If You're Planning To Invade The US, 2028 Will Be The Optimum Year

Timing is everything in warfare, so here's a helpful tip for any up-and-coming global superpowers, evil masterminds or future corporate nation-states. The best year to stage your very own version of Red Dawn could be in 2028, when the U.S. Navy, the main protector of America's sovereignty, will be at its weakest. » 12/26/14 7:40am 12/26/14 7:40am

How The Military Could Turn Your Mind Into The Next Battlefield

Long a staple of science fiction, the idea of creating weapons that can disrupt or alter the cognitive processes of enemy combatants is starting to become reality. Inspired by recent advances in neuroscience, the U.S. military is considering the potential for "neuro-cognitive weapons". Here's what you need to know… » 12/19/14 11:09am 12/19/14 11:09am

Top-Secret Space Plane Lands After Almost 2 Years In Orbit

The U.S. Air Force's top secret X-37B Space Plane made a not-so-secret return to Earth this morning, landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California after an impressive 674 days in orbit. » 10/17/14 4:08pm 10/17/14 4:08pm

Iran's Giant Batmobile Is Just The Latest Of Its Embarrassing Weapons

Every year, Tehran commemorates the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq War with "Sacred Defense Week," when it's become a tradition to theatrically unveil the country's newest, most sophisticated weaponry. Western military analysts, though, are often more amused than impressed. » 10/17/14 6:40am 10/17/14 6:40am

Happy 10th Birthday, Missile Defense! Too Bad You Still Don't Work.

Members of Congress and conservative lobbyists have been celebrating a very special birthday: President George W. Bush's official activation of the U.S. ballistic missile defense system. But the sad truth is that they're celebrating 10 years of self-delusion. The project is broken, despite the $40 billion spent on it. » 10/16/14 9:08am 10/16/14 9:08am

The Pentagon's New Climate Change Report Won't Change A Damn Thing

A report released by the Defense Department warns that climate change threatens to intensify global instability, disease and poverty, while undermining U.S. military readiness. But judging from the events of the past year, Congress will not only disregard the report's findings, but actively block its recommendations. » 10/14/14 9:00am 10/14/14 9:00am

The British Military Spread Rumors Of Satanic Cults In Northern Ireland

During the early 1970s, amid increasing violence in Northern Ireland, British military intelligence agents deliberately sought to create panic about Satanic cults, black masses and witch covens as a way to discredit paramilitary groups. » 10/10/14 6:20am 10/10/14 6:20am

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) recently said members of Congress have privately urged generals to resign "in a blaze of glory" if they disagree with Obama's handling of Middle East conflicts. Amid criticism, Lamborn's office later claimed he was referring to earlier policy disputes such as the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't… » 9/29/14 10:20am 9/29/14 10:20am

​Is The Military Developing Banned Laser Tech To Blind Enemy Soldiers?

Until the mid-1990s, the U.S. Air Force funded research on how to destroy human eyeballs at a distance with lasers. There were at least 10 such programs with names like BOSS, Nighthawk and Y-Blue. An international treaty banned these weapons, but, according to one report, the research has continued. » 9/15/14 1:40pm 9/15/14 1:40pm

Declassified Documents Reveal US Plan for Alaska in a Russian Invasion

In 1950, Cold War tensions ran high and government officials were terrified that Soviets would invade Alaska. Recently-declassified documents reveal the details of "Operation Washtub"—a joint FBI-Air Force plan to recruit Alaskans as "stay-behind" agents to gather military intelligence. » 9/12/14 9:40am 9/12/14 9:40am

China Is Mass-Producing Islands To Extend Its Strategic Borders

A dramatic change is taking place in the South China Sea where, since the beginning of this year, Beijing has created at least five new islands by dredging rock and sand and pumping it into reefs to form new land. By doing so, the Chinese are sending a blunt message to its neighbors and the U.S.: Keep out. » 9/10/14 7:40am 9/10/14 7:40am

A Map Of The U.S. Military's Expanding Operations In Africa

While much of our attention is focused on ISIS and the Middle East, a closer look at the news cycle during the past two days reveals the extent to which the U.S. military has expanded its presence in Africa, where it is providing support for French counter-terrorism operations against militant Islamist groups. » 9/03/14 7:00am 9/03/14 7:00am

The USAF Can't Find A Downed Pilot And The Quiet Zone Might Be Why

An F-15C crashed earlier this morning in the mountains of western Virginia, and hours later, the pilot seems to have vanished without a trace. Part of the reason offered has been because it's so hard to communicate in that part of the country. But communications are silent in the National Radio Quiet Zone on purpose. » 8/27/14 4:54pm 8/27/14 4:54pm

Insane Video Takes You Inside the Cockpit of a Blue Angels Jet

The Blue Angels are the stunt pilots of the US Navy and Marines, showing off the very best aviation tricks every year at airshows. They soar, swoop, and turn upside down — all in formation. It's incredible to watch from the ground, and it's just blisteringly insane from inside the cockpit. » 8/25/14 10:47am 8/25/14 10:47am

The USS Enterprise Is Being Shut Down

It's the beginning of the end for the USS Enterprise. After 50 years of service, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is going dark at the same shipyard where it was first built. » 8/14/14 6:40am 8/14/14 6:40am

Secret Tunnels in Warfare Are Less of a Threat Than You Think

Israeli troops claim that they have discovered more secret tunnels that Hamas is using to get into the country. Though the tunnels sound terrifying, military strategy experts say they have little value when it comes to battlefield results. » 7/27/14 2:30pm 7/27/14 2:30pm

A Surveilliance Drone That Can Fit Inside A Soldier's Pocket

U.S. Army engineers are working on a mini aerial surveillance drone for troops working in challenging environments. Once deployed, the scifi-like device could allow soldiers to get a bird's-eye view of their immediate area, or scan the contents of a room as they clear a building. » 7/24/14 7:40am 7/24/14 7:40am

More Than Two-Thirds of American Youth Don't Qualify for the Military

Calling it a "national security matter," the Pentagon says that 71% of Americans aged 17 to 24 would fail to qualify for military service owing to physical, behavioral, or educational shortcomings. Obesity is a big part of the problem, but it's hardly the whole story. » 6/30/14 10:43am 6/30/14 10:43am

One of Russia's Last Remaining Early-Warning Satellites Just Died

The Russian Ministry of Defense has announced that its only geostationary early-warning satellite — the Cosmos-2479, launched two years ago — is no longer functioning. With just two other observation satellites left in orbit, the chances of a false-alarm nuclear attack just escalated. » 6/25/14 12:00pm 6/25/14 12:00pm