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‘Limited’ Nuclear Strikes Could Still Wreak Climate Havoc

With the Cold War a fading memory, some nuclear powers have adopted strategies allowing for limited nuclear strikes. But a disturbing new study shows that even small batches of nukes can have disastrous environmental consequences on a global scale. Read More >>

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The US is Close to Approving a New Space Army 

While fighting climate change and providing health care are both just too economically burdensome for America, members of the House believe there’s still enough cash to fund a space army that would fight off... the space enemies? Read More >>

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The Pentagon’s Silicon Valley Outpost Is Bringing “Robotic Wingmen” to the Battlefield

DIUx is an initiative by the US Department of Defense that has set up in Silicon Valley to incubate special projects and it’s starting to roll out some fully formed concepts. The latest prototype the programme has produced would allow Maverick to fly with a robotic Goose, and it’s totally okay if this wingman dies. Read More >>

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Is NATO Ready For Cyberwar?

The 21st century is a dicey time for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Not only is it under assault politically, by an American President who seems only weakly committed to the principles of collective security, but also digitally, as new cyberthreats become just as challenging as anything involving tanks, guns and planes. Read More >>

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US Military Releases Video of Yesterday’s Successful Missile Destruction Test

The US military shot a missile out of the sky over the Pacific Ocean yesterday, in a successful test of America’s controversial ballistic missile defense program. And the Pentagon just released video of the test, showing both the launch of the dummy missile from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, as well as the successful destruction of the missile from an interceptor missile launched at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Read More >>

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US Military Officials Say the Country Needs to Prepare for Space War

What’s old is unfortunately new again: Recently, two military officials said that we should be getting ready for a war in space, a sentence I am ashamed to write in the year 2017. Their advice was seemingly bolstered by a Hill article penned by two national security experts this week, which reminded Americans that North Korea could in theory use a satellite weapon to send an electromagnetic pulse over the United States, triggering widespread blackouts and ultimately, societal collapse. It seems like all those Cold War fears Baby Boomers have repressed for decades are finally getting their chance! Read More >>

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Lockheed Martin Has a Laser For the US Army

While everyone complains about the fact that they don’t have a jetpack or a flying car yet, the US military has patiently waited for its killer laser beams. Lockheed Martin says that it will hand off exactly that to the Army in the next few months. Read More >>

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The US Army’s New 3D-Printed Grenade Launcher Is Straight Out of Science Fiction

Building a gun out 3D-printed parts is so 2013. Now, the United States Army has managed to 3D-print an entire grenade launcher, and it looks roughly like an assault rifle from the realms of science fiction. Also, the new weapon is named RAMBO. Read More >>

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US Air Force Leaders Say It’s High Time Their Planes Shot Deadly Lasers

US military bigwigs gathered in Orlando this week for the annual AirWarfare Symposium to discuss big plans for big weapons that do big damage. According to a report, the biggest unfunded project that US Special Operations Command hopes to push through is a C-130 that’s equipped with a power laser weapon. Read More >>

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Accidental Inbound Missile Warning Scares the Hell Out of American Air Force Soldiers

The message read “MISSILE INBOUND. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY!” as it took over the screens of soldiers working at the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany, earlier this week. Read More >>

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This Feature-Length Film About Iran Destroying the US Military Freaks Me Out

My appetite for goofy propaganda is nearly endless. Old Soviet videos about capitalist sharks? Hilarious! Anti-communist cartoons from the 40s? Silly stuff! But the new movie about to hit cinemas in Iran hits a little too close for comfort. Read More >>

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DoD Wants to Save the Environment With Bullets That Plant Seeds

It already looks like US President-elect Donald Trump's administration will be very bad for the environment. He’s basically picking the worst person possible to run every agency that is charged with protecting the Earth. But there’s one agency he’ll never gut — the Department of Defence. And it has a wacky plan to do some good with bullets that biodegrade and spread life. Read More >>

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Ministry of Defence Pays £30m to Develop Laser Weapons

The Ministry of Defence has handed out £30m to a consortium of defence companies, with the ambition of creating a laser-based weapon to tackle whatever remote menaces might need destroying in the 2020s and beyond. Read More >>

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Watch a Helicopter Pilot Nail a Ship Landing in a Ridiculous Storm

You know that queasy feeling you get in your stomach when the pilot of a large passenger plane has to make a rough landing in bad weather? Just try and imagine what this Royal Danish Air Force pilot was feeling while trying to land a Seahawk MH-60R helicopter on a boat while both were being tossed around in a North Atlantic storm. Read More >>

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US Military Successfully Uses Electrical Pulses to Enhance Staff’s Cognitive Ability

Scientists paid to work out how to make the US military even scarier have reported successful results for an experiment involving electrical pulses and human brains. They managed to use a method called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to enhance the cognitive ability of servicemen, improving their performance in high-pressure situations. Read More >>