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 2:48pm 3/13/14 2:48pm

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

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 7:30am 11/11/12 7:30am

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 10:30am 9/29/12 10:30am

Navy's newest robot is a mechanized, grenade-tossing firefighter

Add another eerily lifelike robot to the military's rapidly expanding android army. This one is, of all things, a mechanical firefighter. And not only can it climb ladders like its flesh-and-blood counterparts, it's designed to interact with human handlers in a kind of human/robot bucket brigade. » 3/09/12 6:30am 3/09/12 6:30am