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Jul 21, 2017

US nuclear arsenal controlled by 1970s computers with 8in floppy disks

Posted by in categories: computing, government, military

The US military’s nuclear arsenal is controlled by computers built in the 1970s that still use 8in floppy disks.

A report into the state of the US government, released by congressional investigators, has revealed that the country is spending around $60bn (£40.8bn) to maintain museum-ready computers, which many do not even know how to operate any more, as their creators retire.

The Defense Department’s Strategic Automated Command and Control System (DDSACCS), which is used to send and receive emergency action messages to US nuclear forces, runs on a 1970s IBM computing platform. It still uses 8in floppy disks to store data.

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Jul 19, 2017

U.S. Paves Roads to Trusted Fabs

Posted by in categories: business, computing, government, military

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The U.S. Department of Defense is working with partners on multiple technologies that would make any foundry a trusted source to make classified ASICs for the military. If the government is successful it will be able to tap leading-edge process technologies from multiple fabs by 2019.

The U.S. government currently works with a single fab now operated by Globalfoundries and limited to 32nm and higher design rules. The partnership is a continuation of a longstanding “trusted foundry” deal with IBM, which sold its fabs to GF in 2015.

“We have a very good partner in Globalfoundries, and many people are still there from the [former] IBM…[that help] manage that government ASIC business, and that still works quite well for 32nm and up,” said Bill Chappell, a director at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency that oversees the trusted foundry programs.

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Jul 17, 2017

Let’s Turn America’s Military-Industrial Complex into a Science-Industrial Complex

Posted by in categories: military, policy, science, transhumanism

My HuffPost article from yesterday on military, #transhumanism and science was on the frontpage of Reddit today with nearly 12,000 upvotes & This was a policy article of my libertarian CA governor campaign. I’m happy to see it do so well.

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Jul 17, 2017

The Former Secretary of Defense Outlines the Future of Warfare

Posted by in categories: futurism, military

Two years ago, Barack Obama appointed a new Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter—a technocrat physicist, an arms control veteran, and a professor at Stanford—to help close this divide. During his tenure, Carter set up a virtual outpost in Silicon Valley. He worked to make it easier for tech companies to sell things to the Pentagon, for their engineers to work there, and for their bosses to offer up advice. He even let WIRED tag along and write a profile of him. He also impressed the local royalty. “He’s been amazing,” Ben Horowitz, the co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, told me in an interview.


The former Secretary of Defense built a bridge between tech and the Pentagon. Here, he talks about its importance in an uncertain time.

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Jul 16, 2017

US-Australia had a successful Mach 8 HiFire 4 hypersonic missile test last week

Posted by in categories: military, space

The US-Australia Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation (HiFIRE) program had at least one successful hypersonic flight at Woomera testing range in South Australia last week. A round of experiments concluded on 12 July, confirmed Australian defense minister Marise Payne.

UQ hypersonics researchers collaborated with the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) and US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Boeing, and BAE Systems for test flights in July 2017. This vehicle is a free-flying hypersonic glider, designed to fly at Mach 8 (8000 km/hr). It is designed to separate from its rocket booster in space and perform controlled manoeuvres as it enters the atmosphere. The test flight was intended to enable learning about how to fly a hypersonic vehicle at high altitude.

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Jul 15, 2017

GA 3 megajoule railgun firing and building new 10 megajoule railgun in 2018

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General Atomics has successful 3 megajoule railgun firing and will complete a 10 megajoule railgun in 2018.

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Jul 15, 2017

Here’s the Future of Warfare Tech. Warning: it’s Not Pretty

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI, virtual reality

Warfare and technology make the perfect partners of destruction. Military innovations from wooden catapults to nuclear bombs have been transforming the way war is waged since prehistoric humans carved arrows from stones some 10,000 years ago.

The visions of futurists don’t always match the experiences of military personnel, but the battlefields of the future will bear little resemblance to the war zones of today.


The future of technology in warfare: From AI robots to VR torture.

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Jul 15, 2017

Very small modular nuclear fission reactors for military and space

Posted by in categories: military, space travel

Transportable very small modular nuclear fission reactors for military and other applications.

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Jul 15, 2017

Biosensors could give soldiers superhuman fighting abilities

Posted by in categories: computing, genetics, military, neuroscience

According to the report, the US Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and other special forces are looking to improve troops’ performance by looking at their bodies at a genetic level (stock)

Earlier this year the AirForce successfully tested a helmet that can monitor brain activity and tell if the pilot is feeling stressed or panicked.

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Jul 15, 2017

Prototype exoskeleton suit would improve Soldiers’ physical, mental performance

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, military, neuroscience

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Thanks to a new “suit” being developed by the DOD-funded Warrior Web program, future Soldiers will be able to march longer, carry heavier gear and improve mental sharpness.

The suit has pulleys and gears designed to prevent and reduce musculoskeletal injuries caused by the dynamic events typically experienced in the Warfighter’s environment.

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