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Report: US Military Drone Pilots Don't Get Enough Training

The U.S military is increasingly making use of drones rather than manned aircraft. But a new report from the Government Accountability Office suggest that as much as 65 per cent of drone pilots do not get enough training.


Australia Just Staged A Massive Counter Terrorism Exercise

Dubbed ‘Hermes Castle’, the multi-agency operation involved 450 police, emergency service and Defence personnel. The exercise is part of an ongoing commitment to testing and refining counter terrorism arrangements.


What It Feels Like To Shoot With The US Military's Experimental Smart Scope

You’ve probably never fired an M4 carbine. Until a couple weeks ago, I hadn’t either. But at a recent DARPA demo day, I loaded a magazine (also a first for me), snuggled up to the deadly assault rifle, and looked through one of the most technologically advanced smart scopes ever built. Then I pulled the trigger.


Google Glass 2.0, And Other Tech News You May Have Missed

You’ve probably been engulfed in the Apple Watch media maelstrom. Wondering what else happened in tech yesterday? We’ve got you covered with BitStream, our cheat sheet for tech news and rumours that might have slipped past your radar.


Cool Photo Of A Paratrooper Makes It Look Like He's Surfing An Aeroplane

The angle of this photo of a paratrooper making a jump off a C-130 aeroplane is so perfect that it makes it seem like the soldier is using the Hercules aircraft as a surfboard of sorts. Obviously, he’s not standing on the plane (it’s just our perspective fooling us, or just me), but riding an aeroplane while outside the plane would be so badass.


US Army Is Developing A Crash Test Dummy To Measure Explosive Shockwaves

The automotive industry has developed some of the most sophisticated crash test dummies in the world for testing and improving a vehicle’s ability to protect its passengers in the event of an accident. However, when that vehicle is designed to protect its passengers from explosions, the US Military decided it needed a crash test dummy better suited to measuring the effects of those powerful shockwaves.


Which Country Has The World's Largest Army Throughout History?

Martin Vargic made a very interesting chart that shows what the world’s largest army was throughout history, from 2500 BC until now. He split up the world into “west” and “east” to show which countries or dynasties or empires were dominating different parts of the world.


A Teenage Hacker Ring Stole $US100 Million In Army And Xbox Tech

The US Department of Justice just charged a group of four young hackers with a doozie of a crime. They’re accused of breaking into both Microsoft and US Army servers and stealing $US100 million worth of everything from unreleased games to military training software. Two of the hackers have already pleaded guilty.


Why Military Tech (Sometimes) Doesn't Evolve

Consider the SR-71 Blackbird. It was meant to be used as a high altitude, high velocity recon aircraft. It was, and still is, one of the USAir Force’s greatest accomplishments, technologically speaking.


Soldiers Describe How DARPA Smartphones Save Lives In Battle

The average pedestrian walks around with more sophisticated navigation and communication technology in his pocket than soldiers have on the battlefield. That’s why the military is working hard on developing a battle-ready smartphone that would bring our troops up to speed. According to the soldiers who’ve tested the Pentagon’s prototypes, the tech can’t come soon enough.