Military

Here’s How Much the Pentagon Paid Sports Teams for Military Tributes

You know the scene—a stadium full of 60,000 thankful fans gives a standing ovation as the Jumbotron shows members of the military, or an active-duty soldier shows up to surprise her family in a touching on-field reunion.But most fans may not be aware of one key detail: These are paid advertisements by the U.S. Department of Defense, and taxpayers are footing the bill.

Sarcastic Amazon Reviews Take a Darker Turn on Toy Drone’s Product Page

Critics of the U.S.'s use of unmanned missile-firing robot aircraft overseas have found a novel forum for airing their grievances: the Amazon.com product page for a toy version of the American Predator Drone. Many of the Amazon write-ups have a sarcastic tone similar to the faux-adori

Paula Broadwell Stars in This Infomercial for a Crazy Futuristic Weapon

You can add another title to the growing list of Paula Broadwell's roles—that of infomercial star.

John Cleese Orders Strike on Iran in Israeli Ad for Chocolate Spread

We've already established that John Cleese will do anything for money when it comes to shooting ads. (Faulty showers, anyone?) He seemed to redeem himself just a little bit recently with the amusing DirecTV spot. But now he's back to doing stuff that's just weird.

U.S. Army Unveils Branded Peripherals for Video Games

Opening a new front in the battle for recruits and the war of public opinion, the U.S. Army has entered the gaming peripherals business.

Ex-U.S. Paratrooper Rips ‘Hideous’ Ad for ‘Modern Warfare 3’

Author and former U.S. Army paratrooper D.B.

Missile Marketing: A Collection of Cold War Rocket Ads

U.S. military rockets aren't really the kind of thing you'd expect to be sold through advertising. (I mean, don't they really only have one buyer?) So it's worth taking a look at Retronaut's collection of rocket ads from 1947 to 1974.

Air Force Ad Stretches the Definition of ‘Not Science Fiction’

The U.S. Air Force continues the "It's Not Science Fiction" campaign with a new post-apocalyptic epic highlighting the service's medical rescue missions. Created by GSD&M and directed by Phil Joanou, the ad is definitely a stunning visual display, thanks largely to CGI effects by MassMarket.

Classic Navy SEALs Recruitment Ad Sneaks Up on You

Sunday's daring raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan was a great advertisement for the U.S. Navy SEALs. But the SEALs recruitment commercial below is one of the great military ads ever made. Called "Footprints," it was created in 2006 by director Stu Maschwitz and Detroit ad agency Campbell-Ewald.

Action-starved? Don’t join Swedish marines

If you're Swedish and looking for a white-knuckled thrill ride to the bleeding edge of advanced combat, then you'll probably want to look somewhere other than the marines. In two […]