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https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2020/07/24/us-state-department-officially-makes-it-easier-to-export-military-drones/
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Defense News
The Trump administration hopes to reap the economic benefit of increased sales of military drones abroad.
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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/era-hacking-bugs-remain-crucial-espionage-weapon
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Stratfor
Despite all the attention on cyberattacks, other forms of corporate espionage -- such as bugging a conference room -- are just as rampant, if not more.
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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/prior-interventions-can-help-us-understand-russias-military-plans-venezuela
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Stratfor
Examining Moscow's footprints in Syria and Ukraine could offer clues of how an involvement in the U.S. backyard could play out.
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http://www.thelowdownblog.com/2015/06/does-cyberwar-favor-totalitarians-over.html
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The Low Down Blog
Jon Low decodes what’s happening at the intersection of business, technology, and public policy.
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https://www.thelocal.no/20141023/norways-killer-robot-technology-under-fire
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The Local
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https://www.eurasiareview.com/26052016-playing-chess-not-checkers-russian-responses-to-us-hegemony-in-kind-analysis/
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Eurasia Review
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https://interestingengineering.com/why-chinese-artificial-intelligence-will-run-the-world
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Interesting Engineering
With Chinese tech giants Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent focused on developing sophisticated AI-driven systems in the coming decade, the rest of the world can only watch while China builds the computer systems that will run our world in the decades to come.
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https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/27/watchdog-rebukes-mod-over-3bn-military-budget-overspend
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The Guardian
Royal Air Force and the army have scrapped or downsized projects after budget issues
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https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/israels-tanks-of-the-future-prototype-features-artificial-intelligence-2080274
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NDTV
Israel unveiled options Sunday for its "combat vehicle of the future" -- a tank with large touchscreens, 360-degree vision and, in one prototype, a video game-style controller.
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https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/darpa-looking-way-shoot-down-hypersonic-weapons-35942
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National Interest
DARPA seeks to "develop and demonstrate a technology that is critical for enabling an advanced interceptor capable of engaging maneuvering hypersonic threats in the upper atmosphere." Can they do it? 
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https://www.wired.com/2015/01/german-steel-mill-hack-destruction/
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Wired
The attack marks only the second confirmed incident in which a wholly digital hack created physical destruction of equipment.
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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/lesson-hiroshima-nuclear-weapons-future
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Stratfor
Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama went to Hiroshima to mark the occasion of the use of a nuclear weapon against a civilian population in wartime. He was right to do this. But Obama did not go to Hiroshima merely to make an empathetic gesture. He went to make an argument, reflecting a profound and well-thought-out commitment that has been the basis of much of the foreign policy of his administ
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/19/magazine/hypersonic-missiles.html
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New York Times
The new weapons — which could travel at more than 15 times the speed of sound with terrifying accuracy — threaten to change the nature of warfare.
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https://www.economist.com/united-states/2020/04/02/the-us-marine-corps-sheds-its-tanks-and-returns-to-its-naval-roots
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The Economist
After decades as dirt sailors, the marines are getting back to salt water
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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/hypersonic-missiles-visual-anthology
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Stratfor
A new arms race is in the works as the United States, China and others push to move the hard-to-stop weapons from the experimental stage to the operational.
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https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2016/03/ukrainian-blackout-and-future-war/126561/
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Defense One
The world’s first cyber-caused electricity blackout shook security experts around the globe. Here’s what it means for keeping the lights on.
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https://www.dailydot.com/debug/cyberwar-international-law-russia-china/
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Dailydot
What is cyberwar? Nobody knows—and that's a dangerous problem.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/us-military-get-hoverbikes-after-tie-uk-company-10332688.html
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Independent
The hoverbikes will be a new class of ‘Tactical Reconnaissance Vehicle’, the US Department of Defense says
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https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-china-will-trackand-killamericas-newest-stealth-jets
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The Daily Beast
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https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a21215/the-us-army-is-pushing-superhuman-hearing-to-soldiers/
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Popular Mechanics
Wearable tech also saves troops' hearing from the din of war.
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https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/here-comes-swarm-china-just-unveiled-robot-missile-boat-35947
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The National Interest
By itself, a Look Out II-type boat does not boast impressive firepower. But then, robot missile vessels won't operate by themselves.