Boeing is building a laser cannon for the U.S. Army, and the new weapon has now proved it will be as capable at sea as on land. The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD)—basically a high-energy laser mounted on top of a big truck—was successfully used to blast some UAV drones and 60mm mortars out of the Florida sky earlier this year, Boeing announced Thursday.
Well, this is interesting. Former Pentagon senior policy analyst F. Michael Maloof claims there might be a lot more of those stealthy Black Hawk helicopters – the kind famoulsy used in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden last year — out there than has previously been reported. The best part of his claim; the U.S. isn’t the only nation to operate them.
(CNN) — On May 16 last year, a 22-year-old Austrian named Maqsood Lodin was being questioned by police in Berlin. He had recently returned from Pakistan via Budapest, Hungary, and then traveled overland to Germany. His interrogators were surprised to find that hidden in his underpants were a digital storage device and memory cards.
The “DInGO”, Dynamic Image Gunsight Optic now beginning testing, it is the next generation of battle field optics that will empower US servicemen to hit enemy targets from over two times the current distance. If the prototypes stand up to what the DOD science types are hoping for. (more…)
Cyber security firm Alien Vault, has discovered a computer virus that is using service members’ network security cards to hack into government networks. (more…)
Even as the overall defense budget declines, a leaner military strategy will keep up funding in surveillance and intelligence techologies. This will include unmanned vehicles and cyber warfare.
With news daily it seems that some half crazed nation is threatening to cut off the US’s oil supply. Need for Naval defense is at an all time high. Protection of that defense is even more critical.
Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet – Wired | Danger Room.
Sortta makes you wonder how the virus got there, what the delivery system was? If we can’t protect our weapons from Viruses what’s Next?
Update 10/13/2011: Military.com is carrying an article from Associate Press that states that the computer virus that his the Drone program was not directed at the military systems but was a common malware package that us used to steal log-ins and passwords used in online gaming. According to Air Force Space Command, the virus did not get in the flight control system. Instead it got into ground control systems that run backup power supplies, environmental controls and workstations.