The trouble with publishing a monthly magazine is that the world doesn't stop between the time we send the next issue to our printer and the day it arrives in your mailbox.
But we try to be as timely as possible. David Axe's short piece near the front of this issue is a case in point.
As you'll see when you read the responses of chiefs of navies from around the world, piracy ranks high among most of them as one of the top international nuisances they must confront. In his report filed from Mombasa, Kenya, Mr. Axe seems to be on to something: The way to stem the flow of pirates is to stanch it at its source. We bet few of our readers realize that many of the pirate operations in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean can be traced right to that Kenyan port city. Now, the Kenyan government seems to be on board in dealing with this menace. But the test will come sooner than we expected. As this issue went to press, the USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) captured several suspected pirates and were preparing to hand them over to legal authorities—in Kenya. We'll see what happens.