U.S. Military

U.S. Military : Analysis
The PVAC (Personal Vaccum Assisted Technology) is a newly developed suction pack that allows ordinary people to climb walls like Spider-Man. Even hefty people: It can hoist up to 700 lbs.

The vacuum backpack that turns a soldier into Spider-Man

Undergraduates at Utah State University earn top marks in a military-sponsored contest for inventing a superhero-like wall-scaling system

U.S. Military : Opinion Brief
President Obama and the first lady embrace a woman who lost her husband in the Vietnam War during the first memorial event in the 13-year Vietnam 50th Anniversary Commemoration Program.

Vietnam 50 years later: Can we finally turn the page?

President Obama urges the nation to bring closure to a divisive conflict. Are we ready?

U.S. Military : The Bullpen
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: The politics of presidential visits to Arlington

For the first time since 1944, neither major-party presidential candidate has served in the military. But that's not stopping them from pushing for the veteran vote

U.S. Military : Burning Question
House Speaker John Boehner, left, with an Ohio soldier stationed in Afghanistan in 2011: Some argue that conservative congresspeople are voting against the Pentagon simply because Obama often supports the military's point of view..

Republicans and the military: No longer BFFs?

A provocative Democracy Arsenal article suggests that some conservatives who claim to be pro-military are routinely throwing obstacles in the Pentagon's way

U.S. Military : Opinion Brief
Weighing in at just over a pound, these tiny robots can be thrown into enemy territory to scope out the scene.

The military's new weapon: Mini spy robots you throw like grenades

American soldiers will soon have tiny, camera-equipped sidekicks they can toss over walls to help spot lurking enemies

U.S. Military : Instant Guide
Out of the 11,000 people the military has tested this new "pain ray" on, only two required medical attention.

Ready for action: The U.S. military's 'pain ray'

After 15 years of testing, the crowd control weapon is finally ready to zap enemy soldiers with invisible electromagnetic waves

U.S. Military : Analysis
The Navy's electromagnetic railgun prototype can fire metal projectiles like this with 32 times the force of a car traveling at 100 miles per hour.

Railguns: The Navy's 'ultimate superweapon'

This terrifyingly powerful gun can shoot a 40-pound metal slug up to 5,600 miles per hour. See it in action

U.S. Military : Fact Sheet
The Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Healing Field flag display during its 2008 dedication: The remains of several 9/11 victims were reportedly cremated and dumped into a landfill.

How did 9/11 victims' remains end up in a landfill?

Many Americans recoil in horror after the government admits trashing the remains of citizens killed by terrorists

U.S. Military : Instant Guide
Army Sgt. Sandra Coast, pictured during basic training, had to lose 30 pounds before recruiters would take her wish to join the armed forces seriously.

The 51-year-old mom who graduated from Army boot camp

Eager recruits excel in boot camp all the time — but most aren't middle-aged mothers like Sgt. Sandra "Grambo" Coast

U.S. Military : Fact Sheet
A Black Hawk helicopter lands in Afghanistan: The military is putting $4 million behind a device mounted on to vehicles that will cause the enemy to see and hear things that aren't there.

The military's 'magic plan' to make enemies hallucinate

The armed forces are spending $4 million to find ways to cause enemies to see and hear things that aren't there

U.S. Military : Opinion Brief
The military's new mule-like robot, LS3, can carry up to 400 pounds over 20 miles without refueling.

Robo-mule: The military's rugged new wilderness beast

Thanks to a sure-footed mechanical pack animal, U.S. troops could soon shed their bulky backpacks as they trek through treacherous terrain

U.S. Military : The Bullpen
Dana Liebelson

Dana Liebelson: The problem with outsourcing the military

U.S. defense contracting is a mess of lax oversight, poor accountability, thin competition, conflicts of interest, and sometimes, grave misconduct

U.S. Military : Instant Guide
An LED light attached to a self-guided bullet reveals its path during a nighttime field test.

The 'smart bullets' that steer themselves 

A prototypical new type of ammo will be able to hit a target up to a mile away — at least if researchers can get it up to speed

U.S. Military : In-depth briefing
A soldier hugs his child during a homecoming ceremony at Fort Bliss, Texas: Because of familial strains or trauma of war, soldiers say it is harder coming home than leave.

A tough homecoming for war veterans

Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are returning home with unprecedented physical and mental wounds. Here, a Q&A guide

U.S. Military : By the numbers
A U.S. soldier prepares to deploy a Raven unmanned surveillance drone in Afghanistan in 2010: The military continues to shift its strategy to cheaper, robotic airplanes.

The military's growing reliance on robot airplanes: By the numbers 

In 2005, unmanned drones comprised just 5 percent of military aircraft. Today, nearly 1 in 3 planes is flown by a computer

U.S. Military : Opinion Brief
A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator drone flies over Nevada: President Obama's new defense strategy calls for reducing ground troops while increasing unmanned drone fleets.

Obama's defense cuts: Can drones really keep us safe?

The president wants to downsize and modernize the mighty U.S. military to fit the nation's fiscal and tactical realities — and it's making some experts nervous

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