As the actual ground combat between Russia and the former Soviet Republic of Georgia grinds to a halt, security and Web experts have begun to focus on what might have been a secret third front in the conflict: the Internet. With numerous Georgian government Web sites defaced or shut down, the virtual attacks that preceded the actual invasion may go down in history as the first war in cyberspace.
With a shift of its wing, the Pentagon's next attack drone goes from long-range endurance flyer to Mach-speed assassin
By Noah Shachtman
Posted 07.01.2006 at 2:00 am 1 Comment
For years, the U.S. military has wanted a plane that could loiter just outside enemy territory for more than a dozen hours and, on command, hurtle toward a target faster than the speed of sound. And then level it. But aircraft that excel at subsonic flight are inefficient at Mach speeds, and vice versa. The answer is Switchblade, an unmanned, shape-changing plane concept under development by Northrop Grumman.
U.S. forces in Iraq are waging a pivotal campaign in modern warfare-combat on the first "networked" battlefield.
One problem: the enemy has a few networks of its own
By Noah Shachtman, with reporting in Iraq by David Axe
Posted 06.01.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
The mission changes for Charlie Company seconds after the soldiers roll off the base. The dreary night patrol around Balad, a shambling Shi'ite town in north-central Iraq, has just been canceled. It's time instead to hightail it west, to the Sunni neighborhood of Ad Duluiyah. "Alpha Company is taking direct fire," a voice crackles over the radio in First Lt. Brian Feldmayer's Humvee. "I need you to expedite."
When a former Russian major attacked the combat utility of America´s aircraft, PopSci´s radar homed in on the debate
By Matthew Olson
Posted 06.06.2005 at 4:00 pm 0 Comments
In a heated wartime editorial, PopSci rebutted highly publicized claims that U.S. planes were inferior in speed, range and armament to enemy fighters—claims made by Major Alexander de Seversky, a WWI Russian pilot turned U.S. aircraft manufacturer. “It would be an insult to the dictionary to designate as ’military’ craft so deficient in the basic qualities necessary for combat,” he wrote in his 1942 book Victory through Air Power. We argued that each plane in the U.S.
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