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What’s on the US Air Force’s unfunded wish list? Classified programs you can’t see. | Defense News

The U.S. Air Force has sent a $1.9 billion wish list to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, and the biggest chunk of that money would go to classified programs. It won’t take long for an attentive reader to notice that the service’s fiscal 2019unfunded priority list contains none of the big-ticket items usually included in prior years’ requests. For instance, there are ... Read More »

Virtual predator is ‘self-aware’, behaves like living counterpart | Science Daily

Scientists report in the journal eNeuro that they’ve built an artificially intelligent ocean predator that behaves a lot like the original flesh-and-blood organism on which it was modeled. The virtual creature, “Cyberslug,” reacts to food and responds to members of its own kind much like the actual animal, the sea slug Pleurobranchaea californica, does. Unlike most other AI entities, Cyberslug has a simple ... Read More »

Army Research Lab awards $25 million contract for Internet of Battlefield Things | Fifth Domain

The U.S. Army Research Lab (ARL) has awarded a $25 million contract to a consortium of university researchers known as the Alliance for Internet of Battlefield Things Research on Evolving Intelligent Goal-drive Networks (IoBT REIGN) to develop new predictive battlefield analytics and services. As battlefields become more reliant on integrated technologies that partner cyber and physical elements, the speed at ... Read More »

Fox News contributor mocked over claim Navy SEALs couldn’t breach Trump wall prototype | The Hill

Social media users mocked a Fox News contributor who said that U.S. Navy SEALs were unable to breach prototypes of President Trump’s wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Katie Pavlich, a Fox News contributor and columnist for The Hill, described the special forces testing the prototypes on Fox News’s “Outnumbered” on Wednesday. “The interesting part about that is the special forces operatives and ... Read More »

The Missouri governor’s scandal is a cautionary tale | The Washington Post

It’s a scandal for our times, an iconoclastic political outsider undone by allegations of homemade revenge porn. Or maybe Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens won’t be undone. Running a page from the playbook of his pal President Trump, the Republican rookie is plunging ahead, gutting it out, evidently ­impervious to embarrassment. If you’ve missed this story amid the welter of news, let me ... Read More »

‘Oldest tattoo’ found on 5,000-year-old Egyptian mummies | BBC News

Researchers have discovered the oldest figurative tattoos in the world on two 5,000-year-old mummies from Egypt. The illustrations are of a wild bull and a Barbary sheep on the upper-arm of a male mummy, and S-shaped motifs on the upper-arm and shoulder of a female. The discovery pushes back evidence for the practice in Africa by 1,000 years. Details of ... Read More »

Countering WMDs cannot be on SOCOM alone, experts contend | Military Times

Coordinating the counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is now in the hands of U.S. Special Operations Command, but it shouldn’t be on them alone, members of a panel at a National Defense Industrial Association symposium argued Wednesday. “Culturally, SOCOM, they are the solution people. They solve problems. They fill gaps,” said Michael Lumpkin, a retired Navy SEAL and the Pentagon’s former assistant defense secretary ... Read More »

353rd Special Operations Group wraps up Cobra Gold 2018 | DVIDS News

The 353rd SOG trained side-by-side with their Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) counterparts throughout the exercise, conducting formation and low-level aviation, military free fall (MFF) operations, assault zone establishment and control, fixed and rotary wing fires, rigging alternate method Zodiac (RAMZ) airdrops, an overwater search and rescue contingency and the staging of a forward area refueling point (FARP) for close ... Read More »

DHS offers to drop deportation case against wife of 7th Special Forces Group vet | Military Times

The Department of Homeland Security has offered to drop the proceedings that could have led to the deportation of a U.S. Army 7th Special Forces Group veteran’s wife, the family’s attorney announced late Thursday. The case came to light in a Military Times exclusive that reported how retired Sgt. 1st Class Bob Crawford, an Army Ranger who spent the latter part of his ... Read More »

‘Jack of all trades’: Poignant clip from Nat Geo documentary highlights soldier killed in Niger ambush | Military Times

In a scene from National Geographic’s documentary series “Chain of Command,” Sgt. La David Johnson, one of four soldiers killed in the October ambush in Tongo Tongo, Niger, is shown speaking with a fellow soldier while moonlighting as a barber on base. “For team mechanic La David Johnson, staying busy often means wearing multiple hats,” actor Chris Evans, who narrates the documentary, ... Read More »

Afghanistan arrests ‘German Taliban fighter’ in Helmand | BBC News

Afghan security forces say they have arrested a German man in southern Helmand province who has been a long-time military adviser to the Taliban. The man was captured with other three other suspected militants in a raid on a bomb-making site in Gereshk district. His identity is unclear. Officials say he speaks German and says he is German. If confirmed, ... Read More »

New ‘4-D goggles’ allow wearers to be ‘touched’ by approaching objects | Science Daily

A team of researchers at UC San Diego and San Diego State University has developed a pair of “4-D goggles” that allows wearers to be physically “touched” by a movie when they see a looming object on the screen, such as an approaching spacecraft. The device was developed based on a study conducted by the neuroscientists to map brain areas ... Read More »