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How the US Air Force kept a command post in the sky 24 hours a day for 29 years in case of a nuclear emergency

We've all seen the movie where a well-funded group of terrorists makes a threat against the US government then all hell breaks loose until one man or woman steps up and saves the day by defeating the bad guys. These films often make our defensive capabilities appear powerless versus these fictional …

Here Is the Advanced Attack Submarine the U.S. Navy Never Built

The submarine, never built, would have been smaller than other subs and a mothership to drones.<p>A previously unpublicized design for the U.S. Navy shows an advanced attack submarine that could operate unmanned undersea vehicles remotely and conduct “spy” missions on the seabed floor. The unnamed …

Military

All the Nuclear Missile Submarines in the World in One Chart

Only seven countries in the entire world deploy nuclear weapons at sea, an exclusive and deadly club.<p>The ballistic missile submarine is the most reliable means of nuclear deterrence. These vessels would survive a first strike and retaliate, which is meant to prevent an enemy from ever using its …

Military

The Pentagon is taking over the security clearance process

The Defense Department will start conducting security clearance checks for the federal government, hoping to fix a flawed system that allowed people …

Here's every class of ship in the US Navy

The US Navy is the most powerful group of ships, carriers, and sailors on Earth.<p>The Navy is older than the US — founded in 1775 as the Continental Navy — and is currently made up of 430 ships and submarines. It's been involved in more than 10 major wars, and combat has taken the Navy all over the …

Military

Navy, Lawmakers Debate How to Best Leverage, Protect Shipbuilding Industry

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, including the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, the guided-missile cruiser …

Military

The U.S. and Soviet Union Once Investigated Bioluminescence as a Way to Track Submarines

Could marine organisms that emit light help detect submarines?<p>The United States and the Soviet Union both investigated the phenomenon known as bioluminescence to gauge if it could be used to detect submarines underwater. Scientists on both sides of the Iron Curtain thought that marine organisms …

Everything You Wanted to Know About Food on a U.S. Submarine

Submarine Cuisine is full of anecdotes, recipes, and fascinating details about culinary life on a U.S. Navy submarine.<p>The life of a U.S. Navy submariner is not easy. These sailors live for months in a steel tube cruising through freezing cold water, surrounded by explosives, flammable materials, …

Climate Change Alarmism Is ‘Garbage In, Garbage Out,’ Retired NASA Physicist Says

HOUSTON—Unvalidated climate models that don’t correspond with physical data and the requirements of the scientific method contribute to unfounded …

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The US military could soon be flying one of the fastest helicopters ever

Helicopters have been very versatile, serving as anything from transports to gunships. But they haven't been all that fast. According to AirForce-Technology.com, the fastest helicopter in military service is the CH-47F Chinook, which has a top speed of 195 mph.<p>That could change if the Sikorsky S-97 …

Aviation

Why a U.S. Navy Spy Submarine Is Flying the Jolly Roger

The skull and crossbones flag is traditionally flown to celebrate successful missions—but just what has the USS Jimmy Carter been up to?<p>A U.S. Navy attack submarine capable of carrying out top-secret undersea missions recently returned home flying the Jolly Roger—that skull and crossbones pirate …

The Navy's Railgun Is About to Get Faster and More Powerful

But when will the weapon actually go to sea?<p>The U.S. Navy's experimental railgun is getting new upgrades to make it fire more powerful shots, and fire them faster. It's the latest bit of progress on this still-landlocked weapon, but when and where it actually would be installed on a warship is not …

Here are 7 essential criteria to identify undervalued stocks

<b>WHAT IS VALUE INVESTING?</b><p>Value investing identifies undervalued stocks. The Motley Fool defines value investing in this way:<p>Value investors understand the market often undervalues stocks based on news and events which have little if anything to do with the long-term fundamentals of those stocks. …

Investing

What the Battles of the Past Tell Us About the New Air War Over Syria

Sunday's shootdown was the first in 17 years. Here's what the battles of the past tell us about the aerial conflict to come.<p>Who owns the sky over a modern battlefield? In the wake of the first air-to-air dogfight in 17 years—a United States F/A-18 shooting down a Syrian Su-22—it's time to evaluate …

The US is looking at a major tank upgrade, but a weapon to counter it is already out there

The US Army is considering various systems to better shield tanks and armored vehicles from RPGs, antitank missiles, and other enemy fire.<p>But the latest version of the RPG, a staple in the arsenals of Russia and other forces, may already be a step ahead of the active-protection systems the US may …

Military

Navy's D5 Missile, Most Powerful U.S. Weapon, To Provide Backbone Of Nuclear Deterrent Through 2040

The U.S. Navy announced on May 26 that it was awarding Lockheed Martin a $43.9 million contract for work supporting production and sustainment of the Trident II D5 missile. It was a relatively modest award as these things go, so the announcement went largely unnoticed outside the defense …

China is Developing Its Own Deadly "Arsenal Ship"

Ships and submarines would carry hundreds of missiles.<p>A new article in <i>Popular Science</i> points to evidence that China is developing a so-called "arsenal ship," a large surface ship or submarine capable of carrying hundreds of missiles. Such a ship could allow the People's Liberation Army Navy to …

Is the Future of Helicopters in Bell’s New Concept Aircraft?

A new helicopter concept has been released by Bell Helicopter that incorporates new and emerging aircraft design technologies. Helicopters, in …

Aviation

The Air Force just demonstrated an autonomous F-16 that can fly and take out a target all by itself

The US has used F-16 drones before as realistic targets for the F-35 to blow up in training, but on Monday it announced fully autonomous air-to-air and ground strike capabilities as a new capability thanks to joint research between the service and Lockheed Martin's legendary Skunkworks.<p>Not only did …

Military

US Marine captain writes stinging op-ed: 'We lost the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan'

The biggest problem, according to Capt. Joshua Waddell, is "self-delusion."<p>"Let us first begin with the fundamental underpinnings of this delusion: our measures of performance and effectiveness in recent wars," he wrote. "It is time that we, as professional military officers, accept the fact that …

Military

Congress Produces Its Shopping List for Beefing Up the U.S. Military

New fighters, bombers, ships, and even a new tank are on the list.<p>The Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Arizona Senator John McCain, released a paper on Tuesday calling for the Pentagon to receive a nine percent boost in defense spending next year. The plan calls for spending more …

Why Russia and China Fear America's Ohio-Class Submarines

Nine years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Ishirō Honda’s <i>Godzilla</i> depicted a monster awakened from the depths of the ocean to …

Did Germany Make America and Russia's Nuclear Attack Submarines Obsolete?

The German Navy was a pioneer in large-scale submarine warfare, its U-boats able to contest the United Kingdom’s superior navy in ways that German …

What Would Trump's 350-Ship Navy Look Like?

More of the same, but that's not a bad thing.<p>President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on the promise of a 350-ship U.S. Navy. While some of Trump's campaign promises are unlikely to come to fruition, there's widespread support for increasing the ship size of the Navy. But what would a bigger Navy …

The U.S. Navy's Next Missile Sub Is Called USS Columbia

She'll be the first of an entirely new class of ballistic missile submarines.<p>The first ship of America's next-generation ballistic missile submarine fleet has officially been named USS <i>Columbia</i>. The ship will cruise the oceans of the world carrying a lethal load of long-range nuclear-tipped …

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How We Got a Bendable Airplane Wing to Work

While electric jets and flying Ubers are just around the corner, there’s one aspect of air travel technology that hasn’t changed in almost a century: …

Why Russia and China Fear U.S. Seawolf-Class Submarines

The Seawolf-class submarines were envisioned as the best submarines ever built. Designed to succeed the Los Angeles–class attack submarines and …