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The Pentagon Has a Plan to Use Robots to Patrol Cities

Mao Zedong famously advised guerrillas "to move among the people as a fish swims in the sea."

DARPA thinks it has the answer: use robots to spot the bad guys.

After all, one of the most dangerous tasks U.S. soldiers face is foot patrols in a hostile city. Enemies can hide in buildings and lurk in shadows. And just who is an enemy, and who is an innocent civilian, when everyone looks and dresses alike?

How the (Proxy) War Between Iran and Israel Started

At midnight on the Syrian-Israeli border on May 8–9, 2018 a multiple-rocket launcher system operated by the Quds force—an expeditionary special forces unit of the Iranian Revolution Guard Corps—fired a salvo of twenty unguided 333mm Fajr-5 rockets towards Israel. (You can see the apparent rocket launch here.) Four of the rockets were shot down by Israeli Iron Dome air defense system and the rest missed and landed in Syrian territory.

How Hitler Tried to Stack His Panzer Tanks to Stop Defeat (It Completely Failed)

Even in the dark days of March 1945, when the Third Reich was on the brink of collapse, its troops managed to exhibit that grim humor that enables frontline soldiers to endure the horrors of battle. As the panzer crews of mighty Tiger II tanks rumbled forward in the last German offensive of World War II in eastern Hungary, they joked about the difficulties they were having coming to grips with the enemy. A few of the 68-ton King Tigers sank up to their turrets in the mud produced by an early spring thaw.

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