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Stuff I didn't know: Earth's rotation affects the accuracy of long-range shells

I didn't know that the Earth's rotation tends to deflect long-range artillery shells. More here. It is called "the Coriolis drift," which sounds to me like a good movie title.

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WDotW: Actually, No, There Are No Military Dogs Left Behind

By Rebecca Frankel Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent

In the free-for-all that constitutes information sharing in the age of Twitter, Face Book, and personal blogs, there is plenty of misinformation about Military Working Dogs (MWDs) circulating on social media and on not-to-be-trusted websites. These myths range from the fairly innocuous and tiresome (MWDs are outfitted with titanium teeth to make them more ferocious) to the blatantly false and far more serious (all MWDS are euthanized at the end of their military careers). But you generally don't see this kind of un-reported rumor mongering on reputable news sites.

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Don't blame my Army for the lack of black officers in combat commands

By Petronius Arbiter

Best Defense guest columnist

It is a well-known fact that the Army has struggled for decades trying to get more black officers to reach the highest ranks of the Army and especially the combat arms. This should be a surprise to no one.

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Why won't we honor 74 dead sailors?

By Louise Esola

Best Defense guest columnist

A few months ago this blog asked: why not add the names of the 74 young men killed on the USS Frank E. Evans on June 3, 1969 to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial? The reasons for the omission of those names are fast disappearing as new information shows this oversight is long overdue for change, a reversal that will finally provide closure to the families and survivors of the only ship that sank in the Vietnam War, literally and figuratively. And change may be in store as early as this fall.

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