Thursday, March 02, 2006

WAR! News

It’s the big one. In this time of global war information is key for our generals. Information is also critical to armchair generals like myself. Three website I frequently visit have tons of information but vary on critical points. So without further ado my here are my reviews of war-clearinghouses of information:

Strategy Page: Strategy Page offers "quick, easy access to what is going on in military affairs." There are links to news stories done by them describing events all around the world. This is more than news site however. Book and movie reviews along with military humor are what gives the site its own unique flavor.

The main downside with Strategy Page however is that the typical news story seems to be three sentences long. Where's the beef?

Defend America: That's an order! Defend America is the U.S. Department of Defense's official news website about the War on Terrorism. The main page is loaded with news and features from various Armed Service news wires. Two very nice features are the ability to watch the Pentagon Channel, which is television for American troops, and a collection of photo essays.

The only problem is the lack of in-depth news analysis. While there might be a story on al-Sadr acting up again there is nothing which examines the event's effect on other things.

Global Security: No, not the quasi-evil mercenary group; Global Security is "the leading source of background information and developing news stories in the fields of defense, space, intelligence, WMD, and homeland security." I cannot disagree with that statement. Features galore on weaponry, militaries, intelligence, and much much more can be found on their website.

The menu system is the site's only downside. The menus take some time getting use to so it’s possible becoming lost in the avalanche of information.

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