Ride of the Valkyries: The Army Is Getting the US Military’s Most Powerful Laser Weapons Yet

Lockheed Martin's Indirect Fire Protection Capability-High Energy Laser

The Army has inked a contract with defense giant Lockheed Martin for a platoon’s worth of what would be the U.S. military’s most powerful laser weapon system to date, the company announced Tuesday. Developed under the Army’s Indirect Fire Protection Capability-High Energy Laser (IFPC-HEL) prototype program and dubbed “Valkyrie,” the system can generate lasers at […]

US Military’s Recruiting Woes Are a National Security Crisis

A military recruitment center stands in Times Square in Manhattan on Sept. 4, 2020, in New York City.

America’s armed services are failing to meet their recruiting goals, with the Army in particular suffering the worst shortfalls in five decades. There are many reasons behind this, but one is very surprising: veterans themselves. Recent reporting and anecdotal evidence indicate the likelihood that children of service members will sign up, or be urged to […]