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What Obama’s Air Force Budget Request Says About the Future of Warfare

February 9, 2016 In President Obama’s final defense spending request, the Air Force looks beyond ISIS toward the rising technological capabilities of China and Russia, asking Congress for more money for intercontinental ballistic missile modernization and long-range striking, new semi-autonomous robotic missiles, offensive cyber operations, and lasers. The research, development, test, and evaluation...

The Army Has Made a Robot Cockroach

February 8, 2016 Researchers from Berkeley today announced the creation of a robot cockroach, called the compressible robot with articulated mechanisms, or CRAM, funded in part by the Army Research Laboratory under the Micro Autonomous System and Technology or MAST, program. Why does the military need roboroaches? Put aside your feelings of revulsion...

The Army Has Made a Robot Cockroach

February 8, 2016 Researchers from Berkeley today announced the creation of a robot cockroach, called the compressible robot with articulated mechanisms, or CRAM, funded in part by the Army Research Laboratory under the Micro Autonomous System and Technology or MAST, program. Why does the military need roboroaches? Put aside your feelings of revulsion...

Twitter Steps Up Efforts To Combat ISIS

February 6, 2016 After pressure from lawmakers and others, Twitter today announced updates and revealed recent efforts to counter violent extremist messages on the site. They report that they’ve suspended more than 125,000 accounts since the middle of 2015 “for threatening or promoting terrorist acts primarily related to ISIS.” Another step the company...

Twitter Steps Up Efforts To Combat ISIS

February 5, 2016 After pressure from lawmakers and others, Twitter today announced updates and revealed recent efforts to counter violent extremist messages on the site. They report that they’ve suspended more than 125,000 accounts since the middle of 2015 “for threatening or promoting terrorist acts primarily related to ISIS.” Another step the company...

New Microchip Could Increase Military Intelligence Powers

February 5, 2016 A new microchip could change life on the battlefield for U.S. troops by bringing the massive data crunching power of multicomputer neural networks — a dream of the 1970s and '80s — into handheld devices. The chip, announced by a team of researchers from MIT and funded by the Defense...

New Microchip Could Increase Military Intelligence Powers Exponentially

February 4, 2016 A new microchip could change life on the battlefield for U.S. troops by bringing the massive data crunching power of multi-computer neural networks — a dream of the 1970s and 80s — into handheld devices. The chip, announced by a team of researchers from MIT and funded by the Defense...

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The F-35 Has a Scary List of Bugs

February 4, 2016 The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the most expensive military program in the world, is even more broken than previously thought. The jet can’t tell old parts from new ones, randomly prevents user logins into the logistics information system, and trying to eject out of it will likely result in...

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Is Still Riddled with Bugs

February 3, 2016 The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the most expensive military program in the world, is even more broken than previously thought. The jet can’t tell old parts from new ones, randomly prevents user logins into the logistics information system, and trying to eject out of it will likely result in...

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These Are the New Weapons the Pentagon Chief Wants for Tomorrow's Wars

February 3, 2016 Smarter smart bombs, mini railguns, and swarming robot boats to watch man-made islands are a few of the key technology areas that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter sees as vital to U.S. military superiority in the next decade. In a preview of the Pentagon’s upcoming 2017 budget request, Carter said military...