While everyone complains about the fact that they don't have a jetpack or a flying car yet, the US military has patiently waited for its killer laser beams. Lockheed Martin says that it will hand off exactly that to the Army in the next few months.
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.
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.
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.
Image Cache: So. Cool. Here's a photo from the US Army showing M1A2 Abram tanks and a M2A3 Bradley fighting vehicle during a live-fire demonstration. Because their cannons have kicked up the sand from the ground, they almost look like desert sand sculptures. But then they start to take shape and you realise that yep, they're war machines.
Here's proof that the government blind-bumbles its way through tech problems like some hydra-headed bureaucratic Mr Magoo: The US Army thought a legitimate email of warning from another agency was also from hackers — and ended up leaving people affected by the hack in the dark because of its mistake.
Video: This is a graphic video showing a Colombian Army Blackhawk helicopter landing on a minefield. It explodes tragically, killing four and injuring six of the 15 people on board. The explosives in the minefield were supposedly detonated by the guerilla movement FARC. So sad. War sucks on both sides.
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.
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.
You've probably never fired an M4 carbine. Until a couple weeks ago, I hadn't either. But at a recent DARPA demo day, I loaded a magazine (also a first for me), snuggled up to the deadly assault rifle, and looked through one of the most technologically advanced smart scopes ever built. Then I pulled the trigger.
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.