An A.I. named “ALPHA,” made by a company called Psibernetix, has apparently impressed the U.S. Air Force by repeatedly splashing a (human) fighter pilot in dogfight simulations. I swear I’m not tricking you into reading my movie script pitch here.
The Navy already has a real attack laser that can burn planes out of the sky, which is terrifying enough. Now they’ve announced they’re going to test one that is five times as powerful.
Zero-gravity 3D printing is already operating on the International Space Station, but it can only crank out dinky pieces of plastic. Russian engineers think their space printer can do better—by creating viable replacement parts for the station on the station.
To allow U.S. military vehicles to drive through deep water during World War II beach landings, the armed forces devised a fascinating method of waterproofing involving a goopy putty called “Asbestos Waterproofing Compound.” Here’s a video showing all the steps needed to keep that Jeep moving through the deep stuff.
The United States began its postwar atomic weapons testing program in 1946. Over the following 16 years, hundreds of thousands of troops were subjected to radiation in various experiments, according to this New York Times report. Here are some of their stories.
Last week the Department of Justice announced the conviction of Wenxia Man by a federal jury. The crime? Conspiring to export military jet engines and drones to China. Not plans. Not components. Entire jet engines and drones.
The Senate has approved a defense budget that would also require women to register for the draft. The new rules would apply to any woman who turns 18 on or after January 1, 2018. The key opponents to drafting women were conservative Republicans, including your old friend, botched Madam Tussauds exhibit Ted Cruz.
We have this macabre ballet we do in the airport. We stand in agonizingly long lines, winding around stanchions as our boarding times tick ever closer. It’s a routine borne of tragedies that could hypothetically happen, and we have cast the Transportation Security Administration as our stage directors. Airports are…
The U.S. Air Force Inspector General tracks all their investigations on fraud, abuse, and everything else down to office disputes in a database maintained by Lockheed Martin. Now it looks like somebody broke it, destroying data collected since 2004.
The B-21 bomber, which is supposed to be able to drop massive payloads onto America’s enemies in the near future, is still shrouded in secrecy. We don’t know what it can do, how it can do it, and we only have one single, solitary illustration of it. We also don’t know the price, and thanks to the United States Senate,…
Last week, U.S. Navy Blue Angels pilot Jeff Kuss tragically died when his F/A-18 Hornet crashed in Smyrna, Tennessee. Now there’s new footage from an onlooker that appears to show what led up to the crash.
Today is the 72nd anniversary of the Normandy Landings, also called D-Day. To commemorate this historic day, I’m taking a ride in a 1946 Willys CJ2a, a descendant of one of World War II’s most instrumental weapons, the Willys MB “Jeep.”
A United States Navy F/A-18 jet belonging to the Blue Angels demonstration team reportedly went down in Smyrna, Tennessee this afternoon. The incident does not initially appear to be tied to an earlier crash of a U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team jet. The pilot reportedly died in the incident.
An F-16 fighter jet of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team crashed after performing at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The pilot reportedly ejected, according to local news reports.
Bjarne Winberg was enjoying another quiet evening on the Finnish island of Kamsholmen when he spotted men carrying guns and equipment off a boat onto the dock. He booked it to his own boat, narrowly escaped into the darkness and called the cops. Like you do, when your country is being invaded.
The U.S. military has been talking about “stealth motorcycles” for years. As of this month, two tech outfits have what seem to be viable prototypes that will both be funded for another revision.
A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals that multiple U.S. government agencies still run on decades-old technology—the most alarming of which is the revelation that nuclear operations are still carried out with 8-inch floppy disks.