Proof that video games keep getting more and more realistic: Seven U.S. Navy SEALs, including one who participated in last year's raid that killed Osama bin Laden, have been disciplined by the Navy for divulging secrets while serving as consultants for the new Medal of Honor: Warfighter video game released by Electronic Arts.
"Getting Bin Laden," published in this week's New Yorker and online today, has all the trappings of a Hollywood espionage thriller. Having spoken to numerous officials in the military, the Obama administration, and the Navy SEALS of Team Six, writer Nicholas Schmidle paints a thrilling play-by-play of the mission's preparation, execution and aftermath. Including the chilling radio message confirming the death of Osama bin Laden: "For God and country—Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo."
The Navy SEAL team that offed the 21st century's most wanted man Sunday was so concerned about preparation and accuracy that they re-created the one-acre compound where their target was living, "Ocean's Eleven" style. The SEALs ran trial runs there in early April until they were ready to take down Osama bin Laden.
Three times a year, the Department of Defense (DoD) solicits help from the small business community to transform their high-tech research projects into actual, usable products. While the businesses use this opportunity to fight for some of that sweet, sweet government pork, for us, it's a chance to get a look at the next generation of advanced military gear. With the new solicitations out today, we're counting down the most intriguing projects that the DoD wants to get out of the lab and onto the battlefield.
A knife-like boat design provides a covert, fuel-efficient ride
By Marshall Louis ReavesPosted 09.28.2009 at 10:25 am 6 Comments
An undercover team of Navy SEALs isn’t worth much if their transport boat’s wake betrays their approach. Nor does it help if they come ashore with back pain and possible organ damage from the boat’s constant bouncing. A sleek new hull design could help troops slip through waves undetected and unscathed, while also setting a new standard for efficient nautical design.
Already, smart unmanned subs are set to replace dolphins as undersea mine sniffers. Next tech: mine detonation, remote sleuthing and robotic combat.
By Carl PoseyPosted 03.07.2003 at 11:49 am 0 Comments
Sheathed in a chilling veil of
rain, under cover of darkness, a few Navy Seals descend from a ship into a small rubber boat. They motor to a nearby harbor, idle the engine, and gently lower three torpedo-shaped objects into the water. The mission? Locate that persistent nemesis of amphibious operations: undersea mines. But tonight, instead of the specially trained dolphins or human divers who would normally do this work, the Navy is relying on robots.