Pentagon remains vulnerable to cyber-attacks

A senior defense official has acknowledged that the US Department of Defense (DoD) is "capability-limited" within the cyber realm.

DARPA seeks fleet of disposable spy satellites

The Pentagon's calling for proposals for a fleet of cheap, disposable satellites to give soldiers access to battlefield maps and images.

Video: DARPA’s Cheetah robot sets new speed record

Ground robots are currently deployed by the US military in various explosive-ordinance-disposal missions.

Pentagon wants Avatar-style robots

I'm fairly certain most of you have seen James Cameron's Avatar or Surrogates starring Bruce Willis.

The future intersections of autonomous vehicles

Google, along with other like-minded companies, are working to develop vehicles capable of autmomous navigation.

This 'bot is a military pack mule

The Pentagon has developed a prototype robotic "pack mule" capable of standing up, lying down and following troops as it carries a cool 400 pounds of military gear.

Pentagon counters lethal radiation exposure

DARPA scientists at the US Department of Defense (DoD) have determined that an antibiotic and a protein are capable of fighting radiation sickness more effectively when combined.

Pentagon to monitor military emails for "insider threats"

The Pentagon is kicking of a new initiative to monitor military emails in an attempt to detect insider threats.

Pentagon eyes next-gen countermeasures against nerve agents

New countermeasures against nerve agents remain a high priority R&D focus for the US Department of Defense (DoD).

Pentagon wants a few good mobile devs

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has kicked off an initiative to develop advanced applications capable of coordinating various intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) programs.

Beetles with backpacks could check out danger

University of Michigan engineers are kitting out beetles with sensors, aiming to use them to monitor hazardous situations before sending in human beings.

DARPA wants to replace antibiotics with nanoparticles

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - aka DARPA - wants to replace outdated antibiotics with nanoparticles capable of targeting unknown, evolving and genetically engineered bioweapons.

World's lightest material created

A team of researchers from UC Irvine, HRL Laboratories and the California Institute of Technology have developed the world’s lightest material – about one hundred times lighter than Styrofoam.

DARPA designs a FastRunner robot

DARPA researchers at MIT and the Florida Institute of Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) are designing a "FastRunner" robot that will be capable of moving at 10 times the speed of standard mobile 'bots.

US increases cyberwarfare spending

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced that it's to boost its investment in cyber research by 50 percent over the next five years, in response to the increasing threat of cyber warfare.

Pentagon offers $50K to reconstruct shredded documents

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is offering a $50,000 prize to anyone who can piece together a series of shredded documents.

DARPA wants to recycle dead satellites

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has kicked off an initiative to harvest and re-use valuable components from dead satellites in geosynchronous orbit (GEO).

Video: Autonomous tank 'bot defuses IEDs

Mesa Robotics has built an autonomous tank that drives itself and automatically defuses Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

AlphaDog robot to carry soldiers' kit (video)

Military robotics manufacturer Boston Dynamics has released a video of its latest project - a doglike robot designed for carrying military equipment.

DARPA releases video of downed hypersonic plane

DARPA has released video footage of the Falcon HTV-2 flight earlier this month, which ended unceremoniously after just three minutes when it lost contact with the vehicle. And, guess what, DARPA says the flight was a great success.