Articles by defensetech


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Darpa Takes Another Shot at High-Speed VTOL

Undeterred by past failures, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) is launching another attempt to develop a high-speed vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft with the…




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MDA lays out 2013 testing plans

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is planning another major flight trial involving multiple targets and multiple interceptors to increasingly challenge its young missile defense…


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New Air Force team’s shadowy role

Popularly known as Area 51, the U.S. Air Force’s secret flight-test base at Groom Lake, Nev., was rebuilt and expanded in the late 1980s. The…





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Mabus: Biofuel tech has arrived

Despite continued opposition from lawmakers like U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the U.S. Navy will continue its efforts to leverage biofuels technology for its ships…


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NSA Director Pushes Cybersecurity Bill

Cyberattacks have breached the Pentagon and sent businesses into bankruptcy. Still, it might take a cyberdisaster that causes damage on the scale of Hurricane Katrina…



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Yemen to Get UAVs From the US

Amid a series of controversial U.S. air strikes against high-level Al-Qaeda officials in the Arabian Peninsula, and renewed military cooperation with Yemen, officials in Sanaa…


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Air Force seeks afterlife for F-15s

The U.S. Air Force is pushing to more than double the life of its stalwart F-15 Eagles with a series of upgrades. “About two and…


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China seeks drones to monitor islands

BEIJING — China said Monday that it plans to use unmanned drones to conduct marine surveillance by 2015 as it tries to increase its presence…


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A Rose By Any Other Name

Some of my progressive brethern (Heretic, Freiheit und Wissen) are up in arms about the U.S. military’s use of incendiary munitions in March and April…