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Monster Machines: SeaRAM Outfits The US Navy's Favourite Gatling Gun With Homing Missiles

Shockingly, there are some instances where the US Navy’s Phalanx Close-In Weapons System’s (CIWS) red hot wall of 20mm tungsten isn’t enough to neutralise incoming threats — like against fast moving anti-ship cruise missiles. For times like those, America’s Navy relies on the Phalanx’s bigger, badder, rocket-propelled brother: the SeaRAM.


The True Story Of The Deadliest Assassination Attempt On Paul Bremer

Between 2003 and 2004 Blackwater security expert Frank Gallagher managed the impossible — keeping Paul Bremer, the de facto head of state for newly invaded Iraq, alive through a violent insurgency. At times, it was a close-run thing. This was one of those times.


This Giant Russian Ship Is Toting Two Submarines

America’s isn’t the only military to rely on heavy-lift transport vessels, the unusual class of utility ship that helped ferry the crippled USS Cole home for repairs. Russia has just released a series of photos documenting the slow return trip to the Zvezdochka shipyard for a pair of its Akula II-class submarines, the Bratsk and the Samara.


Monster Machines: Israel's First 'Second Strike' Submarine Is A Dolphin With Nukes

What’s more impressive than sharks with laser beams? Dolphins with nuclear missiles. And that’s the newest member of Israel’s navy. A Dolphin-class submarine, anyway.


Monster Machines: America's First Floating Gun Battery Is Older Than The USA

Nothing jumpstarts technological development like a good war. WWII gave us UAVs, WWI introduced tanks, and the French-Indian War produced a unique gun battery — more cannon flotilla than warship — the radeau.


Soldiers Describe How DARPA Smartphones Save Lives In Battle

The average pedestrian walks around with more sophisticated navigation and communication technology in his pocket than soldiers have on the battlefield. That’s why the military is working hard on developing a battle-ready smartphone that would bring our troops up to speed. According to the soldiers who’ve tested the Pentagon’s prototypes, the tech can’t come soon enough.


China's Newest Knockoff Predator Drone Takes To The Skies

China’s getting into the UAV game in a big way. Well, really, the only way it knows how: by closely mimicking the existing technology of a foreign power and slapping a new name on it. Say hello to the MQ-1 Preda — I mean, Cai Hong-4 “Rainbow”.


All Systems Are Go For This C-17 Pilot's Night Of Iraqi Relief Flights

Briefly: The US Air Force and its allies have been regularly dropping humanitarian aid packages in support of towns and communities besieged by ISIS. On August 31, a USAF photographer captured this stunning image of Capt. Erica Stooksbury, of the the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, prepping her C-17 Globemaster for a relief mission over Amirli, Iraq.


Syria's 'Monuments Men' Are Trying To Save History Amidst ISIS Chaos

Roman ruins. Byzantine villages. Umayyad architecture. The relics of the Hittites, Assyrians, Arabs, Mongols, Mamelukes and Ottomans. Syria has some of the most remarkable cultural history in the world — and now, National Geographic reports that Syrians are using archaeological first aid to save it.


Monster Machines: This Dazzling Laser Show Is Way More Effective Than Any Warning Shot

Warning shots are a waste of ammunition and not a particularly effective deterrent. Instead, modern warfighters inform potentially lost civilians/potential suicide bombers that they’re in the soldier’s rifle sights by blasting them with laser light from barrel-mounted laser dazzlers like these.


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