Here's Everything We Know About The Airstrikes Against ISIS Inside Syria

Last night, the US and numerous coalition partners launched airstrikes against ISIS targets within Syria itself for the first time. It marked a major escalation in the crisis not only militarily, but also diplomatically, and now everything's a lot more complicated. Here's what we know. » 9/23/14 11:56am Today 11:56am

Trench Warfare in World War I Was a Smarter Strategy Than You Realize

History remembers trench warfare as wasteful, futile, and uninspired, but in reality it was a deeply thought-out system that underwent constant revision. Here's how it worked during World War I. » 9/22/14 2:25pm Yesterday 2:25pm

Russia's Alfa Class Was The Terrifying Hot Rod Sub Of The Cold War

Developed in the '60s at the height of the Cold War, it remains the fastest of its kind till this very day. Its propulsion system was so powerful that it required an overhaul after a single high-speed mission. It could operate at unrivaled elevations, was ridiculously expensive to operate and its very existence sent… » 9/22/14 2:04pm Yesterday 2:04pm

This US Navy Battleship Sported Two Swimming Pools

The USS New Jersey, one of the great Iowa Class Battleships, was reactivated in the late 1960s to serve during the height of the Vietnam War. Her forward 40mm guns were removed during a very light and expedited refit before deploying. These now empty "gun tubs" were then sealed and piped, painted blue and made into… » 9/21/14 3:30pm Sunday 3:30pm

Watch This Armored Car Make It Home On Nothing But Shredded Tires

They are supposed to be run-flat, not run-shred tires, but this Turkish Otokar Cobra armored gets around pretty well riding on rims. Turkey's Otokar is somewhat analogous to French armored combat vehicle builder Panhard's VBL, and it can be similarly reconfigured for almost any mission. » 9/20/14 2:42pm Saturday 2:42pm

The F-35′s X-Ray Vision Is The Future Of Naval (And All Other) Warfare

One of the most 'popular' features on the controversial F-35 is the jet's Distributed Aperture System (DAS). DAS creates an all-seeing sphere and classifies and relays data and video to the pilot's helmet and to the jet's mission computers. This game-changing system has now been adapted for the high seas, and it won't… » 9/19/14 12:00pm Friday 12:00pm

"New" Jet Pack is Rehash of Previous Failed Technology

Have you heard of that fascinating new technology out of Arizona State: a jet pack-like device that allows a wearer to run faster through the wonders of space age technology? It's a lot like something tried and discarded in the 1950s. » 9/18/14 1:47pm Thursday 1:47pm

Watch These Russian Missiles Completely Tear Through A Derelict Wreck

We talk a lot about naval shells, torpedoes, and missiles here on Foxtrot Alpha, but it's not very often we get to see the heavy hitting stuff in action on the water. So here's supersonic ramjet-powered cruise missiles absolutely tearing apart a floating target. » 9/17/14 5:10pm Wednesday 5:10pm

This Giant Sensor Packed Balloon Is About To Watch Over The Capitol

It may look like a pregnant blimp, but it packs one hell of a radar system. The Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor (JLENS) is an aerostat that can haul powerful radars and communications systems up to its perch at 10,000 feet, for weeks at a time. Which is exactly what it is about to do… » 9/17/14 2:37pm 9/17/14 2:37pm

LA School District Gives Back Its Grenade Launchers But Keeps Its MRAP

The nation was up in arms over LA's school district having three grenade launchers in its possession for over a decade. Now the district's police department is giving them up. But also, uh, they're keeping their MRAP. » 9/17/14 12:43pm 9/17/14 12:43pm

The LA School District Has Grenade Launchers

In all the hullabaloo over the past few days about the San Diego School District's new MRAP, we missed the most wonderful news of all. Not only is the Los Angeles Unified School District getting an MRAP, too, they also casually disclosed that they've had three grenade launchers since 2001. » 9/16/14 5:05pm 9/16/14 5:05pm

Assad's Secret Weapon To Win Back Syria Is... Ghetto R2-D2?!

Just when you thought things could not get any weirder when comes to Syria's slow burning civil war, low-end R2-D2 shows up to remind you that anything is possible in the land of Hell Cannons and Barrel Bombs. » 9/16/14 1:56pm 9/16/14 1:56pm

The Last Vikings: World's Remaining Airworthy S-3Bs Assemble

In early 2009 the last S-3B Viking was officially retired from US Navy service. It was not long after that the humble aircraft's 10 hour endurance and ample room for avionics, pods and test gear brought her back into limited service with VX-30 and NASA. Shown here, for the first time ever, are the world's only flying… » 9/16/14 12:52pm 9/16/14 12:52pm

Lockheed's New Laser Super Turret Could Change Air Combat Forever

Defense giant Lockheed Martin, Notre Dame University, DARPA and the Air Force Research Lab have begun flight testing a streamlined and greatly miniaturized airborne laser turret that has the potential to totally transform air combat as we understand it today. » 9/16/14 7:20am 9/16/14 7:20am

A School District Bought An 18-Ton MRAP Because The World Is Insane

We live in a glorious country, America, where not only can police forces buy extremely armored vehicles, but they can equip themselves to the point where they are, for all and intents and purposes, armies. But why just limit that notion to police forces? Because a school district just bought its first armored behemoth. » 9/15/14 8:56am 9/15/14 8:56am

Watching This DC-10 Fire Retardant Drop Run Will Make You Queasy

Who knew that a quarter of a million pound (when empty) wide-bodied airliner could make bombing runs that would leave some fighter pilots clapping? 10 Tanker, the DC-10 that has been firefighting in the Southwest for about a decade, was caught on film doing some amazing things before, but this one takes the cake: » 9/15/14 1:58am 9/15/14 1:58am