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US Army Compares New Hacker School to "the Birth of the Air Force"

Over the next three years, the U.S. Army will be filling its brand new cyber warfare institute at West Point with the best and brightest hackers it can find. Not just hackers, however: the institute will bring together psychologists, lawyers, mathematicians—anyone who can help the country win the inevitable cyber war and save America. Read More >>

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What Military Ration Packs Look Like Around the World

Different armies, same soul evaporating packaged foods for army rations. Okay, that's not exactly fair. Some countries obviously have it better than others (I'm looking at you France) but at the end of the day, most armies around the world are eating out of pouches and cans and what looks like condom wrappings. Read More >>

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Watch as a 226kg US Bomb is Accidentally Launched at US Army Soldiers

Shocking video of a US Army infantry outpost hit the web yesterday, showing an airstrike gone awry. The soldiers are waiting for the strike to take out a group of Taliban soldiers, when a 226kg bomb explodes just a few feet from their outpost. A 226kg American bomb. Read More >>

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Training for Underground Warfare at a Nuclear Weapons Complex

In the early, angst-filled days of the Cold War, miners started carving the insides out of a hill between Dallas and Austin, Texas. The workers didn't know what they were building, but—at 7,000 acres—it was huge. At that point in time, it was only known as "Project 76." Read More >>

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The US Army's Perfecting a Pizza That Lasts for Years and Years

Life is hard for soldiers in the battlefield, so when the troops want something that might make things a little more bearable—say, a particular food item in their meal rations—the military listens. And right now, US soldiers want pizza. They want it bad. And it looks like they're finally going to get it. Read More >>

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The US Army Wants to Replace Up to 25 Per Cent of its Soldiers With Robots

Cash strapped and somewhat adrift in terms of missions, the US Army is in the midst of an existential crisis. Once ballooning in budget and size, their Army now says it wants to be "a smaller, more lethal, deployable, and agile force." And it's going to need robots to do it right. Read More >>

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Look Inside the Control Room of an RAF Remote Drone Operation

The Royal Air Force (RAF) base at Waddington maintains two Ground Control Stations for managing unmanned aircraft systems flying halfway around the world in Afghanistan. Read More >>

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This Gigantic German Gun Can Ruin Your Week from 30 Miles Away

The Germans know a thing or two about building big guns. Incredibly, while this self-governing Howitzer is only a fraction the size of the Nazis' Gustav, it's just as deadly, with the ability to strike targets up to 30 miles away. Don't bother running. Read More >>

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U.S. Army Saved £80 Million by Stealing Software

The U.S. Army just paid a £30 million settlement over accusations that it illegally installed software on thousands of devices without a license. Even after the settlement, the Army ended up saving a bunch of cash. Maybe crime really does pay? Read More >>

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The US Military is A/B Testing the Future of Warfare

Down some spookily-lit corridor at the Pentagon, there are surely soldiers dreaming about the future of warfare. But, at the National Defense University, some of the nation's top brass are actually playing out the scenarios. In fact, a group of generals just finished a rather innovative year-long wargame. Read More >>

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The US Army's Cybersecurity Training Videos Are Embarrassing and Sad

For the past few years, the US government's been relentless about making the American people respect the importance of cybersecurity. Obama's given speeches, written newspaper columns, and issued executive orders to drive that point home. This is serious business! So why are the Army's own instructional videos so silly?
As Buzzfeed recently unearthed, the Army's Chief Information Officer is highlighting a series of comics and training videos designed to get soldiers thinking about very serious cybersecurity issues as part of Information Assurance/Cyber Security Awareness Week. The only problem is that the videos are embarrassingly goofy, at times arguably racist, and generally confusing. They also appear to be produced by a lesser version of the animation studio that made Waking Life. Read More >>

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These Next Generation Drones Carry Gear and Machine Guns into Battle

When most people hear the word "drone," they probably picture a cockpit free plane zipping over the Iraqi desert. But there's more to it than that. The US Army is in the process of adopting a whole new generation of unmanned vehicles that will assist soldiers on the battlefield, and they're by far the scariest remote-controlled cars you'll ever see. Read More >>

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Hear What a Day in the Life of a Drone Pilot Is Really Like

The BBC has managed to get a rare, fascinating look at a day in the life of a US drone pilot. And while some of you might be quick to brush the task off as glorified gaming, Lt Col Bruce Black's insights should take care of that for you. Read More >>

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UK's Cyber-War Defences to Include "Territorial Army for Computer Geniuses"

The Ministry of Defence is looking to recruit a casual army of computer nerds, which will work alongside the new Joint Cyber Reserve Unit to defend our firewalls. Sort of a Dad's Army of part-time hackers able to protect our systems and attack those of aggressors. Read More >>

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This Bear Was an Official Member of Poland's WWII Army

After being invaded by Germany in the west and later by Soviet Russia in the east, the Polish government fled Warsaw but continued to fight from abroad. After Germany attacked Russia, the Russians decided to release their Polish prisoners of war, who then began re-forming into an army. Read More >>

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What the Military Issue Rifle Is in Each Country of the World

Different strokes, different folks. Different guns, different countries. Here's a map showing the military issue rifle for each country in the world. You'll see familiar M4s, AK-47s, AK-74s, some M16s and tinkles of other weaponry. Judging by the map's choice of colours, it seems to group weapons that are of a similar family together by colour. Read More >>

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