The Computer Simulation That Almost Started World War III

Remember the 1983 movie WarGames? The film is about a computer "game" with the potential to start thermonuclear war. But strangely this scenario is more truth than fiction. Because in 1979 programmers at NORAD almost started World War III when they accidentally ran a computer simulation of a Soviet attack. » 2/16/15 6:20pm 2/16/15 6:20pm

Robot horse gets first taste of real-world action with the US Marines

LS3—the son of the scary quadruped robot also known as Big Dog—has been deployed for the first time during the RIMPAC 2014, the multinational maritime war games in and around the Hawaiian Islands. It looks different from the last time we saw it, more like a big ox than a giant dog. » 7/14/14 10:48am 7/14/14 10:48am

Why Are F-22 Raptors Patrolling Las Vegas?

The skies above Las Vegas, Nevada have been packed with military aircraft over the last week. It's not another reboot of Red Dawn, mind you, but rather the second round of the Red Flag war games held at Nellis Air Force Base. Check out these sweet shots of the F-22 Raptor—America's first stealth fighter—staying sharp… » 3/08/13 9:00pm 3/08/13 9:00pm

A Toy Truck Saved the Lives of Six Soldiers in Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Christopher Fessenden is alive right now thanks to a toy truck. Seriously. The toy truck was always sent ahead of him in Afghanistan to look for roadside bombs. Last week, it ran into a tripwire and exploded. » 8/04/11 4:27pm 8/04/11 4:27pm

DARPA Video Game Lets You Teach Military Software How to Hunt Submarines

So the graphic realism isn't quite Black Ops, but this military sim will actually influence real-world naval operations in the future. » 4/08/11 9:00pm 4/08/11 9:00pm

Fake Cyber Terrorist Attack Will Get Real Government Response Next Week

Next week, for the first time, the public will be able to see how our government might respond to a full-fledged act of cyber terrorism, in a simulation that will include top intelligence and security officials. » 2/11/10 10:20pm 2/11/10 10:20pm

Cinema's Most Dramatic Typing Scenes

Are you telling me that no one has thought to combine the inherent suspense of a typing scene with the added drama of slow motion? I smell a low-hanging Oscar, Hollywood visual effects artists. » 3/27/09 3:40pm 3/27/09 3:40pm

Wargames Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Wired Interviews Everyone and…

Unlike more modern films about hacking like The Net and Hackers, Wargames has been lovingly embraced by the geek audience. And even 25 years after its release, it holds up as a thought-provoking film about a changing technological future-a future where the fate of the world really can be in one man's hands, or just as… » 7/24/08 9:46am 7/24/08 9:46am

Air Force Wants to Use Every Computer They've Got to Build Massive…

China has been semi-famed for launching DDoS attacks and poking around the US's secure networks generally. One Air Force colonel's solution? Build a massive botnet to DDoS the Commie bastards (or anyone else) right back. Because we're on the Light side, our bigass botnet wouldn't infect new computers, but the plan… » 5/14/08 7:30am 5/14/08 7:30am

Air Force Buys 300 PlayStation 3 for Research

The Air Force has bought 300 PlayStation 3s for "research." Whether "research" means "let's play a massive Call of Duty 4 game" or "let's start building SkyNet with 300 PlayStation 3 nodes" or "let's create a giant black mecha with Blu-ray lasers" is yet to be seen. According to the Air Force, they need the cell… » 3/05/08 5:16am 3/05/08 5:16am

No Hummer Jokes Here, Honest

The Hummer just isn t an obnoxiously big car driven by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Oh, no, it s a highly-capable combat machine when properly outfitted. Since the next generation of Hummers is still being worked on, the US Air Force has commissioned companies in California to outfit consumer-grade Hummers for military… » 12/27/05 11:51am 12/27/05 11:51am