The use of the US military overseas seems to have become so commonplace that the Obama Administration can bomb a country with no Congressional input and very little media interest at all. Such was the case on Friday, when the US military killed some 49 people in a bombing run near Tripoli, Libya.
“The anti-Washington message that’s obviously resonating — we’ve made a lot of changes in terms of leadership, and we’re not getting what we want — makes for pretty stiff headwinds for people running for reelection,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).
If Obama were to put forth a nominee this week, it would mean that the confirmation process would conclude in mid-June under normal circumstances, leaving little cushion for a lengthier hearing.
And that’s setting aside the fact that many top Republicans have been hesitant about holding hearings, let alone a vote, for an Obama nominee.
Nominating someone soon would also force Republicans to “have as long a clock as possible to run out,” said Stephen Vladeck, a law professor at American University.
Democrats are also eager to see the fight get underway.
Conspiracy theorists believe that the Republican Party did not die from natural causes but was instead the target of an elaborately planned killing, a leading conspiracy theorist has confirmed.
“Because the Republican Party is one hundred and sixty-one years old, it’s assumed that it was time for it to die,” he said. “The truth is, that’s exactly what the people who killed it want us to think.”
This may come as a surprise to some, but there are just some things that don’t need to be connected to the internet.
Like a toothbrush. But don’t tell that to Oral-B, which debuted its latest toothbrush — the Genius — at Mobile World Congress.
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These future space telescopes, which may be built in the 2030s, will need new electro-optical sensor technologies to detect light in the ultraviolet, visible, X-ray, far-infrared, and near-infrared spectra.
NASA is in the very early stages of developing future space telescopes by forming four different working groups to define concepts for future systems and technologies.
U.S. Navy researchers are asking for industry’s help in developing new technologies to enable next-generation sensor networking, electromagnetic maneuver warfare, and integrated fires for naval shipboard forces.
This program will consist of two separate efforts: Communications-as-a-Service (CaaS); and Mission-based Networking for Data Distribution Systems (MiND). Caas seeks to enable data and information to be delivered via any combination of available data links, while MiND seeks to increase the throughput and scalability of the Navy’s existing Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) data-distribution systems.
A more tight integration of unmanned air, surface , and subsurface systems development not only could make development more efficient, but also could help develop blended systems with capabilities like a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) able to deploy surveillance UUVs (unmanned underwater vehicles) more quickly throughout the world.
Sensor fusion is a big trend in military EO/IR (electro-optical and infrared) sensor technology. “EO and IR are more or less permanently bonded now,” says Peter Zinsli, a sensors expert with the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Electronic Warfare & Sensors program executive office at Fort Belvoir, Va.
“A fusing of multiple sensors, of all types, and building software that provides products as opposed to data, is going to be key in the long-term. As expensive as the sensors are, it also is expensive to have more eyeballs looking at each sensor. With more data to parse, unless you put more and more people on it, you need to shorten the timeline between raw data and actual usable information.”
“There is not typically one type of processing technology that can do the whole application,” says Marc Couture, senior product manager of digital signaling at Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.
“The most popular mix is FPGAs [field-programmable gate arrays], the first to capture the fiber-optic stream, that does some preprocessing, then hands off to GPGPUs [general-purpose graphics processing units] – teraflop floating-point-per-second, very high throughput processing and Intel devices, such as the new Xeon D that is a bit more cognitive, can analyze data and change modes, kind of a director/conductor that also does processing.”