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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Inspector General

Inspector General, a military officer who inquires into and reports on all matters affecting efficiency, economy, and discipline within his branch of the armed forces.

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  • Technology of War

    Technology of War

    Modern warfare is a formidable display of technological expertise. These articles examine some of the weapons and defenses that play a prominent role in modern combat, as well as some pieces of technology that could play a role in the future. See more »

  • Top 10 Game-changing Military Technologies

    Top 10 Game-changing Military Technologies

    These 10 technologies changed war and the course of history as we know it. Some of these battlefield innovations, like adding grooves to gun barrels, are surprisingly simple. So what else made our list? See more »

  • Top 5 Gadgets on the High-tech Soldier

    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. See more »

  • Was there a covert CIA prison system?

    Was there a covert CIA prison system?

    After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, members of al-Qaida began to "disappear" from locations around the world. Were they taken to covert CIA prisons? See more »

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

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

    Somewhere in the world, a prisoner likely is enduring torture right now. Human rights organizations have made it their mission to report these crimes against men, women and children. Here are 10 of the most common ways torture is perpetuated in modern society. See more »

  • What is water boarding?

    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? 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 »

  • When and why did we invent war?

    When and why did we invent war?

    People have been fighting with one another longer than humans have recorded their history. Conflicts are unavoidable. But can anyone say for sure when the first war broke out? Why did we invent wars, anyway? See more »

  • When is torture legal?

    When is torture legal?

    Torture isn't legal under the normal rules of war, but what about in the nontraditional rules of the war on terror? The answer may surprise you. See more »

  • Why do I have to join the French Foreign Legion under an assumed name?

    Why do I have to join the French Foreign Legion under an assumed name?

    Have you always thought of yourself as more of a Jean-Pierre than a Jon? Good news, you can still be that guy, provided you're willing to fight for France for five years. See more »

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