To Join the Military Police, You Must Get Pepper Sprayed in the Face

So you want to join the military police? Well then, get ready to get blasted with a a level-one contamination of oleoresin capsicum. In plain English: You'll be pepper sprayed in a very painful way. And then you'll have to work out! » 3/13/15 6:05pm 3/13/15 6:05pm

The Army Just Open-Sourced Its Security Software 

The U.S. Army is open-sourcing a code it uses to analyze cyberattacks. For the past five years, whenever a Department of Defense network has been compromised, the Army has used the Dshell framework to do forensic analysis on the attacks. » 1/31/15 8:00pm 1/31/15 8:00pm

Chart: Which country has the world's largest army throughout history?

Martin Vargic made a very interesting chart that shows what the world's largest army was throughout history, from 2500 BC until now. He split up the world into "west" and "east" to show which countries or dynasties or empires were dominating different parts of the world. » 11/26/14 8:58pm 11/26/14 8:58pm

A Teenage Hacker Ring Stole $100 Million in Army and Xbox Tech

The U.S. Department of Justice just charged a group of four young hackers with a doozie of a crime. They're accused of breaking into both Microsoft and U.S. Army servers and stealing $100 million worth of everything from unreleased games to military training software. Two of the hackers have already pleaded guilty. » 9/30/14 4:00pm 9/30/14 4:00pm

How Close Are We to a Real Iron Man Suit?

If we are just talking about an armored suit that augments a human's strength and weaponry, then we're extremely close. But if we're talking about something with all of the primary abilities of Iron Man's character (i.e. flight, clean infinite power, and repulsor beams), that may never become a reality. The current… » 9/19/14 2:03pm 9/19/14 2:03pm

Why Military Tech (Sometimes) Doesn't Evolve

Consider the SR-71 Blackbird. It was meant to be used as a high altitude, high velocity recon aircraft. It was, and still is, one of the Air Force's greatest accomplishments, technologically speaking. » 9/17/14 8:00am 9/17/14 8:00am

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… » 9/04/14 10:54am 9/04/14 10:54am

Map shows what each country's military camouflage pattern looks like

Here's a fascinating map that reveals how each country defines the idea of camouflage for their military. Of course, different branches of the military have different camo needs but this map, created by a Reddit user, draws out the broad strokes. » 9/04/14 1:58am 9/04/14 1:58am

The Strange, Sad Story of the Army's New Billion-Dollar Camo Pattern

After nearly a decade, multiple false-starts, and many billions of dollars, the Army has finally chosen a new camouflage for its troops. Except it's not exactly new. It was originally developed back in 2002. And it looks a whole lot like one of the patterns that the Army was in talks to adopt from an independent… » 8/07/14 10:30am 8/07/14 10:30am

Watch the Marines' New Self-Driving Car Navigate a Battlefield

While we've all heard about Google's silly-looking self-driving cars. But did you know that the military's been working on own autonomous vehicles of its own? Honestly, it's no huge surprise that soldiers would want this technology, too. It sure does look badass, though. » 7/21/14 11:35am 7/21/14 11:35am

Self-Guided Bullets That Change Course Midair Are Now Terrifyingly Real

93-year-old vet just recreated his D-Day parachute jump over Normandy

This is just awesome. Jim 'Pee Wee' Martin, a 93-year-old WWII veteran paratrooper, just did the same jump out of a plane into Normandy that he did for D-Day 70 years ago when he was 23-years-old. But he says this jump was much easier because "there wasn't anybody shooting at me today." » 6/05/14 10:11pm 6/05/14 10:11pm

US Army helicopter drops an entire boat full of Navy Seals in the sea

The Army Is Redesigning Its Smoke Grenade For the First Time Since WWII

Despite the billions upon billions of dollars funneled into the hungry maw of the military over the past 70 years, some technology has remained the same since World War II—including the smoke grenade. Now, the Army is choosing a new version that, in theory, will be slightly less toxic than the "classic" model. » 5/23/14 10:40am 5/23/14 10:40am

This DARPA invention gives soldiers Terminator vision

DARPA has finally demonstrated one of its most promising inventions: An augmented-reality HUD system that will give soldiers the same advantage of a jet fighter pilot. It displays battlefield data over the soldier's environment, identifying friendly and enemy forces on land and air in real time. » 5/22/14 5:39pm 5/22/14 5:39pm

The Military's Power-Generating Boot Isn't Quite Battlefield Ready

This week, Marines at the Experimental Forward Operating Base at Camp Pendleton, California, got to try out some prototypes of energy-generating equipment to keep combat electronics charged and ready. The verdict: back to the drawing board. » 5/17/14 9:00am 5/17/14 9:00am

First video of the US Army flying truck in action

Remember that crazy-looking helicopter-drone-truck we showed you a few months ago? Now it is real and it is here. Advanced Tactics has released the very first video showing the Black Knight Transformer flying through the desert. » 5/06/14 4:16pm 5/06/14 4:16pm

The Pentagon Can't Keep Track of Ammo So It's Destroying $1B in Bullets

Outdated technology and government wastefulness seem to go hand in hand, but this time the two are combining for a startlingly huge money sink: the Pentagon is planning on destroying $1.2 billion in excess bullets and missiles, some of which could still be used by troops. And it's all because the military has no way… » 4/30/14 12:45pm 4/30/14 12:45pm

Everything We Know About the Army's Uncanny Chatbots

Sgt. Star is the U.S. Army's dedicated marketing and recruitment chatbot, and he isn't going to turn whistleblower any time soon. There's no use threatening him for answers either—he's programmed to report that kind of hostility to the Army Criminal Investigation Division. » 4/18/14 6:00pm 4/18/14 6:00pm

U.S. Army Compares New Hacker School To "The Birth Of The Air Force"

Over the next three years, the U.S. Army will be filling its brand new cyber warfare institute at West Point with the best and brightest hackers it can find. Not just hackers, however: the institute will bring together psychologists, lawyers, mathematicians—anyone who can help the country win the inevitable cyber war… » 4/10/14 6:00pm 4/10/14 6:00pm