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Russian rocket test explosion leads to radiation leak

Sponsored Links REUTERS/Sergei Yakovlev Russia’s military technology push has unfortunately produced deadly consequences. The country’s Rosatom has confirmed that five people have died and three injured after an explosion on August 8th while testing an isotopic power source for a rocket’s liquid propulsion system. The same blast also increased radiation levels by as much as …

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Sorry, I Don’t Want to Pay for More Bombs: Bitcoin as a Hedge Against Funding War

</header> <strong>After nearly two decades of U.S.-led coalition bombs falling on the Middle East, peace in the region still has not been achieved. Now the United States is once again bolstering military forces, this time in Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, taxpayers in multiple countries are being forced to pay for these ill-fated and unethical campaigns, with …

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US took down Iranian drone using new jammer technology

Sponsored Links Dalton Swanbeck/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters When the USS Boxer took down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz, it apparently represented a baptism by fire for new technology. The Wall Street Journal understands that the action was the US Navy’s first use of MADIS (Marine Air Defense Integrated System), an anti-drone system …

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Germany and the Netherlands form a joint military network

Sponsored Links Sean Gallup/Getty Images Networking on the battlefield won’t just be limited to communication between units for one country. Germany and the Netherlands have created a joint military network, TEN (Tactical Edge Networking), that helps soldiers from the two countries coordinate their operations. They’ll even share computers, radios, telephones and other equipment. TEN will …

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Three teams will compete for millions in DARPA’s rocket launch challenge

DARPA Despite all of the advancements in space travel, rocket launches are still hindered by the fact that they take months, if not years, to plan and execute. Because that could slow vital military operations, DARPA created the Launch Challenge: a call for commercial companies to prove they can get rockets into space quickly and …

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Palmer Luckey’s firm wins Pentagon drone AI contract

Horacio Villalobos – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images Google may have backed out of the US military’s Project Maven, but that doesn’t mean other tech companies are unwilling to participate. The Intercept has learned that Oculus Rift co-founder Palmer Luckey’s defense company, Anduril, won a contract to support the drone AI initiative in 2018. The firm …

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US Army email mistake puts hundreds of immigrant recruits at risk

Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images Accidental exposure of sensitive data is a major problem by just about anyone’s standards, but it could be genuinely dangerous when the military is involved. The Washington Post has learned that the US Army inadvertently emailed sensitive recruitment data on more than 4,200 immigrants to recruits, including names, enlistment dates, languages and …

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Microsoft chief defends controversial military HoloLens contract

Engadget Microsoft employees objecting to a US Army HoloLens contract aren’t likely to get many concessions from their company’s leadership. CEO Satya Nadella has defended the deal in a CNN interview, arguing that Microsoft made a “principled decision” not to deny technology to “institutions that we have elected in democracies to protect the freedoms we …

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Microsoft workers demand end to HoloLens contract with US Army

Engadget You can add Microsoft to the growing list of companies whose staff are objecting to the use of their technology for some military purposes. A group of Microsoft workers has published an open letter to CEO Satya Nadella and legal chief Brad Smith asking them to end a $479 million HoloLens contract with the …

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