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  • A 21st century collision course in space Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | 2:12 PM ET
    A new way to launch microsatellites and space payloads is on the horizon. Boeing is working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to produce this innovative 24-foot (7.3-meter) launch vehicle and conduct flight testing.

    As companies like SpaceX aggressively seek to drive down the cost of space access, new opportunities—and new threats—are emerging in orbit.

  • Defense tech in 2039: The robots are coming Tuesday, 13 May 2014 | 10:46 AM ET
    Soldiers of the US Army's 23rd Chemical Battalion (background) wear protective gear to give a demonstration of their equipment as iRobot PackBot (front) moves during a ceremony to recognise their official return to the 2nd Infantry Division located in South Korea, at Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu, north of Seoul, on April 4, 2013.

    In 25 years, military robots will operate with more freedom and begin to think for themselves.

  • The US jet fighter that can do it all—maybe Tuesday, 13 May 2014 | 2:17 PM ET
    An F-35A Lightning II from the 33rd Fighter Wing streaks across the sky above Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. while coming in for landing after a training sortie.

    Technology is important for an aircraft the U.S. and its allies hope will be the backbone of air defense for the next half century.

  • Meet the man with the Pentagon checkbook Tuesday, 13 May 2014 | 8:56 AM ET
    Lockheed Martin Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite

    It's Frank Kendall's job to write checks for programs that will shape U.S. defense forces for the next quarter century.

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