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Google Is Helping the Pentagon Build AI for Drones

Google has partnered with the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to help the agency develop artificial intelligence for analysing drone footage, a move that set off a firestorm among employees of the technology giant when they learned of Google’s involvement. Read More >>

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Lost Spy Satellite Won’t Kill SpaceX’s Relationship With US Air Force

We still don’t know what happened to Zuma, a secretive spy satellite that failed to reach orbit after launching from Cape Canaveral earlier this month. SpaceX has consistently claimed that its Falcon 9 rocket worked perfectly—a claim with added credence, now that the US Air Force has said it’s not going to dismiss the rocket company’s right to vie for military contracts. Read More >>

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White House Unsure Whether America’s Big Credulous President Believes in UFOs, Will Check Though

The White House isn’t sure whether President Donald Trump—a noted believer in every single conspiracy theory ever—has a firm stance on the existence of UFOs, despite recent revelations that the Pentagon secretively funded a $22 million programme to investigate them from 2008 to 2012. Read More >>

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Pentagon Cache of Over 1.8 Billion Scraped Social Media Posts Left Unsecured on Amazon Server

The Pentagon accidentally left at least 1.8 billion publicly accessible posts it scraped from social media sites, forums and other web destinations unsecured on an Amazon S3 repository, where anyone with a free Amazon Web Services account could download the data, PC Mag reported. Read More >>

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US Air Force Tweets Santa Isn’t Real

2017 has been what some might call a “real doozy” of a year, but it’s still got some brutal surprises up its sleeve. On Wednesday, the United States Air Force publicly denied the existence of Santa Claus, who in exactly two months was ostensibly scheduled to deliver presents to the nation’s children. Read More >>

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Report: South Korea May Ask US to Re-Deploy its Nuclear Weapons

Tensions on the Korean peninsula between North Korea and virtually every other country in the region continue to escalate in the wake of its possible detonation of a hydrogen bomb this weekend. Now the situation seems poised to escalate even further, with South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-moo investigating the possibility of having the US plant its nukes back on the demilitarised zone’s doorstep. Read More >>

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US Tests Alaskan Missile Defense System Following North Korea ICBM Launch

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has released video of a test conducted yesterday using a dummy missile that was launched north of Hawaii. The missile was obliterated by another missile shot from Alaska by the THAAD defence system. And it’s a not-so-subtle message to North Korea that the US is ready to shoot down any object that may threaten US airspace. Read More >>

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Rare Photos From Inside NORAD Will Give You Retro-Armageddon Nostalgia

Ever since NORAD’s Cheyenne Mountain underground facility became fully operational in 1966, it’s been America’s command and control centre for the nuclear apocalypse. But photos from inside the top secret bunker, even historical ones, are incredibly rare. Yesterday the folks over at Memory Hole 2 helped make them a bit less rare by uploading some hard-to-find NORAD photos published in 1970. Read More >>

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SpaceX Close to Winning its First-Ever Military Mission

It looks like SpaceX is set to win its first US military contract. Elon Musk’s company sued for the right to be considered, and now it is the last one standing after United Launch Alliance’s Russian-made engines have become an issue. Read More >>

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A Beach Stormer That Flies Like an Air Hockey Puck

There's no guarantee that the USMC's UHAC next-generation landing craft will ever see the light of day. Until that actually happens, the US military will continue to rely on these nearly unstoppable ship-to-shore hovercrafts. Read More >>

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This Tank Thinks it’s a Beach-Storming Hovercraft

As the US military explores the idea of moving our forward operating bases offshore, it is faced with the issue of actually getting troops from ship to land. However, at last month's RIMPAC exercises in Hawaii, the Navy showed off the future of landing craft with a gargantuan aquatic tank prototype—and even that's only half the size of the final design. Read More >>

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The Fighter Jet the US Could Have Built Instead of the F-35

The mid-1990s found the US military in need of a low-cost, supersonic stealth fighter jet that all three armed services branches could field. Easy, right? The subsequent—and highly contentious—design competition between Boeing and Lockheed saw the winner take home a $200 (£117) billion defence contract, which in turn became the debacle we know as the F-35. But what about the plane the US could have had instead? Read More >>

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The US Military Tested a Tsunami Bomb That Could Rival the Nuclear Bomb

We've all seen the destruction that tsunamis can cause. It doesn't play around. But back in 1944, the US military wanted to play around with tsunamis in hope of creating a man made tsunami bomb—basically setting off 10 large blasts in the ocean to create a 33-foot tsunami that would pulverise and drown a city. Read More >>