Even as the US begins to withdraw from Afghanistan, IEDs remain a constant threat to our forces. But the Army's top brass is turning this threat into an opportunity using a new, integrated sensor suite. Now, with every IED attack, the Army learn how to better treat and prevent the destruction and mayhem they cause. …
Darpa researchers at Sandia National Laboratory have developed a dextrous robotic hand made of modular components that can be produced cheaply. You see, the military wants to use these bots to defuse IEDs all over the world, but until now, comparable robotic abilities have cost about $250,000. Robotic hands need to…
Taliban warfighters aren't the only threat to American forces in Afghanistan. There are also the nastly explosives they leave behind. But rather than simply reinforce some Humvees and hope for the best, General Atomics has developed a system to spot IEDs from the air, up to a mile away, day or night.
In the first 60 seconds of Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan, you will be hooked. You'll then spend the rest of episode one with an elevated heart rate and your mouth open. It's simply the most compelling thing you'll see on TV.
Chalk this up under Near Disasters. Earlier today police arrested a 17-year-old who was allegedly putting together bomb-making materials in order to wage war on his former high school and "cause more casualties than were suffered at Columbine."
This morning a young Australian woman had a bomb strapped to her freaking neck in what seems to have been an extortion attempt. Terrifying. Luckily the bomb squad saved the day. But how exactly do they safely kill bombs dead?
According to Steve Anderson, a retired brigadier general who served as Gen. Petraeus' chief logistician in Iraq, the Department of Defense spends $20 billion air conditioning tents and temporary structures for the military. That's more than NASA's entire $19 billion annual budget.