Kelsey D. Atherton
at 11:27 AM Feb 3 2017

In 1957, the Soviet Union tested the world's first intercontinental ballistic missile. Its harmless payload, the beeping satellite Sputnik, flared bright across the night sky, a reminder to all the world of the missile that put it there. Sixty years later, North Korea is expected to be the fifth country to join that exclusive club, after the United States, China, and India. And while Kim Jong-un's totalitarian state is quiet about the developments, there's enough information available to the public that the question for 2017 isn't will North Korea test a missile, but when?

Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
at 10:15 AM Jan 30 2017

In both Beijing and Washington D.C., nuclear weapons and their delivery systems have become particularly big news lately. In China, the DF-41 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) is already driving in the streets of Manchuria. Stateside, President Trump has just received a briefing at the Pentagon on America's nuclear plans.

Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
at 10:50 AM Jan 27 2017

 For over 6 years, Huang Wenhua and his team at the Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology in Xi'an have been working on a potent microwave weapon. This one, which recently won China's National Science and Technology Progress Award, is small enough to fit on a lab work bench, making it theoretically portable enough for land vehicles and aircraft.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 11:24 AM Dec 15 2016

Antennas are the latest weapon in the war on drones. Small, unmanned flying robots can scout the locations of troops, help artillery commanders aim attacks, and sometimes even carry explosives themselves.

Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
at 16:02 PM Nov 23 2016

The VLRAAM is one of the world's largest air to air missiles. Its other advanced features include an AESA radar, a infrared/electro-optical seeker (under the yellow-orange cover on the forward section above the nosecone), and satellite navigation midcourse correction.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 14:10 PM Oct 27 2016

The next time the U.S. Army rolls into battle, it may do so with lasers mounted on the tops of the trucks carrying its soldiers. The lasers will protect the troops inside the armored, IED-resistant Stryker transports from drones, mortars, and other artillery. According to the director of strategic planning for General Dynamics Land Systems, this laser weapon could be ready as early as next year.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:54 AM Oct 26 2016

Self-driving convoys were born from a simple military calculus: the fewer people driving vehicles in convoys, the fewer people will die when those convoys get attacked.

 
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