In an effort to respond to increased threats posed by Russian and Chinese stealth ships, the U.S military has come up with a not-so-simple, but nonetheless elegant solution: a robotic ghost ship that will follow enemy stealth vessels across the ocean. It makes sense; you can’t hide if you’re being tailed every step of the way.
Earlier this year, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced that its 132-foot anti-submarine warfare continuous trail unmanned vessel, or ACTUV, passed a series of tests along a 35-nautical mile stretch of water off Mississippi. The boat was able to follow a target without crashing into rocks or behaving erratically, which is pretty impressive when you consider that there’s no one at the helm.
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.
Vice President Mike Pence repeated President Donald Trump's claim that "ISIS has been defeated" in Syria on Wednesday just hours after several U.S. service members were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.