According to recent estimates on the growth of robotics in the US military, by 2023, there will be about 10 robots for every one human soldier. Obviously this doesn’t mean that we’ll have an army of Terminators to do all the fighting while the boys stay at home drinking beer, but it means that when human soldiers do have to go into battle, there will be a small personal squadron of bots looking for landmines, laying down suppressive fire, peering around corners and over obstacles and distracting the enemy.
Lockheed Martin’s SR-71 Blackbird is a hell of a piece of military tech. But the SR-71 was retired as a spy plane in 1998, so America is overdue with the latest and greatest flying machine. Behold the Lockheed Martin SR-72, a hypersonic flier that can shoot through the skies at double the breakneck batshit insane Mach 3 speed. Yes, double. The SR-72, if it ever goes into production, will be able to hit Mach 6, meaning you could fly from New York to LA and back within your lunch break.
3D printing is changing a lot in the way that products are designed, manufactured and distributed, but then you have to assemble the printed components. The US military wants to eliminate a step by using 4D printing— not creating items in a fourth physical dimension, but the more common fourth dimension of time. That is, printing objects that either self-assemble or change over time depending on circumstances.
Rather than try and steal an Iron Man suit from the likes of Elon Musk or some other billionaire likely to invent such a thing, the US military is taking the initiative to build its own Iron Man-like super suit. It won’t be just like the comics or the movies, because much of the Iron Man suit is just fantasy, but there is a lot we could do with current technology to build a pretty badass militarized robotic exoskeleton suit that could punch every terrorist in the face at once.
Yesterday, author Tom Clancy, sometimes called the master of the modern military thriller, died at the age of 66. Clancy wrote dozens and dozens of novels that spanned many decades and many different types of military thriller as the United States emerged from the Cold War into the modern war on terrorism. Clancy was first propelled to stardom when his 1984 novel ‘The Hunt for Red October’ was made into a feature film in 1990. Since then, Clancy has sold millions of books and has even had his Rainbow Six series turned into a popular video game franchise.
Using unmanned aerial drones to bomb shit has been a pretty effective way to wage war, but building new drones from scratch can be pretty damn expensive. So the Air Force has decided to take their old F-16 fighter jets that are just sitting on the ground and turning those into drones. Suck it, terrorists.
Whether you call it Area 51 or Groom Lake, people have known the US government has had a super duper top secret facility out in the Nevada desert, though the government has always officially denied it until now. And now that Area 51 officially exists, what was there? Oh nothing, certainly no aliens, just U2 bomber stuff.
US military launches a $1.35 million project to examine the effects of incorporating transgendered men and women
With the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, it seems like discrimination against those who are openly gay in the military was so long ago. Now that that’s done, the US military is now investing serious money in studying the effects of and the possible future implementation of open policies regarding transgendered individuals and gender identity.