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SOURCE: The Washington Post
He was often called “the man who saved the world,” and in some sense, he did. On the night of Sept. 26, 1983, in a period of Cold War tension, Stanislav Petrov, a lieutenant colonel on duty at a missile attack early-warning center south of Moscow, was jolted by an alarm of a U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile attack on the Soviet Union. What happened next offers lessons for today. They are worth recalling now that it is being reported that Petrov, 77, died May 19, living alone outside Moscow.
The alarm on that September night was the result of data passed from Soviet early-warning satellites monitoring for possible missile launches by spotting the heat from a rocket engine against the dark background of space. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Aviationist
A short clip just released by the Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works (H/T to Flightglobal’s Editor Stephen Trimble for the heads-up) teases the shape of the concept-fighter it is developing to compete for the U.S. Air Force Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD), the program will ultimately lead to an air superiority 6th Gen. jet that could replace the F-22 Raptor.
The Next Generation Air Dominance concept points towards a small and much agile manned plane, rumored to be supersonic, long-range, cyber-resilient against threats of the future interconnected world, with morphing metals, self-healing capabilities and ability to carry laser-weapons. Continue reading
SOURCE: Business Insider Australia
John Brennan, the former director of the CIA, told Business Insider that participating in planning the raid that killed former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was one of his proudest moments at the agency post-9/11.
Brennan was then-President Barack Obama’s assistant for counterterrorism at the time of Operation Neptune Spear, which took place in May 2011, and he worked closely with the CIA and Special Forces.Brennan said that the 72-hour period of time that he was in the Situation Room as the mission was carried out “was quite, quite intense as we went up to the point of bin Laden’s takedown.” Continue reading
Lockheed Martin is investing in Ocean Aero alongside Teledyne Technologies for the development of the Submaran unmanned maritime vehicle.
The Submaran S10 is an autonomous unmanned submarine that is powered by solar and wind energy, giving it virtually unlimited endurance and letting it operate for months at a time. It can raise a small sail that can propel it at over 5 knots to conserve power. Continue reading
The F-22 Raptor is already the most lethal fighter jet ever built, severely outclassing virtually every other aircraft of a similar class fielded by the rest of the world’s air forces.
But with the advent of newer anti-aircraft defense systems, stealth-defeating tracking technologies and the entrance of countries such as China and Russia into the stealth fighter foray, the F-22 will eventually need to be replaced with something even more powerful. Continue reading
Founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk predicted a Third World War due to an increase in “competition for artificial intelligence (AI) superiority”, the media reported.
“North Korea should be low on our list of concerns for civilisational existential risk… Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of a Third World War (in my opinion),” Musk said in a series of tweets on Monday.