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October 31, 2014

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October 30, 2014

Video: In the Cockpit of a U-2 Spy Plane, Up High and Down Low

We recently wrote how it looked like the storied U-2 spy plane would likely avert retirement yet again this year, as well as about how the plane is difficult to land and flies so very, very high. Watch the video above to see what it looks like from the cockpit when the U-2 gets way, way up there, then check out the view from a chase car during the landing.

If you want to watch another U-2 landing as viewed from a chase car, here’s a taste. Then, for another view from 70,000 feet, try here or here, with the second link offering some testimonials from U-2 pilots.

And if you want to read about the U-2′s competition in the Obama fiscal 2015 budget, McClatchy recently penned a feature on the Global Hawk.

October 28, 2014

Super Soldier Exosuit Showing Improvement, According to Researchers

The Pentagon’s futuristic R&D wing, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, wants to construct a suit meant to give “superhuman” abilities to soldiers, although they’re more like “betterhuman”  qualities — reducing fatigue, increasing speed, boosting the ability to carry more weight, and doing it all with less risk of injury. The above video shows how testing is going for prototypes at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Full story

October 22, 2014

Globalization and ‘The End of the Military-Industrial Complex’

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Lynn, as deputy secretary of Defense, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee in an undated photo. (Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

William J. Lynn III, the former No. 2 at the Department of Defense, has published a piece in Foreign Affairs headlined “The End of the Military-Industrial Complex.” It is not that his case should be ignored or otherwise discounted; it’s well worth reading. But it does require a caveat, which is mentioned at the end of this post. Full story

October 9, 2014

The White House Cybersecurity Czar Wants to Kill Your Password

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Daniel, Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator, listens during a discussion at the Reagan Building last October. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Michael Daniel, the White House cyber czar, says he isn’t just worried about bad passwords as a security liability. He doesn’t even want the password around anymore at all as a big part of computer security.

“Frankly, I would really love to kill the password dead as a primary security method, because it’s terrible,” Daniel said Thursday.

The problem, then, is what takes its place. Among the possibilities: selfies. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 11:18 a.m.
Cyber, Technology

October 7, 2014

Northrop Grumman Pitches a Modernized Humvee

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A military Humvee drives by as people cross 16th Street NW in front of the White House after a February winter storm. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Figuring out how to make U.S. military ground vehicles more maneuverable and cheaper while maintaining armor is a big dilemma these days. And the military has been, specifically, looking to upgrade the Humvee for a while. Northrop Grumman wants to tackle some of those issues, a company official said Tuesday, with a new Humvee chassis it plans to show off next week. Full story

October 6, 2014

Colin Powell, Robots, Bobby Jindal in the Week Ahead

Happy National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This week’s schedule doesn’t feature a ton of cybersecurity events, but there is a big homeland security conference that will discuss it, among many other things on the agenda. Full story

September 26, 2014

School Militarization Now a Thing (and Not Just in San Diego)

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MRAP vehicles sit in the Redistribution Property Accountability Team yard at Kandahar Airfield on March 8 near Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

First came the concerns about militarization of local police spurred by Ferguson, Mo. Next came attention for a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle given to the San Diego Unified School District by the Pentagon. Now the attention has expanded to school militarization nationwide, with a CBS News analysis out Friday. Full story

September 19, 2014

The Time a Computer Interrogated a Suspected CIA Agent

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An Apple //e computer from 1983 is displayed at the Science Museum in 2006 in London. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

There’s a treasure trove of declassified CIA documents that have hit the street, many of them entertaining, some of them illuminating. Journalists are plumbing their depths. One is an early experiment in artificial intelligence teaming up with, well, intelligence. Full story

September 18, 2014

Missile Defense Test Was No “Softball Shot,” Says Boeing

That missile defense test from June, the first successful one in five years? It wasn’t “some softball shot,” as critics allege, according to Boeing officials managing the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense program. And in so far as it was “scripted,” they said, it was only because fully simulating a nuclear missile attack isn’t easy. Full story

Rocket Launch Race Taking Off: Jeff Bezos Vs. Elon Musk

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Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Fla. in April. (Bruce Weaver/AFP/Getty Images)

The multibillion dollar battle pitting Elon Musk‘s SpaceX vs. defense industry giants Lockheed Martin/Boeing over Pentagon satellite launch contracts was already one of the most interesting in the national security world, if not all of the federal government. This week, it has gotten even hotter. Full story

September 16, 2014

Video: Jetpack Makes Guy Run Fast

Vroom vroom. Arizona State University has teamed with the Pentagon on a project to help soldiers run faster while carrying heavy loads — in the case of this jetpack, it adds 11 pounds but shaves off seconds — with the goal of running a four-minute mile. Full story

September 10, 2014

Brain-Controlled Drone? Yes, Brain-Controlled Drone

Freaky: The Department of Defense has awarded a research contract to the University of Texas at San Antonio for brain-controlled drone research. Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.

Full story

September 9, 2014

Armored Vehicles That Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Dodge

The above newly-released video is what the Defense Department’s futuristic technology shop hopes to see among the potential approaches to its Ground X-Vehicle Technology. The idea would be to use the rules of “Dodgeball” as spelled out by Patches O’Houlihan: dodge, duck, dip, dive and… dodge. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 11:35 a.m.
Technology

August 18, 2014

Defense Philanthropy, Ukraine Vs. Russia in the Week Ahead

This is the slowest week event-wise of the August congressional recess so far, at least as it pertains to defense and national security. There are, however, a few items of note. Full story

August 11, 2014

World War I, National Security Agency and Iran in the Week Ahead

It’s a week that’s heavy in the middle with defense and national security-related events. Full story

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