Military

Driverless vehicles get smarter as Corps gets lighter

It probably won’t look like Google’s self-driving Prius, but the Marine Corps will soon get a hybrid-electric unmanned prototype vehicle as driverless technology gets more tactical. The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory will build that prototype in 2016, said David Dahn, project officer for the Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate, the lab’s driverless vehicle project.

F-22 fighter makes its first combat appearance over Syria

The plane is one of the country's most expensive—the F-22 program has cost $67 billion and only 188 planes have been built—but U.S. policymakers have been reluctant to use it in combat, in part because its high-end capabilities weren't needed for militant threats that the U.S. has been focused on for the last decade.

F-22’s baptism of fire impresses defense experts

The Air Force's costly and controversial new F-22 Raptor made its public debut during bombing runs over Syria earlier this week and defense experts said they were impressed by the first glimpse of its lethal firepower.

The history of the Predator, the drone that changed the world (Q&A)

The Predator is no great flying machine -- it can easily be overtaken or shot down by anyone with the ability to get close to it. But it offered its controllers the opportunity to surveil, or attack, a target on the other side of the world with no danger to an American military asset other than the unmanned drone itself.

Pentagon program seeks to retain U.S.’s technological edge against foreign rivals

Concerned that America is losing its technological edge as defense budgets shrink, the Pentagon is launching a new initiative to encourage industry innovation. The Defense Department plans to make greater use of prototypes in future research and development efforts, develop technology incrementally and encourage companies to experiment more.

U.S. air force seeks funding for space surveillance satellites

General John Hyten, head of Air Force Space Command, told the annual Air Force Association conference the satellites would be a relatively inexpensive follow-on to the Space-Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) satellite built by Boeing Co.

Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors, Senate panel finds

The Senate Armed Services Committee's year-long probe, concluded in March but made public on Wednesday, found the military's U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was aware of only two out of at least 20 such cyber intrusions within a single year.

McLeod: Air Force History Marked by Innovation

The Air Force has always relied on technology, and that will not change in the future, McLeod said. He compared the challenges facing the service to those facing industry leaders like Apple, where innovation quickly makes today's triumph yesterday's news.

Congress must modernize defense with innovation and intelligence

The United States and its allies are facing an era of unprecedented uncertainty and change. Across the globe, we are seeing the development and proliferation of advanced military technologies and disruptive warfare techniques that mean we can no longer take our military superiority and effectiveness for granted.

Hagel: US needs to maintain military superiority

"We are entering an era where American dominance on the seas, in the skies, and in space -- not to mention cyberspace -- can no longer be taken for granted," said Hagel. "And while the United States continues to maintain a decisive military and technological edge over any potential adversary, our continued superiority is not a given."

Hagel To Challenge Defense Industry to Innovate

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday is expected to challenge the defense industry to innovate by developing new technologies, operational concepts and procurement methods, according to defense officials.

Locklear: Navy tech, legacy fleet must 'bend' to meet future threats

Scientific innovators will need to “bend” elements of the Navy’s current technology to meet the force’s future needs, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command told a group of international scientists and defense engineers meeting Tuesday in Honolulu.

New Obama plan calls for implanted computer chips to help U.S. troops heal

Obama did not reference the new program directly in his speech Tuesday at the American Legion national convention in Charlotte, N.C.  In a joint fact sheet released by the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs, however, the agencies said DARPA will start a new $78.9 million, five-year research program “to develop new, minimally invasive neurotechnologies that will increase the ability of the body and brain to induce healing.”

Exciting STEM careers and opportunities aplenty in the Navy

Students with a background in STEM courses have the opportunity in the Navy to work with some of the most awe-inspiring ships, submarines, aircraft and communications systems, develop unmanned vehicles and robotics that keep people out of harm’s way, and pioneer advances in everything from nuclear propulsion to biofuels or medical research. A STEM-related career in the Navy provides almost limitless possibilities for leadership and relevant experience.

Metal Exoskeleton To Be Tested By US Navy

The US Navy is testing two metal exoskeletons which could help its ship maintenance crews to hold heavy tools without getting fatigued. The load-bearing devices were developed by contractor Lockheed Martin and will now be tested and evaluated by the military.

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