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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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The evolution of US military camouflage

By on October 21, 2015 at 7:45 PM.

The evolution of US military camouflage

Last summer, the U.S. Army confirmed that soldiers will begin wearing the new Army Combat Uniform (ACU) that bears the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) – also known as Scorpion W2.  They are now being issued, and soldiers are expected to retire their prior uniforms by summer 2018.

This means it’s the end of the line for the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP), which was known for its digital-like appearance. Camouflage has undergone numerous changes in the past decade, and the new OCP is just the latest effort by the U.S. military to develop the “perfect camouflage.” More →

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Defense contractor shows off ‘Iron Beam’ anti-drone laser

By on October 21, 2015 at 6:10 PM.

Defense contractor shows off ‘Iron Beam’ anti-drone laser

Late last week, we showed you a new type of rifle that can shoot a drone out of the sky without firing a single bullet. While the term drone has recently been expanded to cover somewhat harmless consumer quadcopters, more sophisticated drones pose a real threat to militaries, governments and more. Rifles that fire radio waves aren’t the only anti-drone devices out there though, and Israeli defense contractor Rafael showed off its sophisticated “Iron Beam” system earlier this week. More →

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DARPA developing vehicles that can literally disappear

By on October 15, 2015 at 2:23 PM.

DARPA developing vehicles that can literally disappear

One of the big challenges when fighting a battle is all the equipment left behind that could end up in the hands of an enemy.

Well, DARPA, a research agency of the Department of Defense, may have come up with a solution. It is testing out a flock of small, single-use, unpowered vehicles delivering critical supplies like food or medicine that literally disappear after being dropped from an aircraft. More →

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U.S. military wants to develop a ‘vampire’ drone that vanishes in the daylight

By on October 13, 2015 at 1:22 PM.

U.S. military wants to develop a ‘vampire’ drone that vanishes in the daylight

The U.S. military wants to create a futuristic drone capable of physically vanishing just a few hours after carrying supplies to troops on a battlefield. The impetus for this new initiative, which was posted online by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) just a few days ago, is to solve the logistical and strategic problems involved in trying to bring drones and other supply vehicles back to base during battle or on covert operations.

In some circumstances, operational security mandates that no supply vehicles are to be left behind following a mission, thus creating something of a catch-22 when troops in the field are in dire need of supplies.

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BAE Systems touts 3D battlefield vision technology

By on October 8, 2015 at 9:15 PM.

BAE Systems touts 3D battlefield vision technology

Keep your head up, eyes out and your finger on the trigger with this new breakthrough that provides a see-through display of critical mission data – all by just clipping BAE System’s Q-Warrior to your helmet.

Once the stuff of movies like “Iron Man” and “Edge of Tomorrow”…now ground troops can benefit from this state-of-the-art tech too.

The lightweight Q-Warrior is a new cutting-edge gadget that takes an ordinary warrior’s helmet and transforms it into an extraordinary futuristic device. More →

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DSEI: Tech hunts concealed threats to better protect US airports

By on September 22, 2015 at 6:50 PM.

DSEI: Tech hunts concealed threats to better protect US airports

New tech could be coming to an airport near you to help keep you safe.

Unveiled for the first time at last week’s Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London, the TSA is developing the SPO-NX with QinetiQ, a U.K.-based defense specialist that has its roots in the British Government’s prestigious Defence Establishment Research Agency.

Terrorists often seek to strike in areas that are densely populated.  It is very challenging to protect these environments. But with this state of the art technology, threats lurking in a crowd can be spotted and exposed from a distance. More →

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