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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.”

US Dept Of Defence Finally Requires Contractors To Report Cybersecurity Breaches

Today the US Department of Defence announced that it will soon require all of its contractors to report any major cybersecurity breaches. And if your first question is, “why in the hell didn’t they require that before?”, that’s a great question.

The Pentagon, Apple And NASA Are Working Together To Build Electronics That Bend

How far does $US171 million go in Silicon Valley? A group of more than 160 companies, schools and government agencies are going to find out — thanks to a grant from the US Department of Defense that will fund a San Jose institute devoted to developing flexible tech.

Russians Blamed For Cyberattack On Pentagon Email Systems 

Russia is the leading suspect behind a cyberattack that prompted the Pentagon to take an unclassified email system offline last month. According to NBC News, that the email system has been offline every since.

The US Military Is Actually Prepping For War In Space

The space race never went away, and now the US is getting a new operations centre to prepare for conflict from above the Earth’s atmosphere.

The Pentagon Wants To Turn Mobile Phones Into A Giant Mesh Network

Imagine what would happen if every mobile phone tower in the US spontaneously combusted. We’d be in big trouble, which is why the Pentagon is exploring other ways to communicate in the event of an emergency. Chief among them is the idea to connect every mobile phone in America with mesh networking technology.

The Pentagon Can't Account For $US45 Billion It Spent In Afghanistan

The US Department of Defense has spent $US66 billion since 2002 rebuilding Afghanistan. But it can’t account for $US45 billion of that money. That’s billion with a B.

Missing Restricted Military Gear Keeps Popping Up For Sale On Ebay

A few years ago, the Pentagon started misplacing some very expensive and highly sensitive equipment. As if that weren’t embarrassing enough, the equipment has since started appearing on sites like Ebay and Craigslist.

Pentagon Scolds US Air Force For Wasting Nearly $US9 Billion On Drones

Drones are expensive. Aircraft like General Atomics’s MQ-1 Predator or MQ-9 Reaper cost millions of dollars piece, while the cost of maintaining the fleet stretches into the high tens of billions dollars over their lifespans. The Pentagon’s internal watchdog is aware of this, and recently lambasted the Air Force for not justifying the purchase of 46 Reapers — potentially wasting $US8.8 billion of taxpayers’ money.

The Trillion Dollar F-35 Won't Even Be Able To Shoot Its Gun Until 2019

Last year, Australia dramatically boosted its order of the still-in-development, problem-prone F-35 stealth fighter. Now a new report says the jet’s 25mm cannon won’t be operational until 2019 at the earliest. Even more laughable is that it probably doesn’t even need the gun to begin with.

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