Video: Marine survives Taliban sniper headshot thanks to helmet

Afghanistan veteran Sam Arnold uploaded this spine-chilling video of a US Marine getting a direct headshot from a Taliban sniper—only to be saved by his kevlar helmet. It's incredible to watch, especially the face of relief and disbelief of the impact victim. That was a really close call. » 10/16/14 1:37am 10/16/14 1:37am

Spectacular Swedish Marines ad mocks US military recruitment ads

You have to give it to those Swedes: Behind those chiseled marble faces with platinum blonde hair and cold steel blue eyes there's a great, almost British sense of humor that takes the piss out of everything. This Swedish marines commercial mocking Hollywood-style US military recruitment ads is a good example. » 10/10/14 7:22pm 10/10/14 7:22pm

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

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

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Outdated technology and government wastefulness seem to go hand in hand, but this time the two are combining for a startlingly huge money sink: the Pentagon is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

Cool photo: Boarding an amphibious assault ship seems like a lot of fun

From the US Navy: "Marines assigned to 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit enter the well deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard." That looks like an amazingly fun ride to me. » 2/28/14 7:54pm 2/28/14 7:54pm

Lifting cannons with helicopters seems like a lot of fun

It looks like Call of Duty. It's not. It looks like a movie. It's not. Instead it's an incredible photograph of a Marine Corps Super Stallion Helicopter taking off with a M777 howitzer in the California desert. In real life. What a powerful image. The helicopter is lugging the 7,500 pound 35 foot long monster of a… » 12/27/13 9:13pm 12/27/13 9:13pm

This New Naval UAV Is a "Blackjack"-of-All-Trades

Predator drones are very, very good at what they do, but $8 million will only get you about half of one. Doesn't matter which half, that guy ain't gonna to fly. Instead, the US Navy is investing in a smaller, lighter, more versatile recon drone. » 12/11/13 11:40am 12/11/13 11:40am

The Future of the Marines Begins with Fighting Pirates

With sequestration and whatnot, the Navy's suffering for resources. So they're getting creative. Creative like launching drones off aircraft carriers? Well, yes, actually—but it gets more exciting than that. The Marines might soon start fighting pirates. » 11/05/13 6:20pm 11/05/13 6:20pm

Inside the Pentagon's Trillion Dollar F-35 Embarrassment

It's not news that the Pentagon's fated F-35 program is riddled with dilemmas. For more than a decade, it's bumped into roadblock after roadblock. When the planes aren't grounded, they're forbidden to fly in bad weather, combat missions or at night. Vanity Fair just published a lengthy look at just how bad a mess it… » 9/16/13 2:00pm 9/16/13 2:00pm

Check Out This Awesome Image of the US Marines Firing Artillery At Night

This is how the US Marines wish you a Merry Christmas, people. The Marines with Lima Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment. So Star Warsy. They are firing Lightweight Howitzers during a night exercise. A beautiful shot of such a deadly weapon. [Flickr] » 12/21/12 6:31pm 12/21/12 6:31pm

This Explosion Was So Damn Close That the Shockwave Dusted Off Some…

These Marines are absolutely nuts. Seriously. Expand this stunning photograph to see the too-close-for-comfort explosion's shockwave blowing off the dust from their uniforms. It's like in the movies but like, you know, for real. » 5/29/12 4:19pm 5/29/12 4:19pm

Giant Helicopter About to Lift a Humvee—AKA Sometimes the Military…

Here are three Airmen from the 621st Contingency Response Wing tying a Humvee to a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter—one huge mother that is. This whole lifting trucks in the air business seems like a lot of fun. » 5/24/12 10:20am 5/24/12 10:20am

What's the Marines New "Highly Classified" Secret Weapon?

The Marines are about to arm their tactical drone, the AAI RQ-7B Shadow. They were going to use an off-the-shelf precision-guided killer missile but they mysteriously changed their mind at the last minute. Nobody knows what they are cooking. » 4/06/12 4:29pm 4/06/12 4:29pm

Two Helicopters Collision Kills Seven Marines Training for Afghanistan

Seven US Marines were killed yesterday night at the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, when their helicopters collided in mid-air around 8:00pm. They were training for deployment to Afghanistan, according to USMC spokeswoman 1st Lt. Maureen Dooley. » 2/23/12 1:42pm 2/23/12 1:42pm

What Soldiers Look Like Before, During and After War

Photographer Claire Felicie's Marked project shows the faces of soldiers before, during and after war. The differences are slight but undeniable. Skin is weathered, wrinkles are deeper and eyes are sadder. See for yourself. » 12/16/11 10:40pm 12/16/11 10:40pm

The USMC's Next Generation of Target Dummies Ride Segways (Updated)

For years, military live fire exercises have relied on either stationary or pop-out targets but they don't really simulate enemy movements—they just sit there, waiting to be shot. These targets, newly developed for the USMC don't; they move, behave, and react just like real combatants. » 11/29/11 11:40pm 11/29/11 11:40pm

For Some Reason, Adorable Kids Are Holding Big Ass Guns

During Marine Week 2011 in St. Louis, kids get to meet Marines, see what real life heroes are like, watch some of their drills and...handle real, big ass weapons. » 7/06/11 9:40pm 7/06/11 9:40pm