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Douglas Ernst

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Image: Federal Bureau of Investigation.

FBI's new facial recognition program is fully operational

The FBI's Next Generation Identification (NGI) System is now fully operational. The powerful facial recognition program that started development in 2011 will now be accessible to various law enforcement agencies. Published September 17, 2014

A fighter from the Islamic State group, armed with a knife and an automatic weapon, next to captured Syrian army soldiers and officers, following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria, Aug. 27, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Obama airstrike threat in Syria prompts Islamic State to go underground

Members of the Islamic State group operating out of Syria have responded to the threat of U.S. airstrikes by going underground. The streets in Raqqa have been cleared of vehicles and the group's assets have been redeployed to minimize exposure to western intelligence agencies. Published September 16, 2014

A jetpack for the Pentagon's "4-minute mile" project shaves 18 seconds off an individual's 1-mile time. (Image: Arizona State University)

Pentagon tests jetpack for troops on the battlefield

Researchers at Arizona State University were asked by the Pentagon's research arm if they could come up with robotic devices to give individuals superhuman abilities: It was at that point that the "4 Minute Mile" Project was born. Published September 12, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement after a meeting with Gulf states and other Middle East countries in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Kerry's visit, on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, was aimed at pinning down Middle Eastern allies on what support they are willing to give to U.S. plans to beat back the Islamic State group, which has seized large chunks of Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Kerry: U.S. not at war with Islamic State group it plans to destroy

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that the Obama administration is not at war with the Islamic State group, despite its stated commitment to sending 475 more troops to Iraq, increasing airstrikes in the region, and arming Syrian rebels who have been vetted. Published September 11, 2014

Gen. Ray Odierno, Commanding General, Multi-National Forces-Iraq, and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joseph McGee, Commander of 2-327 Infantry Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, walk through the streets of Samarra to visit the locals, on Oct. 29, 2008. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kani Ronningen/Released)

Army is worried too many white men lead combat units

U.S. Army sociologists are worried that a lack of black officers leading its combat troops will have detrimental effect on minorities and lead to fewer black officers in top leadership posts. Published September 11, 2014