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Rocket Science

Why You Should Be Skeptical of the US Military's 'Successful' Missile Defense Test

The missile it intercepted was probably moving slower than one fired at the US from North Korea would be.
David Axe

Carnegie Mellon Helped the Government Access a Terror-Linked iPhone, Source Says

It’s not clear if this relates to the San Bernardino case.
Joseph Cox
The VICE Guide to Right Now

What We Know About the Nude Photo Scandal Implicating Hundreds of Marines

The Defense Department is investigating reports that US Marines traded naked pictures of female service members and vets in a secret Facebook group.
River Donaghey

The Alleged NSA Thief Stole Information Impacting At Least Five US Agencies

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice indicted former NSA contractor Harold Thomas Martin III with willful retention of national defense information.
Joseph Cox

An Army Contractor Misplaced Four $500K Drones for Eight Months

Oh, and then an audit of an audit found a fourth drone missing.
Shawn Musgrave

Meet the Guy Who Could Soon Be Running America's Wars

Ashton Carter, a theoretical physicist and former No. 2 at the Pentagon, is expected to be tapped as Obama's next Defense Secretary.
Allie Conti

Is the Blackwater Verdict the Beginning of the End for Private Military Contractors?

Mercenaries are finally paying a price for killing innocent Iraqi civilians.
Matt Taylor

There’s No Such Thing as a 'Non-Lethal' Weapon

Tasers, pepper spray, and other "non-lethal" or "less lethal" devices still have the potential to cripple or kill, and we need to recognize that.
Johnny Magdaleno

The Pentagon Is Giving Grenade Launchers to Campus Police

With help from the Pentagon, colleges across the United States are buying military-grade weapons, and putting campuses into perpetual lockdown.
Hannah K. Gold

DARPA's New Biotech Unit Will Try to Create New Life Forms

Also: disease detectors and brain-controlled drones.
Meghan Neal
Motherboard Blog

A Cyber 'Pearl Harbor' Is Coming, Says Leon Panetta

If you didn't already know it, the United States is in terrible trouble of being hit by a horrible, crippling cyberattack. _The New York Times_ calls it a "dire threat." Defense Secretary Leon Panetta calls it the impending "cyber Pearl Harbor." We don...
Adam Estes
Motherboard Blog

Want to Buy the Navy's Most Secret Stealth Ship? It's Up for Auction

With all of the press coverage afforded to struggles to uncover our government's secrets -- like high-profile Freedom of Information Act requests for torture docs -- t's sometimes easy to forget that, occasionally, top secret stuff gets released...
Derek Mead