Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is home to a new supercomputer. It’s named “Spirit” after the Air Force’s B-2 Stealth Bomber. It’s the largest supercomputer in the Department of Defense. At $25 million, it’s also the 14th fastest computer in the world. Spirit was unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday. It can perform 1500 trillion calculations at a time and will assist in research at the Air Force Research Laboratory. It also will help the DOD perform research for weapons systems. According to a release from the base, supercomputers play a critical role in the field of computational science.
The modern drone has many technological and cultural precursors dating back to the turn of the century. Shown here is a Predator drone widely used by the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. Air Force; originally designed for reconnaissance, it has now been outfitted with missiles and used in offensive strikes.
The use of unmanned drones for surveillance, for targeted assassinations, and for attacks more broadly seems to be the latest evolution in the technology of war. But as historian Kenneth C. Hough reminds us, the military use of drones goes back at least a century, as does the controversy they have generated over the morality and meaning of using such technology to kill.
Federal grants totaling more than $10.3 million have been awarded to Ohio agencies to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.
Agencies in 36 Ohio counties will use the grants to serve more than 3,000 homeless and at-risk veteran families.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Friday that $300 million in homeless prevention grants were awarded to 319 community-based groups in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will be conducting testing of readiness skills in an exercise scheduled this week in southwest Ohio.
Officials with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton say the tests will be conducted Monday through Thursday at the base. Officials said in a release that base visitors and employees may experience gate delays, temporary facility closures and interruptions to certain services.
The release says tightened security could result in delays across the base.