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December 19, 2014

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7:09 PM | How The Military Could Turn Your Mind Into The Next Battlefield
Long a staple of science fiction, the idea of creating weapons that can disrupt or alter the cognitive processes of enemy combatants is starting to become reality. Inspired by recent advances in neuroscience, the U.S. military is considering the potential for "neuro-cognitive weapons". Here's what you need to know about this fascinating and frightening prospect.Read more...
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6:19 PM | Department Of Defense Tests A Bullet That Can Steer
Since the first gun appeared on a battlefield, bullets have dealt death in straight lines. As the shortest distance between two points, lines are great, but they mean…

December 18, 2014

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7:15 PM | Was The Sony Hack Actually An Act Of Cyberwar?
It is hard to concisely describe how strange our cyberpunk present is. Yesterday Sony announced it wouldn’t be releasing “The Interview,” a rather raunchy film that…
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4:15 PM | Navy's Robot Tuna Goes For A Swim
Deploying Nemo…

December 17, 2014

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6:30 PM | What’s So Scary About A Nuclear-Armed Drone?
It's a plane designed for the war no one wants to fight. The Long Range Strike Bomber is the Air Force’s secretive and long-running project to develop the next generation of nuclear-armed bombers, designed to unload hell in hostile skies. And there's a chance that it'll be optionally manned, allowing it to fly some missions as a drone. Sounds pretty terrifying, right? Well, despite years of advancement in unmanned technology, military brass isn’t comfortable trusting a drone […]
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4:05 PM | Explainer: How Powerful is Japan?
While Japan is a strong economy, it's military spending is comparatively slight. Do they make up for it in other ways? Tara explains the status of Japan among the world's powers.

December 15, 2014

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6:00 PM | Russian Armored Car Concept Looks Like It Drove Out Of A Video Game
It’s hard out there for an armored car. Overshadowed by tanks, but less friendly than a minivan, armored cars have the unenviable duty of carrying troops to the front lines…

December 12, 2014

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10:12 PM | Secretive D.O.D. Drone Dodges Defenses At Hypersonic Speed
On August 25, an explosion tore through the southern Alaskan sky. The blast shook the remote island that houses the Kodiak Launch Complex, where the U.S. Department of…
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7:00 PM | Army Builds Airport Just For Drones
In the far Western corner of Texas, where the state almost spills over into New Mexico, the U.S. Army is building an airport for drones. Located within Fort Bliss, the new…

December 11, 2014

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2:58 PM | Explainer: The Senate Intelligence Committee's Torture Report
The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee has just released its findings on interrogation techniques used on terror suspects. Trace reviews the report's findings.

December 10, 2014

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11:20 PM | Watch The Navy's New Laser Weapon Take Out Two Boats And A Drone
The Navy's first laser weapon is operational, and it looks very effective.Read more...
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4:00 PM | Watch The Navy Destroy A Drone With Lasers
With a flick of a videogame-like controller, the sailor locks the laser onto the drone in mid-air. Within seconds, there’s a flash of light and sparks, and the drone nosedives straight into the ocean, the latest victim of the U.S. Navy’s new Laser Weapon System (or LaWS). The laser, mounted on the USS Ponce, has been stationed in the Persian Gulf for months, and today the Office of Naval Research released video of the first successful, live-fire tests there. Watch […]

December 04, 2014

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8:18 PM | "The S.S. United States: America's New Superliner"
This month the waters of the Atlantic Ocean will feel for the first time the smooth rush of something very special in the way of superliners. The S.S. United States will be…

December 02, 2014

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8:00 PM | Navy Dronifies Ship For Target Practice
Testing modern naval weapons in a realistic way is tricky. In order to operate properly, ships need a crew, but there are times, like determining whether a new anti-missile…
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2:31 PM | Explainer: Germany's Status as a Global Power
Since the Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago, Germany has become Europe's largest economy, albeit one with cracks in its fiscal armor. Its military is also experiencing a downturn, thanks to aging equipment. How powerful is the country now? Tara explains.

November 26, 2014

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5:30 PM | Iconic Cold War Spyplane May Get A Drone Makeover
Based at times in Area 51, the U-2 spyplane tested the very limits of human endurance and Cold War technology when it first flew in 1955. Pilots would fly the high-altitude…

November 25, 2014

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7:50 PM | America’s Laser Gun Goes To War
Right now, the U.S. Navy has a warship with a laser gun patrolling the Persian Gulf. The USS Ponce is an old ship that first saw service as an amphibious transport in the…

November 23, 2014

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7:15 PM | Thousands Evacuated as WWII Bomb is Found in France
Three thousand people were evacuated from their homes in the center of the French city of Rennes Sunday while a huge British bomb from World War II was defused.
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5:02 AM | Who is the Enemy and What War is Safety Fighting?
Who is the Enemy and What War is Safety Fighting? It is interesting after the last piece on the military as a model for safety leadership the responses that assumed that somehow the military was under attack. The idea that the military is a ‘lean, green safety machine’ was used on another blog to advocate […] The post Who is the Enemy and What War is Safety Fighting? appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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