Military

Y2K finally hits: Draft notices sent to the dead

Y2K finally hits: Draft notices sent to the dead

This is not a joke - it’s a computer error. What’s happened in Pennsylvania this past week will not require thousands of elderly or otherwise dead men to go to war, but it should inspire some giggles. A computer error has resulted in more than 14,000 draft sign-up reminders being sent out to men born between the years 1893 and 1897.

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Transformer aircraft merges and splits as needed

Transformer aircraft merges and splits as needed

Imagine a future where military aircraft can merge together into a single larger unit, splitting apart only when needed and rejoining again later after the mission is finished. Sound interesting? Such is the concept introduced by BAE Systems.

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U.S. Military’s TALOS Project tapped Hollywood designer

U.S. Military’s TALOS Project tapped Hollywood designer

It is not unusual for Hollywood to refer to the US Military personnel for realistic movie plot, but this time it is the other way around. Legacy Effects, the company known for designing props for movies such as Iron Man and RoboCop has been hired by the U.S. Military to design a war suit to protect soldiers in the field.

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Stringer uses Virtual Reality with Oculus for battlefield safety

Stringer uses Virtual Reality with Oculus for battlefield safety

While the virtual reality gaming universe appears to be taking off, the Oculus Rift VR headset is being used for a wide variety of purposes - like personal safety in a war zone. What the creators behind "Stringer" have done is to make a VR environment in which journalists - or the interested onlooker - can get as close as possible to a battlefield situation without actually being there. Once inside, the user sees what it’s like attempting to cover a war.

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DARPA Z-Man project shows how man can climb like geckos

DARPA Z-Man project shows how man can climb like geckos

If imitation is the best form of flattery, then geckos should feel honored. Taking inspiration from what it claims are the world's best climbers, DARPA's Z-Man project demonstrated how a human of rather heavy constitution can scale up a vertical wall using nothing other than a pair of paddles.

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War Thunder Ground Forces hit the tanks, PS4 FTP in June

War Thunder Ground Forces hit the tanks, PS4 FTP in June

There’s nothing like a good free World War II massively multiplayer online game to start your early weekend off right. War Thunder is one of several of such games out on the market today - you’ll also find World of Warplanes (with airplanes) and World of Tanks (with tanks), but until now, no game with the whole shebang. While we’re still waiting for the troops, War Thunder Ground Forces brings on both tanks and planes in one single battlefield.

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DARPA HUD gives infantry soldiers enhanced view

DARPA HUD gives infantry soldiers enhanced view

DARPA has created a simple-looking and handy heads-up display (HUD) for infantry soldiers, with the unit being attached to their helmet and positioned in front of one eye. It is quite a bit larger than the tiny displays used in Glass and similar products, being akin to the HUD fighter pilots use.

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Pentagon’s Zombie Invasion plans detailed

Pentagon’s Zombie Invasion plans detailed

The secret Defense Department zombie plan named CONOP 8888 is real - and yet it’s not. Designed as a plan that "could never be mistaken for a real plan," military planners assigned to the U.S. Strategic Command took this Zombie scenario to a very real place.

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Godzilla 2014 vs US Air Force: real talk

Godzilla 2014 vs US Air Force: real talk

Godzilla is nearly at our doorstep. In less than a week, Godzilla’s 2014 big-screen movie will be bringing mayhem to the world. Understandably, the folks at Air & Space with the Smithsonian decided it’d make far more sense to speak about the film with the United States Air Force than the filmmakers - not about the film, but about Godzilla himself.

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DARPA issues grant for stealth military motorcycles

DARPA issues grant for stealth military motorcycles

The latest DARPA grant has gone to Logos Technologies, which will use it to develop an almost completely silent stealth motorcycle for military use. There isn't much information on the bike at this time, but when it comes to fruition, it would be used by elite teams of soldiers.

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US Navy deploying railguns and lasers (with no sharks in sight)

US Navy deploying railguns and lasers (with no sharks in sight)

The US Navy will begin in-the-wild trials of a laser weapon that can bring down aircraft or small vessels this summer, controlled just like a video game and costing about $1 a shot. The technology will be deployed initially on the USS Ponce, an amphibious transport dock in the Persian Gulf, rather than mounted to a shark's head, the Navy confirmed, and is part of R&D weaponry trials that also include railguns.

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TrackingPoint 500 AR Series smart rifles make hunting easy

TrackingPoint 500 AR Series smart rifles make hunting easy

It’s rare that we’ll cover a firearm here on SlashGear, but when TrackingPoint shows off a smart automatic rifle series like the one we’re seeing today, we’ve got to change a tune. What you’ve got here is the TrackingPoint 500 Series AR rifle, working with a variety of technologies that make certain the carrier is the most accurate - machine accurate - in the field.

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