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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Thursday, May 13, 2021

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The US Army thinks these new mixed-reality ‘doggles’ can make special operations canines better than ever in battle | Task & Purpose

Company Command Sight’s mission is to bridge human and animal communication. It was founded by AJ Peper and is now working with the army on a ‘doggles’ that can help military dogs perform better. The augmented reality goggles that Peper invented...

Plastic-eating enzyme ‘cocktail’ heralds new hope for plastic waste | Science Daily

Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing environmental issues we face today. A group of scientists re-engineered the plastic-eating enzyme that can digest plastic. PETase breaks down polyethylene terephthalate (PET) back into its building blocks, creating an opportunity to recycle...

The Army is officially adding missile-hauling Strykers to its arsenal | Task & Purpose

The Army is officially ordering a new batch of Stryker infantry combat vehicles. The initial order calls for 28 Stryker IM-SHORAD Strykers worth roughly $230 million. This will be granted by General Dynamics Land Systems which was awarded a $1.2 billion contract award to...

Can AI detect disinformation? A new special operations program may find out | Defense One

A new software tool to counter disinformation is to be developed for the U.S. Air Force and Special Operations Command. Primer was granted a Small Business Innovation Research contract to develop software over the next coming years to detect false information that...

Palantir: A strange hill to die on | Medium

Palantir Technologies, a tech company with deep ties to U.S. intelligence and military agencies, has filed to go public. Anthony Bardaro shares his insights about Palantir’s changes in its company as it involves millions of data that is designed to ingest data collected by...

This adorable little rat is trained to sniff out landmines — and he’s way better than EOD | Task & Purpose

An African giant pouched rat named Magawa was the first rat to be recognized with PDSA Gold Award. Magawa was trained to sniff out landmines and unexploded ordnance in Cambodia and was able to recover 39 landmines and 28 unexploded munitions. “Every discovery he makes reduces...

Montana Military Museum receives rare weapon after 30 years of searching | KTVH

The Montana Military Museum has received a rare weapon from the National Center for Unwanted Firearms. It took the museum more than 30 years to find the machine gun to complete the First Special Service Force story. Firearms included a 1940s...

The virus that crushed the Roman army | Medium

During 164 AD, Lucius Verus was leading an army to conquer the city of Seleucia in what is now Iraq. Little did they know that there was a virus spreading and soldiers started to have a severe fever and visible sores that spread across their entire body....

UK develops cyber weapons that could take out power grids in enemy states | Sky News

The UK has developed offensive cyber weapons that could take out power grids, communication towers, and other parts of a country's vital infrastructure in an enemy state. General Sir Patrick Sanders, commander of Strategic Command, said military personnel works closely with...

A surprise Gold Star mother is working rename post office after her late son | AZ Family

Debbie Lee is the Gold star mother of the fallen US Navy Seal Marc Lee who was killed in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since his death, she founded America’s Mighty Warriors, a nonprofit that supports troops and families of the fallen....

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After 6 years of attempts, Marine master guns finally wins Recon Challenge | Marine Corps Times

Master Gunnery Sgt. Cory Paskvan and Maj. Morgan Jordan won the 12th annual Recon Challenge after 9 hours and...

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