kit bag” is the trouble. Relatively stable over centuries of warfare, soldiers’ loads have increased significantly in the past three decades, due largely to...
  • Blooming dandelions: Taking strength from adversity

    April 25, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Researcher Sarah Dentry-Travis made an interesting discovery while on two polar treks alongside some of Canada’s wounded warriors: great adversity can bring out the best in the most unexpected people. “You have people who have PTSD, who have extreme physical injuries, and people talk about...
  • High-tech exhibit brings War of 1812 brig to life

    April 18, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Back in 2001, marine archeologist Ken Cassavoy got an intriguing phone call from a friend and colleague who had just been for a stroll along Southampton Beach on Lake Huron. Duncan McCallum had stumbled upon the blackened ribs of what turned out to be a...
  • Know your enemy: Meet the crew of U-210

    April 11, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The senior surviving officer from U-210, a German U-boat sunk by HMCS Assiniboine in 1942, was despised by crewmates and Allied interrogators alike, a “fanatical Nazi” whose hubris quickly evaporated in a storm of fear and protest the moment his pasty epidermis hit the icy...
  • The Yankees were thinking of coming!

    April 4, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Less than a century after the Americans were defeated in the War of 1812, the U.S. Naval War College, Class of 1894, came up with a hypothetical plan to give it another try—by invading Halifax and destroying Pictou County’s coal mines. In the paper Attack...
  • Climb aboard a water-borne improvised explosive device

    March 28, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Rebels in Yemen are wielding a new naval weapon on the Red Sea, but it took some time after it was first used for authorities to realize what they were dealing with. An explosives-laden boat belonging to Yemen’s Ansar Allah, or Houthi, forces collided with...
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