Secrets of the Manhattan Project Leaked 1500 Times During World War II

The World War II program to develop an atomic bomb was the largest secret project ever undertaken by the U.S. government. But newly-declassified documents reveal how it hard it was to keep things secret as the weapon neared completion. Information leaks were everywhere, even in church sermons. » 8/25/14 11:20am Monday 11:20am

Which Lucky State Will Get a Useless $4 Billion Defense System?

At the urging of Congress, military officials have begun considering East Coast sites for an anti-ballistic missile system that doesn't work and the Pentagon doesn't want. But members of Congress can't let such details stand in the way. Now states are vying to score the $4 billion allocated for this dubious effort. » 8/21/14 8:15am 8/21/14 8:15am

U.S. Military Veterans Criticize Police Tactics In Ferguson

Recent events in Ferguson have prompted a national debate about "over-militarized" police forces that have acquired sophisticated, high-tech Pentagon equipment — including drones — through Homeland Security funding. But, how do actual military personnel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan assess the situation? » 8/15/14 6:20am 8/15/14 6:20am

Are Millennials Compatible With U.S. Military Culture?

An editorial in a magazine published by the U.S. Naval Institute grouses about the behavior of Millennials: their constant texting ignores the chain of command and they're way too laid back to serve in the military. A Millennial naval officer has responded online—and he blew those complaints out of the water. » 8/12/14 4:10pm 8/12/14 4:10pm

Why We Need To Stop Saying Cyberattacks Are An "Existential" Threat

Leaders from Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, the FBI and other government agencies warn that the U.S. is vulnerable to cyberattacks that could threaten the country's very existence. But one adviser to the White House argues that such statements exaggerate the danger and distract the government from the actual risks. » 8/08/14 6:30am 8/08/14 6:30am

Federal Employee Gets Fired After Writing An Article Criticizing Nukes

For 17 years, James Doyle was a nuclear policy specialist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Then he wrote an article that made the case for getting rid of nuclear weapons. After that, his computer was seized, he was accused of releasing classified information, and then he was fired. What happened? » 8/01/14 12:00pm 8/01/14 12:00pm

The Military Has Hired Hollywood To Help Build An Actual Iron Man Suit

Since Tony Stark is unavailable to advise the military on its robotic exoskeleton project, officials have turned to the next best thing: the special effects team that made the Iron Man costume. "It's daunting," says Lindsay MacGowan, co-founder of Legacy Effects, "because somebody's life eventually is in your hands." » 7/07/14 8:00am 7/07/14 8:00am

The 10 Maddest of the Mad Science Projects Funded by DARPA

Founded in 1958 to prevent technological surprises such as Sputnik, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency funds projects that are both outside the box and off the wall. Although DARPA gave us the Internet and GPS, plenty of its blue-sky ideas have crashed back down to Earth. Here are ten of them. » 6/30/14 10:10am 6/30/14 10:10am