Military

GPS Backpack for Dogs Created by Auburn University’s Canine Detection Research Institute

GPS Backpack for Dogs Created by Auburn University’s Canine Detection Research Institute

While robots are taking a major role in today's military scheme of things, there are always other options. Namely, animals. Simply put, a dog can get into places that a robot can't, and given the right method of controlling them, can be a lot more help than, say, a limited machine. That's where this backpack design comes into play. Designed within the walls of Auburn University's Canine Detection Research Institute, it's a backpack that puts a lot of features into a small space, all in the hopes of being able to guide a dog into a situation remotely.

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HP Ready to Ship a Dick Tracy Wristwatch to the US Army Later This Year

HP Ready to Ship a Dick Tracy Wristwatch to the US Army Later This Year

While we've seen plenty of devices that look like a small wristwatch with technology that's certainly not limited to just a watch, it's still not that infamous Dick Tracy watch that so many people want on their wrist. According to a new report from Mercury News, Hewlett-Packard (HP) is ready to move their prototype flexible display technology to the next level, and offer up a prototype "Dick Tracy wristwatch" to the United States Army.

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Airborne Laser Test Bed to Try and Shoot Down Ballistic Missile as Soon as Tonight

Airborne Laser Test Bed to Try and Shoot Down Ballistic Missile as Soon as Tonight

It was a year ago that the United States military first attempted, and ultimately succeeded, in shooting down a ballistic missile with a laser. And now it looks like they are ready to test it again, and they could be doing it as soon as tonight, if sources are accurate. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Airborne Laser Test Bed, which is a heavily modified jumbo jet that has a chemical laser equipped to its frame, will take off from the California coast, and try to shoot down the missile.

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US military force removable media lock-down to prevent WikiLeaks sequel

US military force removable media lock-down to prevent WikiLeaks sequel

Part of the US government's response to WikiLeaks and the threat of further data exposure have themselves been leaked, with an immediate ban on removable media for military employees the biggest push for secrecy. According to a December 3rd "Cyber Control Order" obtained by Wired, Maj. Gen. Richard Webber of Air Force Network Operations has demanded that airmen "immediately cease use of removable media on all systems, servers, and stand alone machines residing on SIPRNET." It's apparently one such example of a directive sent out to all military branches.

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DARPA’s Transformer Project Should be Finished by 2015

DARPA’s Transformer Project Should be Finished by 2015

The Transformer project, or TX, from DARPA has been moving forward in its development stages pretty steadily. It wasn't too long ago that we first reported about the project, and at the end of September we told you that DARPA was one step closer to making the Transformer project the real deal. And now it looks like, thanks to some cost reports and design elements, the military may be getting their hands on a flying Humvee sooner than we ever believed.

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US Army Testing Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot [Video]

US Army Testing Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot [Video]

Robots in the military are becoming pretty common. As the Commanding Officers try to think of new, and futuristic ways to make sure that their soldiers aren't put into harm's way, new robotic devices are being tested and implemented into dangerous situations. One of the United States Army's newest devices, the Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot, or BEAR, is meant to be able to use all of its skills and abilities to go into live-fire zones, and pull wounded military personnel out of the conflict.

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The Air Force is Aiming for Pilot-less Next Generation Fighter Planes

The Air Force is Aiming for Pilot-less Next Generation Fighter Planes

There are a countless number of drones out there, being controlled remotely, and having no use for a pilot. So, the next logical step, at least for the Air Force, would be to translate that pilot-less effectiveness, and move it to something a bit bigger. In this sense, the United States Air Force has made it known that, when the next generation of fighter planes makes their debut, they want them to be able to be piloted remotely.

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