The U.S. tries to pay Cuba about $4,000 a year to lease Guantanamo Bay

With the announcement today that the United States will normalize relations with Cuba, we expect a lot to change. Some travel restrictions will be loosened (though not lifted altogether), Americans will soon be able to bring back $100 worth of Cuban cigars and rum. But will Cuba start cashing the checks we've been… » 12/17/14 4:04pm 12/17/14 4:04pm

A Beach Stormer That Flies Like an Air Hockey Puck

There's no guarantee that the USMC's UHAC next-generation landing craft will ever see the light of day. Until that actually happens, the US military will continue to rely on these nearly unstoppable ship-to-shore hovercrafts. » 8/01/14 11:40am 8/01/14 11:40am

This Tank Thinks It's a Beach-Storming Hovercraft

As the U.S. military explores the idea of moving our forward operating bases offshore, it is faced with the issue of actually getting troops from ship to land. However, at last month's RIMPAC exercises in Hawaii, the Navy showed off the future of landing craft with a gargantuan aquatic tank prototype—and even that's… » 7/25/14 11:40am 7/25/14 11:40am

The Fighter Jet We Could Have Built Instead of the F-35

The mid-1990s found the U.S. military in need of a low-cost, supersonic stealth fighter jet that all three armed services branches could field. Easy, right? The subsequent—and highly contentious—design competition between Boeing and Lockheed saw the winner take home a $200 billion defense contract, which in turn… » 7/18/14 12:40pm 7/18/14 12:40pm

This Army Mine Sweeper Will Drive Itself in Search of IEDs

Among the most dangerous jobs on the battlefield, being the soldier driving the minesweeping truck at the head of convoys is probably the last one you'd want. Your job is to drive over IEDs and landmines, detonating them before the vehicles behind you do. But thanks to a recent advancement in autonomous vehicle… » 7/02/14 11:40am 7/02/14 11:40am

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

DARPA wants drones to have lasers too

Laser pods mounted on drones to shoot down missiles. Yeah, that's science fiction warfare, right there. And that's exactly what the US military wants. The US just gave Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman contracts to develop aircraft-mounted laser weapons to protect drones from getting hit by missiles. Or create a… » 10/30/13 11:12pm 10/30/13 11:12pm

The US Military Tested a Tsunami Bomb That Could Rival the Nuclear Bomb

We've all seen the destruction that tsunamis can cause. It doesn't play around. But back in 1944, the US military wanted to play around with tsunamis in hope of creating a man made tsunami bomb—basically setting off 10 large blasts in the ocean to create a 33-foot tsunami that would pulverize and drown a city. » 1/03/13 11:00pm 1/03/13 11:00pm

The Pentagon Suffered One of the Most Damaging Cyberattacks in US…

The US Department of Defense just revealed that they lost 24,000 files to "foreign intruders" in March. Though they wouldn't specify on details, they acknowledged it was "one of the most damaging cyberattacks to date on the US military". » 7/14/11 3:53pm 7/14/11 3:53pm

How Osama bin Laden Was Found

In this age of GPS signals, Foursquare check-ins, and iPhone tracking, how did America's most-wanted man, Osama bin Laden, stay hidden for almost a decade? A better question would ask how he was found, for that is the reason the world is rejoicing today. » 5/02/11 5:00am 5/02/11 5:00am

The Immigration Con Man who Built a Fake Army

What would you do to stay in the country you love? Would you trust a fellow foreigner—someone from your homeland—with your future, paying him up to $450 to join his US Army unit and get a fast-track to citizenship? These desperate, deceived immigrants did just that. » 4/14/11 1:00pm 4/14/11 1:00pm

US Military Bans YouTube, Amazon and 11 Other Websites to Free Up…

Employees of the US military are without YouTube, eBay, Amazon, MTV, ESPN and eight other websites, with the Pentagon explaining that "this action is in no way a reflection on any specific site or the content of any specific site...[it is] in response to the needs of the military in a time of extreme demand on all… » 3/17/11 5:52am 3/17/11 5:52am

In the Next 10 Years the US Military Will Be 50% Green—Hopefully

War is costly stuff, and isn't doing our fine planet any favors. At least, not environmentally. By 2020 however, the US military hopes that 50 per cent of their operations will be done using renewable energy. » 10/06/10 5:00pm 10/06/10 5:00pm

US Military Discharges Part of Robot Army Over Budget Issues

It's rough for robots in the armed services lately. Lack of funding is forcing the United States military to end the Army's Future Combat Systems program and eliminate many robotic soldiers, including autonomous helicopters and mine-sniffing transport vehicles. » 1/15/10 10:40pm 1/15/10 10:40pm

Military Car Robot Jumping 25 Feet In the Air Is Every Kid's Toy Dream

Watching this video of the Precision Urban Hopper jumping over a fence, makes my inner kid all giddy and excited. It also makes my outer nerd wet. It has been invented by Boston Dynamics, the creators of the scary BigDog. » 9/15/09 11:20am 9/15/09 11:20am

Heat Ray Causes Unintelligible Yelping from 60 Minutes Reporter

Remember the US Military ray gun that makes people feel like they're on fire? Well, 60 Minutes sent out a reporter to see if he could take the heat. Standing in plain view of the ray gun made his body feel like "scalding water," so David Martin attempted, with little success, to hide behind a piece of plywood and… » 2/29/08 3:00pm 2/29/08 3:00pm

US Military Developing Gigantic Magnetic 21,600mph Slingshot

Since the US military sucks up nearly a trillion dollars of our income taxes every year, they have plenty of money to blow, and here's one of the cool toys such prodigious amounts of cash will buy: it's a giant magnetic slingshot. But the spending has hardly even started on this one yet—the Air Force so far has… » 1/03/07 12:07pm 1/03/07 12:07pm