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  • The U.S. army has officially ordered its members to halt all usage of Chinese drone manufacturer DJI's unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), due to alleged cyber-vulnerability issues. According to a U.S. army memo obtained by sUASnews, both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army Research Lab claim that the operational risks of utilizing DJI equipment outweigh their benefits. Apparently, this had been decided as far as one month ago, but kept quiet until recently. The memo makes the orders quite clear. “Due to increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products, it is directed that the U.S. Army halt use of all DJI products. This guidance applies to all DJI UAS and any system that employs DJI electrical components or software including, but not limited to, flight computers, cameras, radios, batteries, speed controllers, GPS units, handheld control stations, or devices with DJI software applications installed.” That is a full-on, 360-degree military ban on all things DJI...

    Pentagon Orders U.S. Military to Ban DJI Equipment

    The U.S. army has officially ordered its members to halt all usage of Chinese drone manufacturer DJI's unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), due to alleged cyber-vulnerability issues. According to a U.S. army memo obtained by sUASnews, both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army Research Lab claim that the operational risks of utilizing DJI equipment outweigh their benefits. Apparently, this had been decided as far as one month ago, but kept quiet until recently. The memo makes the orders quite clear. “Due to increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products, it is directed that the U.S. Army halt use of all DJI products. This guidance applies to all DJI UAS and any system that employs DJI electrical components or software including, but not limited to, flight computers, cameras, radios, batteries, speed controllers, GPS units, handheld control stations, or devices with DJI software applications installed.” That is a full-on, 360-degree military ban on all things DJI...
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  • Recently, the folks over at Outside Magazine covered a unique recreational vehicle build based off a former U.S. Army M92382 military personnel carrier. The unique build appears to be a labor of love, as it was all done by the owner. Originally purchased on craigslist for $10,000, the ex-military vehicle started off as a budget build. Powered by a 8.3-liter Cummins turbocharged six-cylinder, the truck made 250 horsepower and 795 lb-ft or torque. This meant the owner did not have to sink money into the drivetrain and could focus on building the living space. After completion, the massive RV now boasts more room than most studio apartments in New York City, and comes quipped with a 100-gallon water tank, a full-sized shower, a sink/stove, two futons, and plenty of counter space. Due to the size of the truck, there's a sizable rear porch used for storage and easy entrance, as well as a full rooftop. The roof is split into two: one section is used for solar panels, while the other h..

    This Ex-Military Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Is a Craigslist Custom Done Right

    Recently, the folks over at Outside Magazine covered a unique recreational vehicle build based off a former U.S. Army M92382 military personnel carrier. The unique build appears to be a labor of love, as it was all done by the owner. Originally purchased on craigslist for $10,000, the ex-military vehicle started off as a budget build. Powered by a 8.3-liter Cummins turbocharged six-cylinder, the truck made 250 horsepower and 795 lb-ft or torque. This meant the owner did not have to sink money into the drivetrain and could focus on building the living space. After completion, the massive RV now boasts more room than most studio apartments in New York City, and comes quipped with a 100-gallon water tank, a full-sized shower, a sink/stove, two futons, and plenty of counter space. Due to the size of the truck, there's a sizable rear porch used for storage and easy entrance, as well as a full rooftop. The roof is split into two: one section is used for solar panels, while the other h..
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  • A very unique USAF surveillance aircraft has been flying highly defined circles over Seattle and its various suburbs for nine days now. Nobody at the DoD seems to know who the aircraft belongs to or what exactly it is doing flying so many missions over the Seattle area. But based on its visibly exotic configuration, and information collected by open source flight tracking websites, we can get a good idea of its capabilities and guess as to what it’s up to. The aircraft, which goes by the callsign “SPUD21” and wears a nondescript flat gray paint job with the only visible markings being a USAF serial on its tail, is a CASA CN-235-300 transport aircraft that has been extensively modified for the surveillance mission. You can see more pictures of the aircraft here. It is covered in a dizzying array of blisters, protrusions, humps and bumps. These include missile approach warning detectors and large fairings on its empennage for buckets of forward-firing decoy flares, as well as both micr..

    This Mysterious Military Spy Plane Has Been Flying Circles Over Seattle For Days

    A very unique USAF surveillance aircraft has been flying highly defined circles over Seattle and its various suburbs for nine days now. Nobody at the DoD seems to know who the aircraft belongs to or what exactly it is doing flying so many missions over the Seattle area. But based on its visibly exotic configuration, and information collected by open source flight tracking websites, we can get a good idea of its capabilities and guess as to what it’s up to. The aircraft, which goes by the callsign “SPUD21” and wears a nondescript flat gray paint job with the only visible markings being a USAF serial on its tail, is a CASA CN-235-300 transport aircraft that has been extensively modified for the surveillance mission. You can see more pictures of the aircraft here. It is covered in a dizzying array of blisters, protrusions, humps and bumps. These include missile approach warning detectors and large fairings on its empennage for buckets of forward-firing decoy flares, as well as both micr..
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  • Image copyright Ministry of Defence Commanders from British armed forces have opposed any ban on transgender people serving in the military.It comes after Donald Trump said that transgender people would not be allowed in the US military due to "tremendous" medical costs and disruption.But British officials have supported people serving in the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. Commander of UK Maritime Forces Rear Admiral Alex Burton tweeted: "I am so glad we are not going this way." Trump bans transgender people in military The secret life of a transgender airman Delays leave transgender military in limbo The Obama administration decided last year to allow transgender people to serve openly in the US military. But in June, Defence Secretary James Mattis agreed to a six-month delay in the recruitment of transgender people.Now President Trump has posted a series of tweets saying: "After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States..

    UK military chiefs praise transgender troops

    Image copyright Ministry of Defence Commanders from British armed forces have opposed any ban on transgender people serving in the military.It comes after Donald Trump said that transgender people would not be allowed in the US military due to "tremendous" medical costs and disruption.But British officials have supported people serving in the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. Commander of UK Maritime Forces Rear Admiral Alex Burton tweeted: "I am so glad we are not going this way." Trump bans transgender people in military The secret life of a transgender airman Delays leave transgender military in limbo The Obama administration decided last year to allow transgender people to serve openly in the US military. But in June, Defence Secretary James Mattis agreed to a six-month delay in the recruitment of transgender people.Now President Trump has posted a series of tweets saying: "After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States..
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