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US Marines create 3D-printed concrete barracks hut in 40 hours

US Marines create 3D-printed concrete barracks hut in 40 hours

The US Marine Corps is testing the use a large concrete-based 3D printer to rapidly create barracks. The project has taken place at the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Illinois, where the I Marine Expeditionary Force used the printer to create a 500-sqft barracks hut in only 40 hours. Such technology could be used following natural disasters, among other things.

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US Army taps Lockheed Martin for anti-drone microwave weapons

US Army taps Lockheed Martin for anti-drone microwave weapons

Forget nets and drone-catching eagles -- the US Army plans to blast unmanned aerial vehicles out of the sky using microwave weapons. The Department of the Army published a document revealing plans to purchase such a device from Lockheed Martin, also using the company for integration and support. Though the US Army isn't soliciting proposals from competing companies, it says it will accept them for a period of time.

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US Thule Air Base wasn’t hit by a meteor, but it was close

US Thule Air Base wasn’t hit by a meteor, but it was close

Exaggerated reports appeared earlier this week claiming a US Air Base in Greenland had been struck by a meteor. That's not true, the Air Force has said, but it did confirm that a meteor hit miles away with considerable force. The event happened in late July, but went mostly unnoticed until Australian media picked up the story.

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DARPA AIE program will explore AI for problem-solving machines

DARPA AIE program will explore AI for problem-solving machines

DAPRA has announced a new program called Artificial Intelligence Exploration (AIE) that aims to surface new AI concepts at a faster pace than competing efforts elsewhere. The overall goal of the project is to ensure the US maintains an advantage when it comes to artificial intelligence technologies. The program will involve a series of "regular and relatively short-term technology development projects," according to DARPA Deputy Director Peter Highnam.

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Stolen USAF drone documents appear for sale on the dark web

Stolen USAF drone documents appear for sale on the dark web

Hackers who stole a US Air Force drone manual were caught trying to sell it on the dark web, a security firm has reported. The discovery was made on June 1 by Recorded Future's Insikt Group, which was monitoring for "criminal actor activities" on the parts of the Internet where few people venture. The documents reportedly were associated with the USAF's MQ-9, an unmanned aerial vehicle more commonly known as a UAV or drone.

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Polar fitness tracker might be a bigger national security risk

Polar fitness tracker might be a bigger national security risk

Fitness trackers have become so common that people strap them on with no worry or concern. After all, they’re not like smartphones or even smartwatches with tons of features and apps that could be harvesting your data. Unfortunately, fitness trackers themselves and their official apps can actually be gold mines of information. Worse, they can actually pose security risks not just for individuals but for countries as well as services like Polar expose secret places and the people that go to and fro those bases.

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Chinese “laser rifle” makes science fiction frighteningly real

Chinese “laser rifle” makes science fiction frighteningly real

Lasers, by their very nature, have the potential for harm but most of the dangerous applications of the technology has been limited to science fiction until recently. But while companies like Lockheed Martin are scrambling to weaponize lasers, their Chines counterparts may have just one-upped them. According to a recent report, a Chinese tech firm has successfully developed a laser rifle no heavier than an AK-47 but has the ability to pierce through glass and metal undetected and set clothes, and humans, on fire.

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Verizon offers military families cheaper unlimited and prepaid Mastercard

Verizon offers military families cheaper unlimited and prepaid Mastercard

Verizon has some new perks just for military families, the most notable being cheaper unlimited lines to help everyone stay in touch. The carrier announced the new rate today, explaining that families with an active military service member, veteran or similar can get the Verizon Go Unlimited plan for $30/line, depending on the number of lines, with a mix-and-match option.

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US Army deploys Uptake AI to predict vehicle component failures

US Army deploys Uptake AI to predict vehicle component failures

The US Army will soon start testing an artificial intelligence system from Uptake that warns when a vehicle may have a component about to fail. The software is designed to "increase the readiness" of Bradley Fighting Vehicles, namely to predict when something is going to fail before it actually does. This, hopefully, will help keep soldiers safe and reduce vehicular downtime.

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Trump “Space Force” wants American “dominance” in space

Trump “Space Force” wants American “dominance” in space

America needs a "Space Force" to dominate space, President Trump has declared this morning, directing the government to create a new branch of the Armed Forces. The news came as part of a NASA event to discuss space traffic around Earth, held at the White House.

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US Army tests Third Arm stabilizer to help soldiers wield big guns

US Army tests Third Arm stabilizer to help soldiers wield big guns

The US Army is developing a "third arm" that can help soldiers hold and stabilize a heavy weapon. This third arm, as the Army calls it, was developed by mechanical engineer Dan Baechle and is currently in a prototype stage. Among other things, the third arm disperses the load caused by the heavy weapon, reducing arm fatigue and helping improve shot accuracy.

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Google’s AI drone project is causing staff to quit

Google’s AI drone project is causing staff to quit

Google employees are quitting the company in protest of Project Maven, the artificial intelligence collaboration with the US Department of Defense. Promising to speed up the analysis of drone footage by assessing images for photos or objects, Maven has prompted serious controversy within the search giant among those who disagree with AI being potentially involved in warfare.

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