Tagged With defense

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While most of us eventually stop playing spies, American police departments have found it increasingly tough to grow up, using military-developed surveillance equipment for crimes as minor as 911 hangups in recent years. Sensing an opportunity, defence contractors apparently stepped in to fulfil the demand, as demonstrated by a newly leaked 2014 product catalogue from British defence firm Cobham.

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Image Cache: If you need to get somewhere inaccessible, a ride aboard a Sea Hawk helicopter is probably a good bet — but you're probably better off getting inside. Just kidding: This is Naval Aircrewman Nicholas Farris, and he's actually inspecting the tail rotor of the helicopter aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, rather than trying to hitch a ride.

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Founded in 1958 to prevent technological surprises such as Sputnik, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency funds projects that are both outside the box and off the wall. Although DARPA gave us the Internet and GPS, plenty of its blue-sky ideas have crashed back down to Earth. Here are ten of them.

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Hey look, it's the scariest New York Times sentence you'll read in 2016: "The explosive innards of the revitalized weapons may not be entirely new, they argue, but the smaller yields and better targeting can make the arms more tempting to use — even to use first, rather than in retaliation."

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In the 21st century the familiar form of warfare in which physical damage is meted out against the opponent's military forces and infrastructure has become only one form of attack. Instead, states are increasingly launching non-lethal attacks against an enemy's information systems — this is the rise of information warfare.

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Little by little, the US government is opening up about its use of computer security vulnerabilities. Last month, the NSA disclosed that it has historically "released more than 91% of vulnerabilities discovered in products that have gone through our internal review process and that are made and used in the United States." There should probably be an asterisk or four accompanying that statement. But more on that in a minute. First, it's worth examining why the government is being even the slightest bit forthcoming about this issue.