Complete coverage on

Military Technology

Small surveillance drones are starting to be part of police departments across America, and the FAA will soon open up the airspace for more to come. This drone invasion has already raised all kinds of privacy concerns. And if you think that's bad, across the ocean, Russia seems hell-bent on outdoing its former Cold War enemy.

Latest Stories

Aerial drones vulnerable to being hacked, Congress toldupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 17:24:00

It wouldn't take much effort to hijack a drone over U.S. airspace and use it to commit a crime or act of terrorism, an aerospace engineering expert told a House subcommittee Wednesday.

The very model of a successful bin Laden raidupdated: Wed May 16 2012 17:27:00

Inside the Pentagon there are historical displays for almost everything the military has done dating back to this country's Revolutionary War. There are also models of all kinds: planes, trucks, missiles, ships and submarines.

Drones to enter U.S. airspaceupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 02:23:00

Imagine a future when unmanned drones dot the skies above you. CNN's Athena Jones reports.

France's Dassault frontrunner as India jet supplierupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 22:04:00

France's Dassault has been awarded frontrunner status in the hotly contested $20bn race to supply 126 fighter jets to India, providing a much-needed boost for French economic and industrial prestige.

U.S. responds to Iranian drone claimsupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 10:55:00

CNN's Barbara Starr reports on what U.S. says happened to missing drone that Iran claims it shot down.

Drone that crashed in Iran was on CIA recon mission, officials sayupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 10:55:00

A U.S. stealth drone that crashed in Iran last week was part of a CIA reconnaissance mission which involved both the intelligence community and military personnel stationed in Afghanistan, two U.S. officials confirmed to CNN Tuesday.

Texas man who wanted to join al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula found guilty updated: Mon Nov 14 2011 19:45:00

A Texas man who had been communicating with Yemeni-based cleric Anwar al-Awlaki about jihad was convicted Monday on terror charges.

The Internet: Frontline of the next war?updated: Mon Nov 07 2011 19:32:00

DARPA, the agency that really did invent the Internet, is now looking at ways the Web might be used to fight the next war.

Flight failure won't stop 'mad scientists'updated: Fri Aug 26 2011 11:55:00

Last week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, attempted the impossible. It launched an unmanned aircraft from a rocket at 20 times the speed of sound with the goal of controlling its flight through the atmosphere for about 20 minutes -- long enough to glide from the California coast to the Kwajalein atoll in the Pacific.

Pentagon probes possible conflict of interest by research groupupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 18:21:00

The military research wing that last week launched a hypersonic aircraft test is being investigated after questions were raised about potential conflicts of interest in awarding lucrative contracts.

Hypersonic plane: New York to LA in less than 12 minutesupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 08:27:00

The U.S. military is preparing to launch a test flight of a hypersonic aircraft capable of reaching any target in the world in less than an hour.

Department of Defense tries to court hackersupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 17:24:00

Dear hackers: The U.S. government wants you.

Flying lessons: Learning how to pilot a droneupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 08:32:00

Police and military forces are increasingly reliant on unmanned aerial vehicles to do jobs deemed too risky for humans to do in person, with drones regularly used in surveillance and warfare, from Liverpool to Libya.

How easy is it to fly a drone? (No audio)updated: Thu Jun 30 2011 08:32:00

Police and military forces worldwide rely on unmanned aerial vehicles for surveillance, so how easy is it to fly a drone?

GPS: DARPA technical innovationsupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 13:31:00

The military's innovation lab, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, creates the best technology in the world.

Drones soar in U.S. plans for future aircraft purchasesupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 12:57:00

The military is dramatically upping its investment in drones over the next nine years, according to Pentagon plans.

Fortune: Is Google Motors the new GM?updated: Tue May 24 2011 05:59:00

The mystery shrouding Google's development of the driverless car slipped a bit earlier this month. Google, it was reported, is quietly lobbying the state of Nevada for legislation that would make it the first state where cars could be legally operated on public roads without someone's hand on the steering wheel

Bin Laden raid's lone glitch could be headache for U.S. militaryupdated: Fri May 06 2011 16:49:00

The one major problem for the Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden was the crash of one of their helicopters.

The Navy SEALs' stealth helicopterupdated: Fri May 06 2011 16:49:00

CNN's "American Morning" discusses the Navy SEALs' new stealth helicopter used in the bin Laden mission.

Second predator strike recorded in Libyaupdated: Sun Apr 24 2011 12:47:00

An unmanned predator drone struck a Libyan anti-aircraft system in Tripoli Saturday evening, a NATO spokesman said Sunday.

Gates: U.S. to use Predator drones in Libyaupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 19:17:00

President Barack Obama has approved the use of armed Predator drones in Libya, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday.

U.S. military sends drones to Libyaupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 19:17:00

The United States is starting to use armed Predator drones in Libya, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday.

China's new stealth fighterupdated: Mon Jan 10 2011 11:05:00

CNN's Barbara Starr reports on China's J-20 stealth fighter aircraft.

China: New weapons not meant to pose threatupdated: Mon Jan 10 2011 11:05:00

A top Chinese military official said his country's growing military muscle posed no threat to countries in the region. His statement came after high-level talks with his U.S. counterpart, Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

WikiLeaks: The must-have weapons and the countries that want themupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 06:55:00

The world's military shopping list is being exposed through the WikiLeaks publications. State-of-the-art missiles and American military helicopters are a frequent topic of discussion in the diplomatic cables posted online Sunday by WikiLeaks.

Flying car among year's best inventionsupdated: Sun Nov 14 2010 09:47:00

A flying car and a device to help paraplegics walk are named among 2010's top inventions. CNN's Josh Levs reports.

Is this the first step toward a flying car?updated: Sun Nov 14 2010 09:47:00

Along with the jetpack, the flying car tops the list of classic science-fiction imaginings that lead legions of fans to ask -- why don't we have this yet?

Israeli fighter jet crashes in southern Israelupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 19:13:00

An Israeli fighter jet carrying two crew members crashed Wednesday night in southern Israel during a routine training flight, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

Military wants to scan communications to find internal threatsupdated: Thu Oct 28 2010 10:28:00

The Pentagon wants computers to see into the future -- and stop crimes before they happen.

Show features drones, robots; provides new hints about future of warupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 16:14:00

It was a glimpse into the future, when convoys rumble toward the battlefield without a driver behind the wheel, aircraft soar without pilots on board and robots glide forward to fight with machine guns and grenade launchers, all the while beaming back video.

Woman takes charge of major intelligence agency for the first timeupdated: Mon Aug 09 2010 12:47:00

A chunk of the glass ceiling came tumbling down Monday as veteran national security officer Letitia "Tish" Long became the first woman to head a major intelligence agency.

Unmanned aircraft goes down in Afghanistan, ISAF saysupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 09:02:00

A unmanned aerial vehicle went down in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

Scavengers zero in on downed unmanned aircraft, leaked reports showupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 13:56:00

When unmanned aircraft crash in Afghanistan, scavenger hunters frequently aren't far behind, U.S. military incident reports published by WikiLeaks suggest.

The WikiLeaks falloutupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 13:56:00

CNN's Adrian Finighan speaks with a security analyst about WikiLeaks' release of alleged Afghan war documents.

FAA urges caution in expanding use of unmanned aircraftupdated: Thu Jul 15 2010 21:21:00

Unmanned aircraft patrolling the nation's borders have an accident rate seven times greater than general aviation aircraft, and hundreds of times greater than the rate of jetliners, federal officials said Thursday in urging caution in expanding the use of pilotless planes.

Feds: Texas man indicted for attempting to provide support to al-Qaedaupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 20:50:00

A Texas man was indicted Thursday for allegedly attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula after communicating with the U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, according to fedeal authorities.

CNNMoney: Arizona to Obama: We need Predator drones!updated: Mon May 24 2010 13:04:00

Unbowed by a raft of boycotts over her immigration policy, Arizona Gov. Janice Brewer has requested helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles from the White House to patrol the border region with Mexico.

Drones patrol the borderupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 19:30:00

CNN's Ed Lavandera reports on the use of drones by the Border Patrol in Arizona and suggestions that more be deployed.

Drones silently patrol U.S. bordersupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 19:30:00

It's a frigid, dark night in the mountainous border region of southeast Arizona. A group of 31 suspected illegal immigrants are walking up and down rocky ridges toward Tucson, Arizona. They're wearing small backpacks and stop to rest every few minutes.

Russia tests its first stealth fighter jetupdated: Sat Jan 30 2010 08:24:00

Russia tested its fifth-generation Sukhoi fighter jet in the Russian Far East on Friday.

Official: Suspected drone down in Pakistanupdated: Mon Jan 25 2010 09:34:00

A suspected U.S. drone crashed in Pakistan's tribal region, a Pakistani intelligence official told CNN.

Behind the scenes: NORAD's Santa trackerupdated: Thu Dec 24 2009 12:16:00

Last Christmas Eve, Jeff Martin found himself forced to explain to a Canadian general why, when Santa Claus passed through Toronto, Ontario, that night, Google Maps had placed the city in the United States.

Why Hollywood security is better than Pentagon'supdated: Mon Dec 21 2009 10:33:00

It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster: A group of insurgents hack into American military drones, using software they got off the Internet, according to The Wall Street Journal. But, for the benefit of that screenwriter likely pounding away right now to get his idea in first -- as well as for the general public -- what actually happened?

Military drones hackedupdated: Mon Dec 21 2009 10:33:00

Insurgents hacked live feeds from a US military drone using a mass-market software program. CNN's Elaine Quijano reports.

Iraqi insurgents hacked Predator drone feeds, U.S. official indicatesupdated: Thu Dec 17 2009 20:53:00

Insurgents were able to use a mass-market software program to view live feeds from U.S. military Predator drones monitoring targets in Iraq, a U.S. official indicated to CNN Thursday.

MIT wins $40,000 prize in nationwide balloon-hunt contestupdated: Mon Dec 07 2009 09:58:00

A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology won $40,000 in a high-tech scavenger hunt on Saturday by discovering the location of 10 red weather balloons.

Balloon-hunt contestupdated: Mon Dec 07 2009 09:58:00

HLN's Melissa Long talks to MIT's Riley Crane about a high-tech scavenger hunt.

Nationwide balloon-hunt contest tests online networkingupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 08:19:00

On Saturday, thousands of people nationwide will search the skies in a high-tech scavenger hunt designed to test how far-flung groups can use the Internet and technology to work together.

How robot drones revolutionized the face of warfareupdated: Sun Jul 26 2009 21:55:00

Barely an hour's drive from the casinos of Las Vegas, a group of unassuming buildings have become as important as the trenches were to WWI. The big difference? Today's warriors are fighting without getting in harm's way, using drones to attack targets in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Remote warfare ushers new kind of stressupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 23:15:00

The Pentagon has revolutionized warfare during the past decade, making unmanned aerial vehicles, known as UAVs, a staple of modern combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Obama's bid to shoot down U.S. jet fighterupdated: Fri Jul 03 2009 09:18:00

President Barack Obama has accomplished some extraordinary things but can he really shoot down a fighter jet?

N. Korea's nuclear threatupdated: Mon Apr 06 2009 21:01:00

CNN's Kristie Lu Stout talks with David Albright, a former U.N. weapons inspector about North Korea's nuclear program.

Mystery over fate of N. Korean rocketupdated: Mon Apr 06 2009 21:01:00

By all accounts, North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday, ignoring international warnings against doing so. The question is: Where's the payload?

N. Korea launches rocketupdated: Mon Apr 06 2009 13:31:00

CNN's Christiane Amanpour talks with David Wright of the Global Security Program about North Korea's rocket launch.

Amanpour: Why did North Korea launch rocket?updated: Mon Apr 06 2009 13:31:00

After a three-hour emergency session Sunday, the United Nations Security Council failed to come to any agreement on how to deal with North Korea's rocket launch over the weekend.

U.N. meets on N. Koreaupdated: Mon Apr 06 2009 01:18:00

The U.N. Security Council calls an emergency meeting following North Korea rocket launch. CNN's Richard Roth reports

No accord at U.N. talks on N. Koreaupdated: Mon Apr 06 2009 01:18:00

An emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council concluded Sunday without an official reaction to North Korea ignoring repeated international warnings and launching a long-range rocket, the council president told reporters.

'Satisfaction' from Kim over N. Korea launchupdated: Sun Apr 05 2009 22:01:00

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il expressed "great satisfaction" Sunday after his reclusive state launched a long-range rocket, according to state-run media.

No 'unified response' yetupdated: Sun Apr 05 2009 22:01:00

U.N. ambassadors emerge from a Security Council meeting after failing to agree on a response. CNN's Richard Roth reports

From military device to life-saving surgery toolupdated: Wed Dec 24 2008 04:36:00

A new tool that allows doctors to use laser surgery in complex operations has been hailed as a breakthrough in minimally invasive laser technology.

Navy missile intercept successfulupdated: Fri Jun 06 2008 07:47:00

The U.S. military intercepted a ballistic missile Thursday in the first such sea-based test since a Navy cruiser shot down an errant satellite earlier this year. Unleashing the Bugs of Warupdated: Fri Apr 18 2008 12:00:00

U.S. military scientists are developing half-machine, half-insect creatures to collect intelligence behind enemy lines

NTSB examines drone safety, issues recommendationsupdated: Tue Oct 16 2007 23:15:00

Pilot error was to blame in the April 2006 crash of an unmanned aircraft, despite the fact no pilot was on board, the National Transportation Safety Board said in its accident report issued Tuesday -- the NTSB's first-ever investigation into an incident involving a drone.

Robotics discovers its soft sideupdated: Tue Apr 10 2007 06:09:00

If your idea of a robot is a metal-plated humanoid jerkily walking into walls then think again. Scientist are creating a new generation of "soft" machines that can change their shape and size, move in ever more agile ways and even split themselves into smaller robots.

House security chief: Pelosi didn't ask for plane; I didupdated: Fri Feb 09 2007 08:10:00

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not request a larger plane for personal use to travel cross-country without stopping, Bill Livingood, the House sergeant at arms, said Thursday.

Pilot of crashed U.S. fighter jet missing in Iraqupdated: Tue Nov 28 2006 06:45:00

The U.S. military said Tuesday it has not found the pilot of an Air Force fighter jet a day after it crashed in Iraq.

Farnborough Blogupdated: Tue Jul 18 2006 06:08:00

CNN Producer Diana Magnay provides a behind-the-scenes look at the Farnborough International Airshow.

Farnborough set for 'bumper' showupdated: Thu Jun 29 2006 11:48:00

Organizers of the Farnborough Airshow are promising that this year's event will be the biggest in the 58-year history of the show.

Greek, Turkish fighter jets crashupdated: Tue May 23 2006 06:44:00

The body of a Greek pilot was found Tuesday, hours after his fighter jet collided with a Turkish F-16 during a mock dogfight over the southern Aegean Sea, according to Turkey's foreign ministry.

Slovak military plane crashesupdated: Thu Jan 19 2006 16:43:00

An AN-24 military plane believed to be carrying more than 40 Slovak soldiers and crew members has crashed in rugged terrain in northern Hungary.

Military plane crashes in Iranupdated: Mon Jan 09 2006 02:48:00

A military plane with 11 passengers on board has crashed in northwestern Iran, killing a number of high-ranking officials in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran's state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.

Air show disaster pilots jailedupdated: Fri Jun 24 2005 10:01:00

A military court in Ukraine has sentenced the pilots whose plane smashed into a crowd at a 2002 air show to up to 14 years in prison.

White Knight carries X-37 aloft updated: Thu Jun 23 2005 14:19:00

The X-37 -- an unpiloted, reusable spaceplane -- made its first captive-carry flight today under the wings of the White Knight, flying above Mojave, California desert.

Fortune: Enhancing the Warriorsupdated: Mon May 30 2005 00:01:00

Arguably the most aggressive pursuer of human enhancement is DARPA, the Pentagon's advanced research agency. In 2002 and 2003 it granted the author unusual access to many of its program managers an...

Fortune: DOLITTLE'S RAIDERSupdated: Mon May 02 2005 00:01:00

THERE'S A RAT LOOSE HERE at the Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and it's coming right at me. Suddenly it veers and goes back the way it came. Then it loops around and darts toward me ag...

Fortune: Listen to the people who got the election rightupdated: Mon Nov 29 2004 00:01:00

THE MAIN REASON PSYCHOTHERAPISTS ARE TREATING Kerry supporters for a new psychiatric disorder--post-election selection trauma, a Florida doctor calls it--is that on the morning of Nov. 2 many of th...

Candidates battle over national security updated: Sat Oct 23 2004 00:31:00

Sen. John Kerry and President Bush challenged each other's ability to protect the nation from terrorism at rallies in different corners of the country Saturday.

Plane diverted after bomb scareupdated: Sun Sep 26 2004 11:42:00

An Olympic Airlines flight from Athens to New York was diverted and given a military jet escort to London after a bomb scare.

Recent major Russian air crashesupdated: Wed Aug 25 2004 04:20:00

Here are details of some of the most serious crashes involving Russian planes in recent years, as reported by Reuters news agency:

Fortune: Mine's Faster Than Yours Planemakers are trying to hatch an aircraft that no mogul could do without. Get ready for the supersoniupdated: Mon Jun 28 2004 00:01:00

Mansions, supercars, and bespoke suits may be just fine, but in the world of "positional goods" it's hard to beat that most alluring of accessories, the business jet. Except with a faster business ...

Plane lands early after bomb threat updated: Thu May 27 2004 21:49:00

An American Airlines MD-83 jetliner on a flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Boston landed in Nashville Thursday afternoon after a note was found saying a bomb or explosive was on board, a government source told CNN.

Pilots die as fighter jets collideupdated: Wed Apr 21 2004 05:28:00

Two German Air Force pilots have been killed in a mid-air collision between two fighter jets over northern Germany, according to a military spokesman.

Nerves rattled by military jets over Capitolupdated: Tue Apr 06 2004 18:20:00

The sight of military jets flying low over the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall rattled some nerves Tuesday.

Money Magazine: eBaywatch: The Other Jet Blueupdated: Thu Apr 01 2004 00:01:00

If President Bush is looking for a way to pay down the federal deficit, maybe he should take a lesson from Mike Landa, an aircraft broker in Arlington, Wash. Landa auctioned via eBay a scrapped F/A...

Navy fighter jet crashes in North Carolinaupdated: Fri Mar 26 2004 16:04:00

A Navy F/A-18C fighter jet crashed Friday while taking off from Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina, an airport spokeswoman said.

Robots fail to complete Grand Challengeupdated: Sun Mar 14 2004 02:29:00

Nobody won. Nobody even came close.

15 teams qualify for Mojave robot raceupdated: Fri Mar 12 2004 14:49:00

Of more than 100 entries, only 15 robotic vehicles, ranging from a motorcycle to a mega-military truck, made the final cut.

4 dead in San Diego military plane crashupdated: Thu Mar 11 2004 12:32:00

A military plane crashed Wednesday night about a half-mile short of the runway as it attempted to land at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California, killing all four aboard, authorities said.

FSB: Gentlemen, Start Your Robots Next month, about 20 teams will race their autonomous cars across the deserts east of Los Angeles. updated: Sun Feb 01 2004 00:01:00

Brian Gregory lives on a quiet, family-friendly street in Newbury Park, a leafy, lazy California suburb. He sports a beard, geeky glasses, and a small paunch. He does not, by any stretch, look like...

Three firms to research SAM defense for airlinersupdated: Tue Jan 06 2004 17:50:00

The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that it has selected three companies to continue research into ways to thwart shoulder-fired missile attacks on U.S. commercial aircraft.

Business 2.0: The Pentagon's Venture Capitalistsupdated: Tue Apr 01 2003 00:01:00

Shortly after the Russians launched Sputnik in 1957, the United States scrambled to form the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Its mandate: Don't let anyone undermine America's technologic...

Fortune: Build To Order: One Aircraft Carrier Here's why it takes more than seven years to make the world's most complicated manufacturedupdated: Mon Jul 22 2002 00:01:00

It's the most technologically challenging, toughest-to-manufacture product. It delivers more striking power than the combined navy and air forces of most nations. It's the nuclear-powered, Nimitz-c...


So rapidly has the defense industry shrunk in recent years that "consolidation" sometimes seemed a polite way of saying "collapse," as one famous name after another disappeared into a black hole. B...

Fortune: WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE DEFENSE INDUSTRY The Pentagon's shrinking budget will spur more big mergers, renewed migration into civilianupdated: Mon Feb 22 1993 00:01:00

WHAT DO YOU DO when your business starts catching flak? ''I used to be a pilot,'' says Renso Caporali, CEO of Grumman, which delivered its last F-14 seven months ago -- and currently has no orders ...

We recommend