Video: 500-pound US bomb lands on US Army soldiers

Shocking video of a US Army infantry outpost hit the web today, showing an airstrike gone awry. The soldiers are waiting for the strike to take out a group of Taliban soldiers, when a 500-pound bomb explodes just a few feet from their outpost. A 500-pound American bomb. » 2/18/14 10:30pm 2/18/14 10:30pm

The Army Built a Fake City in Virginia to Train Its Troops

A shiny new city recently opened in northern Virginia's Caroline County. It has a school, a church, a mosque, a subway station, and even an embassy that, at five stories, may be the county's tallest building. But nobody lives there. » 2/11/14 4:00pm 2/11/14 4:00pm

Battlefield ER: Combat Medicine Fights To Keep More Troops Alive

When a nation sends its citizens to war, there are few things more important than providing the best treatment possible after they get injured in the line of duty. » 10/24/13 3:00pm 10/24/13 3:00pm

Project Run-a-Way: The Craziest Combat Outfits

They might be garish or sophisticated, bizarre or comical, technology-heavy or explosive-proof. All sorts of suits outfit the men and women who work hard everyday – to fight bombs or keep the peace. Here we showcase a few of the cool, functional or just plain insane fashions fit for the fight. » 8/09/11 4:38pm 8/09/11 4:38pm

Controversial Neurofeedback Therapy "Reboots the Brains" of Soldiers…

PTSD is a common if as-yet misunderstood ailment afflicting soldiers who have seen combat. While numerous treatments exist, a cure remains elusive. Neurofeedback, however, has proven to be especially effective. It just hasn't been approved yet. » 6/21/11 10:00pm 6/21/11 10:00pm

A Laser-Aimed, Remote Controlled Chain Gun, in Case War Isn't Already…

The BAE Systems Mk 38 is a giant gun made for obliterating things at sea. It not only packs massive firepower, but sophisticated optics—IR vision and laser aiming. All this, controlled indoors by a guy on a joystick. » 5/17/11 7:40pm 5/17/11 7:40pm

Navy Says Combat Robots Multiplying Fast, Need "Battlefield Ethics"…

A new report commissioned by the Office of Naval Research makes a grim statement about the increasing danger of combat-trained robots in the 21st century: "We are going to need a warrior code." » 2/19/09 9:00pm 2/19/09 9:00pm

Darpa Wants Bigger, Smarter BigDog 'Bot To Help in Combat

Boston Dynamic's BigDog is already an impressive » 10/29/08 7:11am 10/29/08 7:11am and freakishly animal-like beast, but Darpa it seems has bigger plans in mind and is asking for a smarter, bigger BigDog. The upgraded robot needs to carry 400 pounds of payload, run 20 miles on any terrain and survive un-refueled for a whole day to please Darpa's…

Armchair UAV Pilots Striking Afghanistan in Las Vegas, Taco Bell Fueled…

We all know about how the military is utilizing UAV's in an ever increasing amount of missions. And why not? Unmanned aircraft represent a safer and more cost efficient approach to aerial combat. However, we rarely get to see what it is like on the other side of these aircraft-to see the job through the eyes of a UAV… » 7/09/08 6:40pm 7/09/08 6:40pm

Army's Miniature Spy-Bat Concept Makes Lucius Fox Drool

Army dudes sat down with scientists at University of Michigan and other schools and asked for a simple frickin' bionic bat with frickin' stereo cameras, miniaturized radar, ultra-sensitive self-guidance, "energy scavenging" recharging capability and a radio to send data back to troops in urban combat zones. Was that… » 3/18/08 10:10am 3/18/08 10:10am

Google Calls Out Verizon for Trying to "Water Down" Wireless Spectrum…

Google's beating the drum about the FCC's 700mhz auction rules again—or rather, Verizon's persistent efforts to undercut them. In the latest post on their public policy blog, Google calls out Verizon for trying to "water down" the rules in closed-door meetings, specifically two regarding open devices and open apps,… » 10/04/07 6:10pm 10/04/07 6:10pm

NMX04-1A, the 18-Foot Tall Combat-Ready Robot


After a fine Labor Day holiday, who can resist the temptation to read about giant, man-eating robots? Currently in development, the Bipedal Exo-Skeletal Robotic Vehicle, also known as the NMX04-1A, is poised to conquer Earth by next summer when a fully-functional prototype will be ready. Apparently, the aim of this… » 9/05/06 2:44pm 9/05/06 2:44pm