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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.

Top 5 Gadgets on the High-tech Soldier

Soldiers rely on all kinds of high-tech gadgets to help them get their jobs done. Some of them are specially designed for military use, while others are gizmos you might have in your pocket right now.

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?

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

How Gas Masks Work

Gas masks are used to filter out harmful gas and particles from the air industrial workers breathe. Learn about gas masks and how gas masks are made. See more »