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These machines were supposed to help win the war in Afghanistan. What happened?
In 2002, PopSci explored the tech the US was deploying in the conflict's early days. Here's what to know about these airborne tools of war, past and present.
The Taliban have seized crucial US military equipment, including data on Afghans
It's not the first time it's happened.
Here’s how the US Army plans on winning the wars of our future
The conflicts might be really big.
The Army is preparing its first laser weapons for battle
Two lasers faced off in an Oklahoma-style duel this summer.
A fleet of winged underwater robots will patrol the seas for the US Navy
The Navy awarded some $40 million for robots that will study the oceans, going as deep as 3,300 feet for as long as 90 days.
This cutting-edge drone is headed out to pasture at an Air Force museum
The Valkyrie is a fancy drone designed to escort a fighter jet. It only flew a few times.
The military wants their robots to be better listeners
Getting soliders and bots to work together more seamlessly involves giving the machines more autonomy, and eventually having them understand natural language.
Bell wants to soup up tilt-rotor aircraft by adding jet engines
The newest concepts from Bell are machines that can take off and land like helicopters—and then zoom at jet-like speeds.
The Air Force is mounting a war against Facebook misinformation
The newly published RAND report outlines digital threats and countering strategies.
Heavy-lifting Russian drones could resupply soldiers on future battlefields
The new Checkmate fighter jet may have been the star of a recent arms show, but drones that can carry 2,200 pounds could be crucial parts of war logistics.