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Mar 27, 2020. 6 comments

Space Force to Get the Hell Off of Earth

Space Force to Get the Hell Off of Earth

The U.S. Space Force is scheduled to launch its first mission to space in a two-hour window beginning at 2:57 p.m. ET on Thursday from Cape Canaveral, sending a communications satellite into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

Per the Orlando Sentinel, the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite onboard (AEHF-6) is the last in a $15 billion program and will be used to...

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Feb 25, 2020. 7 comments

Julian Assange Lawyers to Argue Trump's New Intel Chief Sought Shady Extradition Deal

Julian Assange Lawyers to Argue Trump's New Intel Chief Sought Shady Extradition Deal

Defense lawyers for Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder facing possible extradition to the U.S. from the UK

on 18 charges related to his leaks of U.S. military and security secrets, plan to argue they have evidence new acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell abused his power to interfere in the case on behalf of Donald Trump, Politico reported on Monday.

In 2010, Assange...

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Feb 14, 2020. 12 comments

Amazon Wins Court Injunction, Halting Work on $10 Billion JEDI Contract It Lost to Microsoft

Amazon Wins Court Injunction, Halting Work on $10 Billion JEDI Contract It Lost to Microsoft

A federal judge just put the brakes on a major military contract after Amazon argued it only lost out to rival Microsoft because the president

wanted to “screw” CEO Jeff Bezos .

This injunction marks the latest development in the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project’s ongoing saga. The contract—an up to $10 billion purchase order to set up cloud computing services for the...

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Jan 31, 2020. 19 comments

Report: Suckplane Still Sucks, Can't Even Shoot Straight

Report: Suckplane Still Sucks, Can't Even Shoot Straight

The F-35, the next-generation fighter plane that the U.S. government is planning on dropping $1.5 trillion on at the same time it’s planning on slashing health care and kicking the disabled off Social Security, still sucks shit and can’t even shoot straight, according to a report in Bloomberg.

Bloomberg says that a recent report by the Pentagon’s test office found numerous

cringe-inducing...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 25, 2020. 16 comments

Pentagon Says 34 Troops Treated for Traumatic Brain Injury After Trump Downplays It as 'Headaches'

Pentagon Says 34 Troops Treated for Traumatic Brain Injury After Trump Downplays It as 'Headaches'

The White House initially minimized the consequences of retaliatory Iranian missile strikes that hit joint U.S.-Iraqi bases in Iraq on January 8 in response to Donald Trump’s

reckless decision to assassinate a senior Iranian official. But last week, news broke that at least 11 U.S. troops had actually been treated for traumatic brain injury (TBI). Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman told...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 03, 2020. 12 comments

Former Google Exec Says He Was Forced Out for Opposing Company's Pivot to Evil

Former Google Exec Says He Was Forced Out for Opposing Company's Pivot to Evil

A onetime top Google executive, former head of international relations Ross LaJeunesse, is now publicly alleging that the company

abandoned its “Don’t be evil” ethos because it was more interested in chasing “bigger profits and an even higher stock price.”

LaJeunesse, who is now running for Senate as a Democrat in Maine, is one of the most senior current or former Googlers to have spoken out...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 17, 2019. 20 comments

Defense Department, Army Units Post Glossy Photo of Nazi War Criminal to Facebook

Defense Department, Army Units Post Glossy Photo of Nazi War Criminal to Facebook

Today in extremely bad decisions: The Department of Defense as well as the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division and XVIII Airborne Corps uploaded the same glossy, artificially colorized headshot of reviled war criminal and Waffen-SS officer Joachim Peiper to Facebook on Wednesday, the Daily Beast reported.

The posts were ostensibly part of a series commemorating the 75th anniversary of World War...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 10, 2019. 10 comments

Amazon Says It Lost $10 Billion Military Contract Because Trump Wanted to 'Screw' Jeff Bezos

Amazon Says It Lost $10 Billion Military Contract Because Trump Wanted to 'Screw' Jeff Bezos

Amazon thinks it lost a military cloud computing contract worth $10 billion

to rival Microsoft because our vendetta-addled president wanted to personally “screw” CEO Jeff Bezos, court documents show.

Per the New York Times, Amazon wrote in a federal court complaint unsealed on Monday that Pentagon officials reviewed outdated Amazon submissions for the Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Nov 07, 2019. 13 comments

National Security Commission Warns Pentagon of Falling Hopelessly Behind in the AI Arms Race

National Security Commission Warns Pentagon of Falling Hopelessly Behind in the AI Arms Race

An interim report compiled by a national security panel warns the U.S. government of falling too far behind China and Russia in the AI arms race, while calling for new investments to foster innovation.

Released yesterday, the November interim report from the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) advises the U.S. government to get its act together on the development...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 28, 2019. 14 comments

Oracle Document Claiming an Amazon 'Conspiracy' to Win Military Contract Makes It to Trump's Desk

Oracle Document Claiming an Amazon 'Conspiracy' to Win Military Contract Makes It to Trump's Desk

Aides to Donald Trump presented him with a document identical to one created by a top Washington lobbyist for cloud-computing giant Oracle, Kenneth Glueck, implying that competitor Amazon is only a favored contender for a major contract with the U.S. military due to a far-ranging “conspiracy” orchestrated by Jeff Bezos, CNN reported on Saturday.

According to CNN, the one-page document is the...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jun 20, 2019. 19 comments

Report: Senators Are Suddenly Really Interested in UFOs

Report: Senators Are Suddenly Really Interested in UFOs

Three U.S. senators received a classified briefing on reported Navy encounters with unidentified flying objects, Politico reported on Wednesday, including vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Senator Mark Warner.

“Several current and former officials with direct knowledge” of the briefings told Politico that the Capitol Hill briefing follows numerous others involving members of...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jun 17, 2019.

Blood Feasts, Cashless Stores, and Quantum Computing: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Blood Feasts, Cashless Stores, and Quantum Computing: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Excellent news here at Gizmodo, where I presume what’s left of our

blogger-chewed Forbidden Sandwich is still festering in the back of a fridge. We have discovered yet more ingredients to add to the mix, including head cheese from an ancient species of Pleistocene wolf found preserved in Siberia, cannabis residue scraped from a brazier in a 2,500-year-old tomb in the Pamir mountains of...
Tom McKay Tom McKay Jun 16, 2019. 19 comments

The US Has Allegedly Placed Malware Deep in Russia's Power Grid

The US Has Allegedly Placed Malware Deep in Russia's Power Grid

The U.S. has deployed “American computer code” into Russian systems operating the nation’s power grid, the New York Times reported on Saturday, as part of the Donald Trump administration’s efforts to “deploy cybertools more aggressively.”

According to the Times, which cited “current and former officials” with knowledge of the situation, the Pentagon’s U.S. Cyber Command has moved to act on new...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay May 06, 2019. 17 comments

Air Force Says It Has Successfully Shot Down Multiple Missiles Using a Laser Prototype

Air Force Says It Has Successfully Shot Down Multiple Missiles Using a Laser Prototype

The U.S. Air Force announced on Friday that it had successfully used a ground-based surrogate for its laser weapons project, the Self-Protect High-Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD), to shoot down multiple air-launched missiles during a test at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

The system is designed to eventually be mounted on aircraft, where it could serve as a sort of instantaneous...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Apr 01, 2019.

Gimlet's Union Drive, Twisted Graphene, and Psychedelic Mice: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Gimlet's Union Drive, Twisted Graphene, and Psychedelic Mice: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Well, folks, it’s just a few hours shy of the turn of the month, and you know what that means: April Fool’s Day. Yes, it’s that special time of year when insipid brands, mean-spirited teens, and tech titans compete to be the first to trick you into thinking they released Skittle’s... For Men, that it’s a good idea to eat an entire pod of datura seeds, or that they’re releasing a new app...

Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Mar 15, 2019. 10 comments

Pentagon Brass Bafflingly Accuses Google of Providing 'Direct Benefit' to China's Military

Pentagon Brass Bafflingly Accuses Google of Providing 'Direct Benefit' to China's Military

There are many reasons to be critical of Google. But on Thursday, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stopped just short of accusing the tech giant of treason.

Dunford’s incendiary comments came during a budgetary hearing by the Senate Armed Services Committee this afternoon. During his time for questioning, freshman Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican, turned to the...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Feb 20, 2019. 19 comments

Trump’s Space Force Now Planned as a Division of the Air Force

Trump’s Space Force Now Planned as a Division of the Air Force

Earlier today, President Donald Trump signed a directive to create the Space Force, what will become the sixth branch of the U.S. military—but the new branch will be placed under the purview of the U.S. Air Force, rather than being a separate and autonomous branch, as the president had initially hoped.

Back in June 2018, Trump

announced his intention to create the Space Force , saying it would...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Feb 10, 2019. 21 comments

The Army Thinks Their New Rifle Will Be Like an iPhone

The Army Thinks Their New Rifle Will Be Like an iPhone

There are not many ways in which an iPhone resembles a battle rifle, but military officials searching for a contractor to build the gun of the future seem to think there is.

Officials at the Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center at New Jersey’s Picatinny Arsenal told military and veterans news site Task & Purpose this week that the goal of the Next Generation Squad Weapons...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Sep 13, 2018. 19 comments

Report: National Guard Wants to Fly MQ-9 Reaper Drones at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Report: National Guard Wants to Fly MQ-9 Reaper Drones at the U.S.-Mexico Border

The U.S. government wants to deploy MQ-9 Reaper drones to the border with Mexico as part of the Donald Trump administration’s ongoing and completely unnecessary militarization of the region, TYT Network reported on Wednesday.

Yes, those Reaper drones, the remotely piloted aircraft best known for their role in the U.S.’ ongoing, devastating bombing and “targeted killing” campaigns in the...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Aug 17, 2018. 9 comments

Section of U.S. Warship from WWII Discovered off Alaskan Coast

Section of U.S. Warship from WWII Discovered off Alaskan Coast

In August 1943, the USS Abner Read struck a Japanese naval mine while conducting patrols in the Bering Sea. The explosion sheared the ship’s entire stern section, sending it and 71 U.S. sailors to the bottom of the Bering Sea. Lost for 75 years, the World War II destroyer’s severed stern has finally been found off a remote Alaskan island.

The 75-foot stern section was discovered in the Bering...

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