Pentagon eyes farm to fleet biofuel

The U.S. Navy has faced resistance from many conservatives in its quest to use advanced biofuels to power its ships and planes, but maybe putting a “homegrown” spin on the move – with a program called “Farm to Fleet” – will help quiet the critics.

How jellyfish help improve bio-inspired robotic designs for the Navy

Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers are part of a national study that has cracked how jellyfish move with the lowest cost of transport of any animal. The findings will be used as researchers continue to design bio-inspired jellyfish for the U.S. Navy.

Navy wants fuel cells for front lines

Fuel cells are not a renewable energy source, of course, although they can be tied to renewable energy. But even using fossil fuels their ability to produce electricity through an electrochemical process – instead of combustion – can make them flexible, relatively clean and efficient energy producers.

Navy turns to UAVs for help with radar, communications

Scientists recently launched unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from a research vessel in a significant experiment that could help boost the Navy’s radar and communications performance at sea.

DARPA drones to launch and land on small surface ships

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is currently working on an initiative that would allow large drones to take off and land from the surface of small warships - rather than gigantic aircraft carriers.

US Navy eyes silent running for nuclear powered subs

One of the most critical aspects of the US military's fleet of submarines is the ability to operate in almost total silence.

Vidoe: DARPA drone ship tracks submarines

DARPA - the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - is known for designing a variety of high-tech and futuristic platforms for the US military.

F-35A Joint Strike Fighter (JSA) training begins

The US Air Force has kicked off official flight training for the F-35 - despite a small fleet that  is years away from any sort of operational status.

Video: US Navy sea drone gets tested

The US Navy is testing at least one remote-controlled combat vessel.

US Navy: Laser-based weapons on track for deployment

US Navy ships may be fitted with laser weapons within just a few years.

California array is Navy’s new top solar gun

The Navy has a new 13.78 megawatt solar power plant in the high desert of California — the service’s biggest solar project yet — and it didn’t even have to pay for it.

US Navy eyes GPS-guided railgun projectiles

The Pentagon is perpetually working on advanced weapons platforms that appear to be more science fiction than fact. However, the Navy's electromagnetic railgun is a fully-functioning reality.

Northrop showcases Triton UAV

The Pentagon is significantly increasing the deployment of unmanned aircraft for wartime missions and peacetime surveillance operations.

US Navy preps stealth destroyers

The Pentagon has been spending big money for many years now developing stealth technology for the aviation industry.

4G LTE coming to Navy ships

If you needed any more proof that 4G LTE is the way of the future, here you go.

Pentagon wants to hack into video game consoles

The Pentagon is apparently interested in learning how to hack into video game consoles.

Smart Navy robocopters can pick out pirates

Unmanned Navy aircraft will soon be able to distinguish small pirate boats from other vessels, says the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

Navy opens new robot research facility

The US Navy's opened a new research lab that will become the hub for autonomous systems research.

Video: Navy railgun in action

The United States Navy has been working to design a railgun that can be easily fitted to battleships and other surface craft to bolster the military's current arsenal.

Will Battleship sink?

It still remains to be seen if Battleship - the movie - will deliver. Of course, we'll know for sure in April.