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Aiming? Identifying targets? This system will do everything but pull the trigger. | Army Times

Army developers have entered the second phase of testing a computer-controlled, stabilized system that can auto-correct a rifle’s aim for pinpoint accuracy and identify and recommend targets. The active stabilization or AIMLOCK system still requires a human to squeeze the trigger, but everything else about marksmanship — azimuth, target movement, airspeed, velocity, range, vehicle motion and even shooter instability — ... Read More »

Flu may be spread just by breathing | Science Daily

The study “Infectious virus in exhaled breath of symptomatic seasonal influenza cases from a college community,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provides new evidence for the potential importance of airborne transmission because of the large quantities of infectious virus researchers found in the exhaled breath from people suffering from flu. “We found that flu cases contaminated ... Read More »

You’ll Have To Do Better Than Guzzling Snake Blood To Impress The US Military | Task & Purpose

During Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ two-day trip to Indonesia and Vietnam, Indonesian special forces concluded an elaborate military demonstration by guzzling cobra blood.  Following a massive Jan. 24 parade of Indonesian armed forces that included fire-jumping, trick shooting, and other less-than-tactical feats of strength, commandos from the country’s elite (and disreputable) Kopassus special operations group decapitated King Cobras before ... Read More »

Wanted: ‘Iron Man’ suits for special operations troops | Military Times

U.S. Special Operations Command is once again seeking proposals for a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, according to a broad agency announcement posted in December. Commonly dubbed an “Iron Man” suit, the announcement highlights TALOS’ role as part of a “long-term goal to develop technologies which can enhance SOF mission execution.” “The intent is to accelerate the delivery of innovative ... Read More »

Ant Middleton: ‘Women Must Earn Their Place In The Special Forces’ | Forces Network

‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ star Ant Middleton has said that women have to “earn” their place on selection to have a right to join the SAS. The ex-Marine and special forces soldier also suggested there might be an all-female version of the gruelling Channel 4 show in the future. Responding to a previous comment he had made, in which he said he ... Read More »

Corps identifies recon Marine killed in parachute mishap | Marine Corps Times

Cpl. Alejandro Romero was killed in a parachute incident Monday while attending the Multi-Mission Parachute Course in Coolidge, Arizona, according to Marine Corps officials. The 22-year-old from Carson, California, was killed while conducting a double-bag static line jump. The Corps has since “suspended all double-bag static line parachuting operations effective immediately until further notice,” Capt. Joshua Pena, a Marine spokesman, ... Read More »

Pakistan ‘condemns drone strike’ that killed Haqqani Network commander | FDD’s Long War Journal

Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned a US drone strike that reportedly killed a Haqqani Network commander earlier today in the tribal agency of Kurram. The Pakistan government often criticizes US airstrikes that kill members of the Taliban, including Haqqani Network leaders. Today’s strike, which is the second recorded inside Pakistan this year, targeted a home in the Spin Tal ... Read More »

Nutella ‘riots’ spread across French supermarkets | BBC News

A discount on Nutella has led to violent scenes in a chain of French supermarkets, as shoppers jostled to grab a bargain on the sweet spread. IntermarchĂ© supermarkets offered a 70% discount on Nutella, bringing the price down from €4.50 (ÂŁ3.90) to €1.40. But police were called when people began fighting and pushing one another. “They are like animals. A ... Read More »

AFRICOM is investigating ISIS claims that it has video of the 4 US soldiers killed in Niger | Army Times

U.S. Africa Command is investigating a series of posts by a Twitter user claiming to have footage from the October ambush in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers. “USAFRICOM is aware of a post on Twitter purporting to show a U.S. soldier from the Oct. 4 ambush in Tongo Tongo, Niger,” the command said in a statement Wednesday. “We are reviewing the post and ... Read More »

NZ’s elite SAS soldiers get rugged new army vehicles | NZ Herald

New Zealand’s elite SAS soldiers have received a multi-million dollar fleet of new special operations vehicles, although just how many remains top secret. The rugged high-tech cross-country Special Operations Vehicles – Mobility Heavy (SOV-MH) have been delivered by British vehicle specialists Supacat and will roll into service over the coming months. Designed for the world’s elite special forces units, the ... Read More »

Underdeveloped and under-equipped, India’s special forces in dire need of attention of defence ministry | First Post

The visuals were frightening to say the least. In Kabul, terrorists attacked the Intercontinental Hotel, sending guests scurrying for shelter. Local reports put the number of dead at 22, which included several foreigners with no link whatsoever to the ongoing violence. The Taliban claimed the attack, even released names of the attackers, and showed a false morality in claiming that the ... Read More »

A-10s join effort to target Taliban drug factories in Afghanistan | Stars & Stripes

A squadron of A-10C “Warthog” Thunderbolt IIs deployed to this sprawling airfield in southern Afghanistan last week and has already started flying missions as part of a U.S. and Afghan air campaign targeting Taliban drug facilities. The $19 million aircraft, beloved by ground troops and so far spared from Air Force efforts to ground them for budgetary reasons, will also ... Read More »