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  • Google’s robots and creeping militarization

    01/11/2014 4:06:23 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/9/2014 | Scott Cleland
    Google CEO Larry Page has rapidly positioned Google to become an indispensable U.S. military contractor. Google recently purchased Boston Dynamics, a robotics pioneer that produces amazing humanoid robots for the U.S. Defense Department. This development invites attention to Google’s broader military contracting ambitions — especially since Boston Dynamics is the eighth robotics company that Google has bought in the last six months. ... In 2012, Google hired Regina Dugan, the head of DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), DOD’s in-house “moon-shot” idea factory. At the time a Google spokesperson said: “Regina is a technical pioneer who brought the future...
  • This Massive Robot Could Soon Join Marines on the Battlefield

    11/24/2013 7:22:48 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 65 replies
    Defense One ^ | November 21, 2013 | Alexis Madrigal
    The future doesn't always arrive with a gasp and a boom like Skynet inTerminator. No, sometimes it's more like Office Space. At least that's the idea I get watching this video of the Marines' testing the Legged Squad Support System. DARPA built the LS3 to act as an autonomous pack horse that "can carry 400 lbs of a squad’s load, follow squad members through rugged terrain and interact with troops in a natural way, similar to a trained animal and its handler." And yet, in the hands of real Marines, it sounds like they're testing a new network printer out,...
  • Star Wars: Made in China

    10/05/2013 7:59:24 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | October 5th, 2013 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    In a shocking development the Chinese tested a satellite that’s capable of grabbing and capturing other satellites in orbit. This would suggest that China has militarized space and taken a significant step in its military development. Such capability would allow the Chinese to disable spy satellites anywhere and at any time. Of the 3 satellites China used, one was likely fixed with a robotic mechanical arm to capture a target while another was probably used for tracking the target spacecraft. The idea is to capture a satellite to download information and reverse engineer it. If an orbiting body is destroyed...
  • DARPA Expert Believes Moore’s Law to Remain Viable Till 2020 - 2022.

    08/30/2013 8:17:02 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 08/29/2013 11:50 PM | Anton Shilov
    From time to time various experts come up with predictions regarding the end of Moore’s law, economical and technological viability to double the number of transistors per chip every two years. Some companies believe that economical efficiencies of Moore’s law are going to drastically decrease on 20nm node. But a DARPA expert believes that the law will lose its feasibility in 2020 – 2022, or at 5nm or 7nm nodes.
  • Get a Life Pentagon wanted searchable database of people's lives as far back as 2003

    07/01/2013 11:50:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/2/13 | Josh Peterson
    Ten years before the recent global panic over the U.S. government’s domestic spying program, the Pentagon solicited contractors for a searchable database of people’s lives. In 2003, the Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hoped to create a database that would amass everything about the life of a person participating in the project, ranging from GPS coordinates to every email and phone call sent and received. The participant would wear a camera, microphone and sensors to record the minutia of everyday life. The program, called Lifelog, would act as a person’s digital diary.
  • What is DARPA Connect the Dots..a little history

    06/07/2013 6:12:55 AM PDT · by seeker41 · 28 replies
    internet | 06/07/2013 | self
    DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) was established 1958. It reports directly to the Secretary of Defense and operates independently of the rest of military research and development. Search XDATA and check past executives since zero took office.
  • SOCOM Wants Iron-Man Suits for A Teams

    06/01/2013 3:50:39 PM PDT · by Tamir Eshel · 20 replies
    Defense-Update ^ | June 1, 2013 | Tamir Eshel
    The US Special Operations Command is looking for revolutionary new gear assisting troops in exceeding human performance in combat. The idea sounds similar to a science fiction tale, but if the command will be successful in its quest – this time it may be real. The command has posted a Request For Information (RFI) to government research centers, academy and industry, to provide information that could contribute to the evolution of the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS. Defense-Update reports.
  • Cracking the Whip On A. I. Research

    03/22/2013 11:58:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    discovery ^ | Mar 22, 2013 12:33 PM ET // by | Nic Halverson
    As it stands, building artificially intelligent machines that can teach themselves is not only really difficult, it’s a painfully slow process. Looking to accelerate things, next month DARPA will begin to crack the whip with a program called Probabilistic Programming for Advanced Machine Learning (PPAML). Besides seeking to dramatically increase the number of people who can successfully build machine-learning applications, the program wants to radically increase the effectiveness of machine learning experts so they can create new applications beyond the limits of technology that’s currently available. “Our goal is that future machine learning projects won’t require people to know everything...
  • Surface Combat Fleets: Obsolete?

    03/13/2013 11:58:15 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | March 13, 2013 | James R. Holmes
    Surface Combat Fleets: Obsolete? By James R. Holmes America is developing its own carrier killer. Defense Industry Daily reports that the U.S. Navy has budgeted some $198 million through 2017 to fund a sorely needed replacement for its swiftly aging RGM-84 Harpoon antiship cruise missile. The workhorse Harpoon is rapidly being overtaken by rivals such as the Indian Navy's supersonic BrahMos, which outranges the American bird by a wide margin. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency started developing a subsonic and a supersonic variant of a long-range antiship cruise missile, or LRASM, in 2009. It subsequently dropped the supersonic LRASM-B...
  • (Operation Acoustic Kitty) The CIA's Secret Experiments to Turn Cats into Spies

    03/13/2013 6:22:13 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    IO9 ^ | March 13, 2013 | Annalee Newitz
    The CIA's secret experiments to turn cats into spies Want to know what's going to happen to animals in the next century? Then you must read science journalist Emily Anthes' new book Frankenstein's Cat, about how the animals of tomorrow will be transformed by high tech implants and genetic engineering. We've got an amazing excerpt from the book -- about how the CIA tried to create cyborg cat spies. "Robo Revolution," an excerpt from Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts, by Emily Anthes In the 1960s, the Central Intelligence Agency recruited an unusual field agent: a cat....
  • Startling implications of a Jihadi letter

    11/09/2007 11:03:03 AM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 379+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 09, 2007 | Ray Robison
    New light is being shed on the 2001 anthrax attacks in a fascinating open letter to Ayman al Zawahiri of al Qaeda, written by a jihadi living in London. Numan Bin Uthman, a former leader of an armed Islamic group in Libya, provides yet more evidence that the global Islamic jihad movement is losing its resolve.  But the letter contains a startling admission. Uthman tells us of a conversation he had with al Qaeda leaders before the 9/11 attacks in which he urged them not to use WMD. From AKI News: Uthman also said that he had taken part in...
  • 1.8 gigapixel ARGUS-IS. World's highest resolution video surveillance platform by DARPA

    02/13/2013 5:42:35 PM PST · by Doogle · 14 replies
    YT ^ | Jan 27, 2013 | FreakyVidsDaily
    ARGUS-IS camera....
  • THIS WEB FEATURE WILL DISAPPEAR IN 5 SECONDS

    01/28/2013 5:23:41 PM PST · by jmcenanly · 7 replies
    DARPA ^ | January 28, 2013 | Darpa Outreach
    New DARPA program seeks performers for transient electronics demonstration The sophisticated electronics used by war-fighters in everything from radios, remote sensors and even phones can now be made at such a low cost that they are pervasive throughout the battlefield. These electronics have become necessary for operations, but it is almost impossible to track and recover every device. At the end of operations, these electronics are often found scattered across the battlefield and might be captured by the enemy and re-purposed or studied to compromise DoD’s strategic technological advantage.
  • Military Drones Prowl US Skies (Smile!! You're on camera or will be soon!)

    12/06/2012 7:58:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/6/12 | TechNewsDaily Staff | LiveScience.com
    Military drones used to track terrorists or insurgents in Afghanistan have also been flying across the U.S. homeland. Newly released documents show U.S. drone flights by the Air Force, Marine Corps and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the first time. The Air Force has tested drones in U.S. skies ranging from hand-launched Ravens to the larger Reaper drones responsible for targeting and killing people overseas — all recorded through the Federal Aviation Administration licenses required to fly in national airspace. That information became public through a Freedom of Information Act request from the nonprofit digital rights organization Electronic...
  • DARPA studying pollen grains as vaccine delivery system

    12/05/2012 11:04:25 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 4 replies
    Vaccine News Daily ^ | December 4, 2012 | Jeffrey Bigongiari
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding the development of technology to package oral vaccines for delivery using pollen. The exterior of pollen grains are shells made of a non-allergenic, naturally durable polymer. The interior of the shell can be emptied, which eliminates any allergy-producing material, and then filled with vaccine, according to GlobalBiodefense.com. The shell’s durability also gives it a substantial advantage over traditional oral tablets because it serves to protect the vaccine while it is in the body. Stomach acids, for example, often limit a medication’s absorption. A pollen shell would protect the vaccine until it reaches...
  • Regina Dugan: From mach-20 glider to humming bird drone (video)

    10/23/2012 9:01:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    TED ^ | March 2012
    "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" asks Regina Dugan, then director of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In this breathtaking talk she describes some of the extraordinary projects -- a robotic hummingbird, a prosthetic arm controlled by thought, and, well, the internet -- that her agency has created by not worrying that they might fail. (Followed by a Q&A with TED's Chris Anderson) ...
  • The Pokémon Plot: How One Cartoon Inspired the Army to Dream Up a Seizure Gun

    09/26/2012 2:11:14 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    IO9 ^ | September 26, 2012 | Spencer Ackerman - Danger Room
    The Pokémon Plot: How One Cartoon Inspired the Army to Dream Up a Seizure Gun In 1998, a secret Army intelligence analysis suggested a new way to take out enemies: blast them with electromagnetic energy until their brains overload and they start to convulse. Amazingly, it was an idea inspired by a Pokemon episode. Application of "electromagnetic pulses" could force neurons to all fire at once, causing a "disruption of voluntary muscle control," reads a description of a proposed seizure weapon, contained in a declassified document from the Army's National Ground Intelligence Center. "It is thought by using a method...
  • Military funds robot that can run faster than Usain Bolt

    09/07/2012 12:46:10 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 06 2012 | DEBORAH NETBURN
    DARPA's robotic cheetah has sprinted past another speed milestone: The four-legged robot can now officially run faster than Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world. Chalk one up for robots. Humankind, you appear to be losing your supremacy. A new video released by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency shows the robot, inspired by the anatomy of a cheetah, running as fast as 28.3 mph before it trips and falls on what would be its face, if it had one. If it's any consolation, the robo-cheetah is only a bit faster than the human speed record holder: Bolt set...
  • Who Really Invented the Internet?

    07/23/2012 7:06:51 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 239 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 23, 2012 | L. GORDON CROVITZ
    Contrary to legend, it wasn't the federal government, and the Internet had nothing to do with maintaining communications during a war. A telling moment in the presidential race came recently when Barack Obama said: "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." He justified elevating bureaucrats over entrepreneurs by referring to bridges and roads, adding: "The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all companies could make money off the Internet." It's an urban legend that the government launched the Internet. The myth is that the Pentagon...
  • $500k To Dream About Star Adventure [from US Govt to...]

    05/30/2012 1:50:18 PM PDT · by kevcol · 6 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 29, 2012 | Corruption Chronicles
    In the midst of the nation’s dire financial crisis, the U.S. government has given a former astronaut half a million dollars to launch a seemingly delusional idea to send “explorers” to another star system. By the government’s own account it’s a “dream” that may never come true considering these facts published in the mainstream newspaper that reported the grant; trips to the moon take three days each way and Mars, the next planet over, takes a robotic flier nine months to reach. Based on those speeds the journey to the nearest neighboring star would take tens of thousands of years....
  • How Lockheed’s Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business

    04/24/2012 6:41:06 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    GIZMODO ^ | Lt. Col. William B. O'Connor USAF (ret.)
    How Lockheed’s Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business How Lockheed’s Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business How do you hide an airplane behind a bird? Very skillfully. Lt. Col. William B. O'Connor (ret.) flew the F-117 Nighthawk during the Bosnia Conflict, and in Stealth Fighter, he explains the history, operation, and soul America's most advanced stealth jet. While the United States had never embraced a defensive mindset and had only fielded one strategic SAM system to that point, the Nike-Hercules dating from the 1950s, and one real medium-range tactical system, the HAWK (homing all the way...
  • DARPA Finally Released The Results Of Last Year's 13,000-MPH Missile Flight Failure(Video)

    04/22/2012 8:50:03 AM PDT · by lbryce · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 21, 2012 | Robert Johnson
    Last August Lockheed Martin, the Air Force, and DARPA tested the Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2), which traveled 20 times the speed of sound and could hypothetically deliver a bomb anyplace on the planet inside one hour. It was a spectacular failure that was much publicized by the press, but no details about what went wrong were made available — until now.
  • DARPA robot uses stairs

    04/15/2012 1:17:08 PM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4-12-2012 | Youtube
    Click here to watch DARPA and Boston Dynamic robot strut his stuff This video shows versions of DARPA and Boston Dynamics robots climbing stairs, walking on a treadmill and doing pushups. A modified platform resembling these robots is expected to be used as government-funded equipment (GFE) for performers in Tracks B and C of the DARPA Robotics Challenge (http://www.darpa.mil/NewsEvents/Releases/2012/04/10.aspx). The GFE Platform is expected to have two arms, two legs, a torso and a head, and will be physically capable of performing all of the tasks required for the disaster...more at link..
  • DARPA Robotics Challenge: Here Are the Official Details

    04/10/2012 1:38:59 PM PDT · by dickmc · 5 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | Tue, April 10, 2012 | Erico Guizzo & Evan Ackerman
    DARPA to the robotics community: the challenge is on. Today the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is announcing a bold new program aiming to advance robotics technology for disaster response. The DARPA Robotics Challenge is offering tens of million of dollars in funding to teams from anywhere in the world to build robots capable of performing complex mobility and manipulation tasks such as walking over rubble and operating power tools. It all will culminate with an audacious competition with robots driving trucks, breaking through walls, and attempting to perform repairs in a simulated industrial-disaster setting. The winner takes all:...
  • Sand Flea Robot Can Jump 30 Feet High (Cool video at link)

    03/29/2012 11:19:32 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 13 replies
    My Fox NY ^ | March 29, 2012 | My Fox NY
    Developed by Boston Dynamic as a tool to obtain information for the U.S. military, the Sand Flea, aptly named because of its incredible jumping ability, will hopefully aid soldiers in war zones by revealing potential threats, CNET reported. The robot has four wheels and weighs 11 pounds. It can jump up to 30 feet high when not actually in a forward moving motion by using CO2 fired from a piston. And it can jump 25 times in a row before having to be recharged, IEEE Spectrum reported. The Sand Flea has such precision, that when properly controlled, it can...
  • Air Force Will Continue to Launch Mysterious X-37B Space Plane

    03/22/2012 9:00:20 PM PDT · by U-238 · 23 replies · 3+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 3/22/2012 | Stew Magnuson
    What payloads are aboard the Air Force’s X-37B space plane, which has been orbiting the Earth for more than a year, remains top secret. Gen. William L. Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command, was peppered with questions about its purpose at a gathering of Washington, D.C.-based defense reporters March 22. He remained tight-lipped about the mystery spacecraft’s mission, but did say that the service has no intention of purchasing any more of the winged, reusable vehicles, which resemble a smaller version of NASA’s now returned space shuttle. “It is doing very well on orbit,” he said. “It has had...
  • Darpa director leaving the Pentagon for Google

    03/14/2012 5:43:05 AM PDT · by opentalk · 10 replies
    Russia Today ^ | March 12, 2012 | RT
    One of the most top-secret Pentagon departments —the same that spawned America’s drones, military robots, electromagnetic guns and other sci-fi weaponry —is about to lose its top officer to Google. Regina Dugan oversaw the development of some of the US military’s most marvelous high tech accomplishments as director of Darpa, but the head of the DoD’s research lab is parting ways with the Pentagon to take on a role with Google. Not even three years after she took on the role as the first female director of the America’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa, Regina Dugan is now...
  • DARPA Unveils Drone-Slaying War Laser

    03/11/2012 10:30:14 PM PDT · by U-238 · 38 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 3/08/2012 | Neil Ungerleider
    DARPA is unveiling a portable laser weapons system, HELLADS, which seems like something out of a sci-fi movie. The new laser application, created by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems with a custom power system from Saft Batteries, will help change the way the American military fights future wars. Current military laser systems are bulky contraptions which are mainly the size of a passenger jet, while the proposed DARPA weapon can fit on the back of a flatbed truck. The 150-kilowatt, solid state laser weapon is strong enough to take down drones or other aerial targets; a prototype is expected to be...
  • Project Avatar: U.S. military researches ways for soldiers to control robots

    02/19/2012 11:42:57 PM PST · by U-238 · 11 replies
    UK Mail ^ | 2/17/2012 | Damien Gayle
    The U.S. military is researching ways for its troops can use their minds to remotely control androids who will take human soldiers' place on the battlefield. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), the Pentagon's hi-tech research arm, has earmarked $7million for research into the project, nicknamed Avatar. In the James Cameron movie, set far in the future, human soldiers use mind control to inhabit the bodies of human alien hybrids as they carry out a war against the inhabitants of a distant world. According to the Darpa's 2013 budget: 'The Avatar program will develop interfaces and algorithms to enable...
  • This New Military Satellite Will Watch The Ground Like Nothing Else Ever Before

    12/18/2011 8:07:43 AM PST · by blam · 35 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-18-2011 | Robert Johnson
    This New Military Satellite Will Watch The Ground Like Nothing Else Ever Before Robert Johnson Dec. 18, 2011, 6:56 AM The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced that its plans to pick up Scud missile launches from space in well underway. The agency responsible for the new technology used by the military awarded a contract to Bell Aerospace for work on its Membrane Optic Imager Real-Time Exploitation (MOIRE) program. Graham Warwick from Aviation Week reports MOIRE will park in space over the earth, and once there will unleash a "micron-thin diffractive-optics membrane" to form a 65-foot super-thin lens...
  • Pentagon mulling ‘feasible’ designs for flying Humvee

    10/27/2011 4:29:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/27/11 | Liz Goodwin
    The high-tech researchers at the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) say they're reviewing two "feasible" designs for a flying Humvee vehicle called the "Transformer." The tank-like machine is supposed to be able to take off and land vertically. The plan is for it to be operated by a person without flight training--or by no one at all, Aviation Week reports. AAI and Lockheed Martin have each submitted potential designs, in tandem with Piasecki Aircraft. AAI's prototype would weigh 7,500 pounds and combine traditional plane wings with a helicopter rotor on top. Lockheed Martin's design, above, is 500 pounds...
  • DARPA's Maple leaf Remote Control drone takes first flight (video)

    08/14/2011 6:32:20 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Engadget ^ | 8/11/11 | Lydia Leavitt
    After five years behind locked doors, researchers at Lockheed Martin's Intelligent Robotics Laboratories in New Jersey have emerged with a working prototype of the "Samarai," a tiny DARPA-commissioned surveillance drone. The nano air vehicles (NAVs), modeled after falling Maple leaf seeds, are designed to be super light weight and agile for vertical lift off, hovering, and navigation in tight spaces. Like your favorite $5 Subway sammie, these surveillance bots are a foot long, but instead of being shoveled in your mouth, they're thrown like boomerangs into flight and controlled using a tablet app or a basic remote. These eyes in...
  • Contact lost with hypersonic glider after launch

    08/11/2011 10:28:53 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 11, 12:46 PM EDT | By JOHN ANTCZAK
    An unmanned hypersonic glider developed for U.S. defense research into super-fast global strike capability was launched atop a rocket early Thursday but contact was lost after the experimental craft began flying on its own, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said. There was no immediate information on how much of the mission's goals were achieved. It was the second of two planned flights of a Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-2. Contact was also lost during the first mission. The small craft is part of a U.S. military initiative to develop technology to respond to threats at 20 times the speed of...
  • Mueller on anthrax,

    07/19/2008 3:41:59 PM PDT · by ZACKandPOOK · 10 replies · 232+ views
    ABCNews ^ | July 19, 2008
    I never give time frames, because you never know where you'll have sufficient evidence to go public with a prosecution, " Mueller said.
  • The Crowd Delivers: DARPA’s XC2V Military Vehicle Arrives On Time

    06/27/2011 4:39:18 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 29 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | June 26, 2011 | Gizmodo
    When Local Motors won DARPA's XC2V private "crowd-sourced" competition about 14 weeks ago, they secured the right to build a prototype that could eventually serve as a next-gen military vehicle for U.S. armed forces. Not a lot of time! As you can see, however, they delivered. The fruits of their labor are on display above. Now, while a new kick-ass military vehicle is cool, the true goal of DARPA's competition was to see how much faster a crowd-sourced project could go from concept to prototype than traditional means. Turns out the answer was "much faster," with Local Motors completing their...
  • DARPA's new telescope could see the aliens on Mars

    04/14/2011 10:56:17 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    NetworkWorld ^ | 4/13/11 | Michael Cooney
    DARPA-developed Space Surveillance Telescope is supposed to see objects in deep space like no ground-based system before itYou can bet that if there are little red aliens running around on Mars or spaceships patrolling other planet in our solar system for that matter, a recently powered-up telescope built by the researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency might just be able to see them. The Air Force, which operates the DARPA-developed Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) says the telescope's design, featuring unique image-capturing technology known as a curved charge coupled device (CCD) system, as well as very wide field-of-view, large-aperture...
  • No Conspiracy Theory Needed: Tor Created for U.S. Gov't Spying

    03/29/2011 1:54:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Network World ^ | 03/28/11 | Ms. Smith
    An interesting discussion started on tor-talk about Iran cracking down on "web dissident technology" before Cryptome posted, "TOR Made for USG Open Source Spying Says Maker." There is an interesting post on Cryptome, TOR Made for USG Open Source Spying Says Maker, in which one of Tor's creators, Michael Reed, says to look at why the government created Tor from a common sense point-of-view instead of as conspiracy theory. The Tor Project is free software that lets people be anonymous online but it's not an invisibility cloak that's meant to protect privacy. People use Tor to be anonymous for all...
  • Pentagon’s Prediction Software Didn’t Spot Egypt Unrest

    02/15/2011 7:43:05 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 15 replies
    technologynewsreport.com ^ | 11 Feb 2011 | unattributed
    In the last three years, America’s military and intelligence agencies have spent more than $125 million on computer models that are supposed to forecast political unrest. It’s the latest episode in Washington’s four-decade dalliance with future-spotting programs. But if any of these algorithms saw the upheaval in Egypt coming, the spooks and the generals are keeping the predictions very quiet. Instead, the head of the CIA is getting hauled in front of Congress, making calls about Egypt’s future based on what he read in the press, and getting proven wrong hours later. Meanwhile, an array of Pentagon-backed social scientists, software...
  • DARPA Looks To Put Eyes In Backs of Soldiers’ Heads With SCENICC System

    12/23/2010 7:48:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    TFTS ^ | 12/23/2010 | Steve Andersen
    DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Products Agency, has given us a lot of strange gadgets over the years, and they’ll carry the streak right on with their SCENICC system, which is currently up for bid to create. It’s been a while since we heard from the folks out at DARPA, so it’s good to hear that they haven’t accidentally torn open a hole in the space-time continuum that caused them to fall backward into time and emerge on the other side in a parallel universe where velociraptors evolved from men or something. This time, we’re getting a look at the...
  • US military developing flying car

    12/01/2010 1:15:51 PM PST · by Stoat · 60 replies · 3+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | December 1, 2010
    The vehicle would function just like a big four-wheel-drive Humvee when on the ground. But it would also be able to take off like a helicopter and fly away from trouble or to avoid enemy road blocks. Part of the American research and development money, worth £41 million and led by American defence and aerospace firm AAI, has gone to US firm Terrafugia which is already developing the world's first flying production car.  The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to develop a four person flyable and road worthy vehicle. Terrafugia, which has developed the Transition Flying Car...
  • Falcon is Healthy,Few Tweaks Will Suffice to Fly the Next Mission in 2011

    11/16/2010 10:53:47 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Defense Update ^ | 11/16/2010 | Defense Update
    Six months after the first test flight of the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle’s (HTV-2) which failed to meet its objective, an independent Engineering Review Board (ERB) identified the anomaly that caused the vehicle to exceeding the design flight control envelope. “No major changes to the vehicle or software are required to mitigate the first flight anomaly” said David Neyland, DARPA Tactical Technology Office director, “Engineers will adjust the vehicle’s center of gravity, decrease the angle of attack flown and use the onboard reaction control system to augment the vehicle flaps when HTV-2 flies next summer” Neyland added. DARPA is planning...
  • Sniper Teams to Increase Accuracy with Guided Rounds

    10/18/2010 9:29:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 10/18/2010 | Defense Talk
    Sniper teams remain the most lethal force on the battlefield and have been credited with many successful engagements. As effective as sniper teams are however, their accuracy is fundamentally limited by random variables such as changing winds, muzzle velocity dispersions and round-to-round variations. The DARPA EXtreme ACcuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program aims to maximize the effectiveness of sniper teams while improving their safety. Through EXACTO, DARPA is developing a guided round capability in a .50 caliber platform. It is currently intended to provide snipers the capability to engage targets moving at much greater speeds, in tougher environmental conditions such as...
  • Darpa's Self-Aiming "One Shot" Sniper Rifle Scheduled for Next Year

    10/10/2010 9:34:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 10/01/2010 | Rebecca Boyle
    A sniper crouches near an open window and zooms in on his target, who sits a half-mile away. He peers through a scope and holds his breath, preparing to squeeze the trigger. But it’s windy outside, and he can't afford a miss. What to do? A new DARPA-funded electro-optical system will calculate the ballistics for him, telling him where to aim and ensuring a perfect shot, no matter the weather conditions. Lockheed Martin won a $6.9 million contract this week for the second phase of DARPA’s One-Shot system, which will provide direct observations of a target, measure every variable that...
  • DARPA Develops Helmet Of Obedience

    10/01/2010 3:19:39 PM PDT · by GravityFree · 27 replies
    Technofacisim Blog ^ | October 1st, 2010 | Technofacism Blog
    It looks like our ever-diligent friends at DARPA have been busy creating a contingency plan for the OathKeeper movement. Thanks to a newly-developed pain modulator and behavior modification helmet, any US troops who decide they will obey the Constitution rather than the commands of the global puppet masters will now be getting some remote-controlled motivational persuasion. Reminiscent of the “Collar of Obedience” from Star Trek, this new helmet according to it’s creator William J Tyler at Arizona State University, will be able to non-invasively produce all the same effects that are now possible only through deep surgical implants. Employing a...
  • DARPA Asks for a Flying Car, Gets a Dual-Rotor Road Warrior Turned Helo

    07/14/2010 10:37:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 30 replies · 7+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 7/13/2010 | Clay Dillow
    Just after the new year, DARPA put out a broad agency announcement requesting a flying car, specifically a one-to four-person, vertical takeoff and landing-capable vehicle that can negotiate off-road conditions as well as take to the skies. Today, Fort Worth-based AVX Aircraft has responded with a proposal, releasing some mock-ups of a dual-rotor, ducted-fan driven aircraft that’s also road-ready. AVX says the four-seater will be able to carry a 1,040-lb. payload 250 miles on a single tank of fuel, peaking at 80 miles per hour over land and 140 miles per hour in the air. It’s coaxial rotor design would...
  • Loading Prompt Global Strike in VLS Cells Will Transform U.S. Naval Power

    07/08/2010 4:02:47 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 7/8/2010 | Craig Hooper
    As the venerable Tomahawk missile becomes too vulnerable for certain targets, naval observers have wondered why the Navy isn’t racing to fill the U.S. surface fleet’s 7,804 Vertical Launch System (VLS) cells with a new generation of anti-ship or fast land-attack munitions. Our wait is over. The big brains at DARPA are aiming to appropriate VLS cells for the Prompt Global Strike Mission. Meet ArcLight–the weapon that will change the way the world thinks about U.S. surface combatants: “The ArcLight program will design, build, and flight test a long range (> 2,000 nm) vehicle that carries a 100–200 lb payload(s)....
  • Global Hawk Aerial Refueling - Which Way?

    07/04/2010 10:38:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 7/4/2010 | Global Hawk Aerial Refueling - Which Way?
    There is a wrinkle to Northrop Grumman's plans to demonstrate the autonomous aerial refuelling of one Global Hawk by another at high altitude - the tanker will fly behind the receiver. The tanker will be equipped with a refuelling probe and the receiver with a hose-drum unit - the opposite of the normal probe-and-drogue arrangement - and it is the tanker that will rendezvous with the receiver, maneuver into contact with the basket and "push" fuel forward to the receiver. Northrop says this "reverse" refueling arrangement reduces the cost of equipping a Global Hawk fleet for aerial refueling because fewer...
  • Northrop, DARPA to demo autonomous UAV refueling

    07/01/2010 4:57:32 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 7/01/2010 | Gayle Putrich
    Northrop Grumman dropped out of the US Air Force tanker race nearly four months ago, but a new contract award revealed 1 July shows they remain in the aerial refueling market. In fact, Northrop plans to go one better than manned aerial refueling - the aerospace giant is now working with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on autonomous high-altitude refueling. Under a $33 million deal dubbed KQ-X, Northrop will demonstrate refueling with a pair of Block 10 RQ-4 Global Hawks the company is currently sharing with NASA The ability to refuel mid-air without the aid of a...
  • DARPA pushes new frontier of high-performance military computing

    06/24/2010 6:32:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies
    Military and Aerospace ^ | 6/22/2010 | John Keller
    Computer scientists at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., are asking industry for novel technologies and approaches that offer dramatic advances in high-performance military computer performance, and enable so-called extreme scale computing -- the notion of exceeding today's peta-scale computing to achieve one quintillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000) calculations per second. DARPA released a broad agency announcement Monday (DARPA-BAA-10-78) for the Omnipresent High Performance Computing (OHPC) program to help develop tomorrow's high-performance computers to meet the relentlessly increasing demands for greater performance, higher energy efficiency, ease of programmability, dependability, and security in aerospace and defense computing for military...
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded Phase Two Fiber Laser Contracts With DARPA

    06/23/2010 9:54:27 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 1+ views
    SPX via Space Daily ^ | 6/24/2010 | SPX via Space Daily
    Northrop Grumman has surpassed Phase I goals for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Revolution in Fiber Lasers (RIFL) program that seeks to mature fiber laser technology. As a result, the company has received a contract for Phase II. "This is an important step in the maturation of fiber laser technology," said Dan Wildt, vice president of Directed Energy Systems for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "By surpassing Phase I goals, we are in an excellent position for success in Phase II. Success in Phase II will create a powerful springboard for scaling fiber lasers to weapons-class performance levels."...