U.S. military advisors could be taking a self-driving pack mule back to Afghanistan with them on their next deployment.

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Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins tries out Mirosoft's HoloLens in January 2018. Photo: Catherine Deran/U.S. Army

The Army has a bit of a Silicon Valley problem.

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The M160 Robotic Mine Flail at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Photo: Maj. Dan Marchik/U.S. Army

The battlefield of the future could feature robot medics delivering life-saving care to casualties in the line of fire. At least, that's what the Army is aiming for — and it's willing to pay millions for help doing it.

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U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Barry Loo

Clint Watts’s engaging new book, Messing With the Enemy: Surviving in a Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians, and Fake News, is about forms of engagement. Watts’s experiences as an Army officer and FBI agent are important to his background. He begins the book with his interactions, through his blog and Twitter feed, with an American-born member of al-Shabaab, Omar Hammami, and then shares his observations about the Syrian Electronic Army’s insistent Twitter presence before examining Russian influence operations in the 2016 election.

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U.S. Army photo

First, there were stealth fighters that didn’t show up on radar. Now the Army wants uniforms that allow ground troops to escape the notice of electromagnetic eyes.

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Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP

It feels like eons ago, but there was a time in 2015 when a bunch of liberty-loving vets and assorted imaginative thinkers believed, balls to bones, that then-President Barack Obama was preparing the U.S. military for a merciless, rights-eviscerating takeover of America's heartland.

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