Soldiers Describe How DARPA Smartphones Save Lives in Battle

The average pedestrian walks around with more sophisticated navigation and communication technology in his pocket than our soldiers have on the battlefield. That's why the military is working hard on developing a battle-ready smartphone that would bring our troops up to speed. According to the soldiers who've tested… » 9/04/14 10:54am 9/04/14 10:54am

The Taliban Already Had This Artist's "Anti-Drone Tent" Idea

Dutch artist Sarah van Sonsbeeck is showing an Anti-Drone Tent now at Mediamatic Fabriek in Amsterdam. It promises to shield users from aerial infrared surveillance by hiding them beneath the heat-reflective surface of a Mylar® space blanket. It's a neat idea. That's why the Taliban has been using it for years. » 8/23/14 6:54pm 8/23/14 6:54pm

War Dogs In Afghanistan Are Getting Their Own Air-Conditioned Kennels

The U.S. military's war dogs are a pretty badass bunch, but that doesn't mean they like being stuck inside stuffy kennels during 120 degree Fahrenheit summer weather (Who would, really?). That's why the army's designing them some swankier digs complete with AC and exercise areas. Boy, do they deserve it. » 4/24/14 2:40pm 4/24/14 2:40pm

A Company That Creates Fake Battles to Prepare Soldiers For Real War

Some might say that nothing can truly prepare one for the atrocities of war. From the chaos of screaming civilians and injured soldiers to the horror of exploding everything, the experience must be nothing short of horrific. And it's this Hollywood production company's job to reproduce it. » 10/10/13 11:02am 10/10/13 11:02am

Inside Al Qaeda's Half-Baked Plans to Take Down U.S. Drones

As much as we like to gripe about it stateside, our complaints about the drone program are nothing compared to those of Al Qaeda. The terrorists don't like drones, because drones are designed to kill terrorists. According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, however, Al Qaeda's about to fight back. » 9/04/13 11:24am 9/04/13 11:24am

The Pentagon's Putting Its Big Brother Data Collection in the Cloud

News emerged this week that the U.S. Army, which has been collecting biometric data of locals in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, is going to start storing that data in the cloud. Put simply, biometrics is the collection of personal, physical data using devices like retina scanners, and no matter what way you spin… » 5/31/13 10:20am 5/31/13 10:20am

The War Zone Cargo Copter That Lifts 6,000 Pounds Without a Pilot

Rugged doesn't even begin to describe Afghanistan's terrain. Delivering supplies to distant outposts over land through hostile territory is a difficult and deadly proposition—and even helicopter transports are not immune from RPG fire. So, to make essential cargo drops without risking the lives of American… » 6/26/12 11:30am 6/26/12 11:30am