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Climate change revealed this U.S. military secret

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Climate change revealed this U.S. military secret

At the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, the Greenland ice sheet hosted a number of clandestine U.S. Army bases whose job it was to get an estimated 600 medium-range ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads ready for deployment. The largest of these sites was Camp Century, which had the public facade of a science station. The Army never finished what it started at Camp Century. It abandoned the base in 1967, scrapping Project Iceworm, as its secret mission was called. But the Army left behind a nasty legacy buried under all that ice and snow — tons of toxic waste...

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Computer virus infects US military drone fleet

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Computer virus infects US military drone fleet

A computer virus has reportedly infected the US military drone fleet, Wired.com reported, citing three sources familiar with the matter. The military's Host Based Security System detected the virus two weeks ago, according to the news outlet, which added that it so far has not appeared to affect overseas missions by either interfering with pilots' navigation or leaking classified information. Network security specialists, however, tell Wired that the virus keeps returning to computers at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada despite repeated attempts to remove it. "We keep wiping it off, and it keeps coming back," a source familiar with...

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SpaceX will launch next secret X-37 Air Force mission

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SpaceX will launch next secret X-37 Air Force mission

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Air Force is preparing to launch its secret X-37B spaceplane aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket later this year, the service said June 6. It will be the first time Elon Musk’s company will carry the X-37 into orbit, and is possibly the biggest national security launch SpaceX has been responsible for to date. The X-37 “will be going up again on top of a SpaceX launcher in August,” Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson said at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, showing members a small model of the spaceplane. This...

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US military successfully tests electrical brain stimulation to enhance staff skills

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US military successfully tests electrical brain stimulation to enhance staff skills

US military scientists have used electrical brain stimulators to enhance mental skills of staff, in research that aims to boost the performance of air crews, drone operators and others in the armed forces’ most demanding roles. The successful tests of the devices pave the way for servicemen and women to be wired up at critical times of duty, so that electrical pulses can be beamed into their brains to improve their effectiveness in high pressure situations. The brain stimulation kits use five electrodes to send weak electric currents through the skull and into specific parts of the cortex. Previous studies...

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Thawing Abandoned Army Base Unleashing Top-Secret Weapons

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Thawing Abandoned Army Base Unleashing Top-Secret Weapons

In 1959, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built a secretive science station deep under the arctic ice sheet of Greenland. The purpose of the base, called Camp Century, was kept under wraps at the time. Luckily for fans of secret military research, we now know its true purpose: building underground launch tunnels for nuclear rockets aimed at the Soviet Union in what became known as “Project Iceworm.” Since Greenland is one of the closest nations to what was then the Soviet Union, the largely frozen country was perfect for a clandestine launch site for U.S. nuclear warheads. The Soviets...

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