The Kremlin announced plans to temporarily disconnect Russian internet users from the global internet infrastructure. All internet traffic will be re-directed through internal Russian state routing points and servers managed by Roskomnazor, the government's federal communications service. Russian news agencies indicate this is a move intended to prepare the nation for … [Read more...] about Moscow has a plan to censor Russian internet–Google is already helping
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The Chinese aerospace firm responsible for China's premier fifth-generation platform, the Chengdu J-20, has announced plans to field a new "sixth-generation" fighter by 2035. This announcement comes on the heels of a joint French and German endeavor to field a "next-generation" fighter that was announced last week, as well as the U.K.'s announcement last summer that it was … [Read more...] about China boasts plan to field ‘6th-generation’ fighter jet by 2035 despite not really having a 5th-generation fighter
In a recent report released by the United States' Defense Intelligence Agency, it was revealed China is working to develop "inspection and repair" satellites that may actually be used as orbital weapons platforms. It is believed Russia already has a number of similar platforms in low Earth orbit, pressing concerns about the vulnerability of America's satellite … [Read more...] about China follows Russia’s lead in deploying space ‘tools’ that look an awful lot like weapons
A former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence officer who defected to Iran was indicted on espionage charges. According to documents released by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday, Monica Witt, 39, defected to Iran in 2013. The indictment accuses her of assisting "Iranian intelligence services in targeting her former fellow agents in the U.S. Intelligence … [Read more...] about Breaking: Former US intelligence officer defected to Iran, produced “target packages” on former colleagues
Just two weeks after making history as the first female pilot to head the U.S. Air Force's F-16 Viper demonstration team, Capt. Zoe Kotnik was relieved of her command on Monday. “Col. Derek O’Malley, 20th Fighter Wing commander, relieved Capt. Zoe Kotnik from command Feb. 11 due to a loss of confidence in her ability to lead and command the Air Combat Command F-16 Viper … [Read more...] about Captain Zoe Kotnik, first female Viper demo flight team commander, relieved of duty after two weeks
Ever since word first broke last summer that the U.S. Air Force was considering (at the Pentagon's direction) the idea of adding a dozen or so new F-15s to their stable as part of their 2020 budget proposal, outlets have been clamoring to find ways to pit the new F-15X against America's premier stealth fighter, the F-35. Fans of the fifth-generation fighter of the future … [Read more...] about Why the F-15X could be the F-35’s best friend in a near-peer air war
Given the spectacular special effects on display in Marvel's "Iron Man" movies and the Defense Department's clever allusions to the popular hero throughout the development of programs like their TALOS armored exoskeleton, you could be forgiven for thinking mankind is on the cusp of fielding some real-life superheroes. Many media outlets have been happy to latch on to reports of … [Read more...] about How long will it be before we see Navy SEALs in Iron Man suits?
President Trump's surprising friendship with Kanye West may have been the subject of news headlines all over the world in past months, but now it looks like it may have found its way to a far more unusual spot: the packaging on new Meals Ready to Eat, or MREs. The image adorning some MRE packaging shows what are supposed to be two soldiers sitting on either side of rifles … [Read more...] about Does new military meal packaging show President Trump chowing down with Kanye West? (Spoiler alert: Nope.)
Lorne Michaels is a legend in sketch comedy circles. As the creator and long-time executive producer of "Saturday Night Live," he's attained legendary status as a well-connected television and film producer over the span of decades. However, Michaels' latest project may seem like a significant departure from his previous body of work: partnering with Universal Pictures and … [Read more...] about SNL creator Lorne Michaels to produce film about Navy SEAL UBL shooter Rob O’Neill
To say drones represent the future of warfare would be disingenuous because human beings will likely always have a role in combat operations and because drones are already an ever-present part of modern combat operations. In many ways, you could say drones represent today's cutting-edge warfare, but the future truly belongs to lasers. While once relegated to science fiction, … [Read more...] about Watch: Raytheon shows how drone swarms and lasers will soon make warfare a sci-fi horror show
The internet has no shortage of mysteries for those inclined to chase them. Many fit neatly within genres with dedicated fan bases: true crime, Bigfoot, unexplained lights in the sky. But some are so inexplicable, so disturbing, that they worm their way into nearly every corner of the internet's ever-rolling theory-machine. These mysteries seem to not only defy explanation, but … [Read more...] about Dyatlov Pass: Russia reopens investigation into one of the most nefarious Soviet-era mysteries
The phrase "beast mode" wasn't coined for the sake of the F-35. In fact, more often than not, you'll find those two words adorning tweets about professional football players breaking tackles or in the caption under videos of street fights. So how did the phrase manage to find its way into so many headlines pertaining to Lockheed Martin's flagship fifth-generation fighter? Well, … [Read more...] about What exactly is the F-35 ‘Beast Mode’ we keep hearing about?