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DARPA Has A Simple Plan To Clean Up The World's Deadliest Weapons

Getting rid of chemical weapons is one of the military’s most unpleasant duties. But in the future, it may be no more difficult than incinerating garbage, thanks to a team of DARPA-funded scientists who think they can turn some of the world’s deadliest poisons into harmless dirt.


This Is Not A Sensible Way To Hitch A Ride

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.


Battle Ship Bridges Look Even Better Than In The Movies

Looking like some kind of delectable mash-up of Tron and The Hunt for Red October, this is actually a view inside the bridge of the guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt.


The 10 Maddest Of The Mad Science Projects Funded By DARPA

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.


Eye In The Sky Reminds Us That Being A Drone Pilot Is Absolutely Brutal

Military drones can kill enemies from kilometres above in the sky — but they can also kill innocent civilians. The people controlling these weapons are often continents away, and a new movie shows us the agonising decisions that these people face.


Military Drones Have Been Used For Non-Military Surveillance Above The US

The Pentagon has admitted that the US military has used its drones for domestic surveillance missions. But, it also points out, the occurrences have been rare and always within the letter of the law.


North Korean Army To Assume 'Pre-Emptive Attack' Mode With Nuclear Weapons

North Korea isn’t happy. According to Reuters, Kim Jong Un has told the country’s military to assume “pre-emptive attack” mode and be prepared to use its nuclear weapons at any time.


Intelligence Agencies May Have Hacked These Israeli Drone Feeds

A new report reveals that intelligence agencies from the UK and US have, in the past, hacked into the video feeds of Israeli drones and jets. The resulting images depict military operations around Gaza and drones that appear to carry weapons.


The Pentagon's Effort To Make Smaller Nukes Scares Me

Hey look, it’s the scariest New York Times sentence you’ll read in 2016: “The explosive innards of the revitalized [nuclear] 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.”


The Next Big War Will Be Digital -- And We're Not Ready For It

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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