After a stunning 15 years of development and countless delays, the US Air Force just declared the first squadron of F-35A fighter jets ready for combat. The 34th Fighter Squadron at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base can now go fight bad guys anywhere in the world.
The best “clue” for what Elon Musk was up to at his Pentagon meeting came from, as per usual, the man’s Twitter. In response to a CNN article musing over his mysterious visit, the SpaceX founder tweeted that it had something to do with a flying metal suit. Clearly, he’s not mad at Tony Stark comparisons.
Let me get this out of the way: the trillion dollar F-35 fighter jet program is an embarrassing mess. But it’s hard not to marvel at the very expensive technology’s promises. This conflict squeezed my brain this week, when the Air Force stopped by Gizmodo’s office with a $400,000 F-35 helmet in hand. They even let me…
Getting rid of chemical weapons is one of the military’s most unpleasant duties. But in the future, it may be no more difficult than incinerating garbage, thanks to a team of DARPA-funded scientists who think they can turn some of the world’s deadliest poisons into harmless dirt.
If you need to get somewhere inaccessible, a ride aboard a Sea Hawk helicopter is probably a good bet—but you’re probably better off getting inside. Just kidding: This is Naval Aircrewman Nicholas Farris, and he’s actually inspecting the tail rotor of the helicopter aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, rather…
In the ongoing fight against Islamic State, the US is said to be attacking militants with “cyber bombs” according to Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work.
Looking like some kind of delectable mashup of Tron and The Hunt for Red October, this is actually a view inside the bridge of the guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt.
Military drones can kill enemies from miles above in the sky—but they can also kill innocent civilians. The people controlling these weapons are often continents away, and a new movie shows us the agonizing decisions that these people face.
The Pentagon has admitted that the US military has used its drones for domestic surveillance missions. But, it also points out, the occurrences have been rare and always within the letter of the law.
North Korea isn’t happy. According to Reuters, Kim Jong Un has told the country’s military to assume “pre-emptive attack” mode and be prepared to use its nuclear weapons at any time.
A new report reveals that intelligence agencies from the UK and US have in the past hacked into the video feeds of Israeli drones and jets. The resulting images depict military operations around Gaza and drones that appear to carry weapons.
Jamming communications isn’t a new idea, but with battlefields becoming increasingly digital, it’s an evermore concerning threat. Now, though, DARPA has built a super-fast chip that will help create devices able to shrug off radio-frequency attacks.
Hey look, it’s the scariest New York Times sentence you’ll read in 2016:
In the 21st century the familiar form of warfare in which physical damage is meted out against the opponent’s military forces and infrastructure has become only one form of attack. Instead, states are increasingly launching non-lethal attacks against an enemy’s information systems – this is the rise of information…
Russian authorities have announced that one of its Su-24 strike jets has “crashed on Syrian territory, having been hit from the ground” while flying at 20,000 feet.
David Cameron’s Conservative government is to announce the formation of two new 5,000 troop-strong strike brigades, as the UK’s first defence review since 2010 is revealed today. It’s just one element of a major new defence push by the UK’s top brass.
The V-3 “supergun” was meant to win the war for Germany. In 1943, for the first time since World War II began, Hitler was on the back foot. Allied bombs were devastating German cities and the Fuhrer was rattled. His proposed V-3 cannon would be the biggest gun the world had seen.
Lasers are the future of warfare. So it might come as a surprise to many Americans that the US military first used a laser to shoot a drone out of the sky as early as 1973.
Heads up! If you were anywhere near San Gregorio in Spain on November 4th, you could have seen a slew of American paratroopers emerge from the back of a C-17 Globemaster III and drift serenely down to Earth.
Little by little, the government is opening up about its use of computer security vulnerabilities. Last month, the NSA disclosed that it has historically “released more than 91% of vulnerabilities discovered in products that have gone through our internal review process and that are made and used in the United…