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US military hackers are dropping cyberbombs on ISIS targets

US military hackers are dropping cyberbombs on ISIS targets They also wage cyberwar, and apparently that now involves dropping cyberbombs on adversaries.That’s a term that Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work is using these days in reference to US military attacks carried out against ISIS.

The Marine Corps’ robotic combat teams reach the next phase of testing

The Marine Corps’ robotic combat teams reach the next phase of testing The Marine Corps announced a new round of testing for its promising Unmanned Tactical Autonomous Control and Collaboration (UTACC) robotic combat assistance program.In the testing revealed this week, they tried out little rolling robot packed with sensors, various communications systems, and a quadcopter drone on its back.

The United States nuclear system still runs (in part) on eight-inch floppy disks

The United States nuclear system still runs (in part) on eight-inch floppy disks From missile defense shields to the F-35, the US military spends huge amounts of money on expensive military hardware.” According to the report “It runs on an IBM Series/1 Computer — a 1970s computing system — and uses 8-inch floppy disks.

US soldiers are getting enhanced hearing tech on the battlefield

The US Army is in the process of rolling out a new piece of technology that can protect a soldier’s hearing on the battlefield.A battlefield is noisy, and damage to hearing from exposure to high decibel levels can be permanent.

Fighter pilot AI runs on $500 PC, repeatedly beats human opponents

Fighter pilot AI runs on $500 PC, repeatedly beats human opponents Not only can the AI known as Alpha take out all the other simulations thrown at it, even an experienced human pilot was repeatedly outmaneuvered.To test Alpha, researchers set up a simulated combat scenario with four enemy aircraft attacking two Alpha-controlled jets.

The Dallas police robot killing is a big deal, but it’s not about tech

The Dallas police robot killing is a big deal, but it’s not about tech But that debate ought to be separate from the one currently ongoing about the killing of a suspect in Dallas’ recent, tragic shootings of five police officers.The only real tech issue has to do with the ability of new technologies to fool people (both police officers and news anchors) into thinking that anything meaningful has changed.

Next-gen Russian stealth bomber could drop nukes from space

Next-gen Russian stealth bomber could drop nukes from space The Russian military has been in the process of designing a next-generation stealth bomber for several years, which is no surprise.However, recent announcements about the PAK-DA strategic bomber’s capabilities will probably raise some eyebrows.

The Army’s Special Operations Command is trading in its Android devices for ‘faster’ iPhones

The Army’s Special Operations Command is trading in its Android devices for ‘faster’ iPhones The Army’s Special Operations Command is dumping Android and moving to Apple’s iPhone, after field tests demonstrated that iOS devices outperformed their Android counterparts.Currently, the Army’s special forces uses the Android Tactical Assault Kit (AKAT, pictured below), but the devices have been plagued with problems.

US Navy hit with $600 million lawsuit for software piracy

US Navy hit with $600 million lawsuit for software piracy According to massive lawsuit against the US Navy, that’s not what happened.The suit was brought by Bitmanagement Software GmbH, a company specializing in visualization software for geographic data.

How the US military is training machines to protect its digital assets

How the US military is training machines to protect its digital assets Welcome to the Cyber Grand Challenge, a DARPA hosted event at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.Much of the technology behind the self-driving car was the result of a DARPA Grand Challenge, as well as the robotic expertise that will likely assist in future missions to Mars.

Will the Navy’s decade-long experiment with railguns yield a useful weapon system?

Will the Navy’s decade-long experiment with railguns yield a useful weapon system? AGS stands for Advanced Gun System (currently mounted on Zumwalt-class destroyers) while LRLAP is the Long Range Land Attack Projectile.Replacing expensive SAM batteries with projectile weapons could dramatically cut costs and improve the chance of a ship surviving a pitched battle.

GM resurrects the fuel cell for the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 military vehicle

GM resurrects the fuel cell for the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 military vehicle General Motors is turning a Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck chassis into a three-ton rolling testbed for hydrogen fuel cell propulsion for the military.It believes there’s room for fuel cells in an era when there’s more focus on electric vehicles and hybrids.

DARPA may borrow blockchain tech from Bitcoin to secure military networks

DARPA may borrow blockchain tech from Bitcoin to secure military networks You’ve probably heard about blockchain technology most often in the context of digital cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but the blockchain can be much more than that.With Bitcoin, the blockchain is the universal record of all the transactions that take place.

Russia unveils its new class of RS-28 'Satan 2' nuclear missiles

Russia unveils its new class of RS-28 'Satan 2' nuclear missiles MIRV-equipped missiles can deliver multiple nuclear weapons to a single target area, or blanket a large area with separate detonations.Historically, MIRVs have been seen as potentially destabilizing because they give a decisive advantage to the country that can strike first and eliminate its opponent’s land-based missile silos.

In bid to achieve quantum encryption, China set to finish 2,000-kilometer 'quantum link'

In bid to achieve quantum encryption, China set to finish 2,000-kilometer 'quantum link' Now, China is nearing completion of another major facet in its push for a quantum phone at the capital building: a 2,000-kilometer fiber-optic line for ferrying quantum encryption keys.It’s the beginning of China’s roll-out of true quantum encryption technology.

Komsomolets: the prototype Soviet nuclear sub still resting at the bottom of the ocean

Komsomolets: the prototype Soviet nuclear sub still resting at the bottom of the ocean K-278 was a prototype 4th-generation nuclear submarine designed to implement a number of features.The crew still aboard Komsomolets seals the conning tower hatch at 5 PM to prevent water from pouring in and drowning the handful of crew still aboard.

Who really invented Iraq's 'Al Robot' combat drone?

Who really invented Iraq's 'Al Robot' combat drone? The militias fighting this battle have apparently deployed alongside a lethal ground combat drone they call “Al Robot.In fact, since Al Robot comes from the country’s fractured Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) militias, there should immediately be some questions as to the origin of the technology itself.

NASA and FEMA hold exercise to simulate unavoidable asteroid impact

NASA and FEMA hold exercise to simulate unavoidable asteroid impact Technology gives us a shot at stopping the worst-case scenario, something that experts from NASA and FEMA recently got together to simulate.The exercise included representatives from NASA, FEMA, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories, the US Air Force, and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

DARPA tests network of 1,000 handheld radiation detectors in Washington

DARPA tests network of 1,000 handheld radiation detectors in Washington As the first large-scale test of the SIGMA program, DARPA put together a mock kidnapping adventure game.Participants in the exercise were each given a backpack with a small SIGMA radiation detector.