I’m a huge technology skeptic. It’s in my DNA. I’ve resisted smart phones, flat screen TVs, laptops, and a whole bunch of other things that I only begrudingly bought into. So, I read the anti-defense-technology skeptics of the 80s and 90s with a lot of intuitive agreement. Fred Reed, the crotchety writer on my blog roll, does a good job of showing how most of their criticisms of 80s technology as too complex, expensive, and prone to failure–that is, the once cutting edge F-15, M1 Abrams, and the like–was totally wrong and that technology can work just fine and even better than simpler technology once the initial bugs are worked out. It’s good food for thought, even though we must remember that so many recent wars have been so low tech.
Speaking of military technology, this more-or-less forgotten report on female use of firearms appears to have been suppressed, but it’s useful information for anyone out there buying a gun for self defense.
Finally, this is one of the most interesting survivalist blogs I’ve ever seen, as it is written by a survivor of the Sarajevo siege during the Balkan Wars of the early 90s.