Military

Lockheed Martin HALE-D airship flies for first time

Lockheed Martin HALE-D airship flies for first time

Lockheed Martin has been working on a new generation of airships, which I have always called blimps. Decades ago, the airship was seen as the future of passenger flight across the country and between continents. The airship was quickly surpassed in capability by aircraft and thanks to notable disasters it was relegated to use for advertising and filming sporting events for the most part.

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MAUL shotgun fires up to five Taser shells as fast as you can pull the trigger

MAUL shotgun fires up to five Taser shells as fast as you can pull the trigger

I think it's a great thing that police and military have weapons at their disposal that will allow them to stop someone committing a crime without having to use lethal means. Almost all police in my area also carry a Taser so they can Tase a bro instead of the alternative. The catch is that most of those Tasers have to be very close to work. That isn’t the case anymore with some of the weapons that military and law enforcement can use.

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Navy testing remote controlled jet ski to detect swimming attackers

Navy testing remote controlled jet ski to detect swimming attackers

The US military is constantly adding new remotely controlled and automated weapons and surveillance systems to its arsenal. The USAF has a fleet of drones that can perform surveillance at a location or attack targets when they have weapons onboard. The US Navy is now testing out a remotely controlled platform of its own that will be used to patrol harbors where Navy ships are docked.

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Pentagon Announces Cyberspace as Operational Domain

Pentagon Announces Cyberspace as Operational Domain

Time to grab your Androids and equip them with pistols, all you cyber-attack ladies and gentlemen, because the Pentagon has decided to tap the ON button on when it comes to defending the United States Government when it comes to hacking. On Thursday, Pentagon officials announced that it would begin treating "cyberspace" as an operational domain, the same as land, sea, and air. This comes amid, but not directly in response to, an announcement that the Pentagon had very recently lost 24,000 files in a major network breach.

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Haptic belts steer soldiers in the right direction

Haptic belts steer soldiers in the right direction

All I know of communication on the battlefield when you can't talk is what I see in the movies. It apparently involves many hand signals from what I can tell. A new system that uses belts loaded with sensors and feedback from vibrating motors may replace those hand gestures in the future. It sounds like some of the tech that is in video games today. The solider would wear the haptic feedback belt and it could guide them along a route without the fighter having to look down to follow a GPS or map.

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Are soldiers testing night vision contact lenses?

Are soldiers testing night vision contact lenses?

This is a cool thing to me. If you watch any movies with a military theme or any of the discovery type programming centering on military themes you have, seen night vision goggles before. The things clip on to the helmet of the solider and they flip them up or down to control when they need to see in the dark and when normal vision will do. The goggles look to be very bulky and uncomfortable and cut down on peripheral vision too.

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Raytheon microwave warhead would fry enemy defenses, not blow them up

Raytheon microwave warhead would fry enemy defenses, not blow them up

Today in any military conflict there is a bunch of missiles and other exploding ordinance that is used against hard targets like air defenses to prevent them from being used on the opposing force and on civilians in the conflict. The way these missiles destroy the enemy equipment is by blowing it up. The high explosive warheads have the sad drawback of at times causing damage beyond what the military intends with civilian casualties always a risk, especially in heavily populated areas where defenses might be placed.

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Pentagon sets stage to respond to cyber attacks with military action

Pentagon sets stage to respond to cyber attacks with military action

Today if a foreign government hacks into a US computer system and causes issues, nothing much happens. Just look back at the hubbub with the hacks on Google and other major tech firms that were allegedly backed by the Chinese government and see that nothing other than name calling really happened. The Pentagon is setting the stage for a major change in policy with regards to cyber attacks.

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British firm makes military backpack that can see through walls

British firm makes military backpack that can see through walls

If you are a gamer that plays shooters or other games, you have seen the little maps in the bottom of the screen that put dots up when an enemy is nearby. I have a watch though that something along those lines wasn’t possible in the real world, but it is. A British company called Cambridge Consultants has unveiled an awesome product called the Prism 200c that looks a lot like that HUD in some video games. The device is worn like a backpack.

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Apache helicopters get new ground fire location system

Apache helicopters get new ground fire location system

Not too long ago I watched a show on the Discovery Channel that showed some of the helicopter combat operations during the Gulf War. The thing that stuck out in my mind was the pilots talking about how hard it's for them to locate ground fire and fire back when the enemy is targeting them. The difficulty is so great that one of the helicopters was being fired on by tanks and still couldn't locate the enemy to fire back.

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