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Who Should Manage the Nuclear Weapons Complex, Civilians Or Military?

December 21st, 2012 12:43 admin View Comments

The Military

Lasrick writes “For the first time since 1946, Congress is seriously debating whether the U.S. nuclear weapons complex should be under civilian or military control. That the article is in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists is significant, as it was many of the scientists who founded BAS who argued for civilian control in the wake of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They believed that atomic energy was too destructive, and the military too secretive, which would possibly thwart scientific discovery and erect a major obstacle to international control and cooperation. The article talks about how management has changed over the decades and explains the discussion that needs to happen before Congress acts.”

Source: Who Should Manage the Nuclear Weapons Complex, Civilians Or Military?

US Military Designates Julian Assange an “Enemy of State”

September 26th, 2012 09:27 admin View Comments

Censorship

First time accepted submitter Cute and Cuddly writes in with some new Julian Assange news. “The U.S. military has designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United States — the same legal category as the al-Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban insurgency. Declassified US Air Force counter-intelligence documents, released under US freedom-of-information laws, reveal that military personnel who contact WikiLeaks or WikiLeaks supporters may be at risk of being charged with ‘communicating with the enemy.’”

Source: US Military Designates Julian Assange an “Enemy of State”

VA Governor Wants Military Drones For Police

May 30th, 2012 05:09 admin View Comments

Government

New submitter Screen404-O writes “During radio interview, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell suggested that using unmanned drones to assist police would be ‘great’ and ‘the right thing to do.’ ‘Increased safety and reduced manpower are among the reasons the U.S. military and intelligence community use drones on the battlefield, which is why it should be considered in Virginia, he says. … McDonnell added Tuesday it will prove important to ensure the state maintains Americans’ civil liberties, such as privacy, if it adds drones to its law enforcement arsenal.’ Is this the next step toward militarizing our law enforcement agencies? How exactly can they ensure our privacy, when even the Air Force can’t?”

Source: VA Governor Wants Military Drones For Police

Bioethicist Jonathan Moreno Talks Jacked-In Soldiers And Military Neuroscience

May 24th, 2012 05:28 admin View Comments

The Military

pigrabbitbear writes “Who’s driving a lot of neuro research? The military. Much of it is health related, like figuring out how to make prosthetics work more seamlessly and helping diagnose brain injuries. But the military’s involvement highlights the basic ethical quandary of neurological development: When our brains pretty much define who we are, what happens when you start adding tech in there? And what happens when you take it away? Jonathan Moreno is quite possibly the top bioethicist in the country, and along with Michael Tennison, recently penned a fascinating essay on the role and ethics of using neuroscience for national security. He also recently updated his book Mind Wars, a seminal look into the military’s work with the brain. In this interview he discusses brain implants, drones, and what will happen when military tech hits the civilian world.”

Source: Bioethicist Jonathan Moreno Talks Jacked-In Soldiers And Military Neuroscience

The Price of Military Tech Assistance In Movies

May 22nd, 2012 05:29 admin View Comments

Movies

derekmead writes “Last week at Camp David, President Obama met up with fellow NATO leaders to discuss the road ahead in Afghanistan. Although no one there used the language of defeat, the implicit message was clear: the war has gone nowhere in the past few years and it’s time to start packing up. Meanwhile, what raked in $25.5 million at the box office? Battleship. And who provided director Peter Berg with the war technology that beats the aliens? The U.S. military. He’s not the only one: the past few years have seen an explosion of high-profile cooperation between the armed forces and the movie industry. If the most powerful armed force in history isn’t winning in reality, it certainly is on the big screen. And like so many problematic aspects of late capitalism, the military-Hollywood complex has a grimly understandable logic.”

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Iranian Military Says It’s Copying US Drone

April 22nd, 2012 04:26 admin View Comments

Government

New submitter skipkent writes “Iran’s military has started to build a copy of a U.S. surveillance drone captured last year after breaking the software encryption, Iranian media reported on Sunday. General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guards aerospace division, said engineers were in the final stages of decoding data from the Sentinel aircraft, which came down in December near the Afghan border, Mehr news agency reported.”

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US Military Working On ‘Optionally-Manned’ Bomber

February 27th, 2012 02:37 admin View Comments

The Military

An anonymous reader writes “Despite massive budget deficits, the U.S. military is working towards a stealthy and ‘optionally-manned’ bomber capable of carrying nuclear weapons. The craft is intended to replace the 1960s B-52, 1970s B-1 and 1990s B-2 bombers. The new aircraft is meant to be a big part of the U.S. ‘pivot’ to the Pacific. With China sporting anti-ship weapons that could sink U.S. carriers from a distance, a new bomber is now a top priority.”

Source: US Military Working On ‘Optionally-Manned’ Bomber

Iran’s Military Claims To Have Downed US Surveillance Drone

December 4th, 2011 12:36 admin View Comments

The Military

mrquagmire submits a link to the Jerusalem Post’s report that an American reconnaissance UAV has been captured by the Iranian military. “‘Iran’s military has downed an intruding RQ-170 American drone in eastern Iran,’ Iran’s Arabic-language Al Alam state television network quoted the unnamed source as saying. ‘The spy drone, which has been downed with little damage, was seized by the Iranian armed forces.’ … ‘The Iranian military’s response to the American spy drone’s violation of our airspace will not be limited to Iran’s borders any more,’ Iran’s Arabic language Al Alam television quoted the military source as saying, without giving details.”

Source: Iran’s Military Claims To Have Downed US Surveillance Drone

With Troop Drawdown, IT Looks To Hire More Vets

November 10th, 2011 11:55 admin View Comments

The Military

Lucas123 writes “The military’s a great place to learn how to kill people and break things, but many also consider it one of the best training grounds for high-tech skills. ‘If you’re working on a ship or a plane or tank, you’ve got responsibility for large, complex, extremely expensive equipment run by highly sophisticated IT platforms and software,’ said Mike Brown, senior director of talent acquisition at Siemens. But, just how well do military tech skills translate to private-sector IT? Computerworld spoke to veterans to find out just what they learned during their tours of duty and how hard it was to transition to the civilian workforce.”

Source: With Troop Drawdown, IT Looks To Hire More Vets

Predator Drone ‘Virus’ Could Be Military’s Own Monitoring

October 8th, 2011 10:11 admin View Comments

The Military

jjp9999 writes “The virus that hit Predator and Reaper UAVs could be an internal monitoring system employed by the military. According to security researcher Miles Fidelman, there are vendors that sell security monitoring packages to the Defense Department which are ‘essentially rootkits that do, among other things, key logging.’ The virus is a keylogger that was found at pilot stations, and could be keeping tabs on keystrokes used by pilots to control the UAVs, found Wired’s Danger Room blog. Fidelman adds, ‘I kind of wonder if the virus that folks are fighting is something that some other part of DoD deployed intentionally.’”

Source: Predator Drone ‘Virus’ Could Be Military’s Own Monitoring

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