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DARPA aims to develop smarter, nimbler vehicles

By on April 27, 2016 at 10:40 PM.

DARPA aims to develop smarter, nimbler vehicles

DARPA announced on Tuesday that it has awarded contracts to eight organizations to develop more intelligent, more agile ground vehicles that aren’t burdened by extra armor.

The problem that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said that it wants to address is that as weapons get better at piercing armor, adding armor to ground vehicles just makes them slower and more expensive to develop and deploy.

The initiative comes as part of the agency’s Ground X-Vehicle Technology program, which has awarded contracts to Carnegie Mellon University as well as to companies like Honeywell, Pratt & Miller, and Raytheon. More →

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Top special operations snipers go head to head

By on March 30, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Top special operations snipers go head to head

Top sniper teams from the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines went head to head last week – but who proved they were the best?

Snipers from the world’s most elite special operations forces converged on Fort Bragg, North Carolina for the seventh annual Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition hosted by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

The annual competition is five grueling days designed to test the world’s best snipers to the limit. Some 25 teams took part in 21 incredibly difficult events during the competition, which ran from March 20 through March 25. More →

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Rise of the machines? The danger of autonomous weapons

By on March 21, 2016 at 10:10 PM.

Rise of the machines? The danger of autonomous weapons

It’s a common theme in science fiction – machines rising up against their human masters. But it could be a real threat, warn researchers at the recent World Economic Forum. Unlike today’s drones, which are still controlled by human operators, autonomous weapons could potentially be programmed to select and engage targets on their own.

“It was one of the concerns that we itemized last year,” Toby Walsh, professor of artificial intelligence (AI) at the school of computer science and engineering at the University of New South Wales, told FoxNews.com.

“Most of us believe that we don’t have the ability to build ethical robots,” he added. “What is especially worrying is that the various militaries around the world will be fielding robots in just a few years, and we don’t think anyone will be building ethical robots.”

Noted science fiction author Isaac Asimov famously penned the “Three Laws of Robotics,” which offered that “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders conflict with the First Law. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.” More →

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Futuristic military railgun ‘bullets’ could travel at Mach 6

By on March 17, 2016 at 8:30 PM.

Futuristic military railgun ‘bullets’ could travel at Mach 6

New “bullets” for military railguns, which could strike enemy targets traveling at a whopping six times the speed of sound, are being tested.

Electromagnetic railguns and lasers are two technologies the military is harnessing as an alternative to gunpowder. The U.S. Navy is pioneering the futuristic weapons that could play a vital role in future combat.

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems announced Wednesday that its Blitzer railgun hypersonic projectiles successfully passed tests at the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground in Utah between 7 and 9 March 2016.

Both General Atomics and BAE Systems have created cutting-edge Electromagnetic Railguns. In 2012, the Office of Naval Research began testing them. More →

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U.S. Army is working on encrypted radar that enemies can’t detect

By on March 17, 2016 at 1:23 PM.

U.S. Army is working on encrypted radar that enemies can’t detect

Always looking to push the technological envelope, the U.S. army is working on a new and innovative technology designed to shield radar emissions from detection.

According to reports, the U.S. Army Communications, Research, Development and Engineering Center (CRDEC), an organization based out of Maryland, has been busy developing an encrypted form of radar that enemy combatants in a war or combat setting would be unable to pick up on. Such a system would represent an important strategic advantage as soldiers in battle often need to use radar-based systems without letting adversaries know that they are operating in a given area.

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Army engineers patent limited range bullet that self-destructs

By on February 23, 2016 at 8:05 PM.

Army engineers patent limited range bullet that self-destructs

Researchers working for the U.S. Army have been award a patent for a revolutionary limited range bullet that self-destructs.

Three employees of the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) were awarded the patent for the proof-of-concept projectile, which aims to reduce collateral damage. More →

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Could the US deploy ‘cyborg’ troops?

By on January 28, 2016 at 7:05 PM.

Could the US deploy ‘cyborg’ troops?

The U.S. military is working to develop a new chip technology that, when implanted, will connect human brains to computers – making cyborgs.

Should the chip succeed, it could have nearly limitless possibilities. The U.S. military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) often plays a big role in the development of technologies that civilians eventually benefit from, such as GPS or the Internet.

For the US military, it could help warfighters on a number of levels, such as augmenting their senses- hearing, sight and more. More →

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Advanced chip from DARPA can create unjammable electronic devices for the battlefield

By on January 14, 2016 at 8:45 PM.

Advanced chip from DARPA can create unjammable electronic devices for the battlefield

The ability to jam an enemy’s communications systems during battle has become an increasingly important and strategic part of modern-day warfare. With today’s battlefield packed with high-tech weapons, radars, and advanced communications devices, being able to operate in the field and withstand enemy efforts to hinder communications is extremely important.

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F-35 fighter pilots are gearing up for the new planes virtually

By on December 14, 2015 at 10:20 PM.

F-35 fighter pilots are gearing up for the new planes virtually

US Air Force pilots are flying the newest fighter jets in a virtual world.

The military’s fifth generation fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, will be flown by the Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force. They are not expected to be deployed until 2016 but that’s not stopping Air Force pilots from getting ready to fly missions. More →

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Tests showcase missile vs. missile technology

By on November 30, 2015 at 10:45 PM.

Tests showcase missile vs. missile technology

In a battle of missile versus missile, the PAC-3 continues to blast threats out of the sky.

In two separate tests at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico earlier this month, the PAC-3 performed well.

As part of U.S. Army upgrade testing on the Patriot Air Defense System – essentially a military and civilian missile shield – Lockheed Martin’s missile successfully detected, tracked and intercepted a Patriot missile on Nov. 19. The missile was modified to be consistent with the sorts of tactical ballistic missiles forces face. On Nov. 12, a PAC-3 also intercepted an airborne target as part of the Army’s Integrated Air & Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) fight test at White Sands, according to Lockheed Martin. More →

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US Army touts mind-reading tech

By on November 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

US Army touts mind-reading tech

The military may have a potent new weapon in its arsenal, but it doesn’t involve state-of-the-art hardware or phenomenal firepower. The U.S. Army has successfully used a desktop computer to determine what target image a soldier was thinking about.

The experiment took place at an Army research facility known as “The MIND Lab” located within Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Cognitive neuroscientist Anthony Ries decoded a soldier’s brain signals by hooking him up to an electroencephalogram – a device that reads brain waves. More →

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Futuristic warship design takes shape

By on October 23, 2015 at 6:25 PM.

Futuristic warship design takes shape

What will warships look like in three decades? Meet the next-generation HMS Dreadnought.

The British Ministry of Defence and Royal Navy challenged young scientists and engineers to design a future warship and the results may surprise you. Defense procurement specialist Startpoint has released stunning images of what the futuristic ship could look like.

This cutting-edge ship concept has been dubbed Dreadnought 2050 in honor of the 1906 HMS Dreadnought, a Royal Naval battleship that eclipsed all other warships at the time. More →

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