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

The military masterminds at DARPA have just changed everything you think you know about bullets. Meet the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance, or EXACTO, a .50 caliber bullet that maneuvers itself midair to stay locked on target. Here's footage of the first live test: it sure as hell looks like the technology works. » 7/12/14 10:00am 7/12/14 10:00am

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

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 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Outdated technology and government wastefulness seem to go hand in hand, but this time the two are combining for a startlingly huge money sink: the Pentagon is planning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

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

What military food ration packs look like around the world

Different cultures, different food. Different folks, different strokes. Different armies, same soul evaporating packaged foods for army rations. Okay, that's not exactly fair. Some countries obviously have it better than others (I'm looking at you France) but at the end of the day, most armies around the world are… » 2/25/14 12:33am 2/25/14 12:33am

The Army's Perfecting a Pizza That Lasts for Years and Years

Life is hard for soldiers in the battlefield, so when the troops want something that might make things a little more bearable—say, a particular food item in their meal rations—the military listens. And right now, soldiers want pizza. They want it bad. And it looks like they're finally going to get it. » 2/14/14 12:40pm 2/14/14 12:40pm

Army 3D-Prints Futuristic Electronics In Its Own New Jersey Mini-City

Defense Systems reports on the Army's 3D printing operation at the Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey, describing how they've been using additive manufacturing to print antennas into helmets, sensors into clothes, and even whole functioning batteries—among other things. Gizmodo was at the lab last week to see these… » 12/04/13 1:35pm 12/04/13 1:35pm

Marching into the Future of 3D-Printed War

We all know by now that 3D printing is the future of manufacturing—even the president says so. The march of progress doesn't always move as quickly as we'd like, however, especially when the military-industrial complex is involved. While 3D printing machines are becoming steadily cheaper and the possibilities… » 12/02/13 11:20am 12/02/13 11:20am