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DID is also reporting that Greece has ordered more AGM-154 JSOWs to use with their new F-16s, which can only be interpreted as a direct response to the JSOWs the Turkish Defense Ministry ordered for their F-16s back in 2002. Read the full report here. – Ward

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Dragon Skin: Proven Tough?

by noahmax on September 22, 2006

The seemingly-endlessly soap opera behind the new-fangled Dragon Skin body armor has taken yet another plot twist. In our last episode, Army program managers in charge of a competing body armor system were publicly dissing the Dragon — while they were in the middle of supposedly impartial tests to gauge the armor’s effectiveness. “To anyone […]

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Rapid Fire 09/22/06

by noahmax on September 22, 2006

* Only 10,000 troops ready to go? * River rats get set to bite * Army’s new hydrogen car * Pentagon vs. ebola * Grow back lost limbs? * Super solar cells * Bad data slowed 7/7 response * “Able Danger” didn’t spot Atta * Tainted Torture deal * So long, Tomcat * L’shana Tovah! […]

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An eagle-eyed reader points us to an interesting-looking Darpa program that could tip the night vision equation back in America’s favor. If it gets beyond the goofy video stage, that is. The goal of the Multispectral Adaptive Networked Tactical Imaging System (MANTIS) project is to combine images from three slices of the spectrum — short […]

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Night vision gear gave U.S. forces a huge leg up in the first Gulf War. But these days, anyone can buy see-in-the-dark goggles for a few hundred bucks, online. So military research labs [are] push[ing] to give U.S. war fighters nighttime optics that are several steps ahead of what can be bought at any hunting […]

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