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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.

Obama defense cuts jeopardize U.S. tech edge

Amid the rising threat of the Islamic State jihadist group and increased cooperation between Russia and China, military experts are warning the Obama administration’s $1 trillion cut in defense spending will put U.S. military forces at a serious technological disadvantage.

US military targets revolutionary new tank designs

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a program called Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) which aims to revolutionize mechanized warfare. Since tanks made their combat debut during the First World War, more protection has typically meant adding more armor.

US troops beat the heat with new personal AC units

Military aircrews may no longer have to choose between staying safe and staying cool. The U.S. Army's new personal cooling systems, worn underneath body armor, can help troops beat the heat, without removing their protective gear.

DOE to fund $55 million in vehicle efficiency, electric vehicle projects

Nineteen of the projects funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) are part of the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce plug-in electric vehicle prices to the level of combustion vehicles by 2022.

DARPA Uses Preteen Gamers to Beta Test Tomorrow's Military Software

According to written and recorded statements from current and former DARPA program managers, as well as other government documents, the DARPA-funded educational video games developed at the CGS have a purpose beyond the pretense of teaching elementary school children STEM skills. Instead, the games developed at CGS have had the primary purpose of using grade-school children as test subjects to develop and improve “adaptive learning” training technology for the military.

No More Solitude: How To Make DoD the Next Google

Despite repeated attempts at driving collaboration inside the Pentagon, across government, and with our allies, DoD remains resistant to fostering the collaborative environment needed to access innovation trends shaping the technology landscape. It is within this context that the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering has released new guidance aimed at driving DoD technology collaboration with allied partners, entitled International S&T Engagement Strategy.

University of Maryland opens drone test site

University of Maryland officials on Tuesday announced the launch of a new test site to study how drones may coexist with jets, helicopters and other air traffic in U.S. airspace. The long-planned site is to be based near Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Southern Maryland.

Pentagon Leaders Seek New Ways to Spur Innovation

"Our technological superiority is very much at risk," Kendall said. "There are people who are designing systems intentionally to defeat us, in a very thoughtful and strategic way. ... We've been complacent. We'd better wake up and start paying attention," he added. "This keeps me up at night far more than anything else."

US Army Gets Upgraded Chinook Helicopter Fleet

The updated CH-47F features several improvements over earlier models of the heavy-lift transport helicopter. One of the features, the cargo-on-off-loading system, allows soldiers to reconfigure the floor of the aircraft for cargo delivery missions.

Helping grow the next generation of scientists

The JSTI (Joint Science and Technology Institute) program took place from 21 July to 1 August at the U.S. Army’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), in Edgewood, Maryland, and nearby Harford Community College. This CB summer program is part of the larger Department of Defense STEM program which aims to develop a competent STEM workforce crucial to the DoD’s ability to defend the United States and to ensure the vitality of the nation’s defense industrial base.

How hummingbirds are inspiring military drones

Researchers found that one particular hummingbird could fly more than 20 percent more efficiently than the 0.56-ounce military Black Hornet "nanodrone." So they examined the mechanics of that bird's wings to learn some mechanical tips.

Chinese man pleads guilty to US military technology smuggling

Bo Cai, an employee of a Chinese technology firm, was accused along with another Chinese national Wentong Cai, 29, of trying to illegally export military sensors out of the US.

Mini-drones to night-vision phones: 5 cool military tech gadgets

Electronics that dissolve on the battlefield and tiny, hummingbird-size drones that perform aerial reconnaissance are just a few of the sophisticated technologies the U.S. military is developing these days.

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