Weapons technology

Smoke rises after airstrikes targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus, Syria, early Saturday, April 14, 2018. Syria's capital has been rocked by loud explosions that lit up the sky with heavy smoke as U.S. President Donald Trump announced airstrikes in retaliation for the country's alleged use of chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
April 14, 2018 - 2:39 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria (all times local): 2:38 a.m. A Syrian military statement says the U.S., Britain and France fired 110 missiles during a joint attack on targets in Damascus and outside. Brig. Gen. Ali Mayhoub, who read the statement on Syrian TV, said...
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In this undated photograph provided by Conflict Armament Research, an independent London-based group that researches battlefield weaponry, three explosives disguised as rocks are on display in Yemen. Roadside bombs disguised as rocks in Yemen bear similarities to others used by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and by insurgents in Iraq and Bahrain, suggesting at the least an Iranian influence in their manufacturing, a report released Monday, March 26, 2018, by Conflict Armament Research alleges. The report comes comes as the West and United Nations researchers accuse Iran of supplying arms to Yemen’s Shiite rebels known as Houthis, who have held the country’s capital since September 2014. (Tim Michetti/Conflict Armament Research via AP)
March 25, 2018 - 8:10 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Roadside bombs disguised as rocks in Yemen bear similarities to others used by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and by insurgents in Iraq and Bahrain, suggesting at the least an Iranian influence in their manufacture, a watchdog group said Monday. The report by...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, a device called a "bump stock" is attached to a semi-automatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range in South Jordan, Utah. The Trump administration is proposing banning bump stocks, which allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire and were used in last year's Las Vegas massacre. The Justice Department's regulation, announced Saturday, March 10, 2018, would classify the device as a machine gun prohibited under federal law. The move was expected after President Donald Trump ordered officials to work toward a ban after 17 people were killed at a Florida high school. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
March 10, 2018 - 6:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Saturday it has taken the first step in the regulatory process to ban bump stocks, likely setting the stage for long legal battles with gun manufacturers while the trigger devices remain on the market. The move was expected after President Donald...
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Military delegates arrive for a meeting at the Great Hall of the People ahead of Monday's opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Sunday, March 4, 2018. China has no desire to overturn the existing international order and its increasingly powerful military does not constitute a threat to others, the spokesman for the country's ceremonial legislature said Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
March 05, 2018 - 1:35 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's defense budget will rise 8.1 percent to 1.1 trillion yuan ($173 billion) this year as the country prepares to launch its second aircraft carrier, integrate stealth fighters into its air force and field an array of advanced missiles able to attack air and sea targets at vast...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he gives his annual state of the nation address in Manezh in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 1, 2018. Putin set a slew of ambitious economic goals, vowing to boost living standards, improve health care and education and build modern infrastructure in a state-of-the-nation address. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
March 01, 2018 - 7:29 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has tested an array of new strategic nuclear weapons that can't be intercepted, President Vladimir Putin announced Thursday, marking a technological breakthrough that could dramatically increase Russia's military capability, boost the Kremlin's global position and also raise...
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FILE - In this Thursday, May 21, 2015 file photo, the 39th and final B-52G Stratofortress, tail number 58-0224, accountable under the New START Treaty (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) with Russia, is shown at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz. Russia says it has met the nuclear arsenal limits of a key arms control treaty but has some issues with U.S. compliance. Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 was the deadline to verify compliance by both the United States and Russia with the New START treaty signed in 2010. (AP Photo/Matt York, file)
February 05, 2018 - 7:47 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia challenged U.S. compliance with a key nuclear arms control treaty Monday and warned that the Trump administration's new nuclear strategy lowers the threshold for using atomic weapons. The dire assessment came as Moscow said it has met its own requirements under the New START...
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FILE - In this July 20, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump stops to answer a reporter's question after greeting military personnel during a visit to the Pentagon. Watching is Vice President Mike Pence. With Russia in mind, the Trump administration is aiming to develop new nuclear firepower that it says will make it easier to deter threats to European allies. The plan, not yet approved by President Donald Trump, is intended to make nuclear conflict less likely, but critics argue it would do the opposite. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
January 14, 2018 - 12:08 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — With Russia in mind, the Trump administration is aiming to develop new nuclear firepower that it says will make it easier to deter threats to European allies. The plan, not yet approved by President Donald Trump, is intended to make nuclear conflict less likely. Critics argue it...
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FILE - In this July 20, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump stops to answer a reporter's question after greeting military personnel during a visit to the Pentagon. Watching is Vice President Mike Pence. With Russia in mind, the Trump administration is aiming to develop new nuclear firepower that it says will make it easier to deter threats to European allies. The plan, not yet approved by President Donald Trump, is intended to make nuclear conflict less likely, but critics argue it would do the opposite. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
January 13, 2018 - 8:24 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — With Russia in mind, the Trump administration is aiming to develop new nuclear firepower that it says will make it easier to deter threats to European allies. The plan, not yet approved by President Donald Trump, is intended to make nuclear conflict less likely. Critics argue it...
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This image provided by CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe shows a satellite image of Fiery Cross Reef in Spratly island chain in the South China Sea, annotated by the source to show areas where China has conducted construction work above ground during 2017. Tensions have eased in the disputed region in the past year, but the Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says China has been busy, building infrastructure to equip outposts to be air and naval bases. Tensions over China's island-building in the South China Sea may have eased in the past year, but Beijing has kept busy. New satellite imagery shows China has built infrastructure covering 72 acres in the Spratly and Paracel islands during 2017 to equip its larger outposts to be air and naval bases.(CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe via AP)
December 14, 2017 - 5:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tensions over China's island-building in the South China Sea may have eased in the past year, but Beijing has kept busy. New satellite imagery shows China has built infrastructure covering 72 acres (28 hectares) in the Spratly and Paracel islands during 2017 to equip its larger...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2017, file photo, signs are posted by the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland, Wash. By conducting some of the most high-tech research in the world, maintaining the U.S. stockpile of nuclear weapons and cleaning up after decades of bomb-making, the Department of Energy has its share of management challenges. A report released this week outlines some of those challenges while providing a look at the expansive scope of the department's responsibilities and costly liabilities. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes, File)
December 01, 2017 - 1:44 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has its share of challenges as it conducts some of the world's most high-tech research, maintains a stockpile of nuclear weapons and cleans up after decades of bomb-making. A report released this week outlines some of those management struggles...
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