See What Would Happen If You Dropped A Nuke Right Onto Your Own Face

That picture right there is what would happen if you dropped the world's largest nuke, the Soviet Tsar Bomba, in its theoretical 100 Megaton configuration onto the Foxtrot Alpha World Headquarters. Don't worry, if you only use the as-tested 50 MT configuration, Scranton might still make it. » 2/26/15 3:57pm Yesterday 3:57pm

Two Ex-Army Rangers Believe Flip Flops And Sarongs Will Defeat ISIS

I recently met two ex-Army Rangers in a bar, and got onto the topic of the war against ISIS. They told me they knew the solution: flip flops. I scoffed, which probably isn't something you should do to an Army Ranger's face. And they put me in my place.
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This Pacific Air Drill Trains Allies To Both Save Lives And Take Them

Cope North is one of the largest multi-national air power exercises in the Eastern Hemisphere. Every year, air forces from around the region deploy to Andersen AFB, located on the island of Guam to sharpen their skills, hone their inter-operational abilities and strengthen foreign ties among established and emerging… » 2/24/15 6:10pm Tuesday 6:10pm

These Guided Smart Shells Could Revolutionize The Navy's Dated Deck Guns

Raytheon's 155mm M982 Excalibur extended-range guided artillery shell is being shrunk down to fit into the Mark 45 five inch deck guns that are deployed aboard the Navy's Cruisers and Destroyers. This miniaturized sea-going Excalibur, known as the N5, could triple the range of current five inch shells and offer… » 2/24/15 12:25pm Tuesday 12:25pm

Al-Jazeera Just Got Its Hands On Docs From FSB, Mi6, Mossad, And More

The original Wikileaks US State Department cable dump a few years ago was illuminating at best, and embarrassing at worst. But a new batch of cable leaks is set to be released, this time from Al Jazeera (working with the Guardian), and it's set to be a whole lot bigger. Documents from intelligence agencies like the… » 2/23/15 12:42pm Monday 12:42pm

These A-10s Get Down And Dirty During A Combat Search And Rescue Drill

The Air Force's unappreciated close air support jet, the A-10 Warthog, may be best known for plinking tanks with missiles and bombs and shredding enemy positions with its GAU-8 Avenger 30mm cannon, but one of its most important and dangerous missions is Combat Search and Rescue, otherwise known as CSAR. » 2/21/15 4:30pm Saturday 4:30pm

This F-16 Viper Managed To Fly Back To Base Missing Half A Wing

Last October there was a nearly fatal collision between two F-16 Vipers from the 125th Fighter Squadron of the Oklahoma Air National Guard. All we knew at the time was that one of the jets went down in a field after the pilot safely ejected, while the other managed to land with a damaged wing. But "damaged" was… » 2/20/15 7:00pm 2/20/15 7:00pm

The "Ghost Rider" B-52 Rises From The Grave To Ride Again

U.S. Air Force serial number 61-0007, a B-52H known by its nose art as "Ghost Rider," was brought out of seven years of storage at the Defense Department's boneyard in Arizona. Its new mission? To replace an active B-52H that was badly damaged by fire while on the ground at Barksdale Air Force Base and make the USAF… » 2/20/15 4:25pm 2/20/15 4:25pm

This Is What It's Like To Get Intercepted By A Eurofighter Typhoon

We've already seen what it's like for a NATO jet to get intercepted by a Russian fighter, but Russian planes get intercepted by NATO just the same. Especially when you're in a looming Tu-95 Bear strategic bomber, and those intercepting planes are Royal Air Force Typhoons and French Mirages. » 2/19/15 3:18pm 2/19/15 3:18pm

The World's Most Secretive 737 Is America's Key To Better Stealth Tech

Nobody knows exactly where "Rat 55" lives or precisely what technology it uses to accomplish its mission, but it sure is an exotic beast. The USAF's secretive NT-43A testbed is a highly modified 737-200 that goes far beyond ground-based radar and infrared signature testing on stealthy aircraft by plying its trade… » 2/19/15 11:45am 2/19/15 11:45am

This War Weary Ukrainian Soldier Takes A Nasty Spill Off A Moving BMP

A very shaky ceasefire is in place in some parts of Eastern Ukraine, while in others, Ukrainian troops are running for their lives under heavy shelling. The toll from prolonged fighting on Ukrainian troops is showing. Case in point: this soldier who slipped from clinging to a BMP-1 as it retreats at high speed from… » 2/18/15 5:51pm 2/18/15 5:51pm

The Computer Simulation That Almost Started World War III

Remember the 1983 movie WarGames? The film is about a computer "game" with the potential to start thermonuclear war. But strangely this scenario is more truth than fiction. Because in 1979 programmers at NORAD almost started World War III when they accidentally ran a computer simulation of a Soviet attack. » 2/16/15 7:47pm 2/16/15 7:47pm

How To Successfully Get Launched Off A Carrier At Night In A F-14 Tomcat

LCDR Joe "Smokin" Ruzicka, the last F-14 Radar Intercept Officer to fly the Tomcat Tactical demonstration, is back to walk us through exactly what it took to strap on a 70k pound F-14 Tomcat in the dark of night and successfully get flung off the front of a US Navy super carrier via one of the ship's mighty… » 2/16/15 12:45pm 2/16/15 12:45pm

Egypt Strikes Islamic State In Libya, Will Buy French Rafale Fighters 

In what is a growing front in the war on the Islamic State, Egypt has admitted that it launched airstrikes against the group in Derna, Libya, a port city 150 miles east of Benghazi. The Egyptian military says that the attack is in response to a gruesome video showing Egyptian Coptic Christians being beheaded en masse. » 2/16/15 9:30am 2/16/15 9:30am

See Inside Kim Jong Un's Remodeled Air Force One

Kim Jong Un took to the skies in his remodeled Cold War era IL-62M to see a high-rise construction site located along the the Taedong River in Pyongyang. One of the North Korean Air Force's two known IL-62Ms appeared last year after having received new paint, although the mechanical reliability of the old jet has been… » 2/15/15 6:00pm 2/15/15 6:00pm