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Special tactics operators conduct close-quarters battle training at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, Jan. 27, 2023. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Carly Kavish)

SOCOM wants new targeting tools for urban battles

U.S. Special Operations Command is on the hunt for new non-line-of-sight targeting systems.
A NATO flag is set up prior to the signing ceremony of the law, ratifying the NATO Protocol on Finland and Sweden’s membership, on board the Polish Navy frigate ORP Kosciuszko in Gdynia in July 22, 2022. (Photo by MATEUSZ SLODKOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

NATO unveils first opportunities for its new innovation accelerator program

NATO’s new DIANA initiative is set to officially go into operation on Monday, with the kickoff of its first-ever pilot challenge.
Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick, director of All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office at the Department of Defense, gives a presentation during a public meeting of NASA’s unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP) independent study team, Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at the Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters building in Washington. (NASA/Joel Kowsky photo)

Pentagon office developing new sensors to better detect UFOs

AARO director Sean Kirkpatrick provided an update on the Pentagon's UFO-hunting work at a public NASA meeting Wednesday.
In a an open hearing on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) before the House Intelligence Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation Subcommittee, Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Mr. Scott Bray shared this Navy image of a UAP captured during Naval Exercises off the East Coast of the United States in early 2022. The image was captured through night vision goggles and a single lens reflex camera. (DOD photo)

Pentagon’s UFO office now investigating more than 650 cases of ‘unidentified anomalous phenomena’

The nascent office has been applying existing technologies and building new ones to accomplish its broad mission.
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A member of a Ukrainian volunteer unit and a computer science student “Valdemar”, 19, poses in a trench used by the unit to counter threats during air-raid sirens, at their position in a suburb of Kyiv on February 28, 2023. – Colonel “Smak” and his Ukrainian volunteer unit of 80 civilian volunteers take turns day and night keeping watch for incoming threats: Iranian-made “Shahed” explosive drones launched by the Russians. Since October, the unit – whose machine gun dates back to the 1920s – has shot down three such drones. A dozen of these units, attached to the territorial defence, cover the sky of the Capital city of Ukraine. (Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP) (Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP via Getty Images)

Russia-Ukraine war drives the Army to consider possible trans-regional fights of the future

Since the onset of the Russia-Ukraine war, the Army has been collecting observations associated with contemporary deterrence dynamics and the possible complexities of future fighting landscapes.
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Hemispheric Affairs, Melissa Dalton, testifies before a Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Defense hearing “to determine what decisions went into how we dealt with the Chinese spy balloon,” on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, February 9, 2023. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

US, Canada developing secretive ‘Crossbow’ sensor network as concerns mount over Chinese balloon fleet

A Pentagon official referenced the Crossbow system during a congressional hearing Thursday about the recent Chinese balloon incident.
Capt. Emily Neumann, assigned to 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, participates in a missile defense exercise aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh, Feb. 24, 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman David Flewellyn/Released)

Navy looking to prototype ‘unique’ optical sensor designed to detect incoming hypersonic cruise missiles

The TORCH program aims to develop and demonstrate advanced optical system design for the detection, identification and tracking of hypersonic cruise missiles.
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