• Blimps over Baghdad (ft. Young Northrop Grumman and MC DOD)

    These “combat airships,” which by the way are awesome, are being researched and built by defense contractor Northrup Grumman as an effort to keep an “unblinking eye” above Afghanistan. Yes, I know Baghdad isn’t in Afghanistan, but they’ll probably deploy them there too, and the headline made more sense this way. Moving on. The Long-Endurance… Read More

  • U.S. Army arrests Wikileaks whistleblower

    Wikileaks vs. the U.S. Military continues. You’ll recall that the U.S. Army labeled the Web site a “potential force protection, counterintelligence, operational security (OPSEC), and information security (INFOSEC) threat to the US Army.” Now the Army has arrested the person who hundreds of thousands of documents, including that pretty gruesome video from a few weeks back, to… Read More

  • Military spends $4.5 million on what appear to be helmet-mounted Virtual Boys

    I think it must be hard to feel like a one-man army when you’re wearing such a dorky piece of headwear. The new COMBATREDI (yes, it’s all caps; no, it’s not an acronym) training system pairs a helmet-mounted VR visor with a backpack processing unit to create a rich and immersive “virtual battle space.” Sure, just like a Virtual Boy! Read More

  • Robocalypse Now: Toy-sized combat robot fires "pyrophoric warheads"

    I’m torn here. Not literally torn, as I expect to be when the robots take over and my body is used for spare parts, but morally torn. On one hand, here we have a little robot that could venture into dangerous situations via remote control and detonate bombs or flush out enemy dudes. Could save lives. On the other hand, here we have a little robot that, given the spark of strong AI… Read More

  • U.S. military launches unmanned X-37B spacecraft. Too bad it refuses to tell us what it's for!

    It’s all a bit like Mass Effect. The U.S. Air Force successfully launched the X-37B unmanned spacecraft yesterday, but the question that nobody knows the answer to: what’s it for? The Air Force refuses to say what the X-37B’s mission on beyond something along the lines “we wanted to see if it works.” OK, but do you plan on doing with it? “Sorry… Read More

  • HP plans wrist-mounted e-ink display for space marines

    First, a trivia question: how many of you remember Super Force? Because that’s the first thing I thought of when I saw this picture. Even more, this Starcrafty Korean concept soldiers. Moving on, though… remember that wrist-mounted device HP showed off in its “let’s do amazing” ads a little while back? Turns out they were showing an old model: the plan now is to… Read More

  • Those drones you use in Modern Warfare 2? They could be illegal in real life.

    You know all those drones you kids use to rain grim death upon your unfortunate friends in Modern Warfare 2? Well, according to an American University law professor’s Congressional testimony, they may be illegal under international law. Of course, they could be totally fine, too, it’s just that nobody really knows for sure. That’s probably not what the U.S. military wants… Read More

  • Video: The $113.5 million F-35B Lightning II can float in the air for a little bit

    There’s a certain amount of pride in seeing a country pump out something like the new F-35B Lightning II fighter jet. At $113.5 million per aircraft, it’s about as far away from the meaning of the word “inexpensive” as possible. It makes you think, well, if we can afford things like that, why can’t we afford things like this? But, whatever. The entire purpose of… Read More

  • If only you had actually seen The Hurt Locker

    Who saw The Hurt Locker? Oh, right: none of you. Even if you didn’t you probably are already familiar with the basic concept: a U.S. Army guy whose job it is to disable I.E.D.s sorta goes crazy. That’s the gist of it. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense in the UK has unveiled something called the Dragon Runner, a remote-controlled robot that disables bombs. Read More

  • Bunker buster robot will be like an underground missile

    Well, there goes Zion. That rave-lovin’ excuse for a remnant of humanity would have been taken out in a trice by these Robotic Underground Munitions. And so it will be once the Robocalypse hits. Why are we doing the machines’ job for them? Here, I’ve got a better name for these bunker-busting subterranean missiles: Drill-based Earth-Asploding Terrifying Horrorbots. Read More

  • 360-degree virtual combat room is like Iraq: The Arcade Game

    Just so you know, I’m not making light of warfare — it’s just that virtual training like this, while valuable, does remind one simultaneously of Modern Warfare and Ender’s Game. Of course, as this article notes, the current generation of potential soldiers has grown up in a digital age and expects a little Xbox with their ammo box. Read More

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