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  1. DARPA And The Pentagon Are Working On Tiny Brain Robots To Help Soldiers With Memory Loss

    We look forward to the day when we all have tiny DARPA robots in our brain!

    Not content with only building gigantic horror-bots that will one day rule your city with a literal iron fist, DARPA has teamed up with the Pentagon to get a little smaller - implantable-brain-robot smaller. Hopefully, this new project will help treat memory loss in soldiers injured in combat (and not turn them into weird DARPA-slavebots).

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  2. DoD’s Airplane Plan: Fewer Fighters, Double the Drones

    The DoD has rolled out its airplane buying plan for the next thirty years in the highly speculative yet congressionally mandated Aircraft Procurement Plan 2012-2041. The document outlines the fleet size for the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and the Navy, giving some idea of what to expect in the coming years. Overall, the number of aircraft staying around the current size of 5,500, but the plan does show that the DoD is eager to get more drones into the fleet. For the most part, expansion is out. Bombers, cargo planes, and aerial refueling are staying at around their current levels. This doesn't mean that there will be no new developments in those areas -- the plan calls for a new bomber of some kind, and procurement of the new KC-164 aerial refueling craft -- but the total fleet sizes will remain untouched. There will even be some shrinkage, mostly in the fighter segment, which will drop by some 10% from the current 3,300 craft. This figure includes legacy fighters like the F-15 and F-16, in addition to the new F-22 and F-35. However, the number of mid-size to large unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will nearly double in the next nine years, going from about 340 to 650 by 2012.

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  3. California “Missile” Just an Airplane’s Trail, Says Pentagon [Followup]

    That missile over California spotted by CBS on Monday night and freaked out over by the Internet for the past two days? The Pentagon (in agreement with the theory posited by Breaking News' Michael van Poppel which we passed along yesterday afternoon) says that it was no missile at all, but a mere contrail, or trail of artificial precipitation in the form of water vapor and ice crystals, created by an airplane.

    “With all the information that we have gathered over the last day and a half about this condensation trail ... we have no evidence to suggest that this was anything other than a contrail caused by an aircraft,” said Colonel David Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman.
    While the Pentagon didn't name a specific flight, blogger Liem Bahneman makes a persuasive case that the mystery missile was actually US Airways Flight 808, en route from Honolulu to Phoenix. (via Globe & Mail)

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  4. Trillion-Dollar Mineral Deposits in Afghanistan Could Lead to Lithium Rush, Mining Chaos

    The recent findings of a geological team in Afghanistan could lead the country into one of its most economically tumultuous yet fruitful eras. A team of American geologists and Pentagon officials who were surveying the country in search of some sort of mineral deposit found something greater than they'd imagined could be out there: Almost $1 trillion dollars in untapped minerals including iron, copper, cobalt, gold, and great quantities of lithium, an essential metal for making batteries and other tech devices. A trillion dollars worth of untapped metal is just as important as it sounds, if not more, and the speculation is that this will be the biggest industrial and economical breakthrough in the nation's history. It could completely transform how the country is viewed and how it interacts internationally.

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