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PEW PEW! U.S. Navy Fires Lasers at Sea

Good news, everyone! The future is finally here, and we'll soon leave bullets behind for a much sexier laser alternative, filled with "PEW PEW" and plenty of cat-shaped guns. The U.S. Navy successfully fired a high-energy laser at another boat, continuing its research into using lasers to blind or disable smaller vessels. The BBC has video but no sound, so you'll have to improvise the "BEYOO! BEYO...

Manning Used Data-Mining Software to Obtain Documents, Army Claims

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the man suspected of supplying WikiLeaks with thousands of confidential military documents, used unauthorized data-mining software to obtain the information, according to the Army. The Army alleges that Manning installed the software on computers connected to the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRN), which is believed to be the source of the 250,000 diploma...

Pro Tip: Don't Sell Military Spy Drones on eBay

The Raven, a U.S.-built spy drone, is little more than a glorified model airplane with a camera. It has a range of just over six miles, has to be launched by hand (i.e., firing up the engine and throwing it into the air), and has no capacity to carry weapons of any kind. Still, it's military equipment, and thus subject to the Arms Export Control Act. A Philippine man named Henson Chua discovere...

NATO Psyops Broadcast Over Libya Caught by Amateur Eavesdropper

It used to be that spying on military aircraft required the sort of technology and training that only a government-backed espionage outfit could manage. Those days are long gone. Now, with a few hundred dollars' worth of radio gear and a little Web savvy, a private citizen can gather a surprising amount of information about supposedly secret government and military operations. Dutch radio enthu...

U.S. Military to Roll Out Palm-Sized Bullet Detectors

A high-tech form of miniaturized radar capable of detecting incoming fire will be added to some soldiers' arsenals starting later this month. The Army just announced plans to ship 13,000 of the card-deck-sized Individual Gunshot Detectors to troops in Afghanistan. Four sensors detect soundwaves emitted by distant gunfire, while a monitor transmits information on its origins to the soldier. Deve...

U.S. Not Adequately Prepared To Meet Cyber Attacks, Says General

Despite improvements made in recent years, the U.S. is still highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks, the head of the military's cyber-forces warned yesterday. "To put it bluntly, we are very thin, and a crisis would quickly stress our cyber forces," General Keith Alexander told the House Armed Services Committee. Alexander noted that the Pentagon is working on building up its network defenses, w...

Army Files 22 New Charges Against Alleged Whistleblower Bradley Manning

The U.S. Army has filed 22 new charges against Pfc. Bradley Manning, the former intelligence analyst who's already been accused of handing over thousands of classified military documents to WikiLeaks. Among the new allegations, the most serious is a charge of aiding the enemy -- a capital offense. Though the Army says it won't seek the death penalty against Manning, the 22-year old could face l...

Aerial Robot Flits Like a Hummingbird, Reports Back to DARPA Like a Stool Pigeon

DARPA has a fancy new spy drone that looks almost exactly like a hummingbird (provided you don't get too close to it). The tiny robot is able to zip through the sky, performing feats of aerial acrobatics similar to what an actual hummingbird is capable. The hope is that, when deployed, it won't draw much attention and will be able to find a perch near a potential target. The current version can ...

British Army Apologizes for Firing 38 Soldiers via E-mail

Due to an administrative error at Britain's Ministry of Defense, 38 soldiers recently learned via e-mail that their contracts would be terminated in a year because of sweeping budget cuts. According to an Associated Press report, British soldiers who agree to these short-term contracts usually learn whether or not they'll be renewed each year around January. The Ministry of Defense first contacts...

Through Drones, Military Can Force Internet Back On Oppressive Regimes

Somewhere between the comforting notion that liberty is protected and the terrifying fact that information technology operates entirely out of our hands lies this interesting little factoid: The U.S. has the capability to reconnect the Internet in foreign countries. When the switch goes off in countries like Egypt, the United States military can remotely trigger satellites or send planes that wil...

Soldiers Get a 'Second Life' With Virtual PTSD Therapy

A crowded American mall, filled with loud noises and stimuli, may be a returning veteran's worst nightmare. For a soldier suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, kids waving their arms or teenagers rough-housing might send him or her back into the war-zone without warning. In speaking about its newest interactive therapy module, the Department of Defense explains in the video posted below...

U.S. Has No Evidence Linking Bradley Manning to Julian Assange, Sources Say

NBC News is reporting that federal investigators have been unable to find any evidence connecting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with Army Pfc. Bradley Manning -- the man widely accused of handing over classified military documents to the whistleblowing organization. Pentagon sources say the government has proof that Manning downloaded thousands of files from his computer, and gave them to an un...

Soldier Spends Own Money to Develop Military iPhone App

Captain Jonathan J. Springer reached into his own pockets to produce the $26,000 needed to develop a new iPhone app, one specifically designed for American soldiers battling the Taliban. The 31-year-old soldier worked with programmers to bring his idea of a navigation and targeting app to life. The result, called 'Tactical Nav,' should soon be available in the iTunes App Store for $0.99. The app ...

Air Force Developing Surveillance Mega-Blimp Dubbed 'Blue Devil'

Share The U.S. Air Force is developing a $211 million surveillance mega-blimp, which, if completed, could stay in the air for a week and will be seven times larger than the Goodyear Blimp. The project, dubbed 'Blue Devil,' could change the way surveillance missions are carried out in Afghanistan by serving as a floating information hub, according to Wired. The 350-foot-long blimp could ascend as ...

E-Ink Camo Used to Make Tanks 'Invisible'

British scientists are developing an active camouflage system for tanks that uses electronic ink to project images of the surrounding terrain onto the armored vehicle's shell. According to The Telegraph, electronic sensors would be placed on the tank's exterior. These sensors scan the environment, and use the e-ink to project colors, lines and shapes onto the tank's hull -- turning the vehicle ne...