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Future Spy Satellites Just Got Exponentially Smaller

September 3, 2017 Future spy satellites may unfold like origami birds, collecting image data along long, flat sensor arrays that weigh almost nothing. By replacing the bulky telescopic lenses that make today’s spy sats among the biggest and most expensive things in space, light-sensitive microchips promise far cheaper access to orbital imagery. Last...

Future Spy Satellites Just Got Exponentially Smaller

September 1, 2017 Future spy satellites may unfold like origami birds, collecting image data along long, flat sensor arrays that weigh almost nothing. By replacing the bulky telescopic lenses that make today’s spy sats among the biggest and most expensive things in space, light-sensitive microchips promise far cheaper access to orbital imagery. Last...

Look for Military Drones to Begin Replacing Police Helicopters by 2025

August 30, 2017 By 2025, enormous military-style drones – close relatives of the sort made famous by counterterrorism strikes in Afghanistan and Iraq – will be visible 2,000 feet above U.S. cities, streaming high-resolution video to police departments below. That is the bet that multiple defense contractors are placing, anyway, as they race...

Why Didn’t the US Shoot Down That North Korean Missile?

August 29, 2017 North Korea launched another medium-range missile on Monday, this one right over Japan. Despite Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ threats to shoot down missiles aimed at Guam and President Donald Trump’s Pyongyang-aimed bluster, the United States and Japan let it fly. Why? After the test, Trump on Tuesday said that “all...

Look for Military Drones to Begin Replacing Police Helicopters by 2025

August 29, 2017 By 2025, enormous military-style drones—close relatives of the sort made famous by counterterrorism strikes in Afghanistan and Iraq—will be visible 2,000 feet above U.S. cities, streaming high-resolution video to police departments below. That is the bet that multiple defense contractors are placing, anyway, as they race to build unmanned aircraft...

Look for Military Drones to Begin Replacing Police Helicopters by 2025

August 28, 2017 By 2025, enormous military-style drones – close relatives of the sort made famous by counterterrorism strikes in Afghanistan and Iraq – will be visible 2,000 feet above U.S. cities, streaming high-resolution video to police departments below. That is the bet that multiple defense contractors are placing, anyway, as they race...

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Are ‘Restrictions’ Keeping Us From Winning in Afghanistan?

August 25, 2017 Red tape and bureaucracy are always good targets for new managers eager to show fast progress, and so Donald Trump, in his first presidential speech on Afghanistan, promised to lift restrictions that he said prevented commanders in the field “from fully and swiftly waging battle against the enemy.” But how...

Are ‘Restrictions’ Keeping Us From Winning in Afghanistan?

August 23, 2017 Red tape and bureaucracy are always good targets for new managers eager to show fast progress, and so Donald Trump, in his first presidential speech on Afghanistan, promised to lift restrictions that he said prevented commanders in the field “from fully and swiftly waging battle against the enemy.” But how...

Drones Will Help Protect Guam From North Korean Missiles

August 23, 2017 POWAY, California — Teams of modified MQ-9 Reaper drones are being prepped to keep airborne eyes on North Korea, ready to track missile launches and feed crucial data to Navy interceptor warships far offshore, the drones’ maker says. A June 2016 missile defense drill called Pacific Dragon, which brought together...

Drones Will Help Protect Guam From North Korean Missiles

August 22, 2017 POWAY, California — Teams of modified MQ-9 Reaper drones are being prepped to keep airborne eyes on North Korea, ready to track missile launches and feed crucial data to Navy interceptor warships far offshore, the drones’ maker says. A June 2016 missile defense drill called Pacific Dragon, which brought together...