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Neat Photo Shows A US Navy Sailor Inside A F/A-18 Hornet Afterburner

Dayshot: It looks like the entryway to a portal. Or like the pod of some spacecraft. But it’s a US Navy sailor checking out the afterburners of a fighter jet. From the US Navy: “Aviation Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Ryan Draper, from Palmdale, Calif., inspects an F/A-18 afterburner in the jet shop aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).”


The Pentagon Wants Special Ops To Carry DNA Scanners

The United States’ most elite soldiers have been collecting DNA samples from suspected terrorists for years. But because analysis normally takes three weeks, it’s been a pretty useless chore. Now, however, U.S. Special Operations Command is testing a machine that can do it in 90 minutes. Get ready for advanced biometric warfare.


Boondoggle HQ: The $US25 Million Building In Afghanistan Nobody Needed

This is a story about how the U.S. military built a lavish headquarters in Afghanistan that wasn’t needed, wasn’t wanted and wasn’t ever used at a cost to American taxpayers of at least $US25 million.


The Air Force's Secretive Space Plane Just Launched Again

The U.S. Air Force’s unmanned X-37B shot off into space for the fourth time today. The extreme secrecy shrouding all three previous missions have fuelled plenty of conspiracy theories. But for once, we actually have some inkling of what the X-37B will do.


Behold The M1 Abrams Tank Blasting Its Cannon Like A Fire Beast

It’s not only the fire breathing blast that’s cool in this photo of a M1 Abrams firing its 120mm smoothbore cannon, it’s also the dirt rising from the ground and the dust that surrounds the tank like a forcefield. There is so much power in one picture.


British Submariner Goes AWOL After Leaking UK Military Nuclear Secrets

The British Royal Navy is searching for Able Seaman William McNeilly after he leaked an 18-page report called “The Secret Nuclear Threat.”


Report: US Military Drone Pilots Don't Get Enough Training

The U.S military is increasingly making use of drones rather than manned aircraft. But a new report from the Government Accountability Office suggest that as much as 65 per cent of drone pilots do not get enough training.


The US Air Force's Mysterious Space Plane Is Going Into Orbit Again

If all goes well, the US Air Force’s mysterious X-37B will blast off into space for the fourth time on 20 May. But for the first time, they’re actually telling us what the space plane will be doing — well, some of it anyway.


Look At This Shockwave Caught In Action

Dayshot: In this image, MATRA air-ground missiles hit a target during a close air support exercise on the military training area in Munster, Germany, on 5 May 2015. Captured the exact moment of explosion, the visible patterns of the following shock wave make for an impressive picture.


This Is How DARPA Thought Today's Tech Would Look In 2001

Video: Touchscreens everywhere, voice-activated software, real-time translation and automated cyber-defences. This may look a lot like present day, but it’s actually DARPA’s vision of current-day technology as predicted in 2001.