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Welcome to HEL: U.S Army developing drone-killing laser weapon

The US Army has for the first time successfully tested a vehicle-mounted laser that managed to shoot down incoming mortar rounds and drone aircraft, officials said Thursday. Installed in a dome-shaped turret atop a military vehicle, the high-energy laser hit more than 90 mortar bombs and several small unmanned planes…

U.S. military plans to build drone base in North Africa: official

The US military plans to set up a base for drones in northwest Africa to bolster surveillance of Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in the region as well as allied Islamist extremists, a US official told AFP on Monday. The base for the robotic, unmanned aircraft would likely be located in Niger, on…

Media pirates plot flying drone servers

The online arms race just got a lot sillier. In a brief post to the blog of The Pirate Bay, the Internet’s most prolific media piracy website, one of the site administrators explained that they have decided to do something kinda crazy: they want to take piracy into low-orbit space.…

Seychelles drone crash raises more questions about security

U.S. officials said Tuesday that another drone aircraft has mysteriously crashed, this time while on routine patrol around the small island nation of Seychelles, east of Africa. It’s the second U.S. drone to crash this month: less than two weeks ago a drone went down in Iran, where officials there…

Mysterious virus infects America’s drone aircraft

An unknown virus has infected the control systems for the U.S. military’s fleet of Predator and Reaper drones, an exclusive report filed by Wired‘s Noah Shachtman revealed on Friday. While officials aren’t quite sure where the virus came from, it could be something as simple as common malware that’s lingered on…

The Onion sparks investigation at Capitol after satirical tweets about gunfire

A series of tweets from parody news site The Onion has sparked an investigation at the U.S. Capitol, according to the Washington Post. The Onion sent out a series of tweets riffing on the idea that a bipartisan group of Congress members had taken a group of schoolchildren hostage during…

U.S. drone strike kills 6 in Pakistan, first since March

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – U.S. drone aircraft fired four missiles in Pakistan’sSouth Waziristan tribal region on Wednesday, killing six militants, days after the head of the country’s intelligence agency called for an end to the strikes that have caused deep anger. The missiles were fired from two unmanned planes and aimed…

Pentagon budget down due to Iraq pullout: US

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon on Monday proposed a reduced defense budget for the first time since the September 11 attacks, finding savings in the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. The total budget of $671 billion is down from last year’s request of 708 billion but the “base” defense budget…

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