Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:26 AM May 6 2016

Talk about being left out in the cold. Captain America, a superhero from the golden age of comics whose third film Captain America: Civil War debuted last weekend, spent much of the 20th century frozen and in stasis.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:26 AM May 6 2016

Unassuming gray paint hid the future as it lifelessly sailed to port. Designed by DARPA and the Office of Naval Research, the Sea Hunter is 130 feet of entirely uncrewed ship, and it's now sailed down America's Pacific coast.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 12:05 PM May 4 2016

America's first laser gun went to war in 2014, to protect a ship against robots. On board the USS Ponce, the Navy's Laser Weapon System is a modest sign of the lasers to come: at 30 kilowatts, it's powerful enough to slowly burn through a drone, given time. But the Pentagon's plans for lasers go far beyond its modest first showcase: they want lasers to disable everything from small drones to mortar shells, rockets, and missiles. For nations that might someday fight against American military machines, the answer to lasers could be a far more ancient technology: smoke, judiciously applied.

Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
at 16:04 PM Apr 30 2016

The Chinese Navy (PLAN) has been expanding its power with a series of new, more capable surface warships like the 052D guided missile destroyers (DDG) and 054A frigates, while preparing its Type 055 cruiser for a launch at decade's end. but equally notable is how it is also spending big bucks to update its older warships to make them relevant in A2/AD operations.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 16:04 PM Apr 30 2016

Tanks are made for confrontation. First designed to crash through trenches and survive machine guns in World War I, the heavy, armored vehicles are machines of headlong destruction. Modern tanks, thick with armor and sporting power cannons, functionally perform the same service: go where the enemy is, and make them gone.

Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
at 16:04 PM Apr 30 2016

DSA 2016 Kuala Lumpur is one of Asia's leading arms shows, as arms manufacturers from around the world congregate in Kuala Lumpur to pitch their weapons to Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries. In spite of territorial tensions over the South China Sea, China has given its weapons makers carte blanche to offer advanced systems to Southeast Asian countries. Chinese defense contractors, in addition to pitching the usual array of frigates, fighter jets, anti-ship missile and air defense radars, have taken the leap of offering new unmanned systems that are still undergoing testing by, or have just entered service with the Chinese military.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 15:01 PM Apr 27 2016

France is making submarines for Australia. In a $50-billion deal, Australia has ordered 12 of the 97-meter Shortfin Barracuda submarines, as part of the biggest military contract in Australia's history.

 
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