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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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Huawei, ZTE banned from military base retail stores over security risks [UPDATE]

Huawei, ZTE banned from military base retail stores over security risks [UPDATE]

Chinese phone makers ZTE and Huawei remain under scrutiny by the US government, which has banned them from retail stores on military bases. The order comes from the Pentagon and applies to US military bases around the world, a decision made over alleged security issues the devices may present. Both companies have previously, and repeatedly, dismissed the government's concerns.

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Lockheed Martin gets $1b hypersonic missile contract from US Air Force

Lockheed Martin gets $1b hypersonic missile contract from US Air Force

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract valued at nearly $1 billion to develop a hypersonic missile for the US Air Force. According to the Department of Defense, Air Force Life Cycle Management received three offers to develop the technology, though it didn't reveal the two other entities. The agency also revealed a second contract for nearly $12 million awarded to Applied Technology for a ground-based EO/IR direct imaging system.

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T-Mobile ONE Military plan cuts family lines cost in half, plus S9 promo

T-Mobile ONE Military plan cuts family lines cost in half, plus S9 promo

T-Mobile is targeting military families with its new T-Mobile ONE Military option. The plan is available exclusively to military families, offering them wireless service at half the cost of typical family lines. According to the Uncarrier, this makes T-Mobile home to the largest military discount available among wireless providers, something joined by a new hiring pledge and more.

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Furious staff demand Google denounce war AI

Furious staff demand Google denounce war AI

More than 3,000 Google employees are demanding the company axe its collaboration with the US Department of Defense on a military AI. Dubbed Project Maven, the controversial artificial intelligence surveillance engine uses Google's machine learning system to spot objects in drone footage.

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USS Colorado submarine periscopes driven by Xbox controller

USS Colorado submarine periscopes driven by Xbox controller

Some people fear the influence of video games on the youth, and the US Navy might have just proven them right. In a slightly amusing way. Over the weekend, the new USS Colorado SSN 788 was commissioned, hailed to not just to be the newest fast attack sub of the country but also a marvel of technology and innovation. Part of that innovation comes via the use of one of the most familiar methods of control to operate the sub’s new Photonics Masts: a wired Xbox 360 controller.

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Pentagon taps Google AI tech to automatically analyze drone footage

Pentagon taps Google AI tech to automatically analyze drone footage

Google is helping the Department of Defense develop machine learning and AI tech for analyzing drone footage, the company has confirmed. According to a Google spokesperson talking about the arrangement, the company's TensorFlow tech is only used "for non-offensive" tasks, namely to flag images that require human review. The company acknowledges the concerns inherent to such an arrangement, saying, "We're actively discussing this important topic internally and with others..."

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DARPA Biostasis seeks to slow biological time for battlefield survival

DARPA Biostasis seeks to slow biological time for battlefield survival

DARPA's latest research project is focusing on slowing down time, at least when it comes to biochemical reactions. The new Biostasis program seeks ways to extend a period time known as the golden hour -- that is, the duration of time between the onset of an infection or an injury and the time when treatment is given. By extending that period of time and applying the technology to the battlefield, medical facilities may be able to save soldiers' lives.

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GPS jamming may confuse your phone as USAF tests old skills

GPS jamming may confuse your phone as USAF tests old skills

The United States Air Force is about to kick off an exercise known as the Red Flag, and it'll include disruption to GPS in certain places. Red Flag is an aerial combat training exercise that takes place at Nevada's Nellis Air Force Base; it'll also include the USMC, plus participants from the United Kingdom and Australia. During the exercise, certain places in the western US will experience GPS issues.

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Samsung 5G network prototype in development with the US military

Samsung 5G network prototype in development with the US military

Samsung is working with the US military to develop and test a prototype 5G mobile network, according to a recent report, potentially paving the way for ground-based ultra-fast mobile broadband. According to the publication Defense Systems, the 5G network is capable of extremely fast speeds while offering low latency, able to hit up to 1GB/s.

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