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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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How Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Works

Formerly known as "shell shock," research into post-traumatic stress disorder began intensely after Congress requested a study of how Vietnam veterans were readjusting to civilian life in 1983. What have we learned since then about PTSD?


Was there a covert CIA prison system?

Was there a covert CIA prison system?

A CIA prison system stretched across the globe in countries like Thailand and Afghanistan. Read more about the CIA prison system and its covert operations. See more »

When is torture legal?

When is torture legal?

Is torture legal? This is a question that has been debated. Read more to learn about when torture is legal. See more »

What are the 10 most prevalent forms of torture and why?

What are the 10 most prevalent forms of torture and why?

The most prevalent forms of torture have been identified in a book by the CODESRIA organization. Learn about the most prevalent forms of torture. See more »

Is there a torture manual?

Is there a torture manual?

A torture manual that was used by al-Qaida to torture Iraqi nationals was discovered in May of 2007. Learn about the discovery of the torture manual. See more »

How Liquid Body Armor Works

How Liquid Body Armor Works

One of the newest types of body armor is both flexible and lightweight. Learn whyliquid body armor has the potential to be a good replacement for or supplement to bulkier vests. See more »

What will the additional 21,000 U.S. troops be doing in Iraq?

What will the additional 21,000 U.S. troops be doing in Iraq?

If the dire state of affairs in Iraq can be attributed at least in part to U.S. mistakes, the military will have to use the influx of troops wisely to regain ground. See more »

What is water boarding?

What is water boarding?

Water boarding is a form of interrogation where water is repeatedly poured over someone's face. Learn about the technique of water boarding. See more »

How Military Snipers Work

How Military Snipers Work

Military snipers are highly trained sharpshooters that can hit a target from great distances. Learn about military snipers and military sniper training. See more »

How MREs Work

How MREs Work

Coalition troops have been surviving mainly on MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) for most of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Learn what these portable, adaptable and absolutely essential pieces of military technology are all about. See more »

Technology of War

Technology of War

The technology of war is explained with this collection of articles from HowStuffWorks. Learn about the technology of war. See more »