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US Army fires 3D-printed grenade launcher

March 23rd, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

The US Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) has successfully fired the first 3D-printed grenade from a 3D-printed grenade launcher. Part of a demonstration of how such technology can be used to greatly speed up prototyping and modification of weapons while lowering costs, the grenade launcher, called RAMBO (Rapid Additively Manufactured Ballistics Ordnance), […]



The Data-Driven Transformation of Intelligence

February 28th, 2017 at 6:23 pm » Comments Off

When “little green men” invaded Crimea in early 2014, they left a data trail that went largely unnoticed by the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC).  Distracted by a large Russian exercise to the west, the IC did not connect the digital dots that indicated the impending invasion.  In the Information Age, the “dots” are more plentiful […]



DARPA is building a drone to provide surveillance anywhere in the world

December 1st, 2016 at 9:51 pm » Comments Off

DARPA is on track to unveil a working prototype of its “Tern” drone system in 2018 that could eventually give the Navy and Marines persistent surveillance and strike targeting “virtually anywhere in the world.”



Russian researchers successfully test 3D printed bullets

November 18th, 2016 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

The Russian Fund for Perspective Research has performed tests on 3D printed bullets. According to the organization, the additive manufactured ammunition performed in a similar manner to traditionally made bullets.



The Anti-Drone Arms Race

September 26th, 2016 at 7:21 am » Comments Off

Last week, the director of the Federal Aviation Administration reported that his department is receiving an average of 2,000 new registration requests for drones every day, and that it has registered up to some half a million drones since new rules went into effect in January. But as sales of drones have increased, so too […]



Navy tests unmanned ‘Bladerunner’ robotic speedboat

September 12th, 2016 at 7:50 am » Comments Off

An unmanned robotic speedboat dubbed ‘Bladerunner’ is being trialled by the Royal Navy in secret tests that could revolutionize maritime warfare. The high-speed vessel, which will take to the River Thames in London today for tests, is designed to carry out surveillance operations and does not carry weapons.



The U.S. appears to be using anti-drone rifles against the Islamic State

August 14th, 2016 at 7:34 am » Comments Off

A tweet posted last week by Peter Singer, a co-author of the book Ghost Fleet and a strategist at the New America Foundation, shows his book couched up against what appears to be a Battelle DroneDefender anti-drone rifle in a tent at Fire Base Bell outside Makhmour, Iraq.



Mine-hunting drone could make the world a safer place

August 10th, 2016 at 6:19 am » Comments Off

Designer and entrepreneur Massoud Hassani hopes to rid the planet of its estimated 100 million buried land mines within 10 years. That’s why several years ago, he developed the Mine Kafon – a device that rolls across minefields like a tumbleweed, tripping mines as it goes. While it’s a clever idea, he still wanted something […]



A new alternative to shooting down drones, the DroneDefender

May 21st, 2016 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

One hundred portable drone jammers are being bought by the U.S. Government. The jammer affect the radio control of the drone causing them to hover in place and land.  The jammers are being used to protect government facilities, property, and personnel.



U.S. military tests ship designed to cross oceans without a crew

May 3rd, 2016 at 5:30 pm » Comments Off

The U.S. military’s unmanned vessel “Sea Hunter” has begun testing. A self-driving 40-metre ship designed to travel out at sea without a single crewmember. The ship has potential to revolutionize the commercial shipping industry, making it the first step to sending unmanned cargo ships to other countries.



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