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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

A 38-Ton Custom Bulldozer Crushes Leftover Landmines

After decades of strife, occupation, and conflict, Afghanistan has been left pockmarked with an estimated ten million anti-personnel landmines in its soils. It's a bad situation. There are mines like the the Soviet PFM-1 butterfly mine—especially popular with small children, who mistake it for a toy. But an… » 4/27/12 11:30am 4/27/12 11:30am

Spy Blimp Caught Rogue Soldier on Tape After Shooting Spree

Above a small base in southern Afghanistan, a spy blimp captured video of the perpetrator of Sunday's massacre surrendering to base forces. The question now becomes what other aspects of the killings, which left 16 Afghan civilians dead, are detailed in that video - or in any other footage that may have been shot by… » 3/14/12 6:20pm 3/14/12 6:20pm

Secret Army Bomb Jammers Stolen in Afghanistan

On Jan. 7, someone strolled into a supply room at Camp Eggers, a coalition base near the U.S. embassy in downtown Kabul, pocketed two sets of car keys and walked out undetected. Sometime over the next 24 hours, the thieves drove away with two black-painted, armored Toyota Land Cruisers belonging to the U.S. Army's… » 3/01/12 4:40pm 3/01/12 4:40pm