Archive for the ‘Defense Technology’ Category

…flies over New Jersey on its first flight.

I think we probably could have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on something a little more practical, but the technology is cool, and it will provide a long term solution to keeping an eye on the bad guys.

Army’s Giant Spy Blimp Soars Over Jersey Shore in First Flight
By David Axe

On Tuesday, not far from the beaches of New Jersey, was a sight hundreds of millions of dollars and years of development in the making: the Army’s football-field-size robot spy blimp took to the air for the first time at a military base in Lakehurst. The 90-minute flight of the Long-Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV), manufactured by U.K. firm Hybrid Air Vehicles and U.S. aerospace giant Northrop Grumman and allegedly captured in the video above, is only the beginning of a months-long test program; the lighter-than-air ship won’t head to a warzone until next year at the earliest. But it’s still important news. For years, the Pentagon has tried and failed to get next-generation airships off the ground. No longer.

“The first flight primary objective was to perform a safe launch and recovery with a secondary objective to verify the flight control system operation,” Army spokesman John Cummings said in a statement. “Additional first flight objectives included airworthiness testing and demonstration, and system level performance verification.”

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More progress in our anti-missile defense. This one is fired from the USS Lake Erie.

The shit we have is impressive as hell.

Of course, a lot of our R & D will take a huge hit with our budget issues, but we aren’t alone in that.

Now if we can just figure out how to keep the damn Chinese the hell out of our computer systems, then we might be getting somewhere.

At any rate, there’s video at the site of the intercept.

Reminds me of when I was in Desert Storm. I saw a Patriot missile shoot down a Scud missile. But that’s another story, isn’t it?

US downs missile with new interceptor

Video released by the Department of Defence shows what it claims to be the first successful test of the Navy’s newest anti-missile interceptor.

U.S. forces said they had destroyed a target in the first successful test of the Navy’s newest anti-missile interceptor, designed to protect allies from attacks by countries like North Korea and Iran.

A target ballistic missile was downed near Hawaii late on Wednesday by the latest Raytheon Co-built Standard Missile-3 interceptor, the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said.

The advanced interceptor is key to the next phase of an anti-missile shield being built by the United States in and around Europe.

via Video: US downs missile with new interceptor – Telegraph.

The SCOAMF in another treasonous episode is looking at handing the faux commies in Russia, the keys to our defensive missile shield. Way to go moron.

Just another reason why this turd needs to be flushed in November.

Obama mulls giving Moscow data on missile defense

(Reuters) – The Obama administration disclosed on Tuesday that it is considering sharing some classified U.S. data as part of an effort to allay Russian concerns about a controversial antimissile shield.

The administration is continuing negotiations begun under former President George W. Bush on a defense technical cooperation agreement with Moscow that could include limited classified data, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Brad Roberts told a House of Representatives’ Armed Services subcommittee.

He gave no details on the sort of data that might be shared under such an agreement.

Russia strongly opposes the U.S.-engineered bulwark being built in and around Europe against ballistic missiles that could be fired by countries like Iran.

via Obama mulls giving Moscow data on missile defense | Reuters.

Looks like the Army is stepping up to the plate with the Android. I like my Android. I think this is a step in the right direction. Go Army!

Army sets tone for government’s mobile enterprise with Android

By Henry Kenyon Jan 11, 2012

The Defense Department is taking the point in the federal government’s campaign to deploy mobile devices. But in its role as trail blazer, DOD must also wrestle with a number of issues key to a successful rollout of approved smart phones and tablets.

Among those issues are security, authentication and the logistics of managing many devices with varying degrees of access across the DOD enterprise.

Recent developments make government officials confident that high levels of security can be achieved for devices running on the Android operating system, but verifying who is using a particular piece of equipment remains a challenge. The department is looking at a range of identity verification techniques, from biometrics to physical and software user certificates to ensure that person sending that text or phone call is who they say they are.

via Army sets example for federal agencies with mobile device efforts — Defense Systems.