Precision Smokestack Targeting

Once in awhile I read an amusing quote. There was one recently in an article by The Wall Street Journal reporting on the Pentagon’s first cyber strategy. Part of the plan warns nations of the consequences of attacking the U.S. by hacking computer systems. Hackers, supported by national governments, pose as significant a threat to […]

2010 Defense Spending by Country

Military Expenditures The eighteen nations with the largest military budgets in 2010 are shown in the chart above (click to enlarge). The United States, with a budget of $698 billion, spends more on defense than the next seventeen nations combined. The United States military spending is almost six times that of the next biggest spender, […]

15 Military Action Photographs

These photographs show the United States military in action while training and in combat. The only criteria for selection was that a photograph showed weaponry in use and that I liked the image.

2009 Defense Spending by Country

Note: This post has been superseded. See 2010 Defense Spending by Country. Billions and Billions The fifteen nations with the largest annual military budgets are shown in the chart above (click to enlarge). The United States, with a budget of $636 billion annually, spends more on defense than the next sixteen nations combined. The United States […]

USS Utah

USS Utah was a battleship that was attacked and sunk in Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. She was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for the U.S. state of Utah.

The Cost of War

The Cost of War lets you see the cost of war to your community. For example, the state of Utah’s share of the money spent would be $5,277,419,209.

San Jacinto Monument

We visited the San Jacinto Monument and learned about the Battle of San Jacinto. We rode the elevator to the top of the monument to enjoy the view of the Houston Ship Channel and the USS Texas from 550 feet.

Battleship Texas

On my recent March trip to Texas I took the opportunity to tour the Battleship Texas. She is anchored at San Jacinto State Park, the first US battleship to become a permanent museum ship, and the first battleship declared to be a US National Historic Landmark. I will tell the story of this great battleship […]

Defense Spending by Country

The United States, with a budget of $535.9 billion, spends more on defense than the next fourteen nations combined.