SOLDIERS

Ever wondered what it's like to be a soldier? This section defines the people, technology and science used to equip soldiers. Articles here range from the technology of war and military snipers to gas masks and body armor.
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What is water boarding?

In 2007, Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey came under fire for refusing to classify water boarding as torture. What does water boarding entail? Does it work?

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  • 5 Technical Innovations in the War on Terrorism

    5 Technical Innovations in the War on Terrorism

    War often leads to great innovation as opponents strive to outsmart one another, and the war on terror has catalyzed countless technological innovations. See more »

  • Can high-tech military gadgets improve safety for soldiers and civilians in combat?

    Can high-tech military gadgets improve safety for soldiers and civilians in combat?

    The U.S. military spends a lot of time and money developing cutting-edge gadgetry to help keep soldiers and civilians alive in the heat of battle. How are these gizmos changing the art of war? See more »

  • Do gamers make good soldiers?

    Do gamers make good soldiers?

    There are lots of video games about war, and manipulating game controllers can build hand-eye coordination. But does playing video games prepare you for real-life combat? See more »

  • Does the U.S. military have rules about tattoos?

    Does the U.S. military have rules about tattoos?

    Tattoos and the military seem to go together. Many U.S. soldiers get ink to commemorate their service or fallen comrades. And the tattooed Navy sailor is part of American folklore. But can a tattoo actually prevent you from serving your country? See more »

  • How are terror alert levels determined?

    How are terror alert levels determined?

    The U.S. national terror alert level is yellow today. Does that mean you can ignore that suspicious ticking package resting by the bus stop or should you report it to the authorities? See more »

  • How Body Armor Works

    How Body Armor Works

    Body armor is essential for many people in high-risk professions. The strange thing is, the most common armor is actually a high-tech, soft netting. Learn how modern armor technologies stop bullets. See more »

  • How Game Theory Works

    How Game Theory Works

    Game theory isn't about people scratching their heads over a never-ending game of Monopoly. Serious theorists, like Henry Kissinger, used it to form war strategies. See more »

  • How Gas Masks Work

    How Gas Masks Work

    Companies are reporting waiting lists for gas masks. Learn how these devices work and what they can actually protect you from. See more »

  • How Liquid Body Armor Works

    How Liquid Body Armor Works

    Body armor is about to undergo the biggest change in centuries -- new liquid formations are making Kevlar much lighter and more flexible to wear. Find out about this new technique for making body armor more wearable. See more »

  • How Mercenaries Work

    How Mercenaries Work

    Professional soldiers have influenced history for centuries, fighting alongside colonists in the Revolutionary War and, more recently, providing private security in Iraq. What's life as a hired gun like? See more »

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