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"Acoustic Superiority": US Navy's Secret Submarine Plan to Dominate the Seas

Navy leaders say the service is making progress developing new acoustic, sensors and quieting technologies to ensure the U.S. retains its technological edge in the undersea domain – as countries like China and Russia continue rapid military modernization and construction of new submarines.

The innovations, many details of which are secret and not available, include quieting technologies for the engine room to make the submarine harder to detect, a new large vertical array and additional coating materials for the hull, Navy officials explained.

Shocking News for the US Army: They Might Lose the Wars of the Future

The U.S. Army once was superior to every potential adversary in terms of combat power, what it called overmatch. This is no longer entirely true. In the future battlefields, the Army will face enemies that will be extremely lethal, more numerous, fighting on home turf and able to exploit the advantage of getting in the first blow. Unless the Army takes a number of steps in the near-term, it is likely to find itself not merely outmatched, but at risk of defeat.

Robot Dogs: Is the U.S. Marine Corps Developing the Ultimate Weapon?

The Marine Corps is testing a four-legged robotic dog designed to travel alongside dismounted units and explore dangerous combat situations in order to reduce risk to forces on-the-move, PC World reported. 

The new prototype robot, called Spot, is made by Google X's Boston Dynamics.

"Spot weighs about 70kgs, is electrically operated and walks on four hydraulically-actuated legs. Its controlled via wireless by an operator who can be up to 500 meters away," PC World's report stated.

This War Proved the Sheer Power of America's Mighty Military (And Crushed Iraq)

As laser-guided bombs incinerated Iraqi tanks from the sky, surveillance aircraft monitored enemy troop movements and stealth bombers eluded radar tracking from air defenses in the opening days of Operation Desert Storm decades ago – very few of those involved were likely considering how their attacks signified a new era in modern warfare.

Now, as veterans, historians and analysts commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first Gulf War in the early 90s, many regard the military effort as a substantial turning point in the trajectory or evolution of modern warfare.

Some of the US Army's Most Lethal Weapons of War are Getting a Big Upgrade

The Army is now expanding a new, high-speed, vehicle-mounted force tracking technology to include a wider range of combat platforms such as Stryker vehicles, Bradleys and Abrams tanks, service officials said. 

The system, now on Army jeeps or HMMWVs, allows Soldiers in combat to instantly know their location in relation to fellow Soldiers, enemy locations and surrounding terrain, service developers said.

The Ultimate Way to Sink an Aircraft Carrier

A photo depicting an American nuclear-powered submarine poking its periscope above the waves—within shooting distance of a British aircraft carrier during a war game—is a useful reminder of one of the most important truths of naval warfare.

For every sailor who’s not in a submarine, submarines are real scary.

Stealthy and heavily-armed, subs are by far the most powerful naval vessels in the world for full-scale warfare—and arguably the best way to sink those more obvious icons of naval power, aircraft carriers.