The Sound of a War's End, Visualized

Above we see seven seconds of an audio recording from November 11, 1918. On the left we can see three seconds of guns firing. In the middle? The official time of the ceasefire to end World War I and a sudden reprieve from the staccato of weapons blasting. On the right, the first three seconds of peace. An uneasy… » 3/14/15 7:15pm 3/14/15 7:15pm

Turkish Forces Enter Into Syria To Save A Sacred 780-Year-Old Artifact

In an effort to rescue 38 soldiers and the remains of Suleyman Shah — the "grandfather of the Ottoman Empire" — from ISIS forces, Turkey yesterday dispatched hundreds of soldiers, tanks, aircraft, and drones to a tomb in Syria. » 2/23/15 9:30am 2/23/15 9:30am

Saudi Arabia Is Building a 600-Mile Wall Along the Iraq Border

Saudi Arabia is building great wall — or rather, a great chainlink fence with razor wire — to "protect against ISIS" in Iraq. And it's not the only country investing in very expensive walls right now, even though they probably won't work. Why? Because walls aren't just about security. They're also powerful symbols. » 2/11/15 2:19pm 2/11/15 2:19pm

These Traditional-Style Afghani Rugs Were Inspired By Modern Warfare

Contemporary art is sometimes bizarre, but images of weapons appearing on traditional Afghani rugs may be the strangest change in modern art. The tradition was started during the Soviet occupation started in 1979, and these items are still made by most of the local ethnic groups. » 2/02/15 3:00pm 2/02/15 3:00pm

The 10 Greatest Tank Battles In Military History

Ever since the first armored vehicles crawled across the tortured battlescapes of World War I, tanks have become an indelible fixture of land warfare. Many tank-on-tank engagements have occurred over the years, some more significant — and epic — than others. Here are 10 you need to know about. » 1/23/15 10:00am 1/23/15 10:00am

The Ultimate Breakdown Of The Hobbit's Battle Of The Five Armies

You know that the third movie in The Hobbit trilogy is subtitled The Battle of the Five Armies, but how much do you really know about the titular battle? This infographic from not only explains the strength and armaments of the various combatants, but reveals each armies' tactics, step-by-step. » 1/05/15 10:40am 1/05/15 10:40am

The 10 Most Insignificant Wars in History

Some people see war as a glorious and terrible struggle over important issues. Some see it as a bloody breakdown of rationality. But everyone saw these ten wars as huge wastes of time. Learn about tantrums over pork, and battles that were over after a single shot. » 1/05/15 10:20am 1/05/15 10:20am

Reconstruction In Afghanistan Cost Nearly As Much As Apollo Program

The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan formally ended its combat mission yesterday, handing responsibility to the country's own military. The U.S. will keep 10,000 personnel there in support roles. Reconstruction efforts in the war-torn nation will also continue — but they've already cost $104 billion. » 12/29/14 12:23pm 12/29/14 12:23pm

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

Rare Medieval Manuscripts On Ancient War Machines Are Now Online

The British Library has just added several Greek manuscripts to its online collection, including a lavishly illustrated, 16th century compilation of treatises on warfare, which detail the science and tactics of siegecraft. » 12/12/14 6:40am 12/12/14 6:40am

Why Are Civilian Revolutionaries Prepared To Die For One Another?

It's often said that blood is thicker than water – that family ties trump all others. But research with groups of men fighting in Libya has suggested that the bonds they formed in times of great adversity were as strong as those they had with their own kin. » 11/12/14 1:40pm 11/12/14 1:40pm

The Multiple Asian Border Disputes That Could Trigger The Next War

The ongoing — and some would say, worsening — tension between China and Japan over disputed islands in the East China Sea frequently makes headlines. But often overlooked are the dozen or so other rival territorial claims across Asia that could erupt into wars, dragging in neighboring countries or the U.S. » 11/11/14 8:40am 11/11/14 8:40am

This Is The Future Of War

War has been with us throughout our history — and it will likely continue to be with us for some time. But will the ways in which we wage war change? Here's how the wars of the future could unfold. » 11/10/14 4:20pm 11/10/14 4:20pm

​How One Soviet Submarine Commander Averted World War III

On October 27, 1962, the captain of a Soviet submarine ordered a torpedo with a ten-kiloton nuclear warhead to be launched at a U.S. aircraft carrier. One man's decision prevented that order from being carried out—and his story is a cautionary tale about what could still happen in today's world. » 11/04/14 1:40pm 11/04/14 1:40pm

​ISIS Drones Show Us the Future Of War

In recent years, U.S. military planners have been considering an uncomfortable scenario: What happens as more countries acquire drones? How will warfare change when the skies are filled with vehicles controlled remotely by enemies? We're getting a preview right now in the Middle East. » 10/28/14 6:00pm 10/28/14 6:00pm

The CIA and FBI Had 1,000 Nazi "Assets" During Cold War

A new report suggests the U.S. government used at least 1,000 Nazis as spies and informants during the Cold War. Amongst these "compromised men" was a top advisor to Hitler and another presumed guilty of "minor war crimes." » 10/27/14 2:20pm 10/27/14 2:20pm

This Is How We Imagined Aerial Warfare 120 Years Ago

These gorgeous illustrations from the late nineteenth century reveal what people imagined air combat would be like in the future. It's pretty spectacular — and weirdly prescient, too. » 10/22/14 3:30pm 10/22/14 3:30pm

After Humanity Has Been Destroyed, Robots Keep Fighting Our Final War

War manages to outlive humanity in this frightening short film. Even after humans have gone extinct, our automated war machines keep on fighting, even though the people who programmed their orders are long dead. » 10/13/14 2:32pm 10/13/14 2:32pm

Newly-Declassified CIA Document Says Ben Franklin Was A Security Risk

Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents—but safeguarding state secrets was not among them. According to a recently released article by a CIA analyst, when Franklin was on a diplomatic mission in France, he allowed his offices to be penetrated by British spies during a crucial period in the American Revolution. » 10/01/14 11:10am 10/01/14 11:10am

Dispatches from the Yacht War of 2035

You could make a lot of cash if you were a yacht captain with military training and a death wish. Defending the perimeter of a coastal estate wasn't the cushy job it was back in the twenties. But there was a certain thrill in launching a missile from the deck of a ship whose bathroom was fitted with a gold-plated sink. » 9/29/14 5:30pm 9/29/14 5:30pm