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SOCOM Wants Android Devices

SOCOM wants to use Google’s Android devices instead of developing a proprietary system:

From Danger Room:

SOCOM calls it the Tactical Situational Awareness Application Suite, or TactSA, and it has to work in low-connectivity areas — the middle-of-nowhere places you’d expect to send the military’s most elite troops. It’s got to be peer-to-peer, encrypted “at the application level” and able to recover from “network outages and substantial packet loss.”

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New Explosive Being Tested For the Military

From Wired

Called IMX-101 (which stands for Insensitive Munitions Explosive) the explosive is one successful result of a four-year Pentagon-funded effort that sought to replace TNT — military munitions’ longtime staple. First to go will be M795 artillery projectiles: 1,200 produced with IMX-101 instead of TNT will be delivered to the Army and Marine Corps by 2011.

Defense Talk article

As bad as it sounds war always ends up advancing science.

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DARPA Ultimate Scope

Wired’s Danger Room has a great article on a program to enhance the ability of US snipers. This is on the heels of a British soldier who took out the enemy at over 1.5 miles.

Darpa, the Pentagon’s way-out research arm, is hoping to use lasers and advanced optical systems to make other snipers Harrison-accurate, even when the winds are howling. The agency is looking for 15 ultraprecise sniper scopes to put in shooters’ hands by next year.

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