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Pentagon Sets Up a Silicon Valley Outpost

April 23, 2015 The Pentagon will set up a new office in Silicon Valley, aiming to harness the creativity of the world’s most famous technology community, senior Defense Department officials told reporters on Wednesday. The Department is working to build new partnerships, identify “game-changing” emerging technology, and clarify to the technology community what ...

The Army Is Testing Handheld Ray Guns

April 22, 2015 Pew! Pew! Soldiers with handheld energy blasters are the stuff of G.I. Joe, not real life ... until now. The U.S Army is currently testing electricity guns for possible use against electronics on the battlefield. They don’t look like props from the popular cartoon show but, rather like regular standard-issue ...

Marines Testing Piggyback Hunter Drones

April 21, 2015 These might not be the droids you’re looking for, but these droids are looking for you. The Marine Future Warfighting Laboratory recently tested a new robot team that works together to look for objects, provide situational awareness, and hunt for “bad actors” on the battlefield. The test married a ground ...

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NSA: Rules of War Apply to Cyberwar, Too

April 20, 2015 The Pentagon keeps its rapidly expanding cyber arsenal almost entirely secret, which helps keep U.S. capabilities potent but also hinders the public’s ability to meaningfully discuss their use and costs. The development of new worms or viruses doesn’t show up in the President’s annual budget request in the same way ...

NSA Chief: Rules of War Apply to Cyberwar, Too

April 20, 2015 The Pentagon keeps its rapidly expanding cyber arsenal almost entirely secret, which helps keep U.S. capabilities potent but also hinders the public’s ability to meaningfully discuss their use and costs. The development of new worms or viruses doesn’t show up in the President’s annual budget request in the same way ...

New Pentagon Chief Carter to Court Silicon Valley

April 16, 2015 The Pentagon desperately wants to be more agile and flexible, but decades of cultural bureaucracy often prevent the nation’s largest organization from being that. Now, a tech-savvy physicist is in charge of the military and he is about to ask companies like Google and Facebook for solutions. Next week, Ashton ...

The Navy is Preparing To Launch Swarm Bots Out of Cannons

April 14, 2015 The U.S. Navy will launch up to 30 synchronized drones within one minute, possibly from a single cannon-like device, in what marks a significant advance in robot autonomy. The drones, when airborne, will then unfold their wings and conduct a series of maneuvers and simulated missions with very little human ...

Army Wants Robot Four-Wheelers and Decepticons

April 14, 2015 Nearly 10 years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, or DARPA, showed that a self-driving car could navigate a 132-mile stretch of desert. That proof-of-concept test, DARPA Grand Challenge (2005), sought simply to illustrate how military resupply might be made less risky. (It also became the basis for Google's ...

Pentagon Seeks Sensors That Last for Years

April 13, 2015 For decades, the military has been looking for ways to collect data and information in places that it can’t put people. One method for doing that is cheap sensors that can be left on the battlefield for extended periods of time, long after soldiers have returned home. Case in point: ...

The Army Wants Robot Four-Wheelers and Decepticons

April 12, 2015 Nearly 10 years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, or DARPA, showed that a self-driving car could navigate a 132-mile stretch of desert. That proof-of-concept test, DARPA Grand Challenge (2005), sought simply to illustrate how military resupply might be made less risky. (It also became the basis for Google’s ...