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Hacking Critical Infrastructure: A How-To Guide

July 31, 2015 How easy would it be to pull off a catastrophic cyber attack on, say, a nuclear power plant? At next week’s Black Hat and DEF CON cybersecurity conferences, two security consultants will describe how bits might be used to disrupt physical infrastructure. U.S. Cyber Command officials say this is the...

This Isn’t The Death Star Laser You’re Looking For

July 29, 2015 Researchers at the University of Osaka have built a 2-petawatt laser — that’s 2 quadrillion watts of sweet, sweet directed power, orders of magnitude greater than today’s most powerful military lasers. Naturally, the announcement was immediately met with comparisons to the Death Star. The Osaka laser system, called Laser for...

US Drone Pilots Are As Skeptical of Autonomy As Are Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk

July 28, 2015 For the sake of humanity, a letter was published Monday by Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, more than 7,000 tech watchers and luminaries, and 1,000 artificial intelligence researchers; it urged the world’s militaries to stop pursuing ever-more-autonomous robotic weapons. It’s unlikely the scientists will win their plea, despite a strong and...

The Military Will Test a New Terrifyingly Loud Noise Gun

July 28, 2015 Imagine walking through a field on a cloudless day when you suddenly hear the 130-decibel roar of a fighter jet. But you can’t spot the jet, or even tell which direction the sound is coming from. Rather, it seems to originate from the thin air in front of your face,...

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You're Safe-ish from Anthrax, For Now

July 24, 2015 On May 22, a commercial lab informed the Pentagon that the Defense Department had accidently shipped it live anthrax. The announcement set off investigations and the monitoring of 86 labs and 21 people (15 Defense Department employees, six not) in eight countries including the United States. Yesterday, the Pentagon released...

You’re Safe-ish from Anthrax, For Now

July 24, 2015 On May 22, a commercial lab informed the Pentagon that the Defense Department had accidently shipped it live anthrax. The announcement set off investigations and the monitoring of 86 labs and 21 people (15 Defense Department employees, six not) in eight countries including the United States. Yesterday, the Pentagon released...

Turkey Opens Key Air Bases for US Strikes On ISIS

July 23, 2015 Turkey will open up Incirlik Air Force Base, about 250 miles from the Syrian city of Raqqa, to U.S. and coalition strike operations against the Islamic State, or ISIS, Pentagon and Obama administration officials confirmed. The move puts anti-ISIS aircraft, which had been flying some 1,200 miles to strike enemy...

In The War of 2050, The Robots Call The Shots

July 22, 2015 In April, thought leaders from the Defense Department, the U.S. Army Research Lab, the Institute for Defense Analysis, and national security thinkers across academia met for a two-week workshop on the next three and a half decades of war. The report they recently produced reads like a Tolkien-esque saga set...

Why Lone Wolf Attacks Are So Hard To Predict

July 22, 2015 Last week, when a young Kuwaiti-born citizen named Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez killed four Marines and one sailor near Chattanooga, Tennessee, the chattering classes quickly took to the airwaves, like a Greek chorus asking the Fates: why didn’t anyone predict this would happen? “Nothing helped us predict this, and it makes...

How Antimatter Could Stop Iran From Cheating On the Nuclear Deal

July 20, 2015 The West’s deal with Iran is based on the premise that international monitors at the IAEA would be able to detect illicit refinement of weapons-grade material — no easy task when the landscape includes radioactive detritus from previous nuclear efforts. But technologies now in their infancy, could someday help reveal...