Mike Boettcher

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The case for rebuilding the U.S. military

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>Stakes were high in the Cold War era. The specter of nuclear war loomed ever-present. Back then, America had the troops, the …

Geopolitics

Discover Europe's Secret Villages

TravelTraveler Magazine<p>These surprising hamlets are shrouded in mystery, steeped in history, and blissfully off the beaten path.<p>When I was four, we lived in a Midwestern suburb of flat ranch houses and straight lines. The only whiff of magic languished at the local, storybook-themed miniature golf …

European Travel

The US Navy basically admitted that the Littoral Combat Ship looks like a massive failure

After 16 years and billions of dollars, the Navy may have finally acknowledged that its Littoral Combat Ship program looks like a miserable failure.<p>The service "may not" deploy any of the dozen small surface combatants this year despite officials' previous plans to deploy several to join the 7th …

Military

Time for the U.S. Military to Get Its Swagger Back

While the Pentagon’s new strategy is being released in 2018, it is more like the year 2000 on Capitol Hill with members itching for the maverick …

How did Yemen's Houthis obtain ballistic missiles?

Even after launching missiles at Saudi Arabia's capital, the origin of the Houthis' arsenal remains disputed. But arms researcher Pieter Wezeman told …

US missile defenses fired 5 shots at an incoming target — and it looks as if they all missed

In late November, a missile fired by Iran-backed Houthi militants in Yemen came streaking through the sky toward the airport in Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh.<p>The Saudis spotted the incoming fire and shot off five missile interceptors from a US-supplied missile defense system to stop the threat, …

Middle East

Can the world's mightiest naval fleet survive the perfect storm?

It was a once-in-a-decade display of American firepower.<p>Three US Navy aircraft carriers -- the largest, most sophisticated warships in history -- assembled off the Korean Peninsula, in a move timed to coincide with US President Donald Trump's first official visit to the region.<p>But behind the …

8 Business Tactics That Took J.K. Rowling From Writer to Millionaire

Taking business cues from the world's most successful author<p>To mark 20 years since the release of the first Harry Potter book, we take a look at the reasons why J.K. Rowling isn't just a blockbuster author, but a business magician!<p>1. She is the biggest celebrity novelist... of all time.<p>You'd be …

Employers Are Paying Freelancers Big Bucks for These 25 In-Demand Skills

With the right skills and some hustle, freelancing pays like a full time job.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Want to join the freelancer revolution? Did you know that there are thousands of freelancer jobs that pay six figures?<p>Over the past ten years, I've both worked …

Employment

50 Books Recommended by This Year's TED Speakers

The much-buzzed-about conference generated a gargantuan list of intriguing book recommendations.<p>TED is one of the world's premier cultural events, providing not just a chance for the thousand or so attendees to hear from some of the smartest people around, but also opening up this knowledge to …

Books

How to Book the Cheapest Flights (Based on Recent Travel Trends)

There’s a lot of conflicting travel advice online for finding the cheapest flights, and a lot of advice which is repeated so often it’s now general …

Flying

From drones to AKs, high technology to low politics.

Over the course of the Cold War, the balance of forces between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the...<p>Other than shouting about building a …

Could the White House Press Corps Boycott Trump?

A New York Times media critic makes the case for solidarity.<p>You didn’t need the theatrical sparring between <b>Donald Trump</b> and CNN’s <b>Jim Acosta</b> at Trump’s spectacle of a months-in-the-waiting press conference to know there’s a brewing mess.<p>The press is self-evidently frustrated by the president-elect, …

Donald Trump

Why The Most Productive People Do These Six Things Every Day

The secrets behind four-minute meetings and scrapping your to-do list.<p>Of all our available resources, everyone has the same number of hours in a day. Some, however, happen to get more done. Are they faster or smarter? Do they have more help? Perhaps. But they’ve also learned tricks that can help …

A new book shows the true financial cost of leading a creative life

In August 2014, Roxane Gay released a series of essays called <i>Bad Feminist</i>. It debuted as a New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller and spent another seven weeks in total on the list. When Gay had negotiated her advance, Harper Perennial paid her only $15,000. That’s about a third of what a …

Books

If colleges keep killing academic freedom, civilization will die, too

<i>José A. Cabranes, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, was Yale University’s first general counsel and later served as a trustee of Colgate, Yale and Columbia universities.</i><p>Sixty years ago, Chief Justice Earl Warren warned our nation that we had a choice. Either “teachers and …

The Philippines says it's finalizing a deal to tighten military ties with Russia

Two Russian warships made port calls in Manila last week with President Rodrigo Duterte touring an anti-submarine vessel, saying he hoped Moscow would become his country's ally and protector.<p>Duterte has thrown the future of Philippine-U.S. relations into question with angry outbursts against the …

Asia

The government's public evidence falls short of proving Russian involvement in the DNC hack - ExtremeTech

The government’s public evidence falls short of proving Russian involvement in the DNC hack<p>By on January 9, 2017 at 3:30 pm<p>This site may earn …

Trump's plan to shake-up the intelligence community is a serious threat to American security

America's spies spend their days monitoring foreign enemies. If they want to see the biggest threat to their own well-being, they may need to look closer to home. The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reported on Wednesday that the incoming Donald Trump administration is working on plans to "restructure and pare …

Donald Trump

The 10 conflicts to watch in 2017

It is against this backdrop that Donald Trump was elected the next president of the United States — unquestionably the most important event of last year and one with far-reaching geopolitical implications for the future. Much has been said about the unknowns of Trump's foreign-policy agenda.<p>But one …

Geopolitics

Why Is Trump Siding With Assange Over the CIA?

As a former CIA analyst, I never thought I’d see a U.S. president link arms with a man whose mission is to steal America’s hard-won secrets.<p>We are through the looking glass now.<p>The next president of the United States is siding with Julian Assange, a man who wears his anti-Americanism proudly and …

Your studio... start shooting

Building an in-house photo studio, continued<p>Building the Studio<p><i>... should be done before noon!</i><p>Since you'll want this both flexible and easy to store …

How East Asia Got 6 Of The World's Most Powerful Armed Forces

China boasts East Asia’s strongest armed forces. It ranks below only the United States and Russia worldwide. No wonder Taiwan’s defense ministry scrambled two F-16 fighters and two reconnaissance aircraft to track a Chinese aircraft carrier as it worked the perimeter of the nearby island’s …

Media Needs to Challenge Trump, Not Go Off the Record With Him

How quickly we forget. Just a few months ago, Donald Trump was conducting an unprecedented attack on the mainstream press by keeping them in pens at …

Donald Trump

Barack Obama’s presidency will be defined by his failure to face down Assad

The US president’s indifference to chemical warfare led to the trail of violence that reached as far as Europe<p>On Friday, near Palmyra, 14 tanks and an anti-aircraft system were destroyed in an air strike on Isis. Palmyra recently fell to the jihadists after the Syrian regime and its allies diverted …

Russia's election interference should alarm every American: What you need to know

With anti-establishment politics shaking governments across the west, US and European intelligence chiefs are newly raising the alarm about Russian cyber attacks and information warfare, saying they pose a threat to their democracies.<p>In the US, the warnings have been met with a mix of outrage and …

Russia

My First Flight With United Airlines in Years

Y ears have passed since I last flew as a passenger aboard an airplane operated by United Airlines — not for any other reason that I simply had not …