drones
Drone Attack on Oil Facilities Shuts Down Half Of Saudi Arabia’s Oil Production

Saudi Arabia has shut down approximately half of its oil production capacity after “coordinated drone strikes on facilities in [its] Eastern Province” set blazes at the Hijra Khurais oil field and Abqaiq, the world’s largest oil stabilisation facility, the Wall Street Journal reported. Read More >>

war
RAF Says Beards are Fine Now But Must be Tidy

The Royal Air Force is getting with the times, daddio, as it's finally about to remove an ancient clause demanding that its staff are cleanly shaven about the face. Read More >>

war
British Army Assembles New Disinformation Division

A rejigging of Army units is to revive a group known as Sixth Division, with the combined force tasked with battling non-specific modern battlefield threats that come under the headings of cyber, electronic, IT and generally unconventional forms of computerised warfare. Read More >>

weapons
France Announces Plan to Launch Satellites With Defensive Lasers, Possibly Submachine Guns

An inventor buzzing around on a flyboard clutching a rifle  and subsequently borking an attempt to cross the English Channel isn’t the only mildly science fiction-y development concerning the French military lately. In the past week, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said that the country would launch miniature surveillance satellites brimming with defensive weaponry in the next few years, with options including spacecraft-mounted lasers and submachine guns under consideration, according to French newspaper Le Point (via Task & Purpose). Read More >>

politics
Morris Dancers March on Parliament Over May Day Sacrilege

A very polite but irritating protest is about to arrive in Westminster, with an assembled mass of morris dancers planning a little political protest all of their own. The target of their furious bell-waving and non-violent stick-clacking? A change in the timing of the early May bank holiday next year. Read More >>

north korea
North Korean State Media Posts Photos of Kim Jong Un Touring ‘Newly Built’ Submarine

North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un, whose lineage is well known as the world’s foremost looker at things, has toured a “newly built” submarine, the country’s state-run media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) wrote in a release. Read More >>

robots
U.S. Army to Test Remotely Piloted Robot Tanks

The U.S. Army—which has already been testing robotic squad vehicles like the Multi-Utility Tactical Transport (MUTT) and semi-autonomous targeting systems like the Advanced Targeting and Lethality Automated System (ATLAS)—says it will conduct live-fire testing of a new Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) built on M113 armoured personnel carrier chassis next year. Read More >>

history
Nazis Weren’t the Only Ones Using Meth During World War II

Adolf Hitler’s use of methamphetamine, otherwise known as crystal meth, has been well documented during recent years in books like Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler. But did you know that Nazi soldiers, British troops, and American military personnel used speed as well during World War II? That secret history was revealed on the American TV series Secrets of the Dead with an episode titled “World War Speed.” Read More >>

cyberwarfare
Report: US Carried Out Cyber Attacks on Iranian Assets Tied to Revolutionary Guard Corps

Donald Trump called off a military strike on undisclosed Iranian assets this week after reports Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shot down a RQ-4A Global Hawk surveillance drone, the incident itself following accusations of Iranian responsibility for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. But U.S. Cyber Command launched a retaliatory cyber attack on “an Iranian spy group that supported last week’s limpet mine attacks on commercial ships”, Yahoo News reported on Friday. Read More >>

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Iran Says It Will Begin Enriching Uranium Beyond Nuclear Deal Limits

Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation said on Monday that it has increased production of low-enriched uranium—of the type suitable for use in nuclear power generators, but not nuclear warheads—to levels that will exceed limits imposed in the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and other world powers by 27 June, the New York Times reported on Monday. Read More >>

russia
The US Has Allegedly Placed Malware Deep in Russia’s Power Grid

The U.S. has deployed “American computer code” into Russian systems operating the nation’s power grid, the New York Times reported on Saturday, as part of the Donald Trump administration’s efforts to “deploy cybertools more aggressively.” Read More >>

war
Bletchley Park Plans Cracked D-Day Comms Reenactment

A unique insight into the unfolding horror of D-Day from the perspective of the baddies will be offered by today's curators of Bletchley Park, who are planning to live-tweet the intercepted and cracked messages of the German command as realisation gradually dawned that the Allies were throwing everything and everyone at the Normandy coastline. Read More >>

nuclear war
Think HBO’s Chernobyl Is Brutal? Check Out This Haunting Animation That Aired on TV in the 1950s

HBO’s new miniseries Chernobyl has gotten a lot of attention for its gory realism. Radiation from a nuclear power plant disaster is brutal for the human body, to say the least. But the explicit nature of Chernobyl almost pales in comparison to some of the things that were shown in the 1950s. Like this British short film that was played for parents and kids alike in 1956. Read More >>

war
A New Era of Warfare Begins as Cyberattack Leads to Airstrikes

For the first time ever, a government announced publicly that it had used immediate lethal physical force in response to a cyberattack. Read More >>

war
North Korea Launches ‘Several’ Unidentified Projectiles Amid Stalled Nuclear Talks

North Korea fired off what the South Korean military described as “several unidentified short-range projectiles” early Saturday local time in a move that could threaten to upset whatever diplomatic gains the U.S. has achieved with the country in recent years, the New York Times reported. Read More >>