As the calendar turns from 2012 to 2013, we here at Defense Media Network take a look back at our top 10 stories from 2012. We hope you enjoyed these stories and will continue to look for new and exciting content on DMN. If you missed these stories, now is your chance to read and enjoy them. Happy New Year and best wishes for 2013!
Act of Valor, a Bandito Brothers/Relativity Media production, was released on over 3,000 screens nationwide on Feb. 24, 2012. It is not hyperbole to say that Act of Valor is the most unique movie ever made. In much the same fashion, the novelization of this movie, Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor, is also a unique novel.
When the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Raptor entered service in December 2005, it was hailed as the world’s first fifth-generation military aircraft. Production of the F-22 was terminated in 2011 with only 187 of the originally planned 750 operational aircraft built.
After 51 years of distinguished service the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) was inactivated on Dec. 1, 2012, during a ceremony at Norfolk, Va. The world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and currently longest serving ship in the U.S. Navy, the Enterprise has seen action in U.S. conflicts ranging from the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War to Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.
January 2012, the movie Red Tails debuted in American theaters. The film depicts, in true Hollywood style, the exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew in the 332nd Fighter Group during World War II. But as DMN editor Steven Hoarn writes, while the film is definitely worth seeing, the real history of these pioneering African-American airmen is in many ways better than the movie. So here we present a few images of the real people who flew and fought both on the home front and against the Axis.
For several years, Israel has publicly and explicitly stated that if Iran attempts to develop a nuclear weapon, Israel will attack to prevent the program from succeeding or to destroy Iran’s nuclear capability. This is the most important security threat of the new century. Iran getting the bomb would be bad, but Israel going to war against Iran would be almost as bad.