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Ghost Fleet Depicts War Between China, U.S.

Tech like virtual reality, robotics and increasingly fast Internet is changing the way we live, but how will it evolve a generation from now, or even change the way we fight a global war? The new science fiction thriller “Ghost Fleet” takes on questions like that by drawing inspiration from real-life prototypes and emerging sectors of technology to depict how both war and everyday life look in the future just a few decades from now.

F-35 fighter jet nails Olympic-worthy 'ski jump' takeoff

When a fighter jet takes off from a runway the same way that a skier launches gracefully off a jump, the result can be surprisingly beautiful. Earlier this month, an F-35B Lightning II fighter jet performed one of these Olympic-worthy launches at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. The unconventional liftoff, which was a first for this kind of aircraft, was part of a series of trials designed to test the plane's "short takeoff" abilities.

Drone swarms join the Navy

Just like how locust swarms can cause devastating natural disasters, the U.S. Navy’s Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology (LOCUST) drones could devastate adversaries. A fitting acronym, the Navy’s LOCUST is a new revolutionary technology where swarms of compact drones can work together and execute missions autonomously.

Senate passes $612B defense policy bill despite veto threat

The Senate passed an annual $612 billion defense policy bill Thursday, including extra war funding for the Pentagon that brought a veto threat from the White House. Senators voted 71-25 on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which lays out broad policy requirements for the Defense Department.

Practicing Innovation in the U.S. Navy

The message from leadership on the importance of innovation is clear, but what’s less clear is how we practically implement it. In particular, how does someone at the staff level with an innovative idea get traction in the bureaucratic world of DOD? How can that staff innovator overcome the inevitable obstacles that will come? The innovation experiences at U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet provide some insight.

House passes 2016 defense spending bill

The House on Thursday approved this year's spending bill for the Pentagon in a 278-149 vote. Republicans added $38 billion to the war fund to give the Pentagon spending above the budget caps created by the sequester, but they left the limits in place for nondefense spending. Democrats and the White House want the sequester lifted in full.

Senate panel approves $576B Pentagon spending bill

Senate appropriators on Tuesday advanced legislation that would allow for nearly $576 billion in Defense Department spending in fiscal 2016. The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee unanimously approved a bill that recommends $489.1 billion in base Pentagon spending and $86.8 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account, also known as the war fund.

Why The Military Will Drive Energy Innovation to a New Level

One of the biggest challenges the military faces is getting energy to troops in the field. Whether it's a base in another country or a remote site operation, energy is always needed and is often hard to come by in abundance. Energy convoys have long been a target for opposition forces; if the military could rely on renewable on-site energy, there would be "no supply chain vulnerability", as Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of the Army in charge of energy security, said in 2013.

US Army Special Forces testing tiny drones, report says

About four inches long and weighing less than 1 pound, the PD-100 provides both live surveillance video and snapshot images. The drone, which can stay in the air for 25 minutes at a time, can be used for surveillance in confined areas, crowd control, and identifying potentially dangerous objects.

The US defence secretary’s visit to India is about one thing—technology

The trust between India and the US has grown over the years as have sales of weapons, totalling $9 billion. The two sides have moved from deep suspicion to talking about collaboration on developing India’s next generation aircraft carrier. That’s a long distance to cover in a short span of 10 years.

Congress: US military highly vulnerable to cyber attacks

Congress wants the Pentagon to spend more than $200 million to identify holes in U.S. weapons and communications software that could allow foreign militaries to disrupt or defeat advanced arms in cyber attacks. China is considered the major cyber weapons threat to U.S. weapons systems.

House panel advances $579 billion Pentagon funding bill

The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday advanced a $579 billion bill to fund the Pentagon in fiscal 2016, which begins Oct. 1. Republicans are proposing to circumvent budget caps that are set to return in October by boosting the Pentagon’s war fund to $88 billion, about $38 billion above President Obama’s own request. The additional funds are not offset.

US Air Force confirms Boeing's electromagnetic pulse weapon

For the last few years, the creative minds of Hollywood had seemingly outpaced the reality of technological and scientific advances in the weapons field. But no longer. Stepping out of the realm of science fiction and into reality is the joint U.S. Air Force and Boeing electromagnetic pulse weapon, capable of targeting and destroying electrical systems without the collateral damage often associated with traditional firepower.

U.S. Military Enters A New Era Defined By Globalization Of Its Technology Supply Chain

Gone are the days when the Department of Defense could depend on American industry to provide it with high-tech components used in advanced weapons systems. Gone too are the well-funded defense R&D enterprises responsible for the creation of entire industries such as the Internet, high-performance computing and the global position system. The Department of Defense and its major contractors are now dependent on foreign manufacturers for many of the military's most advanced weapons systems.

How robots are helping Marines save lives on battlefield

Marines are known for risking their lives on the battlefield, but more and more, robot technology is helping to avoid those dangers and save lives. One of those machines, the Mark II Talon is proving to be a crucial robot for Marines in the field.

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