Behold The Amazing Images Of This USAF Aerial Refueling Boom Operator

It is considered one of the best jobs in the USAF, and you sure can't beat the office view. America's cadre of KC-135 and KC-10 'Booms,' the guys and gals that refuel allied military aircraft while hurtling through the atmosphere, are a proud and talented bunch, and one of them is just as skilled behind a camera as… » 12/21/14 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

This Is The Most Mind-Blowing F-4 Phantom Air Show Demo Of All Time

The F-4 Phantom II – otherwise known as the Bent Wing Wonder, Old Smokey, Rhino, Elephant, Double Ugly, and other nicknames not fit for print – flew in air shows all around the world for half a century and still does. But this demo by the German Luftwaffe, flown over St. Paul's Bay on the Island of Malta, may just be… » 12/19/14 7:11pm Friday 7:11pm

This Is What A Modern American Invasion Looks Like

Some incredible footage from the recent Joint Forcible Entry Exercise at Keno Airstrip, deep in the Nellis Test and Training Range. For a complete description of this large force employment training event put on by the USAF Weapons School click here. » 12/18/14 3:35pm Thursday 3:35pm

Armored Bridgelayers: 'Hey That's Not A Tank, It's A Transformer!'

The armored bridgelayer, also known as the armored vehicle-launched bridge, is a key component of any credible mechanized fighting force. These bizarre looking tanks forego the usual weaponry for massive unfoldable bridge modules that can get other tanks and vehicles across craters, blown bridges, anti-tank ditches,… » 12/18/14 1:20pm Thursday 1:20pm

A tank cut in half is a pretty damn cool thing

There's never enough things cut in half. My favorite books when I was a kid were cutaway books. Everything in the world should be cut in half and put on display. Like this Leopard I tank, the democratic heir to the Panzer and Tiger tanks that made the Wehrmacht famous and the first line of defense against the Soviets. » 12/18/14 2:20am Thursday 2:20am

Pentagon Decides To Build An Even More Confused Littoral Combat Ship

The Littoral Combat Ship saga has been just another reminder of the Pentagon's chaotic and illogical procurement strategy. Now, after studying alternatives to the over-sized jet boat after deciding that it was a indeed a flawed concept, the DoD has come up with the laughable decision to build a more complicated and… » 12/17/14 4:10pm Wednesday 4:10pm

The giant tubes that launch missiles in strategic nuclear submarines

Impressive photo of the giant tubes that house four of the 24 Trident II D5 Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBM) carried by Ohio-class nuclear submarines. 14 of these submarines travel for months underwater, carrying fifty percent of all the active thermonuclear warheads in the US arsenal. » 12/17/14 4:06pm Wednesday 4:06pm

The U.S. tries to pay Cuba about $4,000 a year to lease Guantanamo Bay

With the announcement today that the United States will normalize relations with Cuba, we expect a lot to change. Some travel restrictions will be loosened (though not lifted altogether), Americans will soon be able to bring back $100 worth of Cuban cigars and rum. But will Cuba start cashing the checks we've been… » 12/17/14 4:06pm Wednesday 4:06pm

The SR-71 Blackbird's Air Show Demo Was Both Sinister And Awkward

The SR-71, an aircraft that first flew some 50 years ago next Monday, still holds the public's imagination like no other flying machine. It could lob a couple of guys, some cameras, radars and jammers through the air at Mach 3.2. Yet seeing it perform down-low at an air show was something akin to watching Darth Vader… » 12/17/14 12:00pm Wednesday 12:00pm

Military Will Finally Sell You A Surplus Humvee Starting At $10,000

Starting December 17, 2014 the general public will able to buy trucks from a surplus of "as many as 4,000 Army Humvees" being shifted out of government service. Bidding starts at $10,000, and the 20-year-old-trucks look like they're in good shape with low miles. There are a couple catches though. » 12/16/14 6:41pm Tuesday 6:41pm

Check Out These Vertigo Inducing USAF Thunderbirds Air-To-Air Photos

With the Thunderbird's season ending early November at the Nellis AFB Air Show, the team now starts its training all over again with new pilots slowly working their way into the formation. These gorgous photos, shot high over the Nellis Test and Training Range near Creech AFB, gives us an incredible perspective of a… » 12/15/14 4:41pm 12/15/14 4:41pm

New TV Series Gives Us The Best Look At World War II Atomic Sabotage

Alright, so it's a Norwegian TV series, but if you die in Norway you die in real life so I'll count it. And since The Heavy Water War focuses on a uniquely Norwegian facet of one of the less-well known events of World War II, you might even say that it gives it an especially pertinent focus. » 12/15/14 9:00am 12/15/14 9:00am

Kim Jong Un Visits Submarine Base, Maybe Eyeing Sub-Based Nuke Ability

The 'Young Master' visited a North Korean Navy submarine base this week to 'provide guidance' over military drills. There he inspected a buffet, a WWII tactical table full of toy-like boats, some bunk beds, political education hall and a portion of the Korean People's Navy archaic fleet of Romeo Class submarines » 12/14/14 3:00pm 12/14/14 3:00pm

Canadian Army Soldiers Parody The Lonely Island With "I'm On A LAV"

I'm On A Boat was a cultural pop culture phenomenon back in 2009 and apparently it still is up in Canada. A group of Canadian Army LAV3 crews decided it would be funny to do their own version, aptly named I'm On A LAV. The Light Armored Vehicle III is the staple armored vehicle in the Canadian military, with this… » 12/13/14 2:52pm 12/13/14 2:52pm

24 C-130s 'Elephant Walk' For The USAF's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 

Imagine the sound of 24 C-130 Hercules transports buzz-sawing their way down the runway at Dyess Air Force Base. This incredible scene, and the many others posted below, was the result of the USAF's latest Joint Forcible Entry Exercise, which also saw 20 C-17 Globemasters take part, along with a plethora of fighter… » 12/13/14 11:14am 12/13/14 11:14am

The Navy's Experimental Underwater Drone Looks Like A Shark

The Navy is testing its shark-like 'Ghostswimmer' unmanned underwater vehicle at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek this week. It is one of a handful of programs being brought to life by the Navy's innovative Rapid Innovation Cell. The project is called 'Silent Nemo' and it is aimed to put real-world unmanned… » 12/12/14 1:34pm 12/12/14 1:34pm

Russia On US Treaty Violation Accusation: Go Screw Yourself

A few months back the United States formally notified Russia that it had carried out missile tests in violation of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and it may exert military and economic pressure as a result. Russia's Foreign Ministry responded today, and it's pretty much exactly what you would expect. » 12/12/14 12:33pm 12/12/14 12:33pm

There Is A Quiet Narco Air War Being Waged Over Venezuela 

Although the shadow-war in Ukraine probably comes to mind as the most hazardous to aircraft in recent times, a quiet war over Venezuela's air sovereignty has been almost as deadly. The downing of a Sabreliner jet is just the latest example of that country's ongoing counter-narcotics operation that has seen multiple… » 12/11/14 5:35pm 12/11/14 5:35pm