Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, are a huge problem in Iraq and Afghanistan. How should the military take care of them without damaging any people or equipment? The new strategy: microwaves.
The US Army just awarded a contract to Northrup Grumman to build its new LEMV surveillance ship, a massive airship set to hit the skies of Afghanistan next year.
Last time we saw the Navy's Phalanx closed-in weapon system (or CIWS), it was sporting a gatling gun and shooting down mortars. Now? It's got a fancy new laser, and it's picking robotic aircraft right out of the sky.
This absolutely-insane vehicle is called the Shadow Hawk. Able to independently raise or lower each of its wheels up to 46 inches, it's able to ride low along the ground or raise itself up to avoid obstacles.
DARPA and Dallas's Southern Methodist University have teamed up to build a better retinal scanner. Ideally you'd want someone standing still, looking straight forward, and scan the full eye. Now? DARPA and SMU claim they could possibly scan all the eyes in an unaware crowd.
At the risk of setting off a wave of "This is my Wii Fit, there are many like it but this one is mine" jokes, the Navy is looking into using Nintendo's workout board to limber up its soldiers. The Navy has found recruits are coming to the service less physically able and hopes that video game training can help out with that.
The U.S. government is considering the sale of Plum Island, famous as a site for biological weapons testing and all manner of disease study. It's home to a defunct government lab, a light house and a beach, but you could easily picture zombies and super soldiers strolling the grounds.
Depending on how things went, this could have been an article detailing another one of DARPA's insane projects spreading its wings. Sadly, the maiden voyage of the agency's Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (or HTV-2) didn't go so smoothly. The...
For troops on the march, making sure you have enough power in the field has always been a challenge. Typically it means a lot of heavy generation equipment, fuel and batteries. If there's a stream nearby, however, one soldier can...
DARPA is no stranger to ambitious projects, but a flying car — let alone one that can haul up to a ton into the air and perform every kind of military operation under the sun — sounds kind of crazy....