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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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Leaked Pentagon memo warns military about the risk of DNA kits

Leaked Pentagon memo warns military about the risk of DNA kits

A leaked Department of Defense memo, which has since been confirmed as authentic by the Pentagon, warns the military about the potential risks of direct-to-consumer DNA testing kits. These services have become very popular among the public, offering insight into one's genes related to ancestry and health, among other things. These same tests could be a major risk for some people, however, putting their livelihoods (and lives) at stake.

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US Navy declares TikTok a threat, bans it from government phones

US Navy declares TikTok a threat, bans it from government phones

The United States Navy has declared Chinese company TikTok a cybersecurity threat and banned its use on government-issued smartphones. The ban was revealed on a Facebook page intended for US military members; in it, the Navy warns that government-issued phones that have TikTok installed will be blocked from accessing the Navy Marine Corps Intranet.

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Turkey’s military drones will bring machine guns to the air

Turkey’s military drones will bring machine guns to the air

They may be mostly considered today as annoying toys but the origin of drones can hardly be considered innocent. Originally used to describe unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs the size or small planes, drones have become even smaller to the point that consumers could take them around for entertainment or professional photography use. Armed forces around the world, however, are using the same advancement in drone technology to improve their original purpose. Turkey, however, maybe literally taking that to new heights with a drone that comes bearing arms.

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US Army combat dogs get special hats to protect their hearing

US Army combat dogs get special hats to protect their hearing

The U.S. Army has unveiled a special new type of hearing protection designed specifically for military dogs working in combat environments. Unlike existing hearing protection gear for canines, this padded hood has a low profile and is designed to fit snugly on the dog's head without the need for straps or otherwise cumbersome attachments. The hearing protection can be used on helicopters, during training, and more.

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DARPA project seeks bacteria that can detect hidden bombs

DARPA project seeks bacteria that can detect hidden bombs

Raytheon has announced that it is working with DARPA on a project for detecting buried explosives using a unique method: bacteria. The work is taking place under a contract from the agency; Worcester Polytechnic Institute joins Raytheon in 'programming' two different bacteria strains to detect bombs located underground.

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US Air Force receives its first anti-drone laser weapon system

US Air Force receives its first anti-drone laser weapon system

The United States Air Force has received its first anti-drone laser weapon, Raytheon has announced. The company delivered the counter-UAS system earlier this month, marking its completion of the work first revealed earlier this year. The US Air Force plans to test the system over the duration of a year as part of a larger experiment. According to Raytheon, its technology can take down a drone within seconds.

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