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US military christens self-driving Sea Hunter warship

The Pentagon hails a major advance in robotic warfare which promises to drastically reduce the cost of some naval operations<p>The US military has christened an experimental self-driving warship designed to hunt for enemy submarines, a major advance in robotic warfare at the core of America’s strategy …

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This Is How U.S. Air Force Gunships Hunted Terrorists in Afghanistan

Movies such as <i>Eye in the Sky</i> underscore how drones and controversial targeted strikes against terrorists have become almost inseparable in the …

The Pan American Highway: The Longest Road In The World

At its fullest extent the Pan-American Highway is a network of roads stretching from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina, a distance of around …

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Raytheon's New Radar Tech Could Realize the Pentagon's Pain Ray

The company has spent 17 years researching gallium-nitride for Patriot missile radar, but the technology's potential stretches much further than that.<p>Raytheon's latest radar technology may be handy not only for zapping people, but making popcorn, too.<p>At the recent Association of the U.S. Army Expo …

NASA just released 2.95 million satellite images to the public — here are 21 of the best

1/<p>Many ASTER images look like they were colored in by a little kid, including this one of the Andes Mountains. But that's because it has an infrared …

The construction of 10 iconic landmarks, in color

Building 10 wonders<br>of the world — in color<p>Colorized construction of 10 global landmarks<p>c. 1889<p>These 10 photographs, in monochrome and then …

Top 20 Landscape Photos on 500px So Far This Year

At the end of every year, we do a “Best of *inset year here*” series, where we count down the top 10 most popular photos in every single category. …

The First Tour of the USS Zumwalt Reveals a Stealth Ship That's Right on Track

The knifelike destroyer is currently on trials prowling the Maine coast<p>A reporter for <i>Defense News</i> is the first to spend time on the USS Zumwalt as it conducted builders trials off the coast of Maine. The 610 foot long, 16,000 ton stealth destroyer, the first of her class, is undergoing extra …

The US Military Includes the Best From All 50 States

<b>A response to</b> <b>‘The US Military Is America’s 51st State’</b><p>As a military history student and 23 year veteran I found nothing strange, new, or …

Massive Infographic Shows Nearly Every Actor Who Played Every Superhero

Celebrating the release of new superhero movies always brings out one thing: the infographics. An Australian website put one together that charts …

Navy Carrier Built For F-35s Is Done Being Rebuilt So That It Can Operate F-35s

The USS <i>America</i>, a Gator Navy amphibious assault ship built specifically to accommodate Marine Corps F-35Bs, has just left port for sea trials after …

Peek Inside Skynet's 50-Year-Old Blast-Proof Atomic Bunker

Fifty years have passed since the Cheyenne Mountain Complex went fully operational. Now, the US Air Force has given us a chance to look inside the …

This Map Of All The Nuclear Reactors In The World Is A Reality Check

There are fewer nuclear reactors than you may realize. And by the time more are financed and built, the Arctic ice will be all gone anyway.<p>Seventy years ago, some experts were convinced that nuclear power would change the world for the better. “Here was the power that would do all work…of a …

Sea, air and land updates | The Strategist

<b>Sea State</b><p>The claws are out in the battle for the Australia’s $50 billion future submarine contract, with French contender DCNS claiming last week …

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The U.S. Navy's Master Plan to Rebuild Its Sub Fleet

The United States Navy is reexamining how many nuclear attack submarines it will in need in the coming decades in light of a resurgent Russia and an …

Here are the aircraft that could replace the A-10 Warthog in the CAS mission

The U.S. Air Force has launched a study to find the A-10 Thunderbolt II replacement.<p>Given the U.S. Air Force plan to retire its A-10 fleet in 2022, …

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Meet the Navy's New Doomsday Submarine

The next generation in nuclear missile submarines, explained<p>The Congressional Research Service has a report on the new class of nuclear ballistic missile submarines, telling us a little more about these Navy vessels currently under development, which will carry the nuclear weapons of …

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Why Nasa still flies an old British bomber design

The Canberra bomber was designed way back in the 1940s. So why is Nasa still using three of them today? BBC Future investigates.<p>In 1944, with World War Two entering its final stages, the British Air Ministry set out requirements for a new bomber, one that would be able to fly at high speeds and …

Aviation

Opinion: The U.S. Navy’s new $13 billion aircraft carrier will dominate the seas

<i>(Updates story to say the ship will be commissioned in summer.)</i><p>A $13 billion U.S. aircraft carrier is about to hit the open seas.<p>It’s the USS Gerald …

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The Air Force Is Looking Into a New Warplane To (Kind Of) Replace the A-10

New close air support aircraft would specialize in counter-guerrilla warfare.<p>The Air Force is studying whether it should buy a new plane that would provide firepower to American troops on the ground, <i>Flightglobal</i> reports. The aircraft would be used in low-intensity "permissive conflict"—think …

B-52 bombers to take on ISIS

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> American B-52 bombers are "ready and able" to strike ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria, a top Air Force official confirmed Monday.<p>The air campaign against ISIS is "taking a toll on our aircraft, our readiness and our airmen" but the "venerable B-52 ... remains ready and able to meet …

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B-52’s turn to pound ISIL - Military Aviation News

As B-1s return back to United States for upgrades, the B-52 will take its place in the Central Command area of operations starting from April.<p>By …

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These graphics show the crucial differences between the world's 3 types of aircraft carrier

(REUTERS/Adnan Abidi )<p>Aircraft carriers are the ultimate symbol of a country's military power and prestige. These floating islands of military power …

Up-Close Aerial Footage of a B-2 Stealth Bomber Is So Serene

In this rare aerial footage, the coolest aircraft ever created looks even cooler.<p>Aerospace company Northrop Grumman posted a video of its B-2 Spirit …

Lethal Duo: America's New Two-Fighter Plan to Take on Russia

The United States will need forces that are able to defeat to Russia’s anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) capabilities in the event of a war in Europe. …

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The Army's Fast Stryker Vehicles Get a Big Weapons Upgrade

The lightly armed wheeled vehicles are getting more power, in case they ever come up against Russian tanks.<p>The U.S. Army's Stryker vehicles, originally envisioned as lightly armed infantry fighting vehicles, are getting a much-needed firepower upgrade. The Strykers will be equipped with new …

“Here’s what I’ve learned so far dogfighting in the F-35”: a JSF pilot’s first-hand account

A Norwegian pilot shared his experience flying mock aerial combat with the F-35.<p>As we reported last year, the debate between F-35 supporters and …

New Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter jets drop first bombs

<b>(CNN) —</b> For the first time, Air Force F-35A Joint Strike Fighters have dropped bombs during training, the Air Force announced, marking a key milestone in the path toward combat readiness.<p>Airmen from the 388th and 419th fighter wings dropped the laser-guided bombs at Hill Air Force Base in Utah last …

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