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The US Military Had One Hell Of A Time Getting Gear Out Of Afghanistan

NATO formally ended combat operations at the end of 2014, but the US military couldn’t just… leave. No, pulling out of Afghanistan was a massive operation in itself, one that took three years of planning and cost an estimated $US28 billion — just to get out.


US Navy To Publicly Show Their Amazing Railgun For The First Time Ever

Video: The US Navy will publicly show their formidable railgun at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo in Washington DC on 4 February. The electromagnetic cannon launches solid projectiles over 100 nautical miles at more than six times the speed of sound. You can see it in action above.


Pentagon Scolds US Air Force For Wasting Nearly $US9 Billion On Drones

Drones are expensive. Aircraft like General Atomics’s MQ-1 Predator or MQ-9 Reaper cost millions of dollars piece, while the cost of maintaining the fleet stretches into the high tens of billions dollars over their lifespans. The Pentagon’s internal watchdog is aware of this, and recently lambasted the Air Force for not justifying the purchase of 46 Reapers — potentially wasting $US8.8 billion of taxpayers’ money.


Impressive Photo Of The F-35 Lightning II With All Its Weaponry Lined Up

Photo: Lockheed Martin sent us this impressive shot by Matt Short of the F-35 Lightning II showing all the weaponry it can carry. Of course, it can’t carry everything you see at the same time, just a few of them. But it’s designed to carry — and fire — any of them.


The Trillion Dollar F-35 Won't Even Be Able To Shoot Its Gun Until 2019

Last year, Australia dramatically boosted its order of the still-in-development, problem-prone F-35 stealth fighter. Now a new report says the jet’s 25mm cannon won’t be operational until 2019 at the earliest. Even more laughable is that it probably doesn’t even need the gun to begin with.


How Defence Has Shaped Our Cities

So in your spare time you’re looking at an aerial view of London on your favourite online mapping service (as one does), when you notice a street called London Wall.


The Pentagon's New Non-Lethal Mortars Seem Like A Very Good Idea

An estimated 174,000 civilians have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Who knows how many of these casualties could have been prevented if the United States and its allies were using deadly weapons, especially in dense urban areas. So it’s great news that the Pentagon has developed a non-lethal mortar round.


The US Navy Once Tried Using Nuclear-Powered Wetsuits To Keep Divers Warm

The ocean is an inhospitable place for soft, land-based human bodies. It’s dark, oxygenless, and, perhaps most intractable of all, really cold. At the pressure of certain depths, neoprene suits will compress and lose their insulating power. The air in tanks also gets cold, so divers become chillier with each breath. But in the ’60s the US Navy thought it had an ingenious solution to it all: nuclear power.


This Is What Plane-Mounted Laser Guns Could Look Like

DARPA is going gaga over the pew-pew. The department just awarded a Northrop Grumman a $US20.2 million contract to begin the second phase of its Excalibur Program — one which aims to give the same kind of missile-frying laser cannon that’s currently patrolling the Persian Gulf to America’s Air Force.


Which Country Has The World's Largest Army Throughout History?

Martin Vargic made a very interesting chart that shows what the world’s largest army was throughout history, from 2500 BC until now. He split up the world into “west” and “east” to show which countries or dynasties or empires were dominating different parts of the world.