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Defense Secretary Mattis predicts bigger defense role for private technology firms
Defense Secretary James Mattis says he sees a growing role for the technology industry in defending the United States. The comments suggest a potential untapped market for Amazon and Google, whose hometowns...
Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook and Jack Dorsey oppose Trump's transgender troop ban
VISIT CNBC.COMX Entrepreneurs EntrepreneursTech titans Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, Jack Dorsey oppose Trump's ban on transgender troops Catherine Clifford 32 Mins Ago CNBC.com Getty Images Facebook founder...
Donald Trump tweets plan to ban transgender people from military
Only a small fraction of people in the military are transgenderNoam Galai/WireImage/GettyBy Sam WongDonald Trump says that transgender people will not be allowed to serve “in any capacity” in the US military,...
Chinese military sets up hi-tech weapons agency
China's military has set up a new department modelled on the Pentagon's hi-tech research agency to develop state-of-the-art weapons such as stealth aircraft and electromagnetic cannons. The Scientific...
Israel reaches for the skies and the moon
A telltale white plume streaked across the sky over Israel Monday morning, revealing the country's latest missile test. No announcement was made on what propulsion system was tested but experts say it...
US Military Taps into Innovations in Startup Tech World
Capella Space may look like just another Silicon Valley technology startup, with people coding at their desk. But just a year old, Capella has a unique customer: the U.S. military. “We like to work with...
AeroVironment Unveils Palm-sized Surveillance Drone for US Military
Drone-maker AeroVironment Inc. unveiled a small four-rotor surveillance helicopter on Tuesday that can be carried in a small pouch and launched from the palm of a hand. The smaller size and simplicity...
Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence commuted by Obama
Enlarge reader comments 41 Share this story Chelsea Manning, serving a 35-year term for leaking a cache of classified military documents to WikiLeaks, had her sentence commuted Tuesday by President Barack...
Top Scientists, Tech Experts to Innovate Military Under Trump Administration
The Pentagon has tapped some of science and technology's greatest minds to help innovate U.S. military capabilities and culture, and members of the panel say they will continue serving in the Trump administration...
US Space Command Chief: China Eyeing Space War Dominance
A top U.S. military official says the U.S. is actively pursuing abilities to deter Russia and China from waging a conflict in space. Speaking at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies in Arlington...
US would ‘lose’ an upcoming space race
Global powers are quietly working towards defending themselves should a war in space break out. THE US military is reportedly readying for the next generation of warfare in space, where science fiction-like...
Scary escalation in US weaponry
Armoured vehicles are par for the course now. AMERICANS love their weapons, and the heavily-armed police force is no exception. Cops in America are armed to the teeth with weapons designed for the War...
China’s scary new stealth fighter jet
China will reveal its newest warplane, the J-20 stealth fighter jet, at the Zhuhai Air Show J-20 Chinese fifth generation stealth fighter. CHINA’S newest warplane, the J-20 stealth fighter, will make its...
Rising seas could threaten $1 billion Air Force radar site
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The U.S. Air Force is spending nearly $1 billion to build a radar installation that will help keep astronauts and satellites safe by tracking pieces of space junk as small as...
ISIS hacker gets 20 years for giving terrorists US military kill list
Enlarge reader comments 0 Share this story An overseas hacker from the group Kosovo Hacker's Security was handed a 20-year term Friday. This is the nation's first prosecution of a hacker trying to carry...
Video Games Popular in Middle East War Zones
Photos of Pokémon characters in the wrecks and ruins of Syria last week drew attention to an unnoticed aspect of the war: Troops in the most dangerous war zones are not excluded from this global trending...
How DNC, Clinton campaign attacks fit into Russia’s cyber-war strategy
An attendee at the first day of the Democratic National Convention protests the DNC's treatment of Bernie Sanders, as hinted at by e-mails exposed by an alleged Russian hack.Chip Somodevilla , Getty News...
The scary future of warfare
Scientists and engineers from BAE Systems and The University of Glasgow envisage that small Unmanned Air Vehicles could be 'grown' in large-scale labs through chemistry, creating bespoke drone aircraft...
ISIS hacker pleads guilty to giving terrorists US military kill list
YouTube/CNNA hacker the US authorities have labeled as the leader of an overseas Internet hacking group—the Kosova Hacker's Security—pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to charges of providing material...
Why the next war won’t be fought on Earth
The US Air Force launched an Atlas V Rocket, containing a small reusable space shuttle, into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Wednesday. The launch will be the fourth flight of the Air Force's classified...
The truth behind Russia’s military might
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the Victory Day military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow. Picture: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP....
Military tests world's largest unmanned surface vessel
SAN DIEGO -- The military is starting tests on the world's largest unmanned surface vessel -- a self-driving, 132-foot ship designed to travel thousands of miles out at sea without a single crew member...
US military proposes secure, self-destructing messaging app
The U.S. military needs new messaging technology that’s ultra-secure and self-destructs. Sound familiar? Think SnapChat. That’s an important part of what the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency...
SpaceX wins Air Force launch contract
As expected, SpaceX has won a contract to launch a next-generation Global Positioning System navigation satellite, the Air Force announced Wednesday, the first such award since the California rocket builder...
In a first, US military plans to drop “cyberbombs” on ISIS, NYT says
US DefenseImageryOpening a new front in its campaign to defeat Islamic State terrorists, the US military has, for the first time, directed its Cyber Command to mount hacking attacks against ISIS computers...
Ancient shopping lists point to widespread Bible-era literacy
The fortress in Arad.Around 2,600 years ago, in a military fortress in Southern Judah, a man called Eliashib sent and received messages written in ink on fragments of pottery. The contents were mundane,...
Fighting pandemics should be funded 'like the military'
Governments around the world need to invest in defending against pandemics such as Ebola and Zika in the same way they invest in the military, says the head of biomedical research charity the Wellcome...
U.S. military says innovation key to defend satellites from threats
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - U.S. military and intelligence agencies must innovate more and better coordinate their actions to defend critical satellites in the wake of growing potential threats...
U.S. Navy now requires climate change reporting from vendors
SUNNYVALE, California -- The U.S. Navy on Tuesday became the first branch of the country's military --the world's single largest user of fossil fuels -- to say it will start requiring big vendors to report...
U.S. military christens self-driving 'Sea Hunter' warship
PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - The U.S. military on Thursday christened an experimental self-driving warship designed to hunt for enemy submarines, a major advance in robotic warfare at the core of America's...
Uber wants to expand on military bases - CNET
Uber wants to recruit even more veterans and members of the military community to be drivers. Uber Uber has signed up 50,000 people for its UberMilitary program, and the company hopes that signing up even...
U.S. military christens self-piloting ship
PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - The U.S. military Thursday christened an experimental self-piloting ship designed to hunt for enemy submarines, a major advance in robotic warfare at the core of America's...
Andreessens give $275,000, seek to aid military veterans in tech
Philanthropist Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen(Photo: Kimberly White, Getty Images for Vanity Fair) SAN FRANCISCO — Silicon Valley venture capitalist Marc Andreessen and his wife, philanthropist and educator...
Chinese citizen pleads guilty to hacking US defense contractor systems
A Chinese citizen has pleaded guilty to hacking offences against US contractors in the quest for sensitive data.The aviation specialist, 50-year-old Su Bin, was arrested in July 2014 after law enforcement...
US company wants to connect Canadian veterans with jobs
OTTAWA – A U.S-based technology company is pitching the Trudeau government on an innovative idea to link veterans – who are either out of uniform or about to leave the military – with jobs in the private...
Senator asks Pentagon to investigate “troubling” launch contracts
Sen. McCain asks questions at a Senate Armed Services Committee in 2014.Department of DefenseFurther ReadingULA executive admits company cannot compete with SpaceX on launch costsThe senior engineer has...
DARPA looks to head off threats from off-the-shelf tech
In a world where 3D-printed guns are a reality, security threats are no longer the reserve of a hostile nation's military. With advanced technologies increasingly accessible to groups and individuals,...
Russia recruits killer dolphins for spy missions
The Russian government is looking to revive its combat dolphin program. ARE you a deadly dolphin trainer who develops mammals with perfect teeth and a killer instinct? If so, the Russian military wants...
Dartmouth company’s new technology aims to prevent injuries in soldiers
The future of preventing knee injuries in the Canadian Military may be in the hands of a company in Dartmouth and their recent invention.Spring Loaded Technology has just signed a deal with the military...
DOD officials say autonomous killing machines deserve a look
"Destroy all carbon-based life forms" would be a very bad algorithm for autonomous killbots.US ArmyAt the National Defense Industrial Association's Ground Robotics Capabilities conference on Thursday,...
New tech gives US helicopter pilots 'Superman-style' vision
New technology means U.S. military helicopter pilots will be getting amped-up ‘Superman-style’ vision to help them tackle dangerous environments. One of the biggest threats to aircraft is Degraded Visual...
US cyberbombs Islamic State on the 'virtual battlefield' - CNET
Enlarge ImageGen. Joseph Dunford Jr. and Defense Secretary Ash Carter discuss progress against the Islamic State at the Pentagon. Department of Defense/Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro...
US military launches cyberattacks against ISIS targets
(Image via CBSNews.com)The US has launched its first cyberattacks against so-called Islamic State in an effort to disrupt the group's communications ahead of a coalition ground operation.The move comes...
Animal vs. robot: Watch what happens when a real canine meets a robo-dog
In a new video released by Boston Dynamics, a dog meets a robot version of itself, and it wasn’t quite love at first sight.The Massachusetts-based company owned by Google, is working towards developing...
Google's Robot Dog Meets the Real Thing
A cute video showing a robot dog playing with a real dog has gone viral. The robot, named Spot, was made by Google-owned Boston Dynamics. Most of the company’s robots are being developed for possible military...
US military launches cyber attacks on ISIS in Mosul, and announces it
In a briefing Monday afternoon, Defense Department leaders announced that the US was participating in a coalition operation with Iraqi and Kurd forces to recapture the city of Mosul from the Islamic State...
Microsoft Harnesses Cloud, Analytics for Military Logistics
The company seeks to modernize military troop and equipment planning with an Azure-based proof-of-concept. Microsoft wants to give military logistics a cloud-based, analytics-driven makeover. The Redmond,...
The internet of military things: Logistics dream, security nightmare?
Photo courtesy of Prox DynamicsThe potential for the IoT (Internet of Things) in the military services is truly awesome. It's the stuff of science fiction. Don't expect it to be adopted at the speed with...
iRobot sells off military unit, will stick to friendlier consumer robots
iRobot The iRobot 710 Kobra. This is the company's biggest military bot. With a gripper arm attachment like this, it can lift 330 pounds. iRobot The iRobot 710 Kobra. This is the company's biggest military...
Australia's cyberwar defences 'badly lagging': ADFA
Imagine if Australia's banking and finance systems were suddenly shut down, just as happened in Estonia in 2007. Simultaneously, key communications satellites are destroyed, and our island nation's handful...
Military confirms hard drive ‘inappropriately used’ to store low level, classified information
The Department of National Defence has just completed an investigation into a military hard drive that was found by a Halifax man more than a year ago.Pete Stevens got the hard drive from a recycling...
Chinese soldiers linked to US military hacking case: media
Two Chinese soldiers were "co-conspirators" in a plot to steal US military secrets, including designs for the F-35 stealth fighter, pictured on September 22, 2015, and other warplanes Two Chinese soldiers...
Halifax lawyer calls military hard drive discovery a ‘horrible breach of security’
Since the start of the new year, CFB Halifax has seen three security breaches, something one Halifax lawyer says is a major concern.Mike Taylor represented Jeffrey Delisle, a Halifax naval officer convicted...
Archaeologists unearth military arsenal from the era of Ivan the Terrible
An archaeological expedition from the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, while conducting a rescue excavation dig near Zvenigorod (Moscow Region) involving the new Central Circular...
ISIS app? Extremists go mobile, prompting radicalization concerns
OTTAWA – Move over Angry Birds, angry extremists are looking to capture more than just market share and give new meaning to the phrase killer app.The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) online reach...
Earthquake detectors pick up wartime explosions and helicopters
Military history is hidden in the squiggles of a seismogram. During the Iraq war, earthquake-monitoring instruments at Baghdad’s seismic observatory also recorded wartime activity including car bombs,...
Can the US military build Star Wars-style laser cannons for its troops?
It seems everyone is getting inspired by the latest “Star Wars” movie and that includes the military. American companies are developing laser systems for the aircraft, drones, vehicles and even boats...
Behold, the catalog of cellphone spying gear the feds don’t want you to see
The InterceptA secret catalog of cellphone spying gear has been leaked to The Intercept, reportedly by a person inside the intelligence community who is concerned about the growing militarization of domestic...
Secretive data firm Palantir raises $679 mln
Palantir Technologies, the secretive data firm that works with military and law enforcement, has raised $679 million in funding, confirming its status as one of the richest tech startups. The Silicon...
Japan ready to submit proposal for Australia submarine deal
This Dec. 5, 2007 photo, shows Japanese navy submarine Soryu during a launching ceremony at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe dockyard in Kobe, western Japan. Japan says it is preparing to make a bid Monday,...
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