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Palantir, the secretive Silicon Valley technology company that creates tools to mine and analyse large quantities of data, just won an important legal battle against the US Army. The company was protesting the way the Army accepted bids to create an upgraded version of its Distributed Common Ground System, a multi-billion dollar project that helps organise and coordinate efforts across different military branches.

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Video: Few movie scenes capture the horror of war like Saving Private Ryan. Seeing the storming of the beach in all its ugliness — the fear, the seasickness, the bullets, the desperation, the death — gives us a cold look at the reality of D-Day and how terrifying it must have been. But just how historically accurate is that scene? History Buffs analyses scenes from Saving Private Ryan to point out what actually happened versus what is Hollywood fiction.

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Wow. This totally looks like the beginning of World War III but thankfully it's just Operation Trident Juncture, a military exercise by NATO. But not just any old exercise, it's the biggest military exercise NATO has done in decades and one that required 36,000 troops and more than 140 aircraft and 60 ships from over 30 countries over a month-long span. It's a truly impressive flex of military might that hopefully we'll only ever see in training exercises like this.

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This image looks almost comically serene — and that might in fact be the whole point. This is a security forces Airman shortly after being plunged into a pool as part of his Pre-Ranger Training Assessment Course.

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Video: Legionary. Century. Centurions. Cohorts. Legions. These are all terms for a certain group or type of Roman soldier. This rather interesting break down of the Roman Army shows how the army was organised, how Roman citizens were Legionaries and non-Roman citizens were Auxiliaries, and how those soldiers were grouped together.

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The angle of this photo of a paratrooper making a jump off a C-130 aeroplane is so perfect that it makes it seem like the soldier is using the Hercules aircraft as a surfboard of sorts. Obviously, he's not standing on the plane (it's just our perspective fooling us, or just me), but riding an aeroplane while outside the plane would be so badass.

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The automotive industry has developed some of the most sophisticated crash test dummies in the world for testing and improving a vehicle's ability to protect its passengers in the event of an accident. However, when that vehicle is designed to protect its passengers from explosions, the US Military decided it needed a crash test dummy better suited to measuring the effects of those powerful shockwaves.

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The US Department of Justice just charged a group of four young hackers with a doozie of a crime. They're accused of breaking into both Microsoft and US Army servers and stealing $US100 million worth of everything from unreleased games to military training software. Two of the hackers have already pleaded guilty.