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The US Army needed a new troop transport – This is what GM built

The US Army needed a new troop transport – This is what GM built

GM may be bringing back the Hummer as an all-electric SUV, but the automaker is looking to tried-and-tested tech for the new Infantry Squad Vehicle it's building for the US Army. The company has inked a $214.3 million deal to produce and service more than 2,000 ultra-flexible troop transports, though while they might look like Mad Max props, they're actually surprisingly familiar.

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Samsung made a Galaxy S20 TE just for the military

Samsung made a Galaxy S20 TE just for the military

The Galaxy S20 5G UW isn't the only new Samsung smartphone revealed this week, but don't expect to find the Galaxy S20 TE in any local phone stores. The new Tactical Edition version of the company's flagship is specifically made for the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the federal government, even if we could see its beefy build and special accessories being popular with a broader audience.

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US Space Force successfully launches secretive X-37B space plane

US Space Force successfully launches secretive X-37B space plane

Following a delay caused by poor weather, the US Space Force and United Launch Alliance have successfully launched the military's secretive X-37B space plane. The craft was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida using the Atlas V rocket, sending it off on its sixth space mission. Space Force recently revealed that the space plane is carrying multiple experiments, including some for NASA, though many details on the spacecraft remain a secret.

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US Space Force reveals sixth mission for mysterious X-37B space plane

US Space Force reveals sixth mission for mysterious X-37B space plane

The United States Space Force has announced intentions to launch a sixth mission with its mysterious X-37B "space plane." The fifth mission (OTV-5), which was classified, ended successfully in late October 2019 and returned to Earth after 780 days, a record that broke its previous 718-day mission that ended in 2017. In an announcement last week, the US Space Force said that the OTV-6 mission will launch on May 16, marking a milestone in the effort.

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Pentagon finally confirms and releases leaked US Navy UFO videos

Pentagon finally confirms and releases leaked US Navy UFO videos

Following the big leak involving them in late 2017 and early 2018, the Department of Defense has officially confirmed the validity of and released into the public domain a total of three US Navy videos showing what is popularly referred to as 'UFOs.' In a brief statement on Monday, the Pentagon said that it has categorized the 'aerial phenomenon' showcased in the leaked videos as officially 'unidentified.'

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DARPA seeks an implantable ‘travel adapter’ for soldiers’ bodies

DARPA seeks an implantable ‘travel adapter’ for soldiers’ bodies

Military research agency DARPA has announced a new program that seeks a 'travel adapter' designed for the human body. The device, as with other DARPA projects, is intended for potential use with military personnel, helping them overcome common problems on the battlefield and beyond. In this case, the 'travel adapter' would help reduce jet lag and protect against illness caused by foreign food and water sources.

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DARPA taps four companies for critical unmanned underwater vehicle tech

DARPA taps four companies for critical unmanned underwater vehicle tech

DARPA has announced the four companies it has selected to work under its Manta Ray Program. Three of the companies will be tasked with developing 'an integrated solution' for the program's operational and technology areas, according to DARPA. The fourth company will instead focus on the topic of undersea energy harvesting options capable of working at the depths DARPA has planned.

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US Navy deploys anti-drone laser on its USS Dewey destroyer

US Navy deploys anti-drone laser on its USS Dewey destroyer

The US Navy has deployed 'Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy,' a new weapon better referred to as ODIN. This device is defensive in nature -- it is designed to take down unwanted and potentially dangerous Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), more commonly called drones. The laser was installed on the USS Dewey, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.

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Garmin Tactix Delta smartwatch has a kill switch and stealth mode

Garmin Tactix Delta smartwatch has a kill switch and stealth mode

A rugged privacy-centric smartwatch was revealed today: the Garmin Tactix Delta. This Garmin Tactix Delta smartphone was built to military standards MIL-STD-810 and rolls with a domed sapphire lens - and a "diamond-like carbon coated bezel." The key selling point here isn't the materials, but the abilities - stealth mode and a kill switch.

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SpaceX Starlink satellite launch today will be first under U.S. Space Force

SpaceX Starlink satellite launch today will be first under U.S. Space Force

SpaceX is set to put a new string of Starlink satellites into orbit today in a launch planned to happen at Cape Canaveral. If the launch goes off, it will be the first launch of 2020 and will be the 45th Space Wing's inaugural launch as part of the U.S. Space Force. The 45th Space Wing is one of five Air Force space wings that have been assigned to the U.S. Space Force effective December 20, 2019.

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US Army joins Navy in banning TikTok on government-issued phones

US Army joins Navy in banning TikTok on government-issued phones

Only weeks after the US Navy passed a similar rule, the United States Army has banned its members from using China-owned TikTok on their government-issued smartphones. The reason, according to an Army spokesperson, is that officials consider TikTok a 'cyber threat,' mirroring concerns expressed by government officials who called for a national security review of the app.

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US Air Force tests new tech to counter simulated cruise missile attack

US Air Force tests new tech to counter simulated cruise missile attack

Earlier this month, the United States Air Force tested new technology as part of a real-time mission to defeat a cruise missile threat -- a simulated one, that is. The exercise took place across three full days and involved the USAF's Advanced Battle Management System, which was tested as part of a larger concept called Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2). The USAF described JADC2 as a concept that instantly receives and acts upon 'vast' data sets from land, sea, air, cyber and space with support for all branches of the military.

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