Taking Down Drones With a £26,000 Stinger Missile Feels Like Overkill

Last week, an amateur drone pilot landed his DJI quadcopter on the deck of Britain’s newest and most advanced aircraft carrier. The incident was accidental, but highlights the irony of how difficult it is to neutralise threats from smaller aircraft like drones that are slowly filling the skies. But perhaps modifying a missile that can hit speeds of mach 2.2 isn’t the best solution to the problem? Read More >>

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Heavy Dump Trucks Are Protecting Clinton and Trump From a Terrorist Attack

Just when we thought today’s historic election couldn’t get any weirder, it appears that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are being protected by an army of dump trucks. Law enforcement say the trucks — which are loaded with sand — are forming a barrier to minimize an attack with explosive devices. Read More >>

US Defence Secretary Shamed for Using Personal Email Account

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has apologised for making a quite extraordinarily amateur mistake when conducting his important business of national security -- sending emails from his personal account. Read More >>

Russian Fighter Jet Shot Down on Syrian Border

Russian authorities have announced that one of its Su-24 strike jets has “crashed on Syrian territory, having been hit from the ground” while flying at 20,000 feet. Read More >>

The Computer Simulation That Almost Started World War III

Remember the 80s film WarGames? As a quick recap: the film is about a computer "game" with the potential to let a pre-pubescent Matthew Broderick start thermonuclear war. But strangely this scenario is actually more truth than fiction. Because in 1979 programmers at NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defence Command, almost started World War III when they accidentally ran a computer simulation of a Soviet attack. Read More >>

Saudi Arabia is Building a 600-Mile Wall Along the Iraq Border

Saudi Arabia is building great wall – or rather, a great chainlink fence with razor wire – to "protect against ISIS" in Iraq. And it's not the only country investing in very expensive walls right now, even though they probably won't work. Why? Because walls aren't just about security. They're also powerful symbols. Read More >>

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The Sparkle Guns that Keep Military Air Transport Safe

Commercial airlines aren't the only planes under attack from shoulder-fired rockets and missiles these days, a number of slow-moving vehicles in the US Air Force have come under increased threat of being shot down. That's why the USAF is outfitting many of them with sparkling laser blasters to confound inbound threats. Read More >>

How the Taser Was Invented

Early use of an electronic control device, like the TASER, by law enforcement occurred in the 1960s when American police officers used electric cattle prods to disperse Civil Rights activists. As for the earliest cattle prods, this came about when inventor John Burton of Wichita, Kansas received a patent (US427549 A) in the late 1800s for such a device. Read More >>

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Why Can’t We Protect Commercial Planes From Attacks?

Last week's downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over the disputed territory of Eastern Ukraine has set off worldwide outcries against the conflict, and calls to better defend commercial airlines from missile attack. But is it even possible to defend civilian jets against military-grade weapons? Read More >>

Google Glass Could Let Soliders Shoot Around Corners

Google Glass is finding a place on the mean city streets, but it could also prove useful in the battlefield, too. Soon, Glass could allow soldiers to shoot round corners, using the HUD to take aim while behind cover. Read More >>

An Interactive Map of What America’s Spies are Worried About

With eight months of freaking out over the fact that that the NSA is spying on everyone all the time, you can't help but wonder: What are they really worried about? Read More >>

The Pentagon Has a Contingency Plan if BlackBerry Goes Belly-Up

While half the technologically-savvy world has moved on to the greener pastures of Android and iOS, the Pentagon's forces still rely on BlackBerry handsets. And if the Canadian smartphone manufacturer goes under, BlackBerry's decline could become an unlikely issue of US national security. Read More >>