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  1. This anti-drone defense system is designed to detect, track and disrupt drones. FAA is currently evaluating it for use at major US airports.
  2. http://www.businessinsider.com/nuclear-explosion-fallout-radiation-survival-shelter-2017-3 How to survive a nuclear blast in your city.
  3. (CNN) - After a long and much-criticized search, the US Army has chosen Sig Sauer to produce its next generation of handgun, eventually replacing the current standard issue sidearm, the Beretta M9 pistol. "Following a thorough operational test, fielding of the modular handgun is expected to begin in 2017," the Army said in a statement announcing the decision Thursday. The M9's three decades of service since 1985 has occasionally made it the subject of derision among members of the armed forces. "The joke that we had in the military was that sometimes the most effective use of an M9 is to simply throw it at your adversary," Sen. Joni Ernst, a former officer in the Iowa Army National Guard, said last week during the confirmation hearings for Ret. Marine Gen. James Mattis to be secretary of defense. The multi-year effort to replace the Beretta has been slammed by members of Congress. "The Army's effort to buy a new handgun has already taken 10 years and produced nothing but a more than 350-page requirements document micromanaging extremely small unimportant details," Senate Armed Services committee chairman John McCain wrote in a 2015 report on the program's problems. "A decade for a pistol?" Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina asked at the same Mattis confirmation hearing. "They're relatively simple devices ... This is a great testament to what's wrong with defense acquisition." But Army Acquisition Executive Steffanie Easter promised that as the program moved "forward into operational testing, the due diligence taken by all of the stakeholders will ensure a program that remains on-budget and on-schedule." Sig Sauer's P320 pistol is believed to be the model on which the new handgun will be based. The Army is seeking certain modifications that are not being made public. Sig Sauer was founded in Germany but has a subsidiary located in Exeter, New Hampshire.
  4. Actually that motto was added in the 1950's because of the Red Scare of communism. It was never set in by the Founding Fathers.
  5. Just days into the new year, the U.S. Army has already handed a major victory to religious liberty advocates. New Army regulations released on Tuesday state that servicemen and women at the brigade level will now be granted religious accommodations to wear turbans, beards, and hijabs in accordance with their faith. The move comes just days after the New York Police Department announced its decision to allow officers to wear turbans and grow beards for religious reasons. Such accommodations for Army service members were previously made on a case-by-case basis. “Based on the successful examples of Soldiers currently serving with these accommodations, I have determined that brigade-level commanders may approve requests for these accommodations,” wrote Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning in a letter announcing the decision. The new regulations will also permit religious bracelets, as well as dreadlocks for female soldiers. Several lawsuits in recent years have pressured the Army to change its policies on grooming and dress. In April 2016, Bronze Star recipient Captain Simratpal Singh was granted a permanent accommodation to wear his turban and beard after he sued the military for discrimination. The ruling, however, applied only to Singh. A short video produced by Becket Law, one of the firms that has petitioned for Sikhs’ right to serve in the military, explores the history of the Army’s rulings on articles of faith: Tuesday’s decision ensures that brigade-level commanders will approve all requests for religious accommodations as long as the soldier demonstrates sincere faith observance and doing so would not present a “specific, concrete hazard.” The Army will continue testing for safety hazards posed by accommodating articles of faith, Fanning said. And for the time being, soldiers with religious accommodations to grow beards will be restricted from military schools and positions where proximity to toxic chemical agents may arise. Military officers and religious liberty advocates celebrated the ruling, which could have far-reaching implications for people of faith serving in the Army. “My turban and beard represent my commitment to pluralism and equality,” said Major Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi, who was granted an accommodation in 2009. “This new policy change underscores the military’s commitment to these values and is a sign of meaningful progress that will ensure the strength of our democracy.” Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) applauded the Army’s decision in a statement on his website, saying: “This is major progress, not just for the Sikh American community but for our nation’s military. Sikh Americans love this country and want a fair chance to serve in our country on equal footing. Today’s announcement will help do just that.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-us-army-regulations-will-allow-turbans-hijabs-and-beards_us_586e8f3ae4b099cdb0fc038b
  6. Aurora Flight Sciences is working on technology that could allow the military to use unmanned helicopters to supply its troops.
  7. eddo36

    Combat Mission: Black Sea

    New patch is out, current version is 1.04
  8. (CNN) - It was May 2014 when a small team of American airmen monitoring a Russian satellite launch saw something they had never seen before. An object the team thought was a piece of debris from the launch suddenly came to life. "The one object that we assumed was a piece of debris started to maneuver in close proximity to the (rocket) booster," recalled Lt. Gen. David Buck, commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Space located at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Buck, who oversees US military space forces, said the deliberate maneuvers the mystery object made close to the rocket's booster were a red flag. Getting that close to another object in space is a complex feat, as objects can move as fast as 17,500 miles per hour. "That got our attention," Buck said. In other words, what the US military was witnessing was not debris at all, but instead a satellite with a dangerous capability, one that could allow it to cozy up next to another satellite and potentially destroy it. As US adversaries like Russia and China sprint to gain greater control of space, the US finds itself in a new, more ominous arms race with a dizzying array of capabilities that sound like Hollywood creations but are now reality -- from what could be kamikaze and kidnapper satellites launched by Russia and China to lasers and space drones deployed by the US. Kamikazes The Russian satellite is officially known as Kosmos 2499 but it has been given a more daunting nickname: "kamikaze," a spacecraft expressly designed to maneuver up close to another satellite to disable or destroy it. In other words, it's a satellite that could go on the attack. "Everything that has that type of capability can be easily changed into an offensive capability," said 1st Lt. Andrew Engle, who watches threats to military and civilian satellites from the space operations floor at Vandenberg. "This is something that is on the new frontier of space that we're seeing from our adversaries," said Engle. "It's highly technical, highly skilled, and it's something that we're definitely, obviously, watching closely". Retired Gen. William Shelton, the former commander of Air Force space command, likened the satellite to a space Trojan horse. "You could have something on orbit that, for all intents and purposes, looks like a communications satellite, when in actuality, it is also a weapon," said Shelton. Kosmos 2499 is far from the only threat. In September 2014, just a few months after Kosmos was placed in orbit, Russia launched an additional satellite named Luch with both maneuvering and spying capabilities. "This satellite has been maneuvering through geosynchronous space ... cozying up close to various communications satellites, listening to what traffic is flowing over those," said Paul Graziani, CEO of civilian satellite tracker Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI). Over the course of a year, Graziani's team has watched as Luch parked itself next to three US commercial satellites and one European satellite. The Russians flew the satellite close enough to collect both civilian and, possibly, sensitive military information. Graziani was charged with delivering the bad news to US-owned commercial satellite company Intelsat. "As soon as we figured that out, that it was parking next to an Intelsat satellite, we picked up the phone and we called Intelsat and we let them know, they've got a new neighbor," said Graziani. "They were not happy". But Luch's capabilities don't end with the ability to spy. "If the operators of this spacecraft so chose, they could direct it to actually hit another spacecraft," said Graziani. Like Kosmos, Luch's ability to maneuver has the potential to make it into a satellite killer. The Russian government did not respond to CNN's request for comment. Kidnappers AGI's team members watched from their operations floor as a Chinese satellite moved close to a second smaller satellite. Launched in 2013, the Shiyan, meaning "experiment" in Chinese, was "experimenting" shadowing the smaller satellite, according to AGI. But then something unexpected happened: The smaller satellite repeatedly disappeared and then reappeared on their screens. "We saw the approach, we saw the larger spacecraft come close to the smaller spacecraft, and then we no longer saw the smaller spacecraft," said Graziani. The only reasonable explanation, experts say, is that the Shiyan has a robotic arm that was repeatedly grabbing and then releasing its smaller partner. The Chinese government acknowledged the satellite's robotic arm, saying the satellite is "mainly used in space debris observation," according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency. But space watchers like Graziani see a more sinister application. "You could grab ahold of a satellite and maneuver it out of its mission," said Graziani. If true, it would be a new threatening capability, allowing the Shiyan to essentially kidnap another satellite. Lasers In the Persian Gulf, an instantaneous burst of energy destroys targets -- first on the surface, then in the air. It's deadly firepower moving, literally, at the speed of light. Obliterating its target, the Navy says, like a long-distance blowtorch. This is the dramatic account of the US military's test of its first operational laser weapon as seen on video released by the Defense Department. Today the Laser Weapons System (LaWS) is deployed on the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf to defeat incoming threats at sea but multiple countries around the world are testing lasers that can reach space. These directed energy weapons could be used from the ground or deployed on space assets to temporarily blind or permanently damage satellites. "You can aim a laser at a satellite's sensor and try to make it hard to see," said Laura Grego, a scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists. "Like someone shining a flashlight in your eyes." With power dialed up high that same laser could permanently fry the satellite's sensor. But "very expensive and important satellites should have shutters" to block this kind of threat, said Grego, who considers these types of activities more of a nuisance than a space attack. Lasers that would be powerful enough to completely destroy a satellite or its components like solar panels have not been developed yet, according to Grego. Space drone Moving further into the realm of science fiction, the US military has developed the first space drone, the X37B. Bearing a striking resemblance to the space shuttle, the drone is officially a reusable spacecraft for carrying payloads into space. "The nice part about it is you can bring it back, deploy it again, and we're experimenting with it," said Gen. John Hyten, Commander of US Strategic Command. Its other missions are classified, but the drone's maneuverability, payload space and ability to stay in orbit for hundreds of days have space watchers and countries like Russia and China wondering whether the X-37B would one day be used as a space fighter jet, something the Defense Department denies. "I can tell you what it is, I can tell the world what it is, and it's not a weapon," Hyten said. "But people can look at it, and they can believe what they want to believe."
  9. IFLS - The US military, ever one to want to keep ahead of the competition, is apparently doing so by trying to build a hoverbike. The US Army announced that it was attempting to do so last year, and as reported by Popular Mechanics, they’re still giving it a go. In fact, they have been working on this since the 1950s. Named the Tactical Reconnaissance Vehicle in 2015, their hypothetical one-man hoverbike was initially conceived to quickly bring supplies into the field. This year, it’s been renamed as the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle (JTARV), and from the images provided, it looks somewhat like an extremely low-flying drone – a quadcopter you can ride. “Anywhere on the battlefield, soldiers can potentially get resupplied in less than 30 minutes,†Tim Vong of the US Army Research Laboratory said in a statement. “We're working with users in the joint community to look at this concept.†At this point, it’s not clear how operational the JTARV is, or how far through its testing or even its construction phase it has got. Nevertheless, compared to some additional US military projects – including “vampire†drones that disappear in sunlight and human-computer neural interfaces – it seems highly likely that hoverbikes will become a staple US Army feature within the next decade or two. After all, hoverboards of varying kinds already exist. One of them is even quite similarly designed to the Army’s concept hoverbike. It is piloted by leaning on it, as if it is an aerial Segway. Additionally, this stuntman-manufactured invention is capable of rising up to ludicrously dangerous heights, something JTARV may also be able to do if prior concept art is anything to go by. As of 2015, scale models of the hoverbike – which is partly being designed by Malloy Aeronautics – was capable of some pretty cool maneuvers, but at this point, it’s more drone than human-driven bike of the future. Watch this space. In any case, the question on everyone's minds by this point is whether or not the speederbike chase scene on the Forest Moon of Endor can be recreated in reality. At this point, it is not clear how possible this would be, although at least there wouldn’t be any pesky Ewoks getting in the way.
  10. (CNN) - The Navy will ditch the unpopular, blue camouflage uniforms that have been called blueberries or aquaflage, in favor of green camouflage. The switch will be effective October 1, the Navy announced. But sailors can continue wearing the blue uniforms for an additional three years before they are completely phased out. Sailors had long complained about the blue-black-gray, standard working uniforms, which are called Navy Working Uniform Type I. The cotton-nylon outfit was described as heavy, prone to melting and in a color didn't make sense -- unless they were trying to hide underwater. The blue uniforms were unveiled in 2008. Back when it was first introduced, the Navy had touted the blue camouflage for not showing stains and signs of heavy wear. But it fell out of favor as sailors said they wanted something lighter and less flammable. The Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a press statement Thursday that the uniform issue came up consistently when he traveled to see sailors deployed around the world. "They want uniforms that are comfortable, lightweight, breathable and they want fewer of them," he said. "We have heard the feedback and we are acting on it." The Navy will begin issuing the green uniforms, known as Navy Working Uniform Type III, to new recruits starting October 1, 2017. "This change is the first step in a multi-phased process that will streamline and consolidate the Navy's uniform requirements, and ultimately improve uniformity across the force," according to a press statement.
  11. Feeling lucky? US Marines test machine gun wielding robot that can also throw grenades and even drag wounded soldiers to safety Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System (MAARS)
  12. (CNN) - American soldiers on the battlefield might one day depend on spiderwebs to save their lives. The Army now operates in some of the hottest places on the globe -- Baghdad can reach 125 degrees in summer -- but its current body armor for soldiers can weigh 30 pounds or more and includes woven Kevlar and ceramic plates. Now, some relief might be on the way. The Army is exploring whether the material spiders use to make their webs could be used to replace Kevlar and provide lighter, stronger and more comfortable protective gear. "Mother Nature has created and optimized many extraordinary materials," said Debi Dawson, a spokesperson for the Army's Program Executive Office Soldier, the body responsible for boosting the service's capabilities. Spider silk "could have the ideal combination of high strength, high toughness and bio-compatibility that no man-made fibers could reach." To that end, her office awarded a $99,962 contract in mid-July in order to produce testing packs to see how the material holds up under fire. Spider silk is "one of the toughest materials known to man," according to Jon Rice, the chief operating officer of the Ann Arbor, Michigan, company Kraig Biocraft that received the contract. Rice said it was "almost as strong as Kevlar and about 10 times more flexible." Spider silk is also lighter than Kevlar, a synthetic fiber first developed in the 1960s and currently used in tires and protective gear such as helmets and tactical vests. And since today's counterinsurgency and training missions often require soldiers to be out of their vehicles and bases, engaging with local populations and forces on foot, mobility is particularly important in whatever armor they wear. About six years ago, Kraig Biocraft was able to genetically engineer silkworms to produce spider silk, which Rice said allowed the company to produce the material in an economical way. The process combines the strength of spider silk with the mass production ability of silk worms, which produce traditional silk. Rice added that the idea of using the technology for military applications came early on in the development process. He said he had the opportunity to accompany the US Marine Corps during their Cobra Gold training exercise in Thailand. After trying on their body armor in the more than 100-degree-heat, he was struck by how heavy and immobile the protective gear was. "I'm passionate about keeping these guys safe," he said. The Army noted that the project is still in its earliest exploratory stages but said the research could have a major impact down the road.
  13. eddo36

    is Arma 3 a AAA title?

    And Arma 3 looks like it costs quite a bit to develop as well. Do you think it has more budget than the previous Arma's 1 and 2?
  14. eddo36

    is Arma 3 a AAA title?

    It's a very nice game, but is it considered AAA or is a game require to have a specific budget to be considered AAA?