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US Army gets world record-setting 60-kW laser

US Army gets world record-setting 60-kW laser | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The U.S. Army is taking delivery of a 60 kilowatt-class laser from Lockheed Martin as the company wraps up demonstrations of the capability.
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While Russia is cutting her defense budget, the US military gets stronger and stronger. Of course, to hear the GOP talk about it we need new weapons because Mr. Obama allowed our military to go unfunded. So here's a nice laser to cut through that crap. Do we need more and better weapons? Possibly, but mostly what we and the rest of the world needs is more peace. How soon will it be that the Military-Espionage-Industrial complex will insist that we have to deploy these "death-ray" trucks which means we'll need a war to use them in. Someplace with good terrain for vehicles and not too much cover. I can see deployment in much of the Middle East or perhaps Iran. Yep, got to use our toys. Let's see how that goes.
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China To Launch The World's Most Powerful Hyperspectral Satellite

China To Launch The World's Most Powerful Hyperspectral Satellite | Upsetment | Scoop.it
China's space hyperspectral imaging is an eye in space that you can't hide from, not as stealth, underwater or underground.
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What we need is more ways to search for peace not more ways to use technology for war. 

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Building a Better Bullet

Building a Better Bullet | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Pentagon wants the capability for its snipers, making their goal of "one shot, one kill" even more likely
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What are the philosophical implications of making weapons not only more deadly but less personal? Guided missiles, drones, no targeted bullets: will such changes make war less acceptable to us all or just deadlier and more terrifying? And, when it becomes terrifying enough, will the alternative become mass suicide as those who are less-well armed throw themselves into the final battle? I shudder to think of these questions.

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Revealed: the £1bn of weapons flowing from Europe to Middle East

Revealed: the £1bn of weapons flowing from Europe to Middle East | Upsetment | Scoop.it
AK-47s, machine guns, explosives and more travel along new arms pipeline from Balkans to countries known to supply Syria
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Is anybody surprised that there is a flow of weapons to all sides of every conflict in the Middle East? There are arms dealers waiting to make a buck everywhere. That the countries of Eastern Europe want to get their share of the business shouldn't surprise us any more than the fact that the United States is the biggest arms dealer of all. That countries like Saudi Arabia support their surrogates on the battle fields shouldn't surprise us either. Once again, the US has more surrogates than anyone. Everyone says they want peace, but there are dollars to be made in war. Everyone says they believe in peace, but their are resources to control. Everyone says "Peace be with you," but there are jealous gods to be served. Meanwhile, all over the region—and through out the world—Mars is the only god who seems to matter. 
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Military Prodigy: Russia Develops Advanced Light Tactical Robot

Military Prodigy: Russia Develops Advanced Light Tactical Robot | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Russian weapon manufacturer KB Integrated Systems (KBIS) has developed a combat robot, which, due to its size, can easily fit into a backpack.
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And when this gets into the hands of a terrorist or inspires an angry teenager with great tech skills, we will have true carnage at a local level. Can humankind ever figure out that making war should not be about getting more fearsome weapons but about deciding that war is inherently a bad idea that needs to be ended? For Americans, would owning such drones be legal under the Second Amendment?

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Feinstein To Introduce Assault Weapon Ban

Feinstein To Introduce Assault Weapon Ban | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said that she will introduce an assault weapons ban in the Senate on the first day of the next Congress in January, during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday.
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While I do not think that guns are the essential problem, I do think it a good move to ban some of the extreme weapons and ammo systems that certainly exacerbate our nation's bent for violence.

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