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What is Squad X, and how much will it change the U.S. Army?

April 11, 2016

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Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

The U.S. military has launched a program to equip its front-line soldiers with the latest battlefield technology. The Squad X initiative would give an Army or Marine Corps squad new computerized weapons, the latest smartphone-style communications and even easy-to-use robot helpers.

from The Great Debate:

Why the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter might not stink

April 7, 2016

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This week on War College, we're diving into the weeds on how weapons systems come into existence, from the officer who first sees the need to the bureaucrat who gets it done.

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Money for Obama’s nuclear upgrades better spent on conventional weapons

March 31, 2016

A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria, in this U.S. Air Force handout photo taken early in the morning of September 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria. At least 14 Islamic State fighters were killed in air strikes by U.S.-led forces overnight in northeast Syria, a group monitoring the war said on September 25, 2014, and the Syrian air force bombed rebel areas in the west of the country. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/Handout  (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.  early in the morning of

A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria, September 23, 2014. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/Handout

from The Great Debate:

Donald Trump is right about defense spending – and that should scare you

March 2, 2016

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on the USS Iowa in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, United States September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTS1ASJ

Donald Trump speaks on the USS Iowa in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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One area where the Pentagon is playing catchup with Russia and China

February 23, 2016

USS DEWEY Test Fires the US NAVY’s First SM6 Missiles

USS Dewey test-fires the Navy’s first SM-6 missiles, March 31. 2011. U.S. Navy photo.

from The Great Debate:

How much will new U.S. stealth bomber really cost? Nobody knows.

November 3, 2015

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Illustration of next generation long-range strike airplane. Courtesy of Northrop Grumman

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The weaponization of everything: Globalization’s dark side

September 25, 2015

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in Warsaw

A man types on a computer keyboard in Warsaw in this February 28, 2013 illustration file picture. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files

from The Great Debate:

The weapons the U.S. needs for a war it doesn’t want

July 20, 2015

Fourth F-35 Lightning II arrives at Nellis Air Force Base

The fourth Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft arrives at the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, April 24, 2013, REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Daniel Hughes/Handout

from The Great Debate:

Failure of new U.S. weapons systems may be more than science fiction

July 2, 2015

A F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is seen at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River

F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, January 20, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

from The Great Debate:

Why arming U.S. allies can be like sending weapons straight to the enemy

March 25, 2015

A member of the Kurdish peshmerga forces sit with a weapon during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in Makhmur

A member of the Kurdish peshmerga forces sit with a weapon during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in Makhmur, on the outskirts of the province of Nineveh August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer