What It Feels Like to Shoot With the Military’s Experimental Smart Scope

You’ve probably never fired an M4 carbine. Until a couple weeks ago, I hadn’t either. But at a recent DARPA demo day, I loaded a magazine (also a first for me), snuggled up to the deadly assault rifle, and looked through one of the most technologically advanced smart scopes ever built. Then I pulled the trigger. » 4/28/15 2:10pm 4/28/15 2:10pm

Spying on the U.S. Submarine That Spies For the NSA and CIA

Everyone saw the USS Annapolis come home last year. It returned, poignantly, on Sept. 11, and there was a seriousness amid the usual dockside fanfare—sailors meeting newborn children for the first time, a school band playing "Anchors Aweigh." But there was no mention of the boat's secret missions. » 4/07/15 11:27am 4/07/15 11:27am

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 12:43pm 12/16/14 12:43pm

Chinese Lego Knockoff Boldly Markets 'Terrorist Car' Kit

Xinlexin Electronic Toys' Lego-like line called "Gudi," (even the logo is cribbed) has tons of warfighter-themed sets, including this bearded fellow and his "Terrorist Air Car." I guess it makes sense to give your peacekeeping pieces somebody to fight, but somehow I feel like this would not fly in America. » 12/11/14 7:25pm 12/11/14 7:25pm

The Story Of The Ultimate High Flying Beer Run

Normandy, 70 years ago, and one of the biggest concerns of the British troops who have made it over the channel, survived the landings and pushed out into the bocage against bitter German resistance is not the V1 flying bomb blitz threatening their families back home, nor the continued failure to capture the port of… » 12/11/14 9:29am 12/11/14 9:29am

The Military Used To Drop Troops Behind Enemy Lines With Gliders

These one-time use, engineless aircraft would be towed in pairs near to the front lines of battle carrying troops or supplies to bolster advancing forces. Released high above the opposing forces, pilot's would practically crash land into enemy territory abandoning the lame craft as they joined the action. » 11/25/14 10:40pm 11/25/14 10:40pm