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Google Might Withdraw From DARPA Robotics Challenge (Phew!)

Google’s purchase of bonkers robotics company Boston Dynamics in December prompted lots of hand-wringing: owning a Department of Defence supplier doesn’t jive with many people’s concept of “don’t be evil”. At the time, Google said it wasn’t interested in becoming a military contractor, and today’s rumour seems to confirm that: according to PopSci, Google is withdrawing its team from the DARPA Robotics Challenge.


Marching Into The Future Of 3D-Printed War

We all know by now that 3D printing is the future of manufacturing — even the US President says so. The march of progress doesn’t always move as quickly as we’d like, however, especially when the military-industrial complex is involved. While 3D printing machines are becoming steadily cheaper and the possibilities incredibly sophisticated, the disparate branches of the US armed forces tend to move slowly, weighed down by procedure and convention. However, there’s plenty of evidence to believe that’s changing when 3D printing is concerned.


The Military Is A/B Testing The Future Of Warfare

Down some spookily-lit corridor at the Pentagon, there are surely soldiers dreaming about the future of warfare. But, at the National Defence University, some of the nation’s top brass are actually playing out the scenarios. In fact, a group of generals just finished a rather innovative year-long wargame.


Pentagon Super-Hoarders Waste Billions Buying Stuff They Already Have

If you thought your great aunt Edna was bad, you should meet the super-hoarders at the Pentagon. A new Reuters investigation reveals that various defence agencies can’t stop buying stuff they already have. Like, many, many billions of dollars’ worth of stuff.


DARPA Will Give You $2 Million To Build Hacker-Proof Defence Software

Sometimes, throwing money at problems works. As the Pentagon continues to struggle with cybersecurity, its sci-fi-like R&D department, DARPA, is ready to start writing cheques. The agency just announced a competition to build a “fully automated cyber defence system”. The grand prize? $US2 million.


Inside The Pentagon's Trillion Dollar F-35 Embarrassment

It’s not news that the Pentagon’s fated F-35 program is riddled with dilemmas. For more than a decade, it’s bumped into roadblock after roadblock. When the planes aren’t grounded, they’re forbidden to fly in bad weather, combat missions or at night. Vanity Fair just published a lengthy look at just how bad a mess it is.


The Pentagon Is Putting Its Big Brother Data Collection In The Cloud

News emerged this week that the U.S. Army, which has been collecting biometric data of locals in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, is going to start storing that data in the cloud. Put simply, biometrics is the collection of personal, physical data using devices like retina scanners, and no matter what way you spin the situation, it’s a potentially pretty creepy practice.


DARPA's Using Smartphone Guts To Build Cheaper, Smarter Drones Faster

Just a few weeks after US President Obama announced plans to scale back the country’s drone program, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration (DARPA) announced plans to roll out a program for the rapid development and manufacture of sensors to help power unmanned aerial, land and underwater vehicles. The specific technology, the defence Department says, will come from a manufacturing processor “similar to that of the commercial smartphone industry”.


Report: Chinese Hackers Have Stolen Sensitive US Weapon Design Files

According to a confidential report prepared for the Pentagon, Chinese hackers have stolen American blueprints for some of the most sensitive advanced weapons systems. Citing the report and sources within the defence industry, the Washington Post explains that hackers have stolen designs for “more than two dozen major weapons systems”.


Pentagon Defence Lawyers Banned From Computers Over Data Loss

Pre-trial hearings for the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals have been brought to a halt. This is due to sensitive legal documents going missing from Pentagon computers, prompting an IT ban for the defence lawyers in question.