October 5, 1989 |
Breaking another Cold War barrier, the Americans opened the gates of two military installations in California on Wednesday to the Soviet Union's top military official, a jovial man who chatted with Marines, joked with generals and admiringly watched the firepower paraded before him. "We are on a good will tour," Defense Minister Dimitri Yazov said, beaming. "We have come to show the American people that we have sincere and friendly feelings toward the Americans." High-ranking U.S.
November 9, 1986 |
Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze met in Vienna last week but were unable to capture the spirit of Reykjavik. Before its bitter ending, the October summit had boosted the hopes of nuclear abolitionists. For a moment it appeared that the United States and the Soviet Union were on the brink of an agreement, only to be thwarted by Ronald Reagan's intransigence over his Strategic Defense Initiative.
September 30, 1990 |
West Germany is scrambling to prepare for an impending invasion from the East on a scale that North Atlantic Treaty Organization war games never dared to imagine. On Wednesday, the entire 90,000-strong East German Volksarmee will join forces with the West German Bundeswehr in a military merger of former foes.
April 15, 2007 |
ON an old studio lot outside London, a production crew began work on the movie "Sahara" in November 2003 by staging the crash of a vintage airplane. But when the film opened in theaters in April 2005, the sequence had been deleted. "In the context of the movie, it didn't work," said director Breck Eisner. The cost of the 46-second clip: more than $2 million. This kind of spending, according to accounting records, helped turn "Sahara" into one of the biggest financial flops in Hollywood history.
January 18, 1991 |
A U.S. Patriot missile destroys an Iraqi rocket roaring toward American troops in Saudi Arabia. Tomahawk cruise missiles pass their first battle test with flying colors. Stealth fighters streak in and out of Iraq "before the antiaircraft even comes on." The sands and skies of the Middle East are serving as a live laboratory for some of America's newest high-tech weapons of war. "There has never been a case in a wartime situation in which such ingenuity and performance have come together," Sen.
August 10, 1992 |
A U.N. arms inspection team, barred by Baghdad from entering government ministries, completed its first day of searches Sunday without triggering a new standoff with Iraq. "It was an inspection day, the first one. That is all it was," Nikita Smidovich, head of the 22-member team, told reporters when the inspectors returned to their Baghdad hotel. "We went where we planned to go." Asked whether the team saw what it wanted to see, Smidovich said, "Yes."
July 26, 1997 |
Congressional inspectors said Friday that they found rusting equipment, dead batteries and deteriorating engine parts on Army ships loaded with weapons and supplies that would be the first sent into a sudden war. The equipment examined in the General Accounting Office report includes tanks and infantry fighting vehicles for 4,500 soldiers as well as combat and support equipment for an additional 5,300 soldiers.
July 26, 2004 |
Liquor magnate Owsley Brown Frazier is trying to bring history to life through its firepower. Frazier, a philanthropist and retired chairman of Brown-Forman Corp., has founded a museum featuring an arsenal of weapons spanning the Middle Ages to the early 1900s. There's Theodore Roosevelt's Holland & Holland hunting rifle, the famous "Big Stick" he carried on an African expedition. There's also a flintlock rifle that belonged to George Washington. Gen.
June 5, 1996 |
In a sale likened by critics to a giant flea market for weapons, the Pentagon has transferred $8.8 billion worth of surplus tanks, ships, aircraft, missiles and guns to dozens of nations over the past five years, in some cases exacerbating regional arms races. The transfers are intended to reduce the massive surplus of weapons left from the Cold War, as well as to raise spare cash for the Defense Department.
September 24, 1989 |
On the ocean's edge at Point Mugu in Oxnard, a giant metal door slowly rolled open in a secret laboratory where the Navy tests its most advanced warplanes. As heavy surf pounded a seawall four stories below, a test model of an F-14 Tomcat poked its nose out and began scanning the horizon for a target.