Incoming: The Most Dangerous Country in the World

February 1, 2015
By Adm. James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

People often ask me about what keeps me awake at night after a long career in the military. What is the country that worries me the most? Russia? China? Iran? Pakistan? All are good candidates; but the most dangerous and unpredictable is North Korea.

President's Commentary: The Sea Services Face Changes Amid Challenges

February 1, 2015
By Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

After more than 13 years of continuous war, the U.S. military is entering a new era with a smaller force that faces new and expanding roles and challenges. As with all the services, the Navy’s and Marine Corps’ challenges are complicated by budget tightening amid an evolving and broadening security environment.

The unmanned version of Kaman Corporation’s K-MAX platform demonstrates dropping water on a controlled fire during trials at Griffiss Air Force Base in New York.
A K-MAX helicopter with U.S. Marine Corps Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 rests in a hangar in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in 2012. It was used for logistical missions in the combat zone.

Battle Asset May Douse Homeland Flames

February 1, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
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The unmanned version of the K-MAX medium-lift helicopter, used in the war zone to ferry cargo, might find a new mission in the United States—fighting wildfires under the purview of the federal agency tasked with protecting the country’s natural resources.

The Black Hornet Nano-sized unmanned air vehicle has been deployed to Afghanistan with international forces and is one of many systems included in experiments conducted by the U.S. Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Georgia. A pocket-sized system could be carried into battle by a squad leader to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data.
The Army is interested in an unmanned system capable of carrying equipment for a squad of soldiers, lightening the load soldiers must carry.
The TerraMax unmanned ground vehicle technology can be used on any tactical wheeled vehicle and is capable of supervised autonomous navigation in either a lead or follow role.

Army Robotics Road Map Hits the Fast Lane

February 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
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U.S. Army officials envision a future in which robots are integral members of the team performing a range of missions, whether hunting for roadside bombs, searching for threats inside buildings, lugging heavy equipment or packing heat in the form of a light machine gun or missile launcher for troop protection.

Antisatellite Weapons Pose Major Cyberthreat

February 1, 2015
By James C. Bussert

While infocentric nations and military forces focus on the threat to their systems from malware-wielding cyber attackers, a significant danger to cyberspace may come from outer space in the form of kinetic weapons that attack vital satellites.