The British Army is Creating a Battalion of "Facebook Warriors"

Warfare is a constantly changing landscape, from the weapons that are used to the battlefields they're fought on. Amidst mountains of Snowden leaks from the NSA and GCHQ, it's no longer a mystery that the digital warfare is advancing quickly, and the British Army just upped its digital artillery. » 2/01/15 11:18am 2/01/15 11:18am

What Would Happen If the 20 Biggest US Cities Were Wiped Out With Nukes

Wiping out an American city, much less the largest ones, requires either blast yields well beyond the capability of any terrorist organization, or numbers of nuclear weapons that would make the terrorist organization one of the largest nuclear powers on the planet. This is particularly true of major cities such as… » 10/14/14 1:10pm 10/14/14 1:10pm

The Navy Built Its Own Indoor Ocean to Test Ships

The world's seven seas may be wildly unpredictable, but if you ever find yourself itching to play Poseidon, you might want to consider enlisting. Because at the Naval Surface Warfare Center just outside Washington, D.C., the Navy gets to control every inch of its very own indoor ocean. » 8/29/14 2:30pm 8/29/14 2:30pm

Dragons in Game of Thrones Are Like Nuclear Weapons in the Real World

Because we all need a good dose of geopolitics in between sword fights, White Walkers, and boobs, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has a thorough analysis of all the ways dragons are just like nuclear weapons. It's actually a stunningly obvious comparison once you get down to it. » 6/03/14 8:30pm 6/03/14 8:30pm

Game of Thrones Creator Says Drones Are Worse Than The Dothraki

Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has definitely come up with some of the most shocking ways to kill people, from gasp-inducing beheadings to blood-spattered Red Weddings. But in an interview with Rolling Stone, Martin says the way we engage in modern warfare is far more brutal. » 4/27/14 11:45am 4/27/14 11:45am

The TV-Guided Drones of World War II

Drones were quite primitive during World War II, compared with the unmanned aerial vehicles we know today. They were most commonly used as target practice for the Navy and rarely had offensive capabilities. But a few of these experimental planes were outfitted with some incredibly futuristic tech that would help pave… » 4/07/14 6:14pm 4/07/14 6:14pm

South Korean marines storm the beach as smoke screens explode above them during a military exercise with the United States in Pohang on Monday. The same day, South Korea exchanged fire with North Korea, who is threatening a fourth nuclear test, in the Yellow Sea, a violent sign of increased tension between two… » 3/31/14 10:31am 3/31/14 10:31am

The Army Built a Fake City in Virginia to Train Its Troops

A shiny new city recently opened in northern Virginia's Caroline County. It has a school, a church, a mosque, a subway station, and even an embassy that, at five stories, may be the county's tallest building. But nobody lives there. » 2/11/14 4:00pm 2/11/14 4:00pm

What Kenya's Mall Siege Reveals About the Urban Future of War

A 2003 article in the Military Review has proven darkly prescient with last weekend’s terrorist siege of an indoor shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Written by two retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonels, the piece outlines the emergence of modern-day siege warfare tactics, or the invasion of large architectural… » 9/25/13 4:17pm 9/25/13 4:17pm

Navy Wants Aircraft Carriers to Manufacture Weapons On the Go

These days, the mention of 3D-printed weapons conjures up visions of people printing AK-47s in their garages (ok, that might just be me). But a recent story in the Armed Forces Journal brings word of a more systematic implementation of 3D-printed warfare. » 5/28/13 10:17am 5/28/13 10:17am

Paint That Sucks Up the Dangers of Chemical Warfare

For soliders out in the field chemical warfare is a very real threat, but while they can throw away their clothes and decontaminate their bodies, large equipment is more difficult to clean. Now military scientists have developed paint which literally sucks up the fallout from chemical attacks. » 7/25/12 6:39am 7/25/12 6:39am

America Admits to Targeted Drone Killing for the First Time Ever

The hunting and killing of particular individuals via drone has been a poorly closeted secret for many years now. Not anymore: John Brennan, Obama's top counterterrorism advisor, just went on the record, admitting targeted robot killing is official US policy. » 4/30/12 2:07pm 4/30/12 2:07pm

Not a Step Back: Images from World War 2's Brutal Eastern Front

The Allies ultimately won World War 2, of course, but at great cost. Nowhere is this more true than the great 1,000-mile Eastern Front, where German and Soviet forces mixed battle, bloodshed and war crimes in equal mix. » 9/18/11 10:00pm 9/18/11 10:00pm

Someone in Tripoli Keeps Trying to Turn the Internet Back On

Ever since rebels more or less seized control of Tripoli this weekend, there's been something else on the verge of liberation besides the embattled city' residents: their internet. » 8/22/11 8:56am 8/22/11 8:56am

Operation Shady Rat Is The Largest Cyber Attack Ever Uncovered

If it wasn't true before, it's definitely true now. Hacking isn't just for giggles, it's a major threat to international security. » 8/03/11 12:31am 8/03/11 12:31am

First Pictures of the Next Generation of Jet Fighters

New pictures just popped up at the AirVenture symposium showing off two pics of what the Air Force hopes will eventually wage air war in the years to come. » 7/30/11 1:30pm 7/30/11 1:30pm

Here’s How U.S. Spies Will Find You Through Your Pics

Iarpa, the intelligence community's way-out research shop, wants to know where you took that vacation picture over the Fourth of July. It wants to know where you took that snapshot with your friends when you were at that New Year's Eve party. Oh yeah, and if you happen to be a terrorist and you took a photo with some… » 7/29/11 9:20pm 7/29/11 9:20pm

Stuxnet Deconstructed Shows One Scary Virus

Ready to shake in your shoes? This video breaking down how Stuxnet works and where it could go next is flat out frightening. (And if this wasn't a government program, I'll eat a centrifuge.) » 6/16/11 6:40pm 6/16/11 6:40pm

Panetta Is Wrong: The Next Pearl Harbor Will Not Be a Cyber Attack

Everyone's favorite Italian grandmother and likely next Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta made headlines last week when he cautioned that "there's a strong likelihood that the next Pearl Harbor we confront could be a cyber attack." That's fear-mongering nonsense. » 6/13/11 4:30pm 6/13/11 4:30pm

The Arcturus Is the Smallest Drone Capable of Killing You

Florida-based company Arcturus has managed to create a tiny drone small enough for small military units to command. If this passes the military testing stage, this, along with other small-scale armed drones, could see the expansion of drone warfare. » 5/21/11 5:00pm 5/21/11 5:00pm