Giant Robotic Mining Trucks Love the Australian Desert
Driverless trucks. Komatsu photo Giant Robotic Mining Trucks Love the Australian Desert Iron mines are where mega-bots like these trucks are finding a home, but the Pentagon is also interested in the technology In the dusty red earth of Western Australia, robot trucks haul iron ore. The trucks themselves... Read more
China’s Mystery Satellite Could Be a Dangerous New Weapon
SY-7 launch on July 29, 2013. Xinhua photo China’s Mystery Satellite Could Be a Dangerous New Weapon The SY-7 is one of three Chinese satellites doing some very strange things in orbit On July 29, a Chinese Long March-4C rocket blasted into space from the northern Taiyuan Space Center... Read more
Is It a Duck? Is It an Aircraft Carrier? No! It’s Japan’s ‘Helicopter Destroyer’
Izumo under construction. Google capture Is It a Duck? Is It an Aircraft Carrier? No! It’s Japan’s ‘Helicopter Destroyer’ James Simpson takes a skeptical look at Japan’s newest helicopter carrier On Aug. 6, a hot and sticky summer’s day in Japan, a floating controversy was launched into the waters... Read more
What Massacre? U.S. Still Selling Missile Boats to Egypt
Ambassador MK III class. Photo via Defense.pk What Massacre? U.S. Still Selling Missile Boats to Egypt Meet the Ambassador MK III, the modern missile boat the Pentagon is preparing to hand to Egypt’s military regime The military ties between the United States and Egypt are contentious, unusual by global... Read more
The Air Force’s Awesome Attack Plane Has a Pretty Sad Replacement
A-10 Warthog. Bryan William Jones Photo The Air Force’s Awesome Attack Plane Has a Pretty Sad Replacement The A-10 is the best warplane for saving lives — too bad its days are numbered On July 24, dozens of U.S. troops in Afghanistan were nearly wiped out by a Taliban... Read more
Beijing’s Latest Missile Can Blast Through Everything
DF-12, formerly m-20. Photo via Chinese interet Beijing’s Latest Missile Can Blast Through Everything Meet the Dong Feng-12, a ballistic missile designed to dodge everything we can throw at it If you’re Beijing and you want to take on the world’s biggest air and naval power — that’s the... Read more
Taliban Back-Up Plan: Unleash the Assassins
Afghan National Police. Air Force Photo Taliban Back-Up Plan: Unleash the Assassins The Taliban can’t lose and can’t win. Now it’s shifted to other deadly tactics. On the morning of July 27, Brig. Gen. Asadullah Sherzad drove over a bomb. Sherzad, the chief of security for Afghanistan’s northern Baghlan... Read more
It’s Boom Time for Naval Spy Planes
Chinese Y-8J maritime patrol aircraft. Japan ASDF photo  It’s Boom Time for Naval Spy Planes Mike Yeo and Robert Beckhusen take a look at how U.S. and Chinese surveillance flights are surging along the Pacific Rim About 40 miles northwest of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, American spy... Read more
Mexico’s War Against the Cartels Just Exploded
Mexican troops. Secretariat of national defense photo Mexico’s War Against the Cartels Just Exploded Offensive against cartels and vigilantes hits a wall Two months ago the Mexican military sent thousands of troops into a state torn apart by warring cartels and a thriving militia movement. It’s a damned quagmire.... Read more
Someone Just Built a Robot Sentry Gun
nerf sentry gun. photo via instructbles Someone Just Built a Robot Sentry Gun It only shoots foam bullets, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be worried Here’s how German engineering student Britt Liv Ulrike Michelsen turned a Nerf gun into a robot. First, she connected the toy’s electric motor... Read more

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