How Elephant Armies Built the Ancient World

Without elephants, the ancient Library of Alexandria might not have existed. Every war has, as a byproduct, cultural and technological innovation: in our world, the US Civil War led to medical advancements and the Cold War put us in space. In the classical era, it was the race to build elephant armies that changed the… » 3/18/14 12:49am 3/18/14 12:49am

Must Read: An FAQ Explaining Why You Should Worry About Killer Robots

We all agree that programming robots to kill humans at their own discretion is a bad idea — but this scenario is a lot closer than most of us realize. A new FAQ from Human Rights Watch summarizes how close we are to autonomous killing machines, and how important it is to ban them now. » 10/22/13 12:45pm 10/22/13 12:45pm

What Kenya's Mall Siege Reveals About the Urban Future of War

A 2003 article in the Military Review has proven darkly prescient with last weekend’s terrorist siege of an indoor shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Written by two retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonels, the piece outlines the emergence of modern-day siege warfare tactics, or the invasion of large architectural… » 9/25/13 6:11pm 9/25/13 6:11pm

Physicist aims to publish a science fiction novel to raise $2 million…

A physicist is asking for help publishing his wild new science fiction book series — and possibly also creating a new superweapon that would change the face of war forever. Australian-born physicist Adam Weigold is trying to raise $20,000 on Kickstarter to pay for editing and marketing for his novel Dragon Empire,… » 1/15/13 5:30pm 1/15/13 5:30pm

Darpa's Magic Plan: 'Battlefield Illusions' to Mess With Enemy Minds

Arthur C. Clarke once famously quipped that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." So perhaps it was inevitable that the Pentagon's extreme technology arm would eventually start acting like magicians - and try to create illusions on the front lines. » 2/16/12 12:07pm 2/16/12 12:07pm

Scott Westerfeld explains why World War I should be the new World War II

Today sees the release of Scott Westerfeld's and Keith Thompson's long-awaited third book in the Leviathan trilogy, Goliath. And we can't wait for a third dose of alternate-history World War I, with all the mechs and genetically engineered airships. (And to celebrate, here's a lovely new piece of artwork. Check out… » 9/20/11 12:28pm 9/20/11 12:28pm