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“Ecomodernists” Envision Utopia—but What about War?

The fastest route to utopia--a world in which all living things flourish--is to end war once and for all.

For an in-class exercise, I like asking students: “What’s your utopia?” I tell them that utopias aren’t fashionable these days; “utopian” is generally employed in a derogatory sense, meaning naively optimistic. Some cynics, notably philosopher John Gray, insist that our utopian yearnings invariably lead to disaster. That conclusion is far too pessimistic. We humans, in [...]

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The Emperor’s New Missile Defense

"Regardless of Russia’s actions in this regard, as long as I am president, and as long as the Congress provides the necessary funding, the United States will continue to develop and deploy effective missile defenses to protect the United States, our deployed forces, and our allies and partners". So said President Barack Obama in a [...]

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Sequester-Hobbled DARPA Takes Aim at New Types of Terrorism

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With relevance to homegrown, lone operator terrorist threats highlighted by the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced a series of initiatives Wednesday aimed at defending the U.S. against increasingly ambiguous threats. Whereas its core mission will remain the same—researching new types of technology for the military—the cutting-edge agency [...]

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“Flame” Malware Greatly Expands the Scope of Cyber Warfare

The discovery of a new species of highly sophisticated malware earlier this week adds another puzzle piece to the contemporary cyberwar battleground. Flame, as it’s called, is a whopper of a program—20 megabytes, the size of a video file, and 40 times bigger than the Stuxnet virus that took down Iranium centrifuges back in 2010.  But [...]

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Better Lasers Developed to Defend U.S. Choppers from Shoulder-Fired Missiles [Video]


At next week’s Paris Air Show, the U.S. military hopes to get a good look at the latest technology designed to protect low-flying aircraft against small arms and shoulder-fired missiles, a persistent threat to our helicopters throughout the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns. Of particular interest are Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) under development by several prominent [...]

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Joining Forces on Renewable Energy Development

A partnership between the Interior and Defense departments will reopen 16 million acres of land to renewable energy development. The goal? To help ensure reliable energy supplies for the nation’s military bases, while protecting the environment and saving taxpayer money. In a conference call earlier today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the signing of a [...]

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