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Monster Terror Truck

A Yemen-based Al Qaeda group has published a magazine (Inspire) targeted to "lone-wolf" Al Qaeda wannabes living in Western (enemy) countries. One of the magazine's more chilling features is an article titled The Ultimate Mowing Machine. The article describes how to outfit a standard pickup truck with steel blades and knives welded to the front bumper, placed at headlight level, to inflict maximum damage when the truck is driven into a crowd. The article suggests such attacks could be implemented in countries like Israel, the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Denmark, Holland and other countries "that support the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the American invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq."

Screen grabs from the Al Qaeda magazine Inspire Fall 2010 - Open Source Jihad: Page 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Military Exoskeleton One Step Closer to Reality

Those high-tech armored suits you've seen in video games and movies worn by future soldiers are one step closer to reality, thanks to companies such as Lockheed Martin. Lockheed's new HULC exoskeleton has powered titanium legs that allow users to carry loads up to 200 lbs for extended periods of time. As this new technology advances, and power capabilities increase, it won't be long perhaps before armor, weapons, and other systems are added to exoskeletons, creating an entirely new breed of special ops soldiers. Video below courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
Taliban Stunned by 'New' Rocket

Taliban forces in Afghanistan are reeling from a new, remarkably accurate rocket system that has been fired from Kandahar air base, reports the New York Times. According to NYT, Taliban fighters talk with awe of a powerful rocket that curls and turns in the air as it zooms towards its target.

Most likely, the rockets are from the US Army's High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). The rockets, fired from ground vehicles, have a range of up to 43 miles and feature GPS guidance systems that are accurate to a meter.

US Marines fire a rocket from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System at Camp Barber, Afghanistan.
US Army Building Smarter Robots

In Steven Spielberg's movie Minority Report two officers need to search a building for the fugitive John Anderton played by Tom Cruise. "I confirm 28 warm bodies..." says one officer. "What do you think - four spiders, one per floor?" "Let's do eight - I gotta eat," says the other officer. The officers whip out spider robots from their belts and the robots proceed to search the entire building. The basics of this science fiction scene may not be too far from reality if the US Army has its way.

The US Army wants to upgrade its fleet of 3,000 small tactical robots in Iraq and Afghanistan by making them semi-autonomous, enabling them to perform some tasks without human direction.

Most current-generation robots rely on humans to make their every move. But the next generation robots will have capabilities such as independently moving towards destinations (and returning), moving around objects, and changing directions all by themselves.

iRobot's new AwareHead supervisory control system (see video at Engineering TV), for example, enables a human controller to point-and-click on a screen to send a robot to a given destination. A completely autonomous TALON robot recently demonstrated its ability to navigate and map a room on it's own. In the near future, a soldier will be able to send a robot into a building, tunnel, or sewer system and have the robot autonomously map and search the entire area for threats, and perhaps even neutralize discovered threats! Such robots will not only make the jobs of soldiers safer, but will decrease operator workload for commanding robots and free them up for other tasks. (Sources: US Army/Kris Osborn)

Darpa Kicks Off Transformer Program



Darpa (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has selected six vendors to develop plans for a ground vehicle that can transform into a helicopter-like vehicle with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities. The program aims to develop a hybrid vehicle with a nautical range of 250 miles (land or air) that can accommodate four "warriors" and their equipment. The vehicle would be used to insert and extract fire teams, for resupply missions and medical evacuations.

Such vehicles would be especially suited for the stealthy insertion of special operations troops into areas with asymmetrical threats, such as Afghanistan with it's poor network of roads, mountainous terrain and varied insurgent threats. Initial planning will focus on propulsion systems, adaptable wing structures, lightweight materials and flight control systems. (Photo above: AAI and Lockheed Martin Co. Transformer concepts) (Source: Darpa)

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Veterans Holiday Celebration

Sunday, December 5, 2010 - 1:00pm to 6:30pm
Held on the West Los Angeles VA Campus
11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90073
Located in Lot 29, adjacent to the Jackie Robinson Stadium
This event is free to all veterans, active duty personnel and their families.

Website: www.vhcevent.org

Welcome Me Home

Singer/songwriter Michelle Penn has launched a new military tribute project titled "Welcome Me Home" that includes a music video featuring positive military homecoming moments. The song will be featured on E! News and E! Online in connection with Veterans Day. Proceeds from song downloads will support the Fisher House Foundation in helping military families.

Website: www.welcomemehome.com

Freedom's Never Free

Tim Montana, a recording artist in Nashville, is donating 100% of the digital downloads for his single "Freedom's Never Free" to a charity that pays the postage to send packages to our troops abroad. The charity is a non profit called Lea's Prayers & Postage (www.leasprayersandpostage.com).

Website: www.timmontana.com

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