Military Weapons, Spy Tech and Defense News

Technology has been integral to military weapons and spy gear for millennia, and the field of military technology is advancing at breakneck speed. From drones that maneuver without a pilot and "death ray" weaponized lasers that unleash killer zaps to invisibility cloaks that obfuscate tanks and X-ray vision for soldiers, military tech abounds these days. Our news and features will cover the science and innovation behind military weapons, defense technology and spy gear, including how the latest war technology works, what's next in sci-fi weaponry and how it will affect you and the planet.
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How Delivery Drones Could Monitor Their Own Health
Delivery Drone
August 27th, 2014
The day when people can order products online and have them delivered by a drone may not be far off. But to make sure these packages make it to their destinations, scientists have created a program that lets drones monitor their "health" midflight.
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Beyond Bulletproof: New 'X-Vehicles' Take Stealth to the Extreme
An artistic rendering of an X-vehicle.
August 19th, 2014
Imagine an armored truck that can drive itself, is invisible to enemies and can travel at extreme speeds. That's the type of truck the Pentagon is hoping to develop through its new ground X-vehicle (GXV-T) program.
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Drones are Fun, Until One Hits You In the Face
drones, warnings dangers
August 15th, 2014
Mini drones are not yet appearing in our skies on a daily basis but they certainly are a rapidly growing trend.
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How 'Skin' Sensors Could Turn Planes Super-Smart
The new "smart skin" for aircraft.
August 26th, 2014
The newest technology for military planes is surprisingly touchy-feely. Applied to the outside of an aircraft, the new "smart skin" lets planes "feel" the world around them through thousands of tiny sensors.
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2 Million Mph! Super-Fast Laser Sets Record
U.S. Navy's Nike laser.
August 15th, 2014
The U.S. Navy's Nike laser is so fast it recently earned a Guinness World Records title. The laser is being used to study nuclear fusion as an environmentally friendly energy alternative.
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Tethered Blimps Could Be Legal Alternative to Drones
Blimp-in-a-box
July 31st, 2014
A company that makes tethered blimps for the military is now developing them for commercial uses, from surveillance of bridges and roadways to assistance after natural disasters.
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Boeing 'Recreates Outer Space' to Fix Missile Defense System
An interceptor is launched into space.
August 22nd, 2014
Boeing says that to get the U.S. military's missile defense system performing up to par, engineers had to solve an "impossible" problem.
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Fighter Jets and Drones Practice Rapid-Fire Launches
U.S. Navy drone aboard aircraft carrier.
August 18th, 2014
The U.S. Navy recently conducted its first successful tests of drones and jets operating together aboard an aircraft carrier. The test flights took place Sunday (Aug. 17) aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
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US Troops Beat the Heat with New Personal AC Units
Army Personal Cooling Systems
August 13th, 2014
U.S. Army aircrews may no longer have to choose between staying safe and staying cool thanks to a new personal cooling system, worn underneath body armor.
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