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US Special Forces Are Experimenting With Bug Drones

May 28, 2015 If you hear this tiny flying bug drone buzzing around your head, an Army Special Forces team might not be far behind. The 18-gram PD-100 Black Hornet from Norway’s Prox Dynamics can bear regular and thermal cameras about a kilometer and stay aloft more than 25 minutes. At the recent...

How Special Operators Are Taking Artificial Intelligence To War

May 28, 2015 The U.S. fight against the Islamic State and other extremist threats is increasingly in the hands of elite special operations units who will succeed or fail by their ability to collect, process, and exploit data at the speed of crisis. At the command level, that means reducing the number of...

Special Operators Are Using Rapid DNA Readers

May 21, 2015 TAMPA — Fingerprints are so 20th century. For special operations forces conducting midnight raids in places like Pakistan or Syria, DNA is becoming the gold standard. On Wednesday, representatives from the U.S. Special Operations Command revealed that they were testing two rapidDNA readers in forward locations. The operators feed in...

Special Operators Are Using Rapid DNA Readers

May 20, 2015 TAMPA -- Fingerprints are so 20th-century. For special operations forces conducting midnight raids in places like Pakistan or Syria, DNA is becoming the gold standard. On Wednesday, representatives from the U.S. Special Operations Command revealed that they were testing two rapid DNA readers in forward locations. The operators feed in...

US Helicopter Shot at By Anti-ISIS Forces; Commander Blames Iran

May 19, 2015 TAMPA -- Iranian-fueled rumors that the U.S. is arming the Islamic State, or ISIS, with weapons have resulted in at least one instance where anti-ISIS fighters fired on U.S. forces. Iran’s Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani, the most important military leader in Iran, and a man with tremendous influence over...

Navy’s New Binoculars Can Identify You From 700 Feet Away

May 16, 2015 It can be difficult to spot a face in the crowd, especially when the face belongs to someone who wants to kill you. That’s why the Navy is working to develop a wireless 3-D binocular face-recognition system. At the Defense Department’s inaugural Lab Day, held in the Pentagon’s courtyard, Defense...

The Navy’s New Binoculars Can Identify You From 700 Feet Away

May 15, 2015 It can be difficult to spot a face in the crowd, especially when the face belongs to someone who wants to kill you. That’s why the Navy is working to develop a wireless 3-D binocular face-recognition system. At the Defense Department’s inaugural Lab Day, held in the Pentagon’s courtyard, Defense...

China May Be Selling Armed Drones to Jordan

May 15, 2015 Jordan, one of America’s partners in the fight against the Islamic State, is reaching out to China to acquire armed drones — at least according to Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. “I am now aware that China is presently in Jordan to discuss operations, logistics and maintenance associated with the urgent...

What the End of Bulk Metadata Collection Would Mean for Intelligence Collection

May 13, 2015 The future of the NSA’s bulk metadata collection program is in serious doubt, which raises the questions: how useful is it to the intelligence community, and what will they do if it goes away? Less than two years after the first Snowden revelations, President Obama this week endorsed a bill...

Here’s What the New Tesla Battery Means for the Military

May 10, 2015 Last week, Silicon Valley superstar Elon Musk announced the release of the Tesla Powerwall home battery to the rapturous delight of tech journalists and Musk-o-philes everywhere. On offer: a 7-kilowatt energy storage device for $3,000 and a 10-kilowatt unit for $3,500. Now industry watchers are debating whether the Powerwall, which...