Military Using Human Brain Waves to Teach Robots How to Shoot

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE Modern sensors can see farther than humans. Electronic circuits can shoot faster than nerves and muscles can pull a trigger. Humans still outperform armed robots in knowing what to shoot at — but new research funded in part by the Army may soon narrow that gap. Researchers from DCS Corp and the Army Research Lab fed datasets of human brain waves into a neural network — a type of artificial intelligence — which learned to recognize when a human is making a targeting deci...
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Winter US war games on Norway-Russia border

CNN An American tank full of US Marines crashes through the silence of the sub-zero pine forest, far above the Arctic Circle, as unidentified drones hover overhead and yellow and green smoke fills the freezing air. The troops' target? A bunker up ahead, manned by Norwegian soldiers. Shots ring out as the Marines advance, crunching through the snow beneath gray winter skies. It's all role-play, of course -- the maneuvers are part of a training exercise, but one jarringly imbued with the ne...
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China Modernizes Airborne Attack Forces

SPUTNIK NEWS Airborne forces are an important element of the Chinese military and Beijing will continue to invest in their development and upgrade their combat capabilities. What Kind of Bomber Jet Does China Need? China is pursuing its global interests, including placing focus on expanding its international military presence, as part of its "active defense" doctrine. Traditionally, Beijing used to rely on its ground forces, but over the recent years it has been heavily investing in the...
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Ad Shows Army Prepping for Martial Law

Will martial law be declared on American soil? Will economic collapse and urban riots result in the final and total loss of civil liberties right here at home? It could happen, and it is one of the “eventualities” that the military is preparing for, though they are constitutionally barred from being used domestically against the American people. Part of the U.S. Army’s latest ad campaign, broadcast frequently during football games and sporting events, and widely across many television p...
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US Military: Robotic Pack Mules are Too Noisy

The US military has reportedly shelved development of its robotic pack mule — the Boston Dynamics-built Legged Squad Support System or LS3. According to a report from Military.com, there are no "future experiments or upgrades planned" for the mechanical beast of burden, with the program in need of new contracts or support from senior military figures before it can be resurrected. And the reason for this parting of ways? LS3 was apparently too noisy to make a good soldier. "They took it as it ...
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Army Looking for Volunteers to Eat MREs for 21 days Straight

Three weeks, nothing but packaged, ready-to-eat meals.  It's not a far-flung mission, nor is it a lost wager — it's how Army researchers hope to discover how new knowledge of the digestive process could improve future Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MREs.) The work could even help protect soldiers from sickness while deployed. Here's what you need to know about the ongoing study, run by the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine's military nutrition division: 1. "Gut health" goals. ...
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US Boosts Weapon Sales To China’s Neighbors

China’s expansion across disputed territory in the South China Sea is driving up demand for US heavy weapons and military aircraft from Beijing’s neighbors, former US Defense Department official Dov Zakheim told Sputnik. Earlier on Friday, US Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken called on all claimants, including China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan and the Philippines, to freeze construction on the islands in the South China Sea. “We [the United States] are selling everything from c...
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Iraqi F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes in Arizona near Mexico

The F-16 fighter jet that crashed in Arizona overnight was actually owned by the Iraqi Air Force, an Air Force official confirmed to ABC News today. Local law enforcement is on the scene, but Air Force officials have yet to get to the crash site and therefore they have not confirmed the identity of the pilot, who they suspect is an Iraqi trainee. The crash caused a large grass fire and it’s likely the pilot did not survive, authorities said. Officially, the Air Force is saying only that th...
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Russia to Boost Forces Near Western Border in Response to US Troop Buildup

Stationing heavy U.S. military equipment in the Baltic states and eastern Europe would amount to "the most aggressive step by the Pentagon and NATO" since the Cold War, Interfax news agency quoted a Russian Defense Ministry official as saying on Monday. "Russia would be left with no other option but to boost its troops and forces on the western flank," General Yuri Yakubov was quoted as saying. A U.S. official said at the weekend that Washington planned to store heavy military equipment in...
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US Plans to Cut Future Military Pensions 20%

A proposal by the US Department of Defense submitted to Congress would reduce military pensions by 20 percent after troops complete their 20 years of duty. For the first time, members of the US armed services will automatically, upon entry, contribute to their retirement plan from their current compensation, according to the white paper. “Future Service members will receive 80% of the current defined benefit (pension) if they serve for 20 years,” the six-page white paper sent to legislat...
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Chinese Military Brass Visits US Amid Tensions

Diplomacy is sure to be emphasized during a top Chinese military official’s six-day visit to the United States, but tensions remain high in the South China Sea, where Beijing continues to assert itself in territorial disputes. General Fan Changlong, vice-chairman of China's Central Military Commission, started his tour Monday in San Diego by visiting the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. On Thursday, the general will hold talks at the Pentagon with US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, off...
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US Army Site Hacked As Obama Demands Cyber Law

A hacker group backing the Syrian government claimed responsibility for hacking the official website of the US Army, just hours after President Obama called for new cybersecurity laws at the G-7 summit in Germany. Army.mil was still down Monday afternoon. Loading a cached version of the site resulted in pop-ups proclaiming the site was “Hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army,” and messages such as “Stop training the terrorists!” and “Your government is corrupt don't listen to it!” reported the ...
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US Troops Train Kiev Soldiers On Russia’s Doorstep

Hundreds of US forces are reportedly located in Ukraine to train the country’s troops on Russia's doorsteps amid growing tensions between Washington and Moscow. NBC News reported on Sunday that 300 American paratroopers are involved in the direct training that could be seen as a “major provocation” by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The US forces are working with over 700 Ukrainian soldiers in three rotations during the six-month mission that started in April. "From what we saw at day...
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China Considers Air Defense Zone over Islands

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATGzIr3VDl8 A senior Chinese military official says that China could establish an air defense zone over the disputed areas of the South China Sea if it believed it was warranted due to a major threat. Deputy Chief of Staff of the People’s Liberation Army Adm. Sun Jianguo said at a regional security forum in Singapore on Sunday that Beijing’s decision to set up a so-called air defense identification zone would be based on an aerial threat assessment as well as...
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Russian Jets Scrambled to Intercept US Warship

Russia has scrambled military jets in response to an American navy destroyer which, it has been reported in Russian media, was acting “aggressively” in the Black Sea. The Russian defence minister, speaking at a security summit in Singapore, said US missile ships operating near Moscow’s territorial waters “pose a danger to strategic stability” between the two countries. State news service RIA Novosti quoted a military source as saying the USS Ross was sighted heading straight for Russ...
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