Bunker Talk: Let’s Chat About All The Stories We Did And Didn’t Report On This Week

We can talk about bunkers turned breweries, Chinese stealth bombers, geopolitics, Ghana’s not so super soldiers, strategy—you know, no big whoop.

byTyler Rogoway|
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This week was very much a mixed back when it comes to content. From F-15s landing nose first at each other on the same runway, to the infuriating attack in Manbij, to finally getting to see what the new Missile Defense Review contained, to confirmation that China is indeed working on a regional bomber, the week wasn't short on surprises or new information. We also broke the story on a much-expanded U.S. military footprint in Jordan and asked the question of who was the masked special operator who rushed into the danger zone during the terrorist attack in Kenya, a story that subsequently went viral. There were also some crazier reports, like Ghana's not-so-super soldiers, Iran's crazy claims on the Space Shuttle, and a mothballed Nike Missile command post that is being turned into a microbrewery

And no, we couldn't escape the political warfare in Washington, D.C. as the national security apparatus was turned into a club that the heads of both parties took turns beating each other with

Still, there were many stories we didn't get to. But it's not too late.

Welcome to Bunker Talk!

This is a weekend open discussion post for the best commenting crew on the net, in which we can chat about all the stuff that went on this week that we didn't get to. In other words, literally an off-topic thread.

There was this mystery underway up in Canada, with the perpetrator sounding a lot like a bozo with a drone to us:

We can also talk about this rectal toolkit for Cold War-era spies:

Or what about this World War II aircraft carrier 'broadside?':

Then there is this Japanese target ship all dressed up for destructive testing:

This shot of USS Gerald R. Ford's props that our friend Jive Turkey posted is pretty mind-bending:

With all the talk about Missile Defense, apparently the backdoor to the castle remains glaringly ajar:

And finally, we have been keeping a close eye on Stratolaunch's Roc mothership as she should be taking to the air any day, but this troubling news hit which may indicate major problems with the project, especially considering the company's billionaire founder, Paul Allen, has passed on:

Once again, this is an entirely open exercise, so let's enjoy some pointed debate and have some laughs.

Let's get after it!

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