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IBM files formal JEDI protest a day before bidding process closes

IBM announced yesterday that it has filed a formal protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office over the structure of the Pentagon’s winner-take-all $10 billion, 10-year JEDI cloud con

Why the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI deal has cloud companies going nuts

By now you’ve probably heard of the Defense Department’s massive winner-take-all $10 billion cloud contract dubbed the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (or JEDI for short). Star War

Google adds new features to help U.S. veterans find jobs or highlight their businesses

Google wants to make the transition back into civilian life smoother for U.S. military veterans by adding tools that help them find jobs or promote their businesses. One new feature is an initiative o

US targets 2020 for the creation of a Space Force

In a speech before the Department of Defense at the Pentagon today, Vice President Mike Pence outlined the broad contours of the new Space Force that the Trump administration wants to create as the si

US Air Force drone documents found for sale on the dark web for $200

You never quite know what you’ll find on the dark web. In June, a threat intelligence team known as Insikt Group at security research firm Recorded Future discovered the sale of sensitive U.S. m

Chinese company claims its ‘laser AK-47’ can set you on fire from half a mile away

Lasers! Everyone loves them, everyone wants them. But apart from a few niche applications they have failed to live up to the destructive potential that Saturday morning cartoons taught us all to expec

Google reportedly backing out of military contract after public backlash

A controversial Google contract with the U.S. military will not be renewed next year after internal and public outcry against it, Gizmodo reports. The program itself was not particularly distasteful o

Sure looks like China has a ship-mounted railgun

Ever since Eraser, everyone wants a railgun. Turns out China is no exception. Some photos posted by Dafeng Cao, a Twitter user who keeps close tabs on Chinese military developments, show a ship-mounte

US military reviewing tech use after Strava privacy snafu

The U.S. military has responded to privacy concerns over a heatmap feature in the Strava app which displays users' fitness activity -- and has been shown exposing the location of military facilities a

Rolls-Royce planning autonomous naval ship for patrol, surveillance and mine detection

Rolls-Royce is designing an autonomous naval ship capable of patrol, surveillance, mine detection and fleet screening. The latest version of the ship is 60m long and capable of traveling for 100 day

DJI adds an offline mode to its drones for clients with ‘sensitive operations’

DJI is working on a "local data mode" for its apps that prevents any data from being sent to or received from the internet. The feature will be welcomed by many, but it's hard not to attribute the tim

The Wizards of Armageddon set up shop in Silicon Valley

The Research and Development Corporation (RAND) has helped the U.S. think through some of the toughest scientific and regulatory challenges since the 1940s. This year, the think tank is opening its fi

Tech leaders respond to Trump’s ban of transgender people in the military

With Obamacare reform back from the dead and wending its way toward a substantive vote, the Trump administration has decided that two massive national policy controversies are better than one. In a se

Military social network wants you to hire a vet for your next tech opening

Veteran-focused social platform Sandboxx wants to pair its community members with experts who can ease their transition back into the workforce — and hopefully even land them a job. Global firm Be

Navy and Marine Corps outlaw nude photo sharing without consent

The Marine Corps has taken another step to crack down on the nude photo sharing scandal that broke open in the Marines United Facebook Group. Following changes to the rules governing behavior on socia

Female Marines group appeals to Sheryl Sandberg to fix Facebook’s revenge porn problem

A group of Marines is demanding that Facebook get a grip on the systemic harassment that plagues its female servicemembers. In a thorough, thoughtfully articulated letter, veteran and Not in My Marine

Is it a bird? Is it a bug? No it’s a biomimetic microdrone with flapping wings

UK biomimetic engineering startup Animal Dynamics is being funded by the military to build a microdrone with wings inspired by the flapping flight of a dragonfly.

Marine Corps updates social media guidance to address online misconduct

As its revenge porn scandal continues to unfurl, the Marine Corps took steps this week to bolster its standards for online behavior.

Instagram is the latest nexus of the Marines photo sharing scandal

Following the revelation that a private Facebook group with 30,000 members targeted female Marines in a non-consensual photo sharing ring, other toxic online communities are popping up — and provin

DARPA shows off its SideArm system catching drones mid-flight

Military-style fixed-wing drones are easy to launch, but difficult to land; DARPA aims to change that with SideArm, a portable drone-grabbing system that snatches the fast-moving craft right out of th
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