Tanks from Russia, China, Iran and more are battling it out in Russia in a gigantic spectacle competing for the title of best tank. The 2017 edition of the International Army Games in Russia is underway and one of the biggest fixtures, watched throughout the country, is the tank battle component. The event takes place at Russia's Alabino military training center. But over the course of the two-week event from July 29 to August 12 this year, China, Kazakhstan and Belarus will also host some of the other events in the games. Notably, this is the first time Russia has had other countries host some of the events.
The US Army is getting in on the esports craze too, but the game isn't one you might expect. Instead of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds or Rainbow Six Siege, the military is hosting a tournament for Street Fighter V. The competition will be broadcast on Twitch starting tomorrow from Fort Bliss. The winner from each garrison (tournaments run through the 25th) will go on to the sold-out Grand Finals at PAX West in Seattle on September 1st. What will the winning soldier get for their efforts?
Back in 1767, Norwegian border patrol troops had far too much time on their hands. So they decided to put their two best skills --firing a gun and cross country skiing--to good use. The bored border patrollers created a competition out of it to see who could shoot the straightest and ski the hardest. They called the sport "military patrol," because, well, they were Norwegian border patrol men. Today, we call it "biathlon."
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Marine in full combat gear moves through dark, frigid water, gripping an M-16 rifle, before plunging under barbed wire and through a submerged drainage pipe. It is only when the fighter shouts an order over the sound of explosions does the historical nature of the TV advertisement become clear: the Marine is a woman.
The Pentagon's No. 2 civilian official said Wednesday that the Defense Department is concerned that adversary nations could empower advanced weapons systems to act on their own, noting that while the United States will not give them the authority to kill autonomously, other countries might. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work said the Pentagon hasn't "fully figured out" the issue of autonomous machines, but continues to examine it. The U.S. military has built a force that relies heavily on the decision-making skills of its troops, but "authoritarian regimes" may find weapons that can act independently more attractive because doing so would consolidate the ability to take action among a handful of leaders, he said. "We will not delegate lethal authority to a machine to make a decision," Work said. "The only time we will… delegate a machine authority is in things that go faster than human reaction time, like cyber or electronic warfare."