John Oliver Reminds Us How Badly We Take Care of Our Nukes

If you've been paying attention since, well, since the Cold War started, you know that the United States has an insanely huge number of nuclear weapons. And if you've been paying even closer attention, you'll know that the military is not very good at keeping track of them. In fact, it's laughably bad at. » 7/28/14 10:07am Today 10:07am

Believe It or Not, the World's Fastest-Growing Drone Fleet Is in Japan

Japan is a peaceful nation, in no small part because its post-World War II constitution required it. All that changed last month when President Shinzo Abe ended the ban that's kept Japan's army in check since 1945. And do you know what the country did next? It started buying drones. Lots and lots of drones. » 7/21/14 6:10pm 7/21/14 6:10pm

B-2 Spirit: America's Best Airplane Since the SR-71

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the B-2 Spirit's inaugural flight. Through its quarter-century of service, the original Stealth Bomber has earned its place among the most elite warbirds in the USAF fleet and remains a vital weapon of the US arsenal to this day. It's a plane that could start—or stop—WWIII… » 7/17/14 11:40am 7/17/14 11:40am

America's Littlest Black Ops Whirlybird Is Armed to the Teeth

Operation Eagle Claw was supposed to free 52 diplomats held during the Iran Hostage Crisis. Its failure not only shamed President Carter's administration and paved the way for Reagan's successful 1980 presidential run, it also instigated the formation of the Army's Special Operations Command, and the development of… » 7/16/14 11:40am 7/16/14 11:40am

US Marines Turned A Ship Into A Truck, Watch It Be An Absolute Beast

From Truck Yeah!: The US Marines have been planning up the "Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC) to replace their beach-storming hovercrafts since 2008. They started building this one in 2012, and have finally brought out of the garage for a little test drive. » 7/13/14 7:51pm 7/13/14 7:51pm

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

The Military's Mini X-Ray Camera Can See Through Your Suitcase

American Science and Engineering (AS&E) just released a tiny new X-ray gun with some impressive capabilities. Roughly the size of a breadbox, the Mini Z Backscatter imaging system can find contraband in bags and see through car doors. It could also someday also be plugged into Oculus Rift for a full-on X-ray goggle… » 6/23/14 10:28am 6/23/14 10:28am

The Florida National Forest That Gets Pummeled by 20,000 Bombs a Year

Careful if you go camping in Florida's Ocala National Forest. One minute it's birds chirping in a serene forest and another it might be the scream of a fighter jet followed by the boom of an explosion. Because oddly enough, in the middle of this forest is the Pinecastle Impact Range, the Navy's only live bomb target… » 6/20/14 5:40pm 6/20/14 5:40pm

Spies in the Skies: How Aerial Surveillance Tipped the Balance of WWII

When General Werner von Fritsch, the then commander-in-chief of the German Army, predicted in 1938 that "the military organization which has the best reconnaissance unit will win the next war," few doubted that, in aerial reconnaissance and photography, the Luftwaffe reigned supreme. This, however, proved to be far… » 6/18/14 3:00pm 6/18/14 3:00pm

How WWI Bombs Shattered Bedrock and Changed the Geology of France

Every once in a while, we're reminded of World War I's awful legacy: Trenches that run like gashes through the French countryside, craters in farmland, the iron harvest. These scars are even deeper than we might imagine. Bombs actually shattered bedrock and created the bizarre, dimpled landscape of modern day Verdun. » 6/13/14 4:40pm 6/13/14 4:40pm

Small Town Police Are Getting Leftover War Vehicles and Machine Guns

As America's wars wind down, the troops are coming home and so are the M-16 rifles. Armored cars, land mine detectors, silencers, aircraft, and other leftover military equipment are flowing to police departments big and small. Free stuff is tough to turn down, but does a small Wisconsin city that hasn't seen a… » 6/09/14 3:40pm 6/09/14 3:40pm