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Fascinating visualization breaks down how the Roman army was organized

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 organized, how Roman citizens were Legionaries and non-Roman citizens were Auxiliaries and how those soldiers were grouped… »6/09/15 11:00pm6/09/15 11:00pm

What It Feels Like to Shoot With the Military’s Experimental Smart Scope

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. »4/29/15 9:09am4/29/15 9:09am

Old U.S. Army newsreel documents the effects of psychoactive chemicals. On cats.

Over the course of the 1960s, the U.S. Army released a series of videos (at least ten, maybe more) featuring ongoing military R&D projects. The progress reports mostly highlighted advances relating to military equipment — missile operations systems, tanks, personnel carriers, things like that. But at the end of the… »3/01/12 3:01pm3/01/12 3:01pm

US Army Sargeant Volunteers Unit to be First Colonial Marines

Being a member of the US military in Afghanistan takes it's toll after a few years. So last week, Sergeant First Class William Ruth of the Army's 101st Airborne Division proposed an alternative mission for his soldiers: let them be the first humans to colonize another planet. In his letter (below) to an editor at … »4/29/08 9:40am4/29/08 9:40am