Air Force Is Sending Brand New Cargo Planes Straight to the Boneyard

The C-27J Spartan is a hell of a plane. Famous for its ability to take off from unfinished runways, it's a staple used by militaries around the world, including the United States. At least it was until recently. The Air Force is sending its latest batch of beautiful, brand new C-27Js straight to the boneyard in… » 2/03/14 7:00pm 2/03/14 7:00pm

Google Might Withdraw From DARPA Robotics Challenge (Phew!)

Google's purchase of bonkers robotics company Boston Dynamics in December prompted lots of hand-wringing: owning a Department of Defense supplier doesn't jive with many people's concept of "don't be evil." At the time, Google said it wasn't interested in becoming a military contractor, and today's rumor seems to confirm… » 1/23/14 2:10pm 1/23/14 2:10pm

Marching into the Future of 3D-Printed War

We all know by now that 3D printing is the future of manufacturing—even the president says so. The march of progress doesn't always move as quickly as we'd like, however, especially when the military-industrial complex is involved. While 3D printing machines are becoming steadily cheaper and the possibilities… » 12/02/13 11:20am 12/02/13 11:20am

The Military Is A/B Testing the Future of Warfare

Down some spookily-lit corridor at the Pentagon, there are surely soldiers dreaming about the future of warfare. But, at the National Defense University, some of the nation's top brass are actually playing out the scenarios. In fact, a group of generals just finished a rather innovative year-long wargame. » 11/26/13 8:30pm 11/26/13 8:30pm

DARPA Will Give You $2 Million to Build Hacker-Proof Defense Software

Sometimes throwing money at problems works. As the Pentagon continues to struggle with cybersecurity, their sci-fi-like R&D department, DARPA, is ready to start writing checks. The agency just announced a competition to build a "fully automated cyber defense system." The grand prize? $2 million. » 10/23/13 7:20pm 10/23/13 7:20pm

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

Obama's Now Picking Foreign Targets for a Future Cyberwar

What a week ol' Barry's been having in Washington! First, there was that scoop about the NSA spying on all the Verizon customers. Then, there was this PRISM scandal about how intelligence agencies are basically spying on everyone all the time. Now, there's news that he's making a hitlist of foreign countries to hit… » 6/07/13 5:23pm 6/07/13 5:23pm

The Pentagon's Putting Its Big Brother Data Collection in the Cloud

News emerged this week that the U.S. Army, which has been collecting biometric data of locals in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, is going to start storing that data in the cloud. Put simply, biometrics is the collection of personal, physical data using devices like retina scanners, and no matter what way you spin the … » 5/31/13 10:20am 5/31/13 10:20am

DARPA's Using Smartphone Guts to Build Cheaper, Smarter Drones Faster

Just a few weeks after President Obama announced plans to scale back the country's drone program, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration (DARPA) announced plans to roll out a program for the rapid development and manufacture of sensors to help power unmanned aerial, land and underwater vehicles. The… » 5/29/13 5:45pm 5/29/13 5:45pm

Pentagon: Let's Threaten Nuke Strike Against Hackers

Most of us are content keeping hackers away with a firewall and decent password. But the Pentagon isn't nearly content, and in a new report, insists we should keep our nuclear arsenal ready for Internet retaliation. What could go wrong? » 3/06/13 12:20pm 3/06/13 12:20pm

This Insanely-Detailed Model Used to Plot Bin Laden's Death Took Six…

This is the once-classified model of Osama Bin Laden's compound—the one used to plan the Navy SEAL raid against the terrorist leader. From a distance, this model could be a piece you'd see in a museum, but in the details, you'll see the painstaking work that went into this tool which helped kill the devil lying inside. » 5/17/12 7:00pm 5/17/12 7:00pm

How a Single Bolt Sidelined a Submarine for Three Months

If you heard an ominous sound coming from your car's engine, what would you do? Most people probably wouldn't continue to gun the engine, trying different gears until the problem went away. But if you were the crew of the guided missile-equipped USS Georgia and you heard some clunking coming from the submarine's… » 5/15/12 9:20pm 5/15/12 9:20pm