• IEDs have killed 161 coalition troops in Afghanistan last year, and wounded additional 722; this is more than double 2007 casualties; the Pentagon is turning to specialized UAVs to combat the deadly weapons

  • Liverpool University researchers develop blast-resistant concrete; the Ultra High Performance Fiber Reinforced Concrete is able to absorb a thousand times more energy than conventional mixtures

  • UAV update

    Dutch military rents Israeli UAVs for Dutch units serving in Afghanistan; Israeli citizens are not allowed to serve in Afghanistan, so the Dutch will have to hire contractors from the U.S. or .. to operate the UAVs

  • In Vietnam, the United States used Agent Orange to defoliate jungles and deny the Viet Cong cover; in northern Israel, the IDF uses antelopes to eat the foliage to deny Hezbollah fighters cover

  • Study finds that 62 percent of the prescription-only medicines offered on the Internet are fakes; some of the fake-drug schemes are operated by terrorist organizations as a means of raising funds

  • IDF deploys antelopes to Israel’s northern borders to clear the foliage which the military fears could function as cover for Hezbollah fighters

  • New, mammoth database will include not only enhanced fingerprint capabilities, but also other forms of biometric identification like palm prints, iris scans, facial imaging, scars, marks, and tattoos — in one searchable system

  • Trend: Homeland security as a job source

    CBP launches National Career Day around the United States to announce CBP’s goal for hiring approximately 11,000 frontline and mission and operations support positions in 2009

  • The shape of things to come

    Looking for an answer to stop fleeing cars or suicide trucks hurtling toward their target, an Arizona company developed a tentacle-based device that ensnares the vehicle and brings it to a halt

  • 40 al-Qaeda members died after being exposed to the plague during a biological weapons test; test took place in cave hideouts in Tizi Ouzou province, 150 kilometres east of the Algerian capital Algiers

  • After assassinating a high official involved in building the high-speed rail connecting three Basque cities to Madrid, ETA, the Basque separatists group, warns it will use terror to stop the project

  • The Gaza campaign

    In no other conflict have UAVs been integrated more deeply into both surveillance and attack missions as they have during the Gaza war; how does a UAV-based war look to a UAV operator on the ground?

  • Gaza news flash

    An Israel Air Force strike kills Hamas’s interior minister Said Siam and the head of Hamas security apparatus, Salah Abu Shreh

  • Hovering petrol-powered prowler patrols to check Afghan ambush alleys so soldiers do not have to; device may be used by law enforcement in urban areas — and future systems may carry weapons

  • The Gaza campaign: News analysis // Ben Frankel

    The Israeli military campaign in Gaza has so far been a success — if brutal success — by any objective measure of war: relative destruction and the number of dead and injured on both sides; Hamas, though, is not going to raise the white flag of surrender regardless of these objective measures; Israelis debate on how to end a war with an adversary that does not sign surrender agreements; we should watch carefully, because the war we see in Gaza shows us the future of armed conflict

  • Rice University researchers develop artificial intelligence-based computer program which can scan news reports quickly to identify which terrorist group is behind a terrorist attack being covered in the reports

  • The Gaza campaign: Analysis // Ben Frankel

    The strategy Israel’s defense minister Ehud Barak is pursuing in Gaza harks back to an earlier Israeli approach — the unalloyed realism of David Ben Gurion; this approach has served Israel well; alternative approaches have not

  • U.S. national leaders do grasp the importance of network security and information assurance — but seeing the problem is not the same thing as solving it

  • The Gaza campaign -- the air war

    Israel’s air war over Gaza is impressive: astonishingly accurate intelligence, continuously updated by a fleet of UAVs; aerial-platform-acquired intelligence instantly overlaid on existing human intelligence; improved ISR systems shorten sensor-to-shooter loop; small infantry units to communicate directly with available aircraft to request rapid fire against a target

  • In the U.K. they jam cell phones in the area around the location of a terrorist attack to prevent terrorists from remotely detonating additional bombs; during the Mumbai attacks, the handlers of the terrorists which killed 170 people used cell phones to micromanage the attack; NYPD wants to be able to jam cell phone during a terrorist incident