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James Mattis Quotes - The Monks of War, a James Mattis Biography. This article originally appeared in the March 2006 issue.

James Mattis Quotes - The Monks of War, a James Mattis Biography

The Hidden Costs of America's Addiction to Mercenaries. A decade ago, I found myself in a precarious position.

The Hidden Costs of America's Addiction to Mercenaries

I was in Burundi, sipping a Coke with Domitien Ndayizeye, the country’s then-president, U.S. Ambassador Jim Yellin, and several others. The Air Force Is Developing a Drone Fighter Bomber. The U.S.

The Air Force Is Developing a Drone Fighter Bomber

Air Force has awarded $40 million to a defense contractor to develop a drone fighter bomber. The Low-Cost Attritable Strike Unmanned Aerial System Demonstration (LCASD) will be a technology demonstrator that will take drone warfare to the next level—air-to-air warfare. The Air Force Research Lab awarded the contract to Kratos Defense, a San Diego-based defense contractor that specializes in drones used for target practice by the U.S. military.

The contract specifies a drone capable of low-altitude "nap of the earth" flying, high-altitude cruise, defensive counter-air maneuvers, offensive counter-air maneuvers, and suppression and destruction of enemy air defenses. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. BAE Systems wants to grow military aircraft in chemical vats. Modern military aircraft are so complex that fighters like the F-35 Lightning II or the Typhoon take 20 years to go from drawing board to deployment at phenomenal costs.

BAE Systems wants to grow military aircraft in chemical vats

With design work already starting on next-generation fighters for the 2040s, BAE Systems and the University of Glasgow are looking at a faster, cheaper way to produce unmanned air vehicles (UAV), where they aren't constructed, but grown in computer-controlled chemical vats in a matter weeks. This vision of the future of aircraft design and manufacturing was outlined ahead of the upcoming Farnborough International Airshow, which runs from July 11 to 17. The purpose of this concept isn't just to cut cost and the painfully long development cycle of military aviation hardware.

First Earth Battalion. The First Earth Battalion was the name proposed by Lieutenant Colonel Jim Channon, a U.S. soldier who had served in Vietnam, for his idea of a new military of supersoldiers to be organized along New Age lines.

First Earth Battalion

A book of the same name was published in 1982. The Men Who Stare at Goats[edit] Beliefs[edit] Field manual. What a U.S.-Russian War in Syria Would Look Like. Weapons That Could Change Geophysical Landscape, Human DNA to Appear Soon. Military & Intelligence Get short URL.

Weapons That Could Change Geophysical Landscape, Human DNA to Appear Soon

Lockheed Martin unveils potential U-2 Successor. The U-2 spy plane was first constructed at Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works in 1955 and went on to become one of the most important intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft of the Cold War.

Lockheed Martin unveils potential U-2 Successor

6 Facts About the Future of the Air Force. Does Our Military Know Something We Don't About Global Warming? A plane has been in space for 600 days, and no one knows why. The X-37B is a kind of robotic space plane, built by the US.

A plane has been in space for 600 days, and no one knows why

It’s been in Earth’s orbit for more than 500 days. And its real purpose is a complete mystery. Intrigued? Here’s what we do know about X-37B Constructed in California, the Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Space Vehicle was built for the US Air Force as a test vehicle; not intended to reach production. The Pentagon Wants a Computer That Can Teach Itself. Why the U.S. Military Is Into Bee Brain Surgery - Issue 11: Light. Female Interrogators Want You To Stop Hitting On Them. Women Pass Marine Training, Clear First Hurdle To Combat Role.

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Women Pass Marine Training, Clear First Hurdle To Combat Role

Katie Gorz (from left), Julia Carroll and Christina Fuentes Montenegro have become the first entry-level enlisted women to complete infantry training as part of the Marine Corps' effort toward integrating women into what have been all-male combat assignments. Sgt. Tyler L. Main and CWO2 Paul S. Mancuso/U.S. More than 200 Marines have been training since late September in the pine forests of North Carolina. Here's what you need ... a Laser Gatling Gun. The Laser Gatling Gun features six burning lasers, and one aiming beam Image Gallery (4 images)

Here's what you need ... a Laser Gatling Gun

Pentagon Funding Memory Erasing Pills. Neuroscience, Special Forces, and Ethics at Yale. We must wake up to the threats of new chemical weapons - opinion - 15 April 2013. Chemical warfare is centuries old, but rapid advances in science could create deadly new weapons. We must act now SYRIA, AD 256: Persian forces are under siege by the Romans. The attacking forces seek to tunnel under the Persian fortifications, but are met by a toxic mix of fumes from burning sulphur and bitumen. Syria, 2013: as yet unsubstantiated claims and counterclaims abound that chemical weapons have been deployed in the country. Why Sticks and Stones Will Beat Our Drones - By Rosa Brooks. "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought," Albert Einstein warned President Truman, "but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

" It doesn't do to quarrel with Einstein, and he's no doubt right about World War IV. But implied in Einstein's famous adage is an assumption that right up until the moment we knock ourselves back into the Stone Age, the technologies of warfare will evolve in one direction only: They will become ever more advanced, complex, sophisticated, and lethal. Today, much rhetoric about future wars makes this assumption.

We assume that military technological innovation is a one-way ratchet. Project Pluto. This Scientist Wants Tomorrow's Troops to Be Mutant-Powered. U.S. and New Zealand secretly tested 'tsunami bombs' designed to trigger tidal waves and destroy coastal cities. The French And Chinese Militaries Could Once Again Use Carrier Pigeons.