This Giant Russian Ship Is Toting Two Submarines

America's isn't the only military to rely on heavy-lift transport vessels, the unusual class of utility ship that helped ferry the crippled USS Cole home for repairs. Russia has just released a series of photos documenting the slow return trip to the Zvezdochka shipyard for a pair of its Akula II-class submarines, the » 9/09/14 5:30pm 9/09/14 5:30pm

The Army's Laser War Truck Can Now See (and Shoot) Through Fog

The problem with the current iterations of combat laser prototypes is they can easily be foiled by suspended condensation, smoke, fog, and other obscurants that deflect and defract the beam as its en route to its target. The HEL MD, however, proved earlier this year that the solution is simple: Just increase the power… » 9/05/14 5:05pm 9/05/14 5:05pm

Soldiers Describe How DARPA Smartphones Save Lives in Battle

The average pedestrian walks around with more sophisticated navigation and communication technology in his pocket than our soldiers have on the battlefield. That's why the military is working hard on developing a battle-ready smartphone that would bring our troops up to speed. According to the soldiers who've tested… » 9/04/14 10:54am 9/04/14 10:54am

Syria's "Monuments Men" Are Trying to Save History Amidst ISIS Chaos

Roman ruins. Byzantine villages. Umayyad architecture. The relics of the Hittites, Assyrians, Arabs, Mongols, Mamelukes, and Ottomans. Syria has some of the most remarkable cultural history in the world—and now, National Geographic reports that Syrians are using archaeological first aid to save it. » 9/03/14 3:29pm 9/03/14 3:29pm

All Systems Are Go for This C-17 Pilot's Night of Iraqi Relief Flights

The U.S. Air Force and its allies have been regularly dropping humanitarian aid packages in support of towns and communities besieged by ISIS. On August 31st a USAF photographer captured this stunning image of Capt. Erica Stooksbury, of the the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, prepping her C-17 Globemaster for a… » 9/03/14 3:00pm 9/03/14 3:00pm

This Dazzling Laser Show Is Way More Effective Than Any Warning Shot

Warning shots are a waste of ammunition and not a particularly effective deterrent. Instead, modern warfighters inform potentially lost civilians/potential suicide bombers that they're in the soldier's rifle sights by blasting them with laser light from barrel-mounted laser dazzlers like these. » 9/02/14 11:40am 9/02/14 11:40am

This Insane Stealth Attack Boat Is Begging to Be Part of the Navy

New details have emerged on the stealthy fast attack craft from Juliet Marine known as the Ghost. This prototype is the only one of its kind (yet!). It looks—and runs—like something out of the next GI Joe flick, according to the folks at Bloomberg Businessweek who recently got a closer look. Eat your heart out,… » 8/22/14 2:45pm 8/22/14 2:45pm

Of Course the First Object Ever Recovered From Orbit Was for Spying

In the early days of the U.S. satellite surveillance program, our orbital cameras employed state-of-the-art technologies to get the physical film back to Earth for development and analysis. They shot it back into the atmosphere like 300-pound bullets, and tried to catch the falling canisters by their parachutes using… » 8/21/14 11:40am 8/21/14 11:40am

This Passive Exoskeleton Makes 36 Pounds Feel Like Nothing

You all remember the TALOS, right? That big cybernetic exosuit designed to boost the physical abilities of its wearer? This is its unpowered cousin and, while it won't turn you into Captain America (regardless of how friggin awesome that would be), it is already revolutionizing how America's Navy builds its… » 8/20/14 11:45am 8/20/14 11:45am

Unmanned Drones Landing Autonomously Next to F-18s Is a Very Big Deal

The days of piloted combat aircraft are quickly coming to an end, soon to be heavily augmented if not outright replaced by UCAS, or Unmanned Combat Air Systems. Just yesterday, the Navy's X-47B demonstrator proved that manned and unmanned operations can take place on the same flight deck. » 8/10/14 2:37pm 8/10/14 2:37pm

​It's a Miracle WWI US Naval Destroyers Managed to Hit Anything at All


When you're on a destroyer steaming full speed through the North Atlantic firing at an enemy ship 15,000 meters away that's trying its best to sink you, you'd better make well sure your shot hits first. To ensure our sailors stood a fighting chance during WWI's intense naval engagements, the DoW built and outfitted… » 7/30/14 11:43am 7/30/14 11:43am

20,400 Tons of Deliveries Later, the Pilotless K-Max Is Coming Home

Even though it's still officially a prototype transport system, the K-max unmanned delivery helicopter from Lockheed Martin and Kamen has become a workhorse for US Marine Corps But despite its strong showing throughout the War in Afghanistan, the future of this pilotless chopper remains uncertain. » 7/28/14 12:00pm 7/28/14 12:00pm