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    U.S. government awards $4.5M contract to develop electronics that vaporize on command

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has a solution for sensitive electronics that get left on the battlefield: vaporize them.

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    Bow before Valkyrie, NASA's 'superhero robot' entry in DARPA challenge

    When does Skynet become operational? NASA has unveiled a towering new humanoid robot Valkyrie that will compete in a robotics challenge put on by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) — and perhaps ultimately assist humans on future missions in space.

  • Pentagon researches new life for dead satellites

    Call it space grave robbery for a cause: Imagine scavenging defunct communication satellites for their valuable parts and recycling them to build brand new ones for cheap.

  • **FILE** A man walks by signs advertising Samsung Electronics Co.'s smart phone in Seoul on Jan. 28, 2011.  (Associated Press)

    Tech firm makes smart phones safer

    Millions of smartphones and other mobile devices are vulnerable to malware that can steal passwords, drain bank accounts and even eavesdrop on users. But a small tech firm funded by a Pentagon research grant has developed a program to help protect smartphones, and it can be downloaded for free.

  • DARPA announces new phase of hypersonic program

    The Defense Department's research arm will seek proposals next month for solutions to technology hurdles in super high-speed flight with a goal of testing a full-scale hypersonic X-plane in four years.

  • US to begin new phase of hypersonic flight program

    The Defense Department's research arm will seek proposals next month for solutions to technology hurdles in super high-speed flight with a goal of testing a full-scale hypersonic X-plane in four years.

  • Paralyzed man uses mind-powered robot arm to touch

    Giving a high-five. Rubbing his girlfriend's hand. Such ordinary acts _ but a milestone for a paralyzed man.

  • Illustration: Defense innovation by John Camejo for The Washington Times

    FENNER: Defense innovation through openness

    Nearly 55 years ago, the Soviet Union launched the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik, into orbit, transforming the space race into an all-out sprint to excel in scientific and technological achievements. On the anniversary of that watershed, America still can learn a valuable lesson from its Sputnik experience by using its available resources wisely to revive the spirit of innovation and collaboration on national security research from that moment.

  • Agency releases video of hypersonic glider flight

    An unmanned glider streaks over the Pacific Ocean at 20 times the speed of sound in a video released Thursday by a U.S. defense research agency experimenting with technology that could give the military the ability to strike any part of the globe within an hour.

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    Second Spaceplane flight failure raises questions on future

    Pentagon scientists pledged to press on with work on a $308 million futuristic unmanned spaceplane despite the failure Thursday of a second test flight when they lost contact with the vehicle during maneuvers.

  • Contact lost with hypersonic glider after launch

    An unmanned hypersonic glider developed for U.S. defense research into super-fast global strike capability was launched atop a rocket early Thursday but contact was lost after the experimental craft began flying on its own, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said.

  • Pentagon dreams of Star Trek interstellar travel

    The Defense Department first proposed Star Wars. Now it wants Star Trek.

  • BOOK REVIEW: 'Trader of Secrets'

    A Mexican killer for hire bent on vengeance, a top-secret NASA/ DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) program with the ominous name Project Thor that has been penetrated by foreign powers, a willful daughter, a headstrong dog, a couple of American traitors and various single, double and triple agents working for Israel, Iran or themselves: These are all ingredients in "Trader of Secrets," Steve Martini's latest novel starring his franchise character Paul Madriani.

  • Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (Courtesy of DARPA)

    Pentagon to test 2nd near-space strike craft

    Defense Department scientists are set to conduct a second test launch next year of the Falcon HTV-2 experimental superweapon after the first flight this year ended when the autopilot deliberately crashed the unmanned glider into the ocean as a safety measure.

The Falcon HTV-2, an experimental space plane, disintegrated and burned up nine minutes into what was supposed to be a 30-minute test flight in April. The plane is a key element of U.S. efforts to develop a conventional weapon that can strike quickly anywhere in the world.

    Plane's flameout may end space weapon plan

    In the language of Beltway defense wonkery, the results of this year's test launch of the hypersonic unmanned U.S. aircraft designated Falcon HTV-2 might be called sub-optimal.

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