The Navy Is Teaching Celestial Navigation Again as a Backup Plan Against Hackers 

The Naval Academy hasn’t taught midshipmen how to navigate by the stars in nearly 20 years, but it’s reintroducing the old-school approach to maritime travel. Why use a sextant instead of computers and GPS? Worries about ships stranded by cyber-attacks, which have the Navy re-thinking its reliance on tech. »10/13/15 6:00pm10/13/15 6:00pm


A Beginner's Guide to Navy-Strength Rum

The Royal Navy's successful invasion of Jamaica in 1655 had a lot of terribly negative outcomes. The commanders ended up in the Tower of London. Many of the English sailors fell sick or starved. A lot of Spanish settlers died. But there was one undeniably positive outcome: rum. »3/27/15 5:30pm3/27/15 5:30pm

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The Navy's ship-mounted laser cannon has been a long time coming, notes Brian Resnick, who chronicle

The Navy's ship-mounted laser cannon has been a long time coming, notes Brian Resnick, who chronicles the 50-year history of the military's "dream" project. "The LASER may be the biggest breakthrough in the weapons area since the atomic bomb," the head of the Army Ordnance Missile Command wrote in 1962. »12/15/14 1:41pm12/15/14 1:41pm

I Wore the Navy's Oculus Rift, and It Showed Me the Future of Warfare

When we think of the future of the military, we think of bigger and better weapons. Laser canons and the like. But what about the people operating those lasers? How can a behemoth like the Navy ready its future sailors for the high-tech combat of tomorrow? Believe it or not, with an Oculus Rift. »3/13/14 2:48pm3/13/14 2:48pm

Just in time for Veterans Day, the sweetest "Luke, I am your father" moment

This darling kiddo wanted a Star Wars-themed birthday party where he got to play Luke Skywalker. His cousin was cast as Darth Vader, but when that black helmet came off, this little Luke got a glimpse of his father, who is in the Navy and wasn't expected home until December. After not seeing his son for three… »11/11/12 10:30am11/11/12 10:30am

What Battlestar Galactica gets right (and wrong) about space warfare

We loved Battlestar Galactica's nuanced approach to foreign affairs, wartime politics, and classicism, but how likely is it that its portrayal of a futuristic aircraft carrier will translate into our spacefaring military future? Foreign Policy interviewed naval analyst and former U.S. Naval War College research… »9/29/12 1:30pm9/29/12 1:30pm