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US, UK Test Robot Breachers, Drones In Germany

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


This week’s experiment used a small zoo of specialized systems remote-controlled by humans, each with its own modest niche, working closely with each other and human forces.

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For Want Of A Nail: ‘Awful’ Missing Pieces Of NATO

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: War time is a bad time to run out of gas. If there was a crisis with Russia today, and a German unit needed to refuel from a US Army pump, they couldn’t do it. Why? The goddamn nozzle doesn’t fit. It’s just one of the host of seemingly minor shortfalls, from pontoon bridges to… Keep reading →

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Why The Army’s Experimenting With Laser-Guided Lightning

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


There’s been a fair bit of buzz online of late over experiments with a technology called a “laser-induced plasma channel” – essentially, laser-guided, artificially generated lightning bolts – at the Army’s Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey. But, militarily, what’s it good for? The problem, one well-informed source told Breaking Defense, is short range. If you… Keep reading →

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