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Military technology and defense industry trends, from the articles of National Defense Magazine.

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August 2018 - Research and Development Big Bets


In this podcast, National Defense Magazine queried federally funded research centers, service laboratories and other organizations involved in basic and applied national security research and development, a couple simple questions:

What is your organization’s number one R&D “big bet?” In other words, a high-risk, high-reward technology investment that you believe will have the biggest payoff for those in the military or national security realm. Why? And in what ways do you think it will benefit the end users?

Aug 08, 2018
July 2018-Improving Lethality of Weapons, New Space Launch Options & Advanced Super Hornet Cockpit

In this podcast, we examine how the military is seeking to improve the lethality of its weapons, the exploration of new launch options of small satellites in order to protect the U.S. space architecture, and the development of a more advanced cockpit for the block 3 F-A-18 Super Hornet.

Jul 10, 2018
June 2018-Technology Shortfalls in the Arctic, Ground Robots & GPS Alternatives

In this podcast, we examine special technology requirements the military needs to operate in the Arctic, a new family of robots designed to help protect bomb squad technicians, and the need to find alternatives to GPS.

Jun 05, 2018
May 2018-Special Operations Command's Ten 10 Technologies

In this podcast, we look at Special Operations Command's top 10 technology needs. 


May 03, 2018
355: Is Navy Shipbuilding Vision Real or a Mirage?

In this podcast, we examine the Defense Department’s push to build a 355-ship Navy, an anticipated rise in hypersonics funding and the Army’s work to develop autonomous convoys.

Apr 12, 2018
March 2018-A look at ground robots, unmanned aerial platforms and nuclear cruise missiles



In this podcast, we examine the Navy’s work to partner up unmanned aerial platforms, the Army’s strategy to ramp up robotics acquisition and the Defense Department’s goal to develop a nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missile.

Mar 08, 2018
February 2018-Dominating the Battlefield: Upgraded equipment to give dismounted troops the edge

In this podcast, we look at how industry is helping to give dismounted troops the advantage on the battlefield. 

Feb 05, 2018
January 2018 - Tunnel Warfare: Technologies for finding and defeating underground strongholds

In this podcast, we look at methods to counter tunnel warfare, the Marine Corps' push to leverage new technologies and the military's attempts to protect itself against GPS interference. 

Jan 03, 2018
December 2017 - Training for Tomorrow: Advanced technologies to revolutionize military simulations

In the December podcast, we look at the future of military virtual reality training tools, the Army’s efforts to strengthen its tactical command posts, and the joint program executive office’s plan for a new chemical-biological protection suit.


Dec 06, 2017
November 2017 — Nuclear Triad: The High Cost of Global Strike

In the November 2017 podcast, we look at the U.S. military's efforts to bolster its global strike capabilities, a competition to replace the Air Force's missile field security helicopters, and plans to upgrade the Reaper unmanned aircraft fleet.

Nov 03, 2017
October 2017 — Tank Vs. Tank: Russia Challenges Abrams for Fighting Vehicle Supremacy

In the October 2017 podcast, we look at how a new Russian tank could offer a challenge the U.S. Army's Abrams, how troops are taking advantage of smartphone technology and how artificial intelligence can help defeat roadside bombs.

Oct 11, 2017
September 2017 — Light Attack: Can the Air Force change the way it acquires new aricraft?

In the September podcast, we look at the Air Force's effort to procure a new commercial off-the-shelf light attack aircraft, the potentially widespread applications for airborne lasers in the military, and how a forthcoming satellite constellation could bring an upgraded communications capability to ground forces …

Sep 07, 2017
August 2017 — Missile Defense: Nations race to meet rising threats

In the August 2017 podcast, we look at the Defense Department’s effort to modernize its nuclear triad of bombers, submarines and ground-based missiles.

Aug 02, 2017
July 2017 — Need for Speed: The Promise and Peril of Hypersonics

In the July podcast, we look at how the U.S. military is seeking more funding to develop offensive hypersonic weapons and the means to counter them, the Defense Department's new campaign to integrate artificial intelligence technologies across intelligence systems and the Navy's progress on developing the railgun advanced weapon system.

Jun 29, 2017
June 2017 — F-35 Global Sales: Exports expected to drive down joint strike fighter's price tag

In the June 2017 podcast, we look at the production costs of the F-35 joint strike fighter for international customers, how the Army could replace aging Bradley fighters with a next-generation combat vehicle and Special Operations Command's progress on developing a full body armor "Iron Man" suit to protect commandos. This podcast is sponsored by Amazon's GovCloud.

Jun 05, 2017
May 2017 — Special Operations Forces

In the May 2017 podcast, we look at how Air Force Special Operations Command is preparing to test an airborne directed energy weapon, whether the Army's next-generation combat vehicle will be robotic and the Coast Guard's budgetary "no man's land."

May 05, 2017
April 2017- Army Aviation: The Next Generation

In the April 2017 podcast, we look at new designs for the Army's future vertical lift aircraft program, Boeing's efforts to resurrect older F/A/-18 Hornets and Super Hornets for the Navy and Marine Corps, and why service officials are saying they need the joint light tactical vehicle sooner and in bigger quantities.

Apr 06, 2017
March 2017- Carrier Showdown: F-35C under pressure to fend off Super Hornet challenge

In the March 2017 podcast, we look at the shifting political winds that could lead to more F/A-18 Super Hornets and less F-35 joint strike fighters for the Navy, how shipbuilders are looking to answer the service's call for a larger fleet, and how driverless trucks are poised to join military operations.

Mar 07, 2017
February 2017 - No Rest For the Weary: Special Operations Forces Brace For New Challenges

In the February 2017 podcast, we look at how the role of special operations forces may change under a new administration, an innovative Defense Department cybersecurity program and how the Pentagon is using contests to counter enemy drones. This podcast is sponsored by Amazon's GovCloud.

Feb 09, 2017
The Next Frontier- Space industry navigates complex challenges in military market

In the January 2017 podcast, we look at the challenges facing a critical Navy communications satellite program, how the service is looking to equip its next littoral combat ships with unmanned systems and the future of the Defense Department's new innovation unit.

Jan 04, 2017
Beyond Gaming: Army to Push Limits of Virtual Reality

In the December podcast, we look at how the U.S. Army is working to push the limits of virtual gaming and augmented reality technologies to improve training simulations, progress in the military ground robot market and why the Defense Department is actually paying people to hack its information technology systems.

Dec 02, 2016
Battlefield 2030: Threats Driving Technology Investments - November 2016

In the November podcast, we look at four areas where the U.S. military will have to fight under challenging conditions in the future: anti access/area denial; urban environments; space; and climate change.

Nov 03, 2016
Future Army: How the next wave of tech will change the battlefield - October 2016

In this podcast, we look at the development of the Warrior Web robotic exosuit program, that could reduce war fighter fatigue and prevent injuries, new improvements to night vision technology that help to reduce the size, weight and power consumption of goggles, and how the U.S. Navy is seeking to make unmanned underwater vehicles interoperable with other unmanned platforms.

Oct 03, 2016
F-35 Prepares for War - September 2016

In this podcast, we look at how the F-35 joint strike fighter is gaining more support as the Marine Corps and Air Force variants reach major program milestones, how the Pentagon's nuclear modernization plans could be downsized during the final months of the Obama administration, and a new, strong fiber for soldier's protective garments genetically engineered from spider silk.

Aug 30, 2016
Air Force Launches Competition For Future ICBM - August 2016

We look at the Air Force's plans to replace the aging Minuteman III nuclear missile, a program developing stealthy, hybrid electric motorcycles that could help soldiers and special forces conduct quieter missions, and how the military is working to make laser technology a reality.

Jul 28, 2016
Presidential Helicopter Approaches Key Milestone - July 2016

We look at the next step for the presidential transport helicopters Marine One, which are ready for a replacement after years of delays, how a proposal to restart production on the F-22 Raptor fighter jet may be gaining traction, and what is keeping the tactical wheeled vehicle market in a slump.

Jun 30, 2016
Lockheed Seeking More International F-35 Sales to Reduce Cost of Fighter - June 2016

We look at which countries are helping to foot the bill for the forthcoming F-35 Lightning II, how the Defense Department is modifying its energy strategy, and the Army's work on a robot designed to protect soldiers from bullets.

May 31, 2016
Special Warfare Aircraft: Upgrades Focus on Performance — May 2016

In this podcast we look at planned modifications to the CV-22 Osprey, a new facility to better connect special operations officials with innovative companies and the fight over Air Force space launch contracts.

Apr 27, 2016
The Road Ahead for the Humvee: Army Faces Tough Choices on Future Truck Buys — April 2016

In this podcast we look at how rising maintenance costs could affect Air Force modernization, the Army's search for more effective vehicle armor and the impact the Mobile User Objective System will have on military communications as it becomes fully operational.

Mar 24, 2016
The Coming Swarm: Thinking, Interactive Robots Could Overwhelm Adversaries — March 2016

In this podcast we look at the Air Force's efforts to develop thinking, collaborative robots; how reductions to the Navy's littoral combat ship program could affect the shipbuilding industry; and Air Force Special Operations Command's work to equip a gunship with a laser weapon. 

Feb 29, 2016
More Ships on the Way: Budget Boosts for New Cutters Marks Turning Point for the U.S. Coast Guard — February 2016

In this podcast we look at how the Coast Guard will benefit from increased funding in fiscal year 2016, a defense lab's efforts to develop vanishing air vehicles and the uncertain future of homeland missile defense.

Jan 28, 2016
Wearable Electronics Lighten the Load for Special Ops Forces — January 2016

In this podcast we look at U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command's use of portable electronics on the battlefield, the Army's plans to make ground robots a permanent part of its inventory and the Marine Corps' search for new capabilities.

Dec 21, 2015
Shipyard Uses Digital Design to Tackle Rising Cost of Aircraft Carriers — December 2015

In this podcast we look at a shipbuilder’s use of augmented reality technology to cut costs in the construction of the Navy’s Ford-class carriers, how new simulation technology will revolutionize the way fighter pilots train and the effects of the long-range strike bomber award on the defense industrial base.  

Nov 23, 2015
Pentagon Invests in Future Force Technologies — November 2015

For the military, deciding where to invest its precious research-and-development dollars can have huge consequences. Prognosticators look out decades in advance to determine what kinds of threats the armed forces will have to face. It also requires a keen understanding of where science is going and what technologies have the potential to make an impact on tomorrow’s battlefields. National Defense Magazine in its 10th annual research-and-development report looks at the fields where the four services’ are placing their R&D bets. Listen to this month's podcast here. 

Oct 29, 2015
Army in Search of Soldier-Friendly Power Sources — October 2015

In this podcast we look at the military's need for cutting edge technologies to power dismounted troops, the Army's future vertical lift program and the creation of a new defense agency with roots in the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization 

Sep 28, 2015
Small but Deadly: Military Prepares to Fight Enemy Drones — September 2015

In this podcast we look at a Defense Department demonstration to test counter-drone technology, an Air Force contest to develop a new turbine engine and the use of a cognitive computer system to aid defense and intelligence experts 

Aug 21, 2015
Pressure Mounts to Fund Ohio Replacement — August 2015

In this podcast we look at funding challenges for the Navy's Ohio replacement submarine program, the competition for an Air Force contract to revamp its joint surveillance and attack radar aircraft and the Marine Corps' development of small, inexpensive robotic platforms to use in future warfare.  



Jul 16, 2015
Military Shifts to Lighter Tactical Trucks — July 2015

In this podcast we look at U.S. Special Operations Command's push for lighter tactical trucks, the uncertain future of directed energy weapons, and a competition that has contractors jockeying for the chance to build a drone that can be launched off a small ship.  

Jun 22, 2015
Plan of Attack: Northrop Grumman Makes Big Play for Air Force Jet Trainer — June 2015

In this podcast we look at Northrop Grumman's big play for top military aviation contracts, the Air Force's plan to boost its budget to prepare for future conflicts in space and the Army's effort to define the role for driverless vehicles in its inventory. 

Jun 03, 2015
SOCOM 'Iron Man' Suit: Pipe Dream or Reality? — May 2015

In this podcast we look at key challenges facing the production of Special Operations Command's tactical assault light operator suit, developmental snags in the program to revamp the Air Force Special Operations' AC-130 gunship, and the aviation industry's rally for education initiatives that promote drone safety. 

Apr 29, 2015
Defense Technology At a Crossroads: Can the Pentagon Regain Its Innovation Mojo? — April 2015

In this podcast we look at the Pentagon's efforts to regain their innovation mojo, disagreements over a 2019 deadline to replace a Russian-built rocket engine with an American-built one, and the Navy's campaign to upgrade their littoral combat ships with new weapon systems.

Mar 24, 2015
Boeing Under Mounting Pressure to Deliver New Tanker - March 2015

In this podcast, we look at Boeing's decade long effort to produce Air Force tankers, the Coast Guard's shift to the arctic and the North Korean cyber attack on Sony.

Feb 24, 2015
Will the F-35 Be Ready? - February 2015

In this podcast, we look at the joint strike fighter program, nuclear power plants on new submarines, and unmanned aerial systems degree programs.

Jan 30, 2015
Joint Aircraft: Pentagon Determined Not to Repeat Past Mistakes - January 2015

In this podcast, we look at how the services are working to avoid past mistakes of joint programs, the use of prize challenges to address technological problems and the future of Marine Corps connectors.

Jan 09, 2015
The Making of a Drone Pilot - December 2014

In this podcast, we look at the training of unmanned aircraft pilots, how government and industry are combating the Islamic State's social media campaign, and the Navy’s mobile user objective system communication satellite.

Nov 26, 2014
November 2014 - The Top Ten Disruptive Technologies for a New Era of Global Instability

 In this podcast, we look at the top ten disruptive technologies for a new era of global instability as chosen by the writers and editors at National Defense Magazine.

Oct 30, 2014
The Army's Push to Connect Ground Vehicles to Communication Networks - October 2014

In this podcast, we look at the Army's push to connect ground vehicles to communication networks, frustrations with ground robot acquisition programs and the Navy's 3D printing efforts.

Sep 25, 2014
The F-35 Market - September 2014

In this podcast, we look at the F-35 market, how underwater drones are taking on new missions and how additive manufacturing could be used to print rocket engines.

Aug 29, 2014
The Military's Laser Weapons - August 2014

In this podcast, we look at the military's laser weapons, how low readiness is plaguing the Navy's amphibious ship fleet and the so-called cyber labor shortage.

Jul 22, 2014
Controversy Surrounding the RD-180 Engine - July 2014

In this podcast we look at controversy surrounding the RD-180 engine, a brewing competition to replace the Air Force's JSTARS program and new nonlethal weapons.

Jun 23, 2014
Efforts to Secure the Border - June 2014

In this podcast we look at efforts to secure the border, a federal rule that is barring companies and entrepreneurs from using drones for commercial purposes and new missions for Marines.

May 27, 2014
Equipment Needs for Special Operations Command - May 2014

In this podcast, we look at new equipment needs for Special Operations Command, the Navy's carrier-based drone competition and industry's push for a new scout helicopter program.

Apr 23, 2014
China’s Navy Takes Great Leap Forward — April 2014

In this podcast, we look at China's navy, cuts to the littoral combat ship fleet and how mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicles are being used by law enforcement agencies.

Mar 26, 2014
3D Printing Promises to Revolutionize Defense, Aerospace Industries — March 2014

In this podcast, we look at how 3D printing could revolutionize the defense and aerospace industries, a potential battle over Army aviation and new cyberthreats.

Feb 21, 2014
The United States' Growing Interest in the Arctic - February 2014

In this podcast, we look at the United States' interest in the Arctic, the military's response to the deadly hurricane in the Philippines and how troops are training for "a day without space."

Jan 27, 2014
New Engine Could Revolutionize Helicopter Industry - January 2014

In this podcast, we look at a new engine that could revolutionize the helicopter industry, the potential for robots to fight alongside Marines and the demand for new mobile devices in the Defense Department.

Dec 16, 2013
Training Trends in Unmanned Aviation - December 2013

In this podcast, National Defense takes a look at training trends in unmanned aviation, ship operation and cultural interactions.

Nov 25, 2013
Trends That Will Shape the Defense Industry - November 2013

In this podcast, National Defense identifies five key trends that will influence the defense industry’s approach to developing next-generation weapons and related systems.

Oct 24, 2013
Industry's and Congress' Push to Keep the Abrams Tank Production Line 'Hot' - October 2013

In this podcast, we look at industry's and Congress' push to keep the Abrams tank production line 'hot', the potential for cyber-attacks that could destroy critical infrastructure and new advancements in night vision technology.

Sep 26, 2013
The Booming F-16 Upgrade Market - September 2013

In this podcast, we look at the booming F-16 upgrade market, the future of unmanned underwater vehicles and new textile technology that can help soldiers better blend in with their surroundings.

Aug 19, 2013
The End of the Army's Search for an M4 Carbine Replacement — August 2013

In this podcast, we look at the end of the Army's search for an M4 carbine replacement, the building of a nationwide public safety network and how technology like Google Glass can be used on the battlefield.

Jul 23, 2013
Industry's Fierce Competition to Build the Navy's Carrier-Based Drone - July 2013

In this podcast, we look at the fierce industry competition to build the Navy's carrier-based drone, how the government wants to turn humans into sensors and how one company is condensing a DNA laboratory into a box  about the size of a desktop copy machine.

Jun 25, 2013
The Communication Needs of Special Operations Forces - June 2013

In this podcast, we look at the communication needs of Special Operations Forces, the rising costs of fielding a new polar icebreaker and the future of army aviation.

May 23, 2013
The Future Missions of Special Operations Forces - May 2013

In this podcast, we look at the future missions of Special Operations Forces, the rise of non-military robots in the private sector and how 3D printing can be used on the battlefield.

Apr 25, 2013
The Future of Army Aviation - April 2013

In this podcast, we look at the future of Army aviation, the deployment of the Navy’s littoral combat ship and how sports technology can be used on the battlefield.

Apr 02, 2013
Rough Waters Ahead for Maintaining the Navy’s Surface Fleet - March 2013

In this podcast, we look at the rough waters ahead for maintaining the Navy’s surface fleet, the promise and problems of ‘Big Data’ and the future developments of ammunition.

Feb 26, 2013
The Road Ahead for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle - February 2013

In this podcast, we look at the long road ahead for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, the state of military training video games and how drones are becoming helicopter sidekicks.

Jan 25, 2013
Army Training for the Future - December 2012

In this podcast, we look at new Army training strategy, the role of Marines in protecting U.S. diplomatic installations abroad and the  recent creation of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Caucus in the Senate.

Nov 16, 2012
New Wave of Global Threats - November 2012

In this podcast, we explore the top five threats to national security in the coming decade.

Oct 31, 2012
Treating Brain Injuries - October 2012

In this podcast, we look at how one organization is working to treat brain injuries, how unmanned aircraft manufacturers are looking overseas for new markets and the uncertain future for the MRAP.

Sep 20, 2012
The Uncertain Future of Aircraft Carriers - September 2012

In this podcast, we look at the uncertain future of aircraft carriers, how America’s electrical grids may be making us vulnerable to attacks and why companies are adopting military training technology for civilian use.

Aug 22, 2012
The Development of Non-Lethal Weapons - August 2012

In this podcast, we look at how the Defense Department is developing non-lethal weapons, how security firms are working to stop piracy and the murky outlook for the Department of Homeland Security’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Jul 16, 2012
Stopping the Chinese Hacking Onslaught - July 2012

In this podcast, we look at ways to prevent Chinese hackers from stealing valuable trade secrets, concepts for teaming manned and unmanned aerial vehicles and a robot that looks like silly putty.

Jun 26, 2012
Army's Pursuit of Armored Vehicles - June 2012

In this podcast, we look at the foreign and domestic armored vehicles the Army is pursuing, the military’s effort to reduce battery weight and the attempts by space industry and agencies to lower launch costs.

May 30, 2012
Growth of Special Operations Command - May 2012

In this podcast, we look at the growth of special operations command, trends in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and the hurdles for drones to fly in national airspace.

Apr 25, 2012
Cuts to Submarine Programs - April 2012

In this podcast, we look at the cuts to submarine programs, trouble in the cluster munitions business, and the possibility of permanent Coast Guard bases in the Arctic.

Mar 26, 2012
Budget Watch - March 2012

In this podcast, we look at the Pentagon’s plans to equip the U.S military for future wars.

Feb 28, 2012
Avatars in Military Training Systems - February 2012

In this podcast, we explore the invasion of avatars in military training systems, modernization plans for helicopters and the post-wars outlook for robot-makers.

Jan 24, 2012
The Rise of Smartphones - January 2012

In this podcast, we explore the rise of smartphones, the Marines’ helicopter replacement program and military academies filling the nation’s cybersecurity gaps.

Dec 22, 2011
Gaming Technology Puts Soldiers' Boots on the Ground - December 2011

In this podcast, we explore the future of training, the Army’s restored combat choppers and staggering cybertheft losses.

Nov 22, 2011
Ten Technologies the U.S. Military Needs for the Next War - November 2011

In this podcast, we explore the ten technologies the U.S. Military needs for the next war.

Oct 31, 2011
Scientists in Pursuit of Life Saving Uniforms - October 2011

In this podcast, we explore scientists’ pursuit of life saving uniforms, the competition to refurbish Humvee trucks, and the likelihood that small unmanned planes will be able to fly in U.S. airspace.

Oct 03, 2011
Troops’ love-hate relationship with the MRAP - September 2011

In this podcast, we explore the troops’ love-hate relationship with the mine-resistant ambush-protected trucks rushed into battle zones to protect troops from roadside bombs. We look at the arrival of new air force cargo planes as well as widespread cyber-espionage against U.S. firms.

Sep 06, 2011
Cyberwarriors Wanted - August 2011

In this podcast, we focus on the severe shortage of cybersecurity experts, tech-warriors that are changing the face of the army and power generating military trucks.

Jul 27, 2011
Making Weapons Out of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - July 2011

In this podcast, we focus on making weapons out of unmanned aerial vehicles, the Pentagon’s attempt to play catch-up with bomb makers, and the government’s green investment strategy.

Jun 30, 2011
Smartphones for Soldiers - June 2011

In this podcast, we focus on smartphones for soldiers, the Navy’s shipbuilding challenges and plants that can detect explosives.

Jun 03, 2011
New Ways Special Operators are using Unmanned Aerial Systems - May 2011

In this podcast, we focus on new ways special operators are using unmanned aerial systems, the industry’s pursuit of faster helicopters, and how solar power can lighten troops’ battery load.

Apr 29, 2011
Plans for Army Helicopters - April 2011

In this podcast, we focus on the plans for army helicopters, technology for dismounted soldiers, and better robot prosthetics for injured soldiers.

Mar 28, 2011
The World of Supercomputers - March 2011

In this podcast, we focus on the world of supercomputers, a new joint Navy and Army ship, and challenges developing a new ground combat vehicle.

Mar 02, 2011
Army Looks Ahead to the Next Generation of Body Armor - February 2011

In this podcast, we focus on the Army’s effort to improve body armor for foot soldiers, how the budget crunch is affecting the tactical wheeled vehicles market and a new idea that can help wounded warriors heal more quickly.

Jan 27, 2011
Military’s Effort to Go Green - January 2011

In this podcast, we focus on the military’s effort to go green by replacing its fuels with alternative energy, Marine Corps plans to lighten its equipment and some details about the Stuxnet worm that has reportedly infected Iranian computers.

Dec 28, 2010
New Simulation Technologies for Defense - December 2010

In this podcast, we focus on new simulation technologies for the defense and homeland security markets.

Nov 22, 2010
Current state of Defense Department research and development - November 2010

Has the past ten years of war and the effort to get the latest and greatest technologies into the hands of war fighters resulted in basic research being ignored? Is America losing the innovation war when it comes to producing cutting edge weapons?

Nov 16, 2010
Bringing Infantrymen into the Information Age - October 2010

In this podcast, we look at the Army’s efforts to connect foot soldiers to communication networks, uncertainties facing the future use of unmanned aerial vehicles and the Marine Corps’ plans to deploy solar energy at forward operating bases.

Oct 04, 2010
Grueling Workload for Sailors on the Littoral Combat Ship - September 2010

In this podcast, we look at the tough duty sailors will face while serving on the new Littoral Combat Ship, the controversy over the hovering version of the Joint Strike Fighter, and a Department of Homeland Security lab where technicians try to outsmart each other in an effort to prevent bombs from making it onto airplanes.

Aug 25, 2010
U.S. Special Operations Command's Technology Wish List - August 2010

In this podcast, we look at U.S. Special Operations Command and its unique technology wish list, the Navy’s efforts to deploy a high-energy laser that can destroy targets at sea, and three new experimental aircraft, all capable of reaching hypersonic speeds.

Aug 03, 2010
Shipyards Speed Up Submarine Production - July 2010

In this podcast, we look at the Navy’s efforts to maintain its fleet of attack submarines, a plan to deploy unmanned cargo helicopters in Afghanistan, and a movement to eliminate the thousands of pieces of junk that orbit Earth and threaten military and commercial satellites.

Jul 09, 2010
Marine Corps Budget Challenges - June 2010

In this podcast, we look at Marine Corps budget challenges, a concept to recycle plastics into fuel and, the military’s failure to field new kinds of ground robots.

Jun 21, 2010
Airmen to Live Out Their Careers in Cyberspace - May 2010

In this podcast, we look at the Air Force’s plans to give all of its recruits an avatar that will follow their careers in a virtual world, a profile of a Russian cyberthief, and the Army’s attempt to match the success of iPhones.

May 14, 2010
The Unseen Costs of Military Fuel - April 2010

In this podcast, we look at the the unseen costs of military fuel, the Army’s push to field its own unmanned air force and the Defense Department’s fight against crude, but deadly, roadside bombs in Afghanistan.

Apr 14, 2010